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Linda Gillison, Professor, Classics

Office
Location: LA 429
Hours: Autumn, 2013:  MWRF  2:00-3:00, R 3:00-4:00, and by appointment          

Contact
Phone: (406) 243-2719
Email: linda.gillison@mso.umt.edu

Description

Professor Linda W. Gillison received her Ph.D. in Classics at the University of Minnesota, where her work focused on Greco-Roman historiography.  Her dissertation considered the rhetorical construction, by the historian Tacitus in his Annales, of the imperial female figure.  Gillison came to UM-M in 1992 and has served twice as chairperson of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures. She teaches Latin and Greek language and literature at all levels, Roman Culture and Civilization, Classical Mythology, and Women in Antiquity.  She has regularly directed the UM-M (Wintersession) Study Abroad program in Italy.  Her research continues in the area of Greco-Roman historiography and Roman social history.

Education

Ph.D. in Classics at the University of Minnesota, where her work focused on Greco-Roman historiography.  Her dissertation considered the rhetorical construction, by the historian Tacitus in his Annales of the imperial female figure

She is a member of the Green Thread Initiative of The University of Montana for 2013-2014.

Professor Gillison is also a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, having held the Rome Prize in Classics in 1981.

Teaching Experience

(Ancient) Greek Language, all levels

Latin  Language, all levels

Greek Literature, all levels

Latin literature, all levels

Roman History, upper-division and lower-division undergraduate

Classical (Greco-Roman) Historiography, graduate and undergraduate levels

Classical (Greek and Roman) rhetoric

Women in Antiquity

Roman Culture and Civilization

Classical (Greco-Roman) Mythology

MOLLI instructor (UM-M):  Mythology, Roman Culture and Civilization

Professional Experience

Fellow, American Academy in Rome (Rome Prize, Classics, 1981)

Speaker, MCH (Humanities Montana) Speakers' Bureau;  Great Falls, MT ("The Urban Gardens of Ancient Rome: A Rhetoric of Power")

Director, UM-M Study Abroad in Italy

Chairperson, Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures (2002-2006, 2009-2012)

Advanced Placement Latin Test Committee:  Chairperson, member

Institue of Medicine and the Humanities (UM-M and S. Patrick's Hospital and Health Care Center):  Chairperson, member

Facilitator, UM-M Alumni Association Community Lecture Series (15 annual series)

Member, UM-M Green Thread Initiative (2013-4)

 

Specialized Skills

German language--fluent

Italian language--working

French language--reading

Latin, Ancient Greek--mastery

Field of Study

Current, continuing research focuses on the role and use of the concept of auctoritas in Cicero's de Officiis. Research in connection with the Green Thread Initiative focuses on human sustainability in the mature Roman Empire.

Earlier research has focused on Women in Antiquity (the elder Agrippina in Tacitus's Annales), Greco-Roman historiography (the concept of hope in Thucydides; a re-reading of the Tacitean Germanicus,Livian re-working of Herodotean narrative material, inter alia).

 

International Experience

Presenter, Centennial Celebration of the American Academy in Rome (June, 1993) ("On the Trail of Garden Ghosts")

Visiting Student, Ruprecht Karl Universitat, Heidelberg, Germany (1972-73)

Fellowship year at American Academy in Rome (Classics Prize, 1981)

Director, UM-M Study Abroad in Italy (1996, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011)

Presenter, International Conference on Sustainability; Split, Croatia; January, 2014 ("Human Sustainability in the Mature Roman Empire")

 

Courses

CLAS/LS 160L, Classical Mythology (Spring, 2014)

CLAS 170, Honors Seminar:  Mythology (Spring, 2014)

CLAS/LS 320, Women in Antiquity (Fall, 2013)

LATN 101-102, Elementary Latin I, II (Fall, spring, 2013-2014)

LATN 311, Major Authors (Tacitus, Dialogus de Oratoribus, fall, 2013)

Honors

Rome Prize, American Academy in Rome (Classics, 1981)

Outstanding Faculty Member Award, UM-M

NACADA (National Advising Association), Honorable Mention

Tom Boone Town and Gown Award (2012) with Christopher Comer