Splash Biography

EMILY SCHURR, Second-year graduate student in Classics

Major: Classics

College/Employer: Yale

Year of Graduation: G

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

On paper, I'm a second-year PhD student in Classics - that is, the literature and history of the ancient civilisations of Greece and Rome. I'm interested primarily in the reception of Classics - that is, why Greece and Rome continue to be so important for us today - with a focus on the reception of Classical literature; the great works of Homer, Vergil, Ovid, and Catullus, and their afterlife in the modern world. I'm also passionate about teaching - I've taught English as a foreign language in England, Italy and South Korea, as well as teaching and tutoring Latin and ancient Greek both in the UK and the US.

But we all know life is about much more than just work! So, alongside my PhD, I'm also writing a novel, and practice yoga and meditation daily - I'm hoping to take my qualification as a certified yoga teacher sometime next year. I love hiking, drawing, reading, travelling - but most of all, I love spending time with friends and my fiancé, Oliver. I can't wait to meet you all!

Past Classes

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H177: Harry Potter and the Past in Splash Fall 12 (Oct. 20, 2012)
Ever wondered what all the spells that Harry, Ron and Hermione use actually mean? Ever thought where the basilisk comes from? Ever pondered why Malfoy's first name is Draco? Well, this is the course for you! Diving head-first into the weird and wonderful world of Hogwarts, we will be spending an hour looking at everything from the strange plants growing in the greenhouses to the terrifying creatures at Hagrid's hut, from the prophesies in Divination to the incantations in Charms, from Quidditch games to library books. Exploring the ways in which the classical past of Ancient Greece and Rome and the medieval legends of England in the Middle Ages influenced the world of Harry Potter, we will be asking central questions about how J.K. Rowling's seven-book series came to be the classic of our times. We'll explore exactly what it takes to make a classic, and how much that relies on an understanding of the legends and literary canons of the past. We'll even take up the pen ourselves and invent our own fictional character cast! So join us for a roller-coaster ride through the magical world of Harry Potter and discover your inner wizard - you never know what you might find!