“I have always believed in the boundless potential that emerges when people decide to work together,” says junior Anthony Rinaldi. “Gallatin provides the perfect setting for students to come together as well as the guidance they need to ensure their success.”
As a high school student, Rinaldi was interested in history, but also in theater and ceramics. At Gallatin, he found he could combine these interests. “For example,” he says, “I can take a course that is centered around Greek history but uses Greek ceramic collections from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the writings of Greek philosophers to help the class understand the culture and perspectives of the people.”
Rinaldi completed an independent study with Professor Hallie Franks that explored the history and the practices of the ancient Iranian/Persian religion known as Zoroastrianism. “That independent study made me aware of the enormous amount of fascinating historical material I can draw on when I decide to write and produce my own plays,” he says.
Rinaldi has also been involved with the Gallatin Theatre Troupe and is a member of NADI: The Middle Eastern Study Society. “The club has members who study current Middle Eastern history, ancient Middle Eastern history (like myself), people who are just interested in learning more about that area of the world and people from that part of the world,” he says. “It is awesome because instead of learning from a book or a professor, we use each other as resources for acquiring knowledge.”