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The Hill School and Valencia College invite applications to the NEH Institute, Timeless Parallels: Veteran Voices and Classical Literature


This program is open to all secondary school teachers of Latin, Ancient Greek, English, or History.

Program Description:

This Institute will enable secondary school teachers to develop curriculum that draws parallels between the experience of veterans in the modern and ancient worlds, exploring such issues as homecoming and reintegration into civilian life; the treatment of veterans; the problem of war trauma and treatment of PTSD; and, the role of society in sharing the burdens of veteran experiences.

Program Costs:

A generous stipend from the National Endowment of The Humanities of $2,850 will be used by participants may be used to cover all program costs, including travel, lodging, and meals.

Core Texts:

Homer’s Odyssey

· Sophocles’ Antigone

· Vergil’s Aeneid

· Caesar’s Gallic Wars


· Bryan Doerries, the Artistic Director of Theater of War Productions.

· Dr. Peter Meineck, founder of Aquila Theatre and Endowed Chair of Classics in the Modern World at NYU.

· Joe Goodkin, author and performer of a one-man folk-opera interpretation of Homer’s Odyssey.

· Bassem Chaaban, director of the Peace Institute and Executive Director for American Islam, a National organization focused on helping to dispel stereotypes and misconceptions about Islam and Muslims.

· Elizabeth Jackson, a U.S. Army Veteran who served in the Iraq War and today works as a Veteran Outreach Program Specialist.

The Institute will also feature a variety of master teachers, from both the college and secondary levels, U.S. combat veterans, and professional actors who will stage a production of Sophocles’ Antigone.

Dates & Locations:

The Hill School, Pottstown, PA

o In-person July 6-20, 2022

o The Institute will also take place virtually July 5 & July 22-25, 2022


o The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City

o The Penn Museum at The University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia

o Arts Fest, at Penn State in State College, Pennsylvania

For application guidelines and to apply, please click here. Applications are due by March 1, 2022.

If you have any questions, please contact Program Director Julie Montione.

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