Wesleyan Center for Prison Education Receives Onassis Foundation Fellowship

For Release: November 9, 2018

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Wesleyan Center for Prison Education Receives Onassis Foundation Fellowship

The Wesleyan Center for Prison Education (CPE) is pleased to announce that Andrew Szegedy-Maszak, Jane E. Seney Professor of Greek, has been named the Onassis Foundation Teaching Fellow in Culture and Humanities. The fellowship will support his course CCIV 231 Greek History, which he will teach at Cheshire Correctional Institution in spring 2019. The Onassis Foundation established the fellowship with the aim of promoting Greek culture through expanded college course offerings in Greek philosophy, humanities, art, and politics; through a partnership with the Bard Prison Initiative, Onassis invited partners from across the Consortium for the Liberal Arts in Prison to apply for the titled, distinguished fellowship. Prof. Szegedy-Maszak was selected as one of two inaugural fellows.

Prof. Szegedy-Maszak’s selection is a testament to his stellar reputation in the field of classical studies and his innovative and student-centric approach to teaching, and his CPE course is a continuation of his robust commitment to expanding access to the liberal arts and classical studies. He serves on both the CPE Faculty Advisory Committee and the CPE External Advisory Board, and is a faculty mentor for Wesleyan’s Posse Veteran Scholars program. His popular The Ancient Greeks MOOC, offered through Coursera, has brought Greek history to thousands of individuals worldwide.

Greek History continues CPE’s proud tradition of including classical studies as a critical part of the CPE curriculum. The course examines the development of Greek civilization from Mycenaean times through the death of Alexander the Great, with a special emphasis on the connection between political events and cultural and intellectual trends.  Past CPE courses in classical studies have included PHIL 207: Live Like a Philosopher (An Introduction to Ancient Philosophy); CCIV 202: Greek Drama; and CCIV 112: Three Great Myths.

CPE is grateful for the support of the Onassis Foundation and the Bard Prison Initiative for this special opportunity. CPE also thanks Prof. Szegedy-Maszak for his ongoing commitment to both Wesleyan University and to CPE.