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Gallatin professor Laura Slatkin has received the New York University Distinguished Teaching Award for 2011-2012. Established in 1987, the award is given annually to outstanding full-time faculty members in recognition of their exceptional teaching, both within and outside the classroom.
Slatkin has a bachelor of arts in classics from Harvard and a master of arts from the University of Cambridge, also in classics, as well as a doctorate in classical philology from Harvard.
Her research and teaching interests include ancient Greek and Roman poetry, particularly epic, lyric and drama; wisdom traditions in classical and Near Eastern antiquity; gender studies; anthropological approaches to the literature of the ancient Mediterranean world; and cultural poetics.
Slatkin’s courses have included “Gender in Antiquity;” “Ancient Greek and Near Eastern Wisdom Traditions;” “Ancient Reflections in a Time of Modern War;” “Medea and Beloved;” “Classical Drama and its Influences;” and most recently “Antigone(s): Ancient Greece/Performance Now” and “The Iliad and its Legacies in Drama.”
Her book, The Power of Thetis and Selected Essays, was published last year by the Center for Hellenic Studies/Harvard University Press. She is currently a visiting professor in the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago, where she previously taught and where she received the Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.