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Fordham University
Religion, Phil, Clas
Harvard University
Master's

Education

Fordham University (Religion, Phil, Clas)

Harvard University (Master's)

About Michael

My experience as an undergraduate represented a careful balancing act to acquire the necessary tools for sifting through proto-Christian origins and ancient Roman religions at the graduate level. While not within the history department, my training atmosphere was talked of as historical insofar as texts were interpreted as social documentaries. I preferred breadth to specificity early in my career. Training in languages, philosophy, and classical civilizations were major assets for unpacking ancient texts. Choosing to concentrate in sacred texts as a theology major, I began with religious traditions other than Christianity and sought, moreover, a secondary major focusing on ancient philosophy in order better to understand specifically Christianity’s historical climate.

Further graduate study at Harvard University exponentially exposed this multi-layered phenomenon called the nascent Jesus movement where diverse understandings of God, community, political structures and even what history meant and constituted intersected with other thought systems such as philosophy and imperial rule. As a result I found academic interest at the intersection of early Christian writers and their varyingly guarded appropriations of Classical philosophy and the imperium. My choice in graduate school depended very much on approach, as my interest was solely academic. Thus, Harvard University’s religion department, being known for their thoroughly historical-critical method for investigating sacred texts and religions became my next home. Study became focused more on the Roman world and less on a specific religious sect the more I progressed in such seminars as Prof. King’s on ancient writing practices or religious archaeology with Prof. Nasrallah. My time at Harvard afforded me tremendous opportunities, through my relationships with caring faculty, to both grow as an individual and gain a greater understanding of the ancient world.

I was further offered a Teaching Fellowship. My responsibilities included teaching a weekly course to a group of fifteen graduate students who were either peers or further ahead of me in their own respective studies. It was during this time I found that my passion lay more in pedagogy and pedagogical ethics than pursuing a potential dissertation project. Working closely with students and fostering a sense of solidarity in the classroom as was done within my own education proves to overrun other desires. It is in and through the transmission of ideas that we create community.


I am capable of teaching Advanced Modern Greek, Advanced Ancient Greek (Attic, Koine, Homeric and Doric), as well as, introductory Latin.

Throughout High School and College I never left fiction outside the purview of my studies. Though I consider myself a historian and follow a historical-critical method in my own work I can use an amalgam of perspectives tailored to a student's individual needs in order for the student to better understand all things English related from grammar to the development of things like theme or metaphor. I can also aid in the understanding of poetry, especially structure, meter and form.

Classics can be a rather difficult content area to absorb. Most students find the work entailed dull. What I find most effective is using provocative yet controlled texts such as Plato's Symposium or Apology in order to communicate what ancient philosophical thought looked like as well as what social norms were at play in antiquity, such as the judicial system.

Now that I finished my Masters Degree and am awaiting the start of PhD work, my availability in New York City is quite open. I am very flexible in terms of timing and scheduling and look forward to speaking with any student and parent seeking the right kind of help for their specific circumstances, always seeking to create a personalized educational plan for each student.
My experience as an undergraduate represented a careful balancing act to acquire the necessary tools for sifting through proto-Christian origins and ancient Roman religions at the graduate level. While not within the history department, my training atmosphere was talked of as historical insofar as texts were interpreted as social documentaries. I Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Brooklyn, NY 11209
In-person lessons
Science:
Archaeology
Music:
Drums
English:
Bible Studies,
Literature
Language:
Greek
History:
Archaeology,
Classics,
Religion,
Social Studies,
World History
Sports/Recreation:
Cooking

Approved subjects are in bold.

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Archaeology

I partook in a Harvard University Archaeological trip that traveled through 25 sites in Greece and Turkey. Thus, specializing in Greco-Roman antiquity and Greco-Roman structures but have knowledge of the East as well.

Bible Studies

My experience as an undergraduate represented a careful balancing act to acquire the necessary tools for sifting through proto-Christian origins and ancient Roman religions at the graduate level. While not within the history department, my training atmosphere was talked of as historical insofar as texts were interpreted as social documentaries. I preferred breadth to specificity early in my career. Training in languages, philosophy, and classical civilizations were major assets for unpacking ancient texts. Choosing to concentrate in sacred texts as a theology major, I began with religious traditions other than Christianity and sought, moreover, a secondary major focusing on ancient philosophy in order better to understand specifically Christianity’s historical climate. I latched onto faculty members and formed relationships constitutive of my academic formation. Two professors specifically transmitted the value of ‘coming to know’ through sustained dialogue. Studying under Professor Brian Johnson, we journeyed through Classical and Hellenistic philosophy over the course of three years. During a doctoral seminar in theology, my mentor, Professor Benjamin Dunning covered, among other topics, ancient magic and constructions of gender and social identity as cult-forming topoi during Roman imperial rule.

Classics

I have studied ancient languages for 7 years both on the graduate and undergraduate level.

Drums

I worked as a Private Percussion Instructor from 08/2009—08/30/2013. And I offered private lessons to intermediate and advanced students (averaging 3-5 students per year). I taught the following instruments: Rudimental snare drum and orchestral snare drum. And I have the following qualifications: ’06, ’07, ’08, ’09 Fort Hamilton Percussion Section Leader (3 bands); ’07, ’08, ’09 Awarded Best Rudimental Percussion Section/Best Orchestral Percussion Section (National Festival Disney, ~50 Schools participate); ’07, ’08, ’09 Best Rudimental Percussion Solo (National Festival).

Greek

I specialize in Greek and have a high school proficiency in modern Greek.

Religion

I graduate with departmental honors from Fordham University as the lead graduating Senior in the Religion Department (summa cum laude 3.85; major GPA 4.00). I earned a Master's in New Testament and Early Roman History from Harvard University.

Social Studies

I'm well versed in Classics, Greco-Roman Antiquity, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Social Theory (especially in the realm of gender, focusing on writers such as Foucault ad Judith Butler). I also took courses in American History, Economics, European History and Eastern History at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Fordham University
Religion, Phil, Clas
Harvard University
Master's

Education

Fordham University (Religion, Phil, Clas)

Harvard University (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Michael will travel within 20 miles of Brooklyn, NY 11209.