Sunoikisis

Sunoikisis Classics, education, technology. Sunoikisis is a national consortium of Classics programs. Since 1999, Sunoikisis has yielded new collaborative and interdisciplinary paradigms of learning in the liberal arts for the 21st century. “Sunoikisis” comes from Thucydides (3.3.1) in reference to the alliance formed by the cities of Lesbos (Methymna excluded) in their revolt against the Athenian empire in 428 B.C.E.

Likewise, this collaborative program seeks to develop a set of common goals and achieve a degree of success and prominence that goes beyond the capacity of a single program. Sunoikisis enables students and faculty at participating institutions to benefit from opportunities normally available only at large research institutions, while maintaining the advantages of a small liberal arts learning environment. The curricular elements within Sunoikisis include inter-institutional collaborative courses, excavations, internships, travel study, undergraduate research symposia, and faculty development seminars. The curricular elements of Sunoikisis expose our students to a wider range of subject material and faculty than would be possible otherwise. Indeed, the president of an elite northeastern college commented in October 2004 that the Sunoikisis program surpasses programs offered by large institutions in that the collaborative nature unusually enriches it in terms of content and methodological approach. The program, by providing a range and quality of opportunities for majors, prepares students who choose to continue their training in graduate school to compete with graduates from the leading research universities in the country. For more information about how Sunoikisis is impacting Classics education, read "Collaborative Classics: Technology and the Small Liberal Arts College" by Rebecca Frost Davis and "Chaos and in the New Academy" by Susan Frost and Aimee Pozorski.

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October 25, 2016 by Maha Bali I am working on a project (outside my institution, targeting adult learners), and was aske...
10/28/2016
Tips for Effective Online Learning – Community Edition (CHE)

October 25, 2016 by Maha Bali I am working on a project (outside my institution, targeting adult learners), and was asked to provide tips for effective online learning. I expected to find good, concise, accessible ones out there already. There are (well, I only looked at this, this, and this), but I felt they were missing something, so here are mine. [ 748 more words ]

http://wp.chs.harvard.edu/sunoikisis/2016/10/28/tips-for-effective-online-learning-community-edition-che/

October 25, 2016 by Maha Bali I am working on a project (outside my institution, targeting adult learners), and was asked to provide tips for effective online learning. I expected to find good, con...

By Harrison Keller OCTOBER 23, 2016 A few years ago, discussions about the future of online learning reflected a mix of ...
10/27/2016
For Real Academic Disruption, Try Empathy (CHE)

By Harrison Keller OCTOBER 23, 2016 A few years ago, discussions about the future of online learning reflected a mix of breathless enthusiasm and anxiety. Now, things seem to have settled down. While online enrollments are increasing, the numbers and associated revenue have been growing much more slowly than advocates had hoped for. Predictions about the end of college notwithstanding, the vast majority of online courses and degrees are still being delivered by traditional colleges rather than alternative providers. [ 1,185 more word ]

http://wp.chs.harvard.edu/sunoikisis/2016/10/27/for-real-academic-disruption-try-empathy-che/

By Harrison Keller OCTOBER 23, 2016 A few years ago, discussions about the future of online learning reflected a mix of breathless enthusiasm and anxiety. Now, things seem to have settled down. Whi...

Sunoikisis is excited to announce its 2017 course in translation! The course topic will be Herodotus' Histories.  A cour...
08/31/2016
Plan the Spring 2017 Course on Herodotus!

Sunoikisis is excited to announce its 2017 course in translation! The course topic will be Herodotus' Histories. A course planning weekend for Sunoikisis-Herodotus will be held at the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, DC on November 12, 2016. During this weekend, faculty will work collaboratively to design and craft the course which will then be offered to students in the spring semester of 2017. [ 157 more words ]

http://wp.chs.harvard.edu/sunoikisis/2016/08/31/herodotus-planning-weekend/

Sunoikisis is excited to announce its 2017 course in translation! The course topic will be Herodotus' Histories.  A course planning weekend for Sunoikisis-Herodotus will be held at the Center for H...

