Marlboro College

Academics William Guast - Classics Fellow

Contact William Guast; 802-251-7642

WIlliam received First Class Honours at Oxford, and several academic prizes for Latin language, verse composition, and historical linguistics. He held a variety of administrative positions during his time at Oxford, including serving as a Tutorial Secretary, Doorkeeper and Cathedral Assistant, and Campus Guide.  William has also volunteered at a homeless shelter and an aged care home, and expects to continue to be involved in community activities in addition to teaching during his career.  He expects that the New England countryside will offer him opportunities for the long distance running and walking that he enjoys, and expects that his other extra-curricular interests in singing, piano, community service and debating will enable him to play a full part in the life of the Marlboro community.

Teaching Philosophy

William says he will relish the chance to put his strong linguistic background to use in teaching languages.  He feels that "Marlboro's is a culture in which I am sure I will thrive: a diverse and free-thinking student body and faculty, with broad academic interests; small classes and tutorials, enabling students to realise fully their intellectual ambitions; and the chance to expand my own intellectual horizons through supporting collateral work."  William has always found the combination of solitude and nature very conducive to academic endeavour.  He also notes that "the liberal arts began in a specific historical context – ancient Greece - to meet specific educational needs – those of the world’s first democracy. Once citizens had decided to settle their disagreements not by force but by open debate and free vote, then the skills taught by the liberal arts – to see both sides of a case, to question orthodoxy, to articulate our views clearly – became indispensable."

B.A., University of Oxford, 2009; Marlboro College 2010 -


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