2019
Fellow

Peter Moench

John S. Lillard Jefferson Fellow
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Degrees:
B.A. St. Olaf College (2009)
M.F.A. University of Washington (2012)
M.A. University of Virginia (2015)
Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
Classics

Bio:

Peter Moench is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Classics at the University of Virginia. Peter’s primary research interest is in ancient Greek poetry, as both an art form and a mode of intellectual reflection. His dissertation, “Pindar’s Physics of Family: Kinship, Heredity, and the Problem of Being Human,” looks at the way the lyric poet, Pindar, uses the concept of family as a way of defining the ambivalent place of humanity in the cosmos in relation to the gods. Peter was awarded a fellowship to study at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens during the 2017-2018 academic year. He has presented his research at the annual conferences of the Society for Classical Studies and the Classical Association of the Middle West and South, as well as to various audiences at the University of Virginia. Peter graduated summa cum laude from St. Olaf College in 2009 with a B.A. in classics and English. He then completed an M.F.A. in poetry at the University of Washington, followed by an M.A. in classics at the University of Virginia. Peter has been awarded a Dean’s Dissertation Completion Fellowship from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences for 2019-2020. Short bio for dinner: Peter Moench is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Classics at the University of Virginia, where he is writing a dissertation entitled, “Pindar’s Physics of Family: Kinship, Heredity, and the Problem of Being Human.” He has presented his research on Greek and Latin poetry at the annual meetings of the Society for Classical Studies and the Classical Association of the Middle West and South, as well as to a variety of audiences at U.Va. Last year, Peter was awarded a fellowship to study for the year at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. Most recently, Peter was awarded a Dean’s Dissertation Completion Fellowship from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences for 2019-2020 will be completing his dissertation at U.Va. next year.

Thesis Description:

Pindar’s Physics of Family: Kinship, Heredity, and the Problem of Being Human

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