Students in a Saint Martin's classroom
June 29, 2016

LACEY, Wash. – Stephen X. Mead, Ph.D., Saint Martin’s University professor of English, is one of a select group of faculty participants chosen by the Council of Independent Colleges and Harvard University’s Center for Hellenic Studies to participate in its upcoming Ancient Greece in the Modern Classroom seminar, “The Histories of Herodotus.”

The seminar will be July 25-31 at the center, which is in Washington, D.C. Seminar leaders are Gregory Nagy, Ph.D., the Francis Jones Professor of Classical Greek Literature and a professor of comparative literature at Harvard University, and Kenneth Scott Morrell, Ph.D., associate professor of Greek and Roman studies at Rhodes College.

Designed for non-specialists, the seminars help keep time-honored classics such as the “Histories” alive and relevant, as well as enrich the general education program at the participants’ schools. When participants discuss the books and their contexts at the seminar, they develop a better grasp of the works and how they can introduce them to students more effectively, the center says.

Saint Martin’s Provost Molly E. Smith, Ph.D., a fellow professor of English who has co-taught with Mead and shares research interests with him, said, “Stephen is an avid learner and dedicated teacher; the seminar will allow him to extend his teaching in areas that will benefit our students. I look forward to learning about the seminar upon his return, in part also because I would like to encourage faculty to apply for seminars such as this in future.”

Mead, a Saint Martin’s faculty member since 1986, is a scholar in Shakespeare and early modern poetry and drama. He teaches a broad range of courses, including expository and creative writing, drama, poetry, the Great War, Shakespeare, English renaissance, medieval studies and Catholic literature.

For more information about the seminar, visit the center’s website at

Saint Martin’s University is an independent, four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washing­ton. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedic­tine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 25 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,100 undergraduate students and 340 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and 350 more students to its extended campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Centralia College and Tacoma Community College. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at

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Molly E. Smith, Ph.D.
Provost and Professor of English

Genevieve Canceko Chan
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