Ohio Wesleyan University’s Classics National Honor Society To Host Lecture, Induct New Members Oct. 22

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DELAWARE, Ohio – Ohio Wesleyan University’s Iota Eta chapter of Eta Sigma Phi, the Classics National Honor Society, will host a talk on Ovid’s Heroides at 5 p.m. Oct. 22 in the Bayley Room of Beeghly Library, 43 Rowland Ave., Delaware. The event is free and open to the public.

Classics professor Erika Nesholm, Ph.D., of Kenyon College will discuss the collection of mythological verse epistles that only recently has begun to receive extensive critical commentary from Classics scholars. Nesholm currently is working on a book about these poems. She also has published scholarly articles on other Latin authors and works, most recently a paper on one of Catullus’ poems in the Belgian Classics journal Latomus.

Nesholm’s lecture is part of the celebration to honor two outstanding Ohio Wesleyan undergraduate majors in Classics: junior Marissa Popeck of Canonsburg, Pa., and senior Sidney Kochman of Brookfield, Conn. These students will join two Ohio Wesleyan students initiated last year in the inaugural event of the local chapter, and they will be invited to the society’s annual meeting in March, where their names will be officially entered into the society’s rolls.

Eta Sigma Phi is devoted to the spread of classical learning, especially knowledge of the Greek and Latin languages. Student initiates into the society must have exemplary records of achievement in Classics, especially advanced work in the ancient languages. The local Iota Eta chapter is advised by Ohio Wesleyan Classics faculty Lee Fratantuono, Ph.D., and Caroline Stark, Ph.D., and helps to organize the series of lectures that brings prominent Classics scholars to campus.

Learn more about Ohio Wesleyan’s Department of Humanities-Classics.


Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier small, private universities. Ohio Wesleyan offers more than 90 undergraduate majors, sequences, and courses of study, and 23 NCAA Division III varsity sports. OWU combines an internationally focused curriculum with off-campus learning and leadership opportunities that connect classroom theory with real-world practice. Located in Delaware, Ohio, OWU’s 1,850 students represent 41 states and 45 countries. The university is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” listed on the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with distinction, and included on the “best colleges” lists of U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Learn more at www.owu.edu.

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