Benjamin Eldon Stevens, Ph.D.
- Visiting Assistant Professor , Classical Studies
Teaching Philosophy: A Joyful Philology
Aiming at 'education' in an ancient sense of the word—a 'leading out' from provincial beginnings into larger, more cosmopolitan worlds—my teaching centers on combining scholarly rigor with a sense of wonder. Although as a professor I have information to convey, above all I seek to emphasize diverse modes of inquiry and the high value of divergent thinking. Students in my classes are thus encouraged to discover how a deepening mastery of materials and methods leads to more meaningful spontaneity in inquiry and interpretation: joyful philology as a foundation for lifelong learning.
I have been a visiting assistant professor at Trinity since fall 2015. Previously, I taught at Bryn Mawr College, Hollins University, the University of Colorado at Boulder, and Bard College, including for the Bard Prison Initiative.
My research falls into two main areas:
CLASSICAL RECEPTIONS FILM SERIES
Every week (Thursdays, 7pm, RCC 319), I screen a film drawing on an ancient story. The theme for fall 2019, combining FYE HUMA and HIST 3318, is ‘Dreams of Power & Truth.’