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Major & Certificates: 
Classics
Year of Graduation: 
2010
Occupation: 
Assistant Professor, Dept of History at Univ of Montana

Claire Rydell Arcenas is Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the University of Montana. After graduating from UW-Madison with degrees in Classics and History in 2010, she earned a Ph.D. at Stanford University in History. Professor Rydell is an American historian who studies and teaches about transatlantic intellectual, cultural, and political exchange in the late seventeenth and the mid twentieth centuries. She has just completed a book on the influence of the seventeenth-century English philosopher John Locke on American thought and culture over the last three hundred years, Locke in America (under contract with the University of Chicago Press). Her current research is supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation, the Huntington Library, the Harry Ransom Center, and the Rothermere American Institute.

Major & Certificates: 
Classics
Year of Graduation: 
1998
Occupation: 
Assistant Professor, School of Information at UC Berkeley

David Bamman is Assistant Professor in the School of Information at UC Berkeley, where he works on applying natural language processing and machine learning to empirical questions in the humanities and social sciences. After graduating from UW-Madison with a major in Classics in 1998, he received a Ph.D. at Carnegie Mellon (School of Computer Science, Language Technologies Institute) and was a senior researcher at the Perseus Project of Tufts University. The National Endowment for the Humanities is currently funding his research using visual information in the computational analysis of books, and in 2017 he won an Amazon Research Award to support work on the computational analysis of literary texts.

Major & Certificates: 
Classics
Year of Graduation: 
1999
Occupation: 
Musician, Modern Bard

I am a full-time musician with several facets to my career: the most relevant to my education in Classics is that I travel the country as a modern bard performing a 30 minute one man original musical interpretation of Homer's Odyssey for mostly high school and college audiences.  I've done this piece over 200 times in 32 states (and Canada). I use the performance to spark discussion around epic poetry, oral tradition, and classical culture, and to try to make the story of Odysseus (and the mode in which it was originally transmitted) relevant for modern audiences. After years of operating on my own, I am now partnering with The Paideia Institute.

Major & Certificates: 
Classics and Zoology
Year of Graduation: 
2013
Occupation: 
Library Circulation Clerk, Dog Trainer & Behavior Consultant

I am employed at a local public library, where I enjoy handling circulating materials and interacting with patrons. In addition, I am passionate about animal behavior and work to help people and their pets as a trainer for Wag the Dog and Company, LLC. As part of my preparation for this position, I completed an internship at Wolf Park in early 2015 to gain practical animal-handling experience.  As an intern, I had the opportunity to meet the park's wolves, coyotes, and foxes, to participate in positive reinforcement-based training sessions, and to assist with ongoing behavioral research.

Major & Certificates: 
Classics, Classical Humanities, Legal Studies, Certificate in European Studies
Year of Graduation: 
2010
Occupation: 
Still She Rises, non-profit

I am a George Kaiser Family Foundation Women's Justice Fellow at Still She Rises, Tulsa. Still She Rises is the first public defender office in the country dedicated exclusively to the representation of mothers in the criminal justice system. I graduated from UCLA School of Law in May 2018 where I was a student in the David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy. I was first drawn to public service during college. I had the opportunity to intern for both a state senator in Madison and a U.S. senator in Washington, D.C. These experiences were inspiring and motivated my commitment to give back to others.

Major & Certificates: 
Classics, Classical Humanities, and Latin Education
Year of Graduation: 
2013
Occupation: 
High School Latin Teacher, Wauwatosa East and West High Schools

I teach Latin full time to high schoolers in Wauwatosa, WI. This year (2016-2017) will be my 3rd school year teaching in the district. My dream is to start an Ancient Greek program alongside the Latin program in the district and to teach philosophy to high schoolers some day.

Major & Certificates: 
Classical Humanities and History, Certificate in European Studies
Year of Graduation: 
2011
Occupation: 
Latin instructor at St. Ambrose Academy

Since graduating from the UW in 2011, I have been a high school history and Latin instructor at St. Ambrose Academy, a Catholic Classical school for middle and high school students in Madison, WI. As of 2018, I am also pursuing a Master’s in Classical Studies with an emphasis in Latin through Villanova University.

Major & Certificates: 
Classics and History, Certificate in European Studies
Year of Graduation: 
2011
Occupation: 
Chocolate Maker

I run a start-up bean-to-bar chocolate making company here in Madison, called Wm. Chocolate. About half of my time goes into making chocolate, and the other half is spent on sales and other business-related activities.

Major & Certificates: 
Classics, Classical Humanities, Italian, Certificate in European Studies
Year of Graduation: 
2014
Occupation: 
Graduate Student

I'm in my second year of the PhD program in Classics at the University of California, Berkeley. 

Major & Certificates: 
Classics and History
Year of Graduation: 
2007
Occupation: 
Lecturer in Classics, San Francisco State University (Spring 2019)

I finished my Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology at Harvard in May 2016, and I now have a two-year position in the Department of Art History at Rice University in Houston. I will teach one course each semester, on various topics related to ancient art and archaeology, and I will continue my own research. I’ll be working on publishing my dissertation as a book, and on various shorter articles and conference presentations. In the summers I’ll participate in archaeological field projects in Greece or Italy.

Major & Certificates: 
Classics and Art History
Year of Graduation: 
2010
Occupation: 
Graduate Student

I am a graduate student in the department of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology at Bryn Mawr College. Prior to Bryn Mawr, I completed a Master's degree in Classics at the University of Kansas. I currently excavate with the American Excavations at Morgantina: Contrada Agnese Project (AEM:CAP) in central Sicily.