Prof. Godbey Selected for National Seminar on Ancient Greece

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HARTSVILLE, S.C. – April 4, 2012 – Coker College Assistant Professor of English Education Margaret Godbey has been selected to participate in a seminar on bringing ancient Greece into the modern college classroom.

Nationally, only 20 faculty members were selected for the program, “Song Culture of Athenian Drama,” which will take place July 23–29 at the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C.

“I look forward to this outstanding opportunity to learn from noted scholars and expand my knowledge of Greek literature and culture,” Godbey said.  “This seminar will help me create an exciting class geared toward the interests and needs of Coker undergraduates.”

Led by Greek scholars Gregory Nagy of Harvard and Kenneth Scott Morell of Rhodes College, the annual program is designed to address the challenge of keeping alive in undergraduate education classical texts such as the “Iliad,” “Odyssey,” the Homeric hymns, the poetry of Hesiod and the “Histories of Herodotus” that a generation ago were read and understood by every college graduate.

“Dr. Godbey is a creative, innovative and highly motivated teacher who is exceptionally capable of capturing the interest of students,” said Coker College Provost Tracy Parkinson, who nominated her for the program. “Her potential to have a positive influence on countless students over a career at Coker is bounded only by time and resources.  I am confident that she will develop fresh ways to make these classical texts more accessible and meaningful to our students.”

Godbey joined Coker’s faculty in 2011.  She earned her doctorate from Temple University, a Master of Arts in English from DePaul University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from New York University.

Song Culture of Athenian Drama is cosponsored by the Center for Hellenic Studies and the Council of Independent Colleges and is made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


PHOTO:  Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C.


Coker College readies undergraduates for personal and professional success through a distinctive four-year program that emphasizes a practical application of the liberal arts as well as hands-on and discussion-based learning within and beyond the classroom. Coker is ranked among the “Best Colleges” in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review. Located in Hartsville, S.C., Coker is within two hours of the cultural, financial and recreational resources of Charlotte, Columbia, Charleston and Myrtle Beach.


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