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Valerie OrlandoGregory A. Staley
Professor of Classics

Gregory Staley is the Director of Honors Humanities and a Professor of Classics.  As a scholar his research focuses on the Roman poet and philosopher Seneca and on the influence of the Classical Greek and Roman worlds on American culture.  He is the author of Seneca and the Idea of Tragedy, published by Oxford University Press in 2010, editor of American Women and Classical Myths, published by Baylor University Press in 2008, and the author of scholarly articles and chapters on topics such as “Making Oedipus Roman,” “T. S. Eliot’s Seneca,” and “Rip Van Winkle’s Odyssey.”  In 1999 he won an award for Excellence in Teaching from the American Philological Association, the national organization of professors of Classics. He has served as a Lilly Fellow and been elected to the Academy for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at the University of Maryland.

Professor Staley first began his study of Latin at North Hagerstown High School here in Maryland. He earned his A.B. in Latin at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA, where he received the Filler Prize in Classics. He was a Proctor Fellow at Princeton University, receiving there both his M.A. and Ph.D. in Classics. He did postgraduate work in 1983-84 as a Rome Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Rome. He has won several grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities to conduct seminars for teachers on Roman culture, classical mythology, and on America’s classical traditions.


Dana Carluccio
Associate Director
Ph.D. in English, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dana Carluccio is the Associate Director of Honors Humanities. Her research explores how literature can shape the history of science. She has published articles about relations between Harlem Renaissance writers and evolutionary theory in Twentieth Century Literature and about 19th-century evolutionary psychology in Signs. She is working on a book called Unintentional Passing: An American Experiment in the Embodied Mind.

Before coming to Maryland, Dr. Carluccio spent two years in Stanford's Introductory Studies program, where she taught courses on science and popular culture, gender studies, and the rhetoric of science. This year at Maryland, she is teaching the second-year Honors Humanities seminar and a course for freshmen on speculative fiction.


Abram Fox
Program Coordinator and Lecturer
Ph.D. Student in Art History and Archaeology; M.A., University of Maryland, Art History and Archaeology; B.A., University of Maryland, History; B.A., University of Maryland, Art History and Archaeology

Abram Fox is a sixth-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at the University of Maryland. Abram's research examines Anglo-American painter Benjamin West and the transatlantic artist exchange involving West's studio around the turn of the nineteenth century. His work explores the intersection of painting theory, national and artistic identity, and late-Enlightenment era family structure. Abram has also published work on wide-ranging subjects including the pedagogical strategies utilizing comic books in art history courses, faculty perceptions of active learning strategies, and postcards and material culture at early-twentieth-century Czech gymnastics festivals.

In 2011 Abram received the Mark H. Sandler Teaching Award