Faculty Seminar | Ancient Medicine 2017
|June 26, 2017||Posted by Rose Milnes under Sunoikisis News||
The 2017 Sunoikisis Ancient Medicine Faculty Course Development Seminar took place at the Center for Hellenic Studies from Wednesday, June 8th to Monday, June 12th. Participating faculty members gathered at the CHS in order to develop an inter-institutional course on Ancient Science with a focus on Ancient Medicine scheduled for this year’s fall semester.
This year, thirteen faculty members, including the course director, Lindsay Samson, and course consultant, Mark Schiefsky (Harvard University), took part in the seminar. In the opening session, faculty discussed ways to open up the field of classics to make it relevant to the growing population of pre-med students at universities. They shifted from the previous years’ methodology and decided not to create a classical-language-specific course, but instead one taught in translation in order to meet the needs of a greater variety of students. The course still leaves open the option for translation sections.
The participants discussed ways to include integral parts of the classics curriculum, like philology, in a class where not everyone knows Greek or Latin. Concerned that Classics in a globalizing world was becoming too Eurocentric, the faculty determined that steps should be taken to include sources from places outside the Latin- and Greek-speaking world. Through this methodology, they hope not only to create a class that is relevant to the modern student, but also to foster a continued interest in Classics – reflected in enrollment in ancient language classes.
Throughout the seminar, faculty made presentations on articles selected by the course consultants. These presentations provided the participants with an overview of research on ancient medical thought and practices, and helped assemble themes for the course and topics for discussion with students. Topics for discussion in the course include temple medicine, philosophy, gender and reproductive sciences, research, and ethics. With such topics in mind, faculty chose selections from authors, such as Galen and Hippocrates, over a period of 1500 years, from Egypt to Babylon to Rome and Greece.
At the end of course, students will submit proposals for research papers. Students are encouraged to submit these proposals for consideration for the 2018 Sunoikisis Undergraduate Research Symposium (SURS), a workshop for undergraduate research. Papers workshopped at SURS will be published in the Sunoikisis Undergraduate Research Journal in August of 2018. Any undergraduate from an institution in the U.S. may apply to participate in the Symposium, although priority will be given to students participating in the fall Sunoikisis courses.
Sunoikisis extends special thanks to this year’s consultant, Mark Schiefsky (Harvard University), and to the course director, Lindsay Samson (CHS Sunoikisis Fellow in Curricular Development).
The following faculty attended the 2017 Sunoikisis Ancient Science seminar: Greg Crane (Tufts University), David Driscoll (Miami University), Ryan Fowler (Franklin & Marshall College), Josh Hartman (University of Waterloo, Ontario), Kenny Morrell (Rhodes College), Louise Pratt (Emory University), Cliff Robinson (University of Sciences in Philadelphia), Luis Salas (Washington University in St. Louis), Lindsay Samson (Georgia State), Mark Schiefsky (Harvard University), Heather Vincent (Eckerd College), and Hans Wietzke (Carleton College).
If you are interested in participating in the Ancient Science course this fall, but are not a student at a participating institution, or if you are a professor who wants to get involved with Sunoikisis, please contact us. Please also take a look at our list of frequently asked questions.
Written by Rose Milnes and Mike Saridakis (with the help of Adam Beckwith)
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