Beyond the Boundaries of Fantasia: An Ancient Imagining of the Future of Leadership will study leaders from different pe...
08/11/2016
Register Now for Course on Ancient Leadership

Beyond the Boundaries of Fantasia: An Ancient Imagining of the Future of Leadership will study leaders from different periods, cultures, and communities, both fictional and historical, e.g., Agamemnon and Achilles, Antony and Cleopatra, Pericles and Aspasia, Cyrus the Great of Persia, Socrates, Caesar, and Cicero. Students will consider what does it mean to be a leader? what is the leader's emotional and psychological experience like? [ 679 more words. ]

http://wp.chs.harvard.edu/sunoikisis/2016/08/11/register-now-for-course-on-ancient-leadership/

Beyond the Boundaries of Fantasia: An Ancient Imagining of the Future of Leadership will study leaders from different periods, cultures, and communities, both fictional and historical, e.g., Agamem...

I was so grateful to have the opportunity to be part of the Council for Independent College's CIC Internship as only a s...
08/02/2016
CIC 2016 Internship Experience l Camila

I was so grateful to have the opportunity to be part of the Council for Independent College's CIC Internship as only a sophomore. During this short three-week session, I was able to study Herodotus’ Histories at a more in-depth level than I had in the past. The purpose of this seminar was to provide professors from different disciplines an expansion in their knowledge of Herodotus and the Greek world while also giving them ideas for how to incorporate this work into their future classes. [ 327 more words. ]

http://wp.chs.harvard.edu/sunoikisis/2016/08/02/cic-2016-internship-experience-l-camila/

I was so grateful to have the opportunity to be part of the Council for Independent College's CIC Internship as only a sophomore.  During this short three-week session, I was able to study Herodotu...

I have been so blessed to intern at the Center for Hellenic Studies’ while they hosted the Council of Independent Colleg...
08/02/2016
CIC 2016 Internship Experience l Mainhia

I have been so blessed to intern at the Center for Hellenic Studies’ while they hosted the Council of Independent College's (CIC) seminar on Herodotus. As a seminar intern, I was able to communicate with professionals from many academic concentrations, help ‘behind the scenes’ of the seminar, and work with a professional organization. Most importantly, I got the chance to learn more about ancient Greek history, which is extremely helpful for me in my studies. [ 385 more words. ]

http://wp.chs.harvard.edu/sunoikisis/2016/08/02/cic-2016-internship-experience-l-mainhia/

I have been so blessed to intern at the Center for Hellenic Studies’ while they hosted the Council of Independent College's (CIC) seminar on Herodotus. As a seminar intern, I was able to communicat...

The Center for Hellenic Studies would like to extend their greatest thanks and appreciation to all of those who particip...
08/02/2016
CIC Seminar 2016 l Herodotus

The Center for Hellenic Studies would like to extend their greatest thanks and appreciation to all of those who participated in this summer’s Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) seminar. This summer participants worked their way through the nine books of Herodotus’ Histories while also reading secondary literature in order to present these texts to students across the nation. This year we were pleased to have 17 professors from several disciplines join us for the seminar. [ 328 more words. ]

http://wp.chs.harvard.edu/sunoikisis/2016/08/02/cic-seminar-2016-l-herodotus/

The Center for Hellenic Studies would like to extend their greatest thanks and appreciation to all of those who participated in this summer’s Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) seminar. This sum...

1§1 A study of Seneca’s rhetoric needs no apology. He has been called one of the “greatest writers of Latin prose in (or...
08/01/2016
“Uelocitate pensant moram”: Rhetoric and Intertextuality in Seneca’s Natural Questions 3–4a

1§1 A study of Seneca’s rhetoric needs no apology. He has been called one of the “greatest writers of Latin prose in (or perhaps any) period.”[1] The influence of his father, our source for the controversiae and suasoriae—practice speeches composed for the training of politicians and lawyers during the late Republic and early Empire­­—coupled with natural ability produced a model stylist much emulated and at times harshly criticized. [ 3854 more words. ]

http://wp.chs.harvard.edu/surs/2016/08/01/uelocitate-pensant-moram-rhetoric-and-intertextuality-in-senecas-natural-questions-3-4a/

1§1 A study of Seneca’s rhetoric needs no apology. He has been called one of the “greatest writers of Latin prose in [his] (or perhaps any) period.”[1] The influence of his father, our source for t...

