AcademicsEmily Pillinger - Classics Fellow
'To understand the workings of a foreign language is one thing', says Emily Pillinger (Mimi to her friends), 'but to appreciate the subtleties of it and see how it reflects the lives and emotions of individuals is a real thrill. Moreover when you manage to fit a few of these spectacular works of literature together to form a broader picture of life between 2000 and 3000 years distant from us, you get this eerie sense of affinity with the individuals who make up that world: it reflects back on our own lives and experiences'.
This passion for the classics led Mimi to her current place as Marlboro's 26th classics fellow. The fellowship program, started in 1963, annually brings to campus a recent Oxford University graduate to teach classical studies and Greek and Latin language courses.
For Mimi, a single-minded passion is not necessary to study the classics. 'To grasp any side of it - drama, philosophy, history - you have to combine a measure of linguistic discipline with a broader understanding and appreciation of the issues at stake. This combination is not only really valuable for transfer to other academic areas, but it invariably proves enjoyable in its own right.
At Marlboro, Mimi teaches language courses both in Latin and Ancient Greek, as well as classes examining English translations of classical literature, including Greek tragedy and Latin love poetry.
B.A., New College, Oxford, 2001. Marlboro College 2001--