While tutoring subjects in the humanities, I yearn to teach others about the wonders of literature, politics, and history, and about its broad relevance to different cultures, societies, and modernity. I believe that my success in this has depends greatly on my capacity to weave together the insights of different disciplines into the specific subjects I tutor.
As an undergraduate at NYU I learned of the literature, language, history, and politics of both classical and post-classical Greece and, having closely examined and traced Greece’s literature from its beginnings to the present, I have gained an intimate understanding of Greece’s powerful cultural influences on the classical and modern worlds. I organized much of my coursework in relation to things Greek. I have come to study and appreciate the literature and language of both Ancient and Modern Greece. After graduating cum laude, I further developed my studies in a more comparative and interdisciplinary context as a student in the John W. Draper Master's Program in Humanities and Social Thought.
My education at NYU included a summer semester in Athens where I studied and increased my knowledge of Modern Greek. As a recipient of a grant from the NYU Dean’s Undergraduate Research Fund, I returned again to Greece to conduct further research for my thesis. As a result of my research I was selected as an Arthur Noulas Research Scholar and was not only selected to present my research and thesis at the NYU Undergraduate Research Conference but also won the award for «Best Presentation» within the Conference’s Humanities section. My research provided further preparation for my senior thesis and, in particular, explored the reconfiguration of Sophocles’ Ajax within the Modern Greek poet Yiannis Ritsos’ poem “Ajax.” Ritsos’ poetry carries the legacy, wisdom, and tragedy of the ancient world—as it is depicted or staged in Homer and Sophocles—into our modern one. As a result, we are offered a lens through which we can view and understand a modern world that, emerging in relation to both ancient and modern voices, is achieved through the rewriting and performance of the classics.
Thanks to my coursework, I became interested in Greece’s literature and history in relation to Byzantium, the Ottoman Empire, and the Asia Minor Catastrophe. While receiving my master’s degree I studied Greece, Italy and the Mediterranean region through their literature, history, and politics. I have studied Italian, French, and Latin and I therefore have an appreciation of the languages most directly related to my interests. I was privileged to pursue my degree in conjunction with NYU’s Hellenic Studies, European Studies, Classics and Comparative Literature Departments.
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