Written by Rebecca Morris 1§1 Jonathan Z. Smith writes, “The historian’s task is to complicate, not to clarify.” Althoug...
08/01/2016
How the Status and Art of the Roman Freedman Complicate Petronius’s Trimalchio

Written by Rebecca Morris 1§1 Jonathan Z. Smith writes, “The historian’s task is to complicate, not to clarify.” Although Petronius is not a historian but a Roman author of the Neronian Age, his fictional work, The Satyricon, adds complexity to his literary figures and their historical functions in Roman society. Detailed knowledge of the author himself, the social setting of his writing and the spectrum of Neronian literature, and the meaning of his text illuminate his main character, Trimalchio, as a complex Roman freedman. [ 3380 more words. ]

http://wp.chs.harvard.edu/surs/2016/08/01/how-the-status-and-art-of-the-roman-freedman-complicate-petroniuss-trimalchio/

Written by Rebecca Morris 1§1 Jonathan Z. Smith writes, “The historian’s task is to complicate, not to clarify.” Although Petronius is not a historian but a Roman author of the Neronian Age, his fi...

Written by Khang Le 1§1 After another guest laughs at the antics of the freedmen’s host Trimalchio, the wealthy freedman...
08/01/2016
The New Social Order: The Portrayal of Freedmen in the Satyrica

Written by Khang Le 1§1 After another guest laughs at the antics of the freedmen’s host Trimalchio, the wealthy freedman Hermeros angrily rebukes him, claiming that he himself proudly earned his freedom from servitude. Insulting the heckler’s freeborn status, Hermeros asserts that freedmen are more virtuous and noble than their freeborn counterparts, telling him, nam in ingenuum nasci tam facile est quam accede istoc… [ 2284 more words. ]

http://wp.chs.harvard.edu/surs/2016/08/01/the-new-social-order-the-portrayal-of-freedmen-in-the-satyrica/

Written by Khang Le 1§1 After another guest laughs at the antics of the freedmen’s host Trimalchio, the wealthy freedman Hermeros angrily rebukes him, claiming that he himself proudly earned his fr...

July 22, 2016 by Fernanda Zamudio-Suaréz The U.S. Department of Education is proposing further regulations for online-ed...
07/25/2016
Education Dept. Proposes Rules to Clarify State Oversight of Online Courses (CHE)

July 22, 2016 by Fernanda Zamudio-Suaréz The U.S. Department of Education is proposing further regulations for online-education programs at colleges and universities, the department said in a news release on Friday. The department’s new regulations, which follow rules that took effect last summer, would make state-authorization requirements, which vary by state, more clear for institutions that offer online courses. Among the most notable changes, colleges that offer online courses would have to be authorized by each state in which they enroll students, if the states require such authorization. [ 72 more words. ]

http://wp.chs.harvard.edu/sunoikisis/2016/07/25/education-dept-proposes-rules-to-clarify-state-oversight-of-online-courses-che/

July 22, 2016 by Fernanda Zamudio-Suaréz The U.S. Department of Education is proposing further regulations for online-education programs at colleges and universities, the department said in a news ...

The Sunoikisis internship at the Center for Hellenic Studies offered me a wonderful opportunity to observe and contribut...
07/19/2016
June at the Center for Hellenic Studies

The Sunoikisis internship at the Center for Hellenic Studies offered me a wonderful opportunity to observe and contribute to the planning for the upcoming Sunoikisis courses on Greek literature of the Hellenistic period and Latin literature of the Empire (70–180 CE). Prior to my internship at the CHS this June, I had been a student in the fall 2015 Sunoikisis Latin course on Neronian literature and had attended the… [ 432 more words. ]

http://wp.chs.harvard.edu/sunoikisis/2016/06/26/june-at-the-center-for-hellenic-studies/

The Sunoikisis internship at the Center for Hellenic Studies offered me a wonderful opportunity to observe and contribute to the planning for the upcoming Sunoikisis courses on Greek literature of ...

The Center for Hellenic Studies would like to express its deep gratitude to the participants in the 2016 Sunoikisis Gree...
07/19/2016
Seminar | Hellenistic Greek Literature 2016

The Center for Hellenic Studies would like to express its deep gratitude to the participants in the 2016 Sunoikisis Greek Course Development Seminar. From Saturday, June 11th to Tuesday, June 14th, participating faculty members gathered at the CHS in order to develop an interinstitutional course on Hellenistic literature scheduled for this year’s fall semester. During their discussions, faculty designed a course syllabus tailored to advanced and intermediate students of Greek. [ 523 more words. ]

http://wp.chs.harvard.edu/sunoikisis/2016/06/24/seminar-hellenistic-greek-literature-2016/

The Center for Hellenic Studies would like to express its deep gratitude to the participants in the 2016 Sunoikisis Greek Course Development Seminar. From Saturday, June 11th to Tuesday, June 14th,...

After the Hellenistic Greek seminar, participants from both Sunoikisis seminars came together for a common day on June 1...
07/19/2016
Seminar | Common Day 2016

After the Hellenistic Greek seminar, participants from both Sunoikisis seminars came together for a common day on June 15 to discuss Sunoikisis' format, Sunoikisis courses in translation, and Sunoikisis' future. Prof. Kenneth Morrell (Rhodes College) led the common day session. The first session was devoted to improving the common sessions in Sunoikisis classes. The participants looked how information is presented in other media, such as sports shows and news shows, and how common sessions could benefit by drawing on the best aspects of different media. [ 581 more words. ]

http://wp.chs.harvard.edu/sunoikisis/2016/06/24/seminar-common-day-2016/

After the Hellenistic Greek seminar, participants from both Sunoikisis seminars came together for a common day on June 15 to discuss Sunoikisis' format, Sunoikisis courses in translation, and Sunoi...

Thank you, on behalf of the Center for Hellenic Studies, to all the participants in the 2016 Sunoikisis Latin Course Dev...
07/19/2016
Seminar | Latin Imperial Literature 2016

Thank you, on behalf of the Center for Hellenic Studies, to all the participants in the 2016 Sunoikisis Latin Course Development Seminar. The participants developed a course on the Latin literature of the Roman Empire, from the end of the 1st and beginning of the 2nd centuries CE. The seminar, which ran from June 16th to 19th, planned a course for students to take in the fall at colleges and universities around the country. [ 528 more words. ]

http://wp.chs.harvard.edu/sunoikisis/2016/06/24/seminar-latin-imperial-literature-2016/

Thank you, on behalf of the Center for Hellenic Studies, to all the participants in the 2016 Sunoikisis Latin Course Development Seminar. The participants developed a course on the Latin literature...

I was fortunate enough to spend June at the Center for Hellenic Studies as an intern. I was part of a team helping with ...
07/19/2016
A month of Sunoikisis

I was fortunate enough to spend June at the Center for Hellenic Studies as an intern. I was part of a team helping with the Sunoikisis Course Development Seminars. It offered the opportunity to read primary and secondary sources about two periods I had never studied before - Hellenistic Literature and Roman Imperial Literature. Then I took lecture notes as faculty from around the country gave presentations about the readings we did. [ 341 more words. ]

http://wp.chs.harvard.edu/sunoikisis/2016/07/19/a-month-of-sunoikisis/

I was fortunate enough to spend June at the Center for Hellenic Studies as an intern. I was part of a team helping with the Sunoikisis Course Development Seminars. It offered the opportunity to rea...

By Michael Feldstein JULY 18, 2016 Jose Ferreira, the chief executive of the adaptive-learning company Knewton, has been...
07/19/2016
Adaptive Learning Could Be the Tesla of Education — in a Bad Way (CHE)

By Michael Feldstein JULY 18, 2016 Jose Ferreira, the chief executive of the adaptive-learning company Knewton, has been endlessly mocked by many involved with educational technology (including me) for making exaggerated claims about the power of his products. Among his choice pronouncements: "We think of like a robot tutor in the sky that can semi-read your mind and figure out what your strengths and weaknesses are, down to the percentile." [ 635 more words. ]

http://wp.chs.harvard.edu/sunoikisis/2016/07/19/adaptive-learning-could-be-the-tesla-of-education-in-a-bad-way-che/

By Michael Feldstein JULY 18, 2016 Jose Ferreira, the chief executive of the adaptive-learning company Knewton, has been endlessly mocked by many involved with educational technology (including me)...

By Jeffrey R. Young JULY 14, 2016 Think back to the early days of MOOCs. Professors at Stanford and Harvard and other pl...
07/15/2016
Are MOOCs Forever? (CHE)

By Jeffrey R. Young JULY 14, 2016 Think back to the early days of MOOCs. Professors at Stanford and Harvard and other places were suddenly teaching really big classes, free. Hundreds of thousands of students at once were in those courses. It was an unprecedented giveaway of what had traditionally been the most expensive education in the world. Back then, I met several students who were binging on the courses the way you might binge-watch a season of your favorite show on Netflix. [ 231 more words. ]

http://wp.chs.harvard.edu/sunoikisis/2016/07/15/are-moocs-forever-che/

By Jeffrey R. Young JULY 14, 2016 Think back to the early days of MOOCs. Professors at Stanford and Harvard and other places were suddenly teaching really big classes, free. Hundreds of thousands o...

By Goldie Blumenstyk   JUNE 14, 2016 One of the hottest tickets at the University of Texas at Austin these days is a sea...
06/24/2016
Same Time, Many Locations: Online Education Goes Back to Its Origins (CHE)

By Goldie Blumenstyk JUNE 14, 2016 One of the hottest tickets at the University of Texas at Austin these days is a seat in a face-to-face classroom for an introductory psychology course. Most of the 1,500 undergraduates who take the course each semester watch the lectures online, but 24 are chosen to attend in person in the studio classroom on the two days a week that it meets. [ 394 more words. ]

http://wp.chs.harvard.edu/sunoikisis/2016/06/24/same-time-many-locations-online-education-goes-back-to-its-origins-che/

By Goldie Blumenstyk   JUNE 14, 2016 One of the hottest tickets at the University of Texas at Austin these days is a seat in a face-to-face classroom for an introductory psychology course. Most of ...

By Emma Pettit   JUNE 22, 2016 Seven years ago Naomi S. Baron walked past her campus bookstore, noticed a sign advertisi...
06/24/2016
Does Reading on Computer Screens Affect Student Learning? (CHE)

By Emma Pettit JUNE 22, 2016 Seven years ago Naomi S. Baron walked past her campus bookstore, noticed a sign advertising digital-textbook rentals, and started to worry. Ms. Baron, a professor of linguistics at American University and author of Words Onscreen: The Fate of Reading in a Digital World, studies the knotted relationship between technology and language. To her, the sign was a harbinger. [ 228 more words. ]

http://wp.chs.harvard.edu/sunoikisis/2016/06/24/does-reading-on-computer-screens-affect-student-learning-che/

By Emma Pettit   JUNE 22, 2016 Seven years ago Naomi S. Baron walked past her campus bookstore, noticed a sign advertising digital-textbook rentals, and started to worry. Ms. Baron, a professor of ...

By Jeffrey R. Young Mark Bradbury has brought along plenty of apprehension to a summer workshop here on how to teach an ...
06/24/2016
How to Prepare Professors Who Thought They’d Never Teach Online (CHE)

By Jeffrey R. Young Mark Bradbury has brought along plenty of apprehension to a summer workshop here on how to teach an online course. Mr. Bradbury, who directs a master’s program in public administration at Appalachian State University, prides himself on drawing out students in his face-to-face courses and feeding off their questions and interests. He worries that he won’t be able to replicate that spirit if he’s making lecture videos and posting on discussion boards. [ 718 more words. ]

http://wp.chs.harvard.edu/sunoikisis/2016/06/24/how-to-prepare-professors-who-thought-theyd-never-teach-online-che/

By Jeffrey R. Young Mark Bradbury has brought along plenty of apprehension to a summer workshop here on how to teach an online course. Mr. Bradbury, who directs a master’s program in public adminis...

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