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I teach in the Literature program at Bard College. I’m also affiliated with and regularly teach classes and tutorials in the programs of Philosophy, Classics, and Experimental Humanities. I occasionally teach a class in Theater & Performance and am also affiliated with German Studies. Recent courses include Ancient Quarrels: Literature and Its Critique in Classical AntiquityThe Birth of Tragedy and the Death of Tragedy; Courage: Achilles, Socrates, Antigone, Mother CourageCitizens of the World: Ancient, Modern, ContemporarySurvey of Drama: Euripides and Nietzsche; Socrates: Man, Myth, MonsterPlato’s Writing: Dialogue and Dialectic; and Ethical Life in Classical Antiquity. Tutorials I’ve taught include Essay as Experiment; Kant’s Critique of Judgement; Nietzsche’s Beyond Good and Evil, and The Bacchae Project. Each autumn, I teach a section of Bard’s First Year Seminar program, currently organized under the title, What is Freedom?. Before coming to Bard, I taught at the University of Chicago in the Social Sciences Core and in the Humanities Core.

For five years, I directed Bard’s Language & Thinking program: see here.

A statement about my teaching is available here. I am currently working with the Social Sciences Research Council on a project aimed in part at forging mutually invigorating links between liberal arts teaching and cutting edge research in the social sciences (see here).

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