BMCR 2007.01.35

Response: Classics: A Memoir

Response to 2007.01.10

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William Van Sickle III is right to say that there could be no “Grene School” of classical scholarship, because David Grene’s approach to literary texts was highly individual, indeed inimitable. But he did have a number of doctoral students in the Committee who went on to make careers in Classics: most notably Seth Benardete (Ph.D. 1955, Professor of Classics, New York University, 1964-2001) and James Redfield (Ph.D. 1961, Edward Olson Distinguished Service Professor, the Committee on Social Thought and the Department of Classical Languages and Literatures, University of Chicago). The others of whom I am aware, other than myself (Ph.D. 1982, Associate Professor of Classics, University of Maryland), are Richard Garner (Ph.D. 1983, Associate Professor of Classics at Yale 1983-93, now Dean of the Honors College at Adelphi University); Stephanie Nelson (Ph. D. 1992, Assistant Professor of Classics, Boston University); Robert Vacca (Ph.D. 1973, recently deceased after a long teaching career at Notre Dame University); and Marc Witkin (Ph.D. 1990, Associate Professor of Classics, Middlebury College). Many other students of Grene’s who earned Ph.D.s in Social Thought went on to teach in departments of English, comparative literature, or government (Allan Bloom, mentioned by Prof. Calder, was in the Government department at Cornell before returning to Social Thought) or in general humanities programs.