Department of Classics
6086 Reed Hall Room 201
Hanover, NH 03755
Dartmouth Fulbright Winner
Anna Leah Bernstein Simpson
When she moved to Belgium from the United States in first grade, Anna Leah Berstein Simpson '13 struggled to learn the country's language of French. By the time she moved back to the U.S. in fourth grade, she was almost fluent.
"Learning a new language is a very empowering experience," she says. Her experience in Belgium, Berstein Simpson says, is one reason she is looking forward to teaching English in France as the recipient of a French Government English Teaching Assistantship through the Fulbright Program.
Berstein Simpson, who is from Bethesda, Md., believes Dartmouth helped prepare her for teaching. She served as head writing assistant for the Student Center for Research, Writing, and Information Technology, a position in which she helped tutor fellow students. She has also worked as a drill instructor in the French department.
"Dartmouth has given me lots of opportunities to work and think of myself as a teacher," says Berstein Simpson.
She is finishing an honors thesis with Roberta Stewart, professor and chair of classical studies.
"Intellectually and personally, Anna Leah displays herself as a thoughtful global citizen deeply concerned with fundamental issues of the global community," says Stewart.
Berstein Simpson says she has enjoyed the compassion of Dartmouth professors and students alike.
"What I really appreciate about Dartmouth is how supportive the community is," says Berstein Simpson. "Students are really excited to share their interests and also their enthusiasm for their friends' interests. I think that really speaks very well of the Dartmouth community."
The 2009 APA Award for Excellence in Teaching at the Pre-collegiate Level goes to Stergios "Sterg" Lazos, Class of 1984. Congratulations!
During twenty-five years of teaching, Sterg has created a Latin program at one school, helped another grow from 19 students to over 100, and at St. Edward High School has increased classics offerings from four courses to twelve, including Greek. Twice the Ohio Classical Conference has chosen his program as the best in the state.
We cherish our relationship with former students and always look forward to hearing from you.
The pooled resources of many generous contributors have funded our most exciting lecture series, the prestigious Benefactors’ Fund lecture, which brings to Dartmouth such distinguished classicists as Thomas Habinek of the University of Southern California, Lesley Dean Jones of the University of Texas, and award-winning novelist, journalist and critic Daniel Mendelsohn.
Philanthropy to the department by generous alums have also made it possible for Classics students to participate in archaeological digs, carry out research at universities and museums around the world, and to complete off-term study programs in the Mediterranean.
Those with fond memories of studying in Reed 322, our departmental library, will be pleased to learn that supplementary funding contributed by supporters of the Classics has enabled the purchase of many new items, including the convenient Loeb Classical Library series and the student-friendly Latin and Greek texts of the Bryn Mawr commentaries.
Last Updated: 8/6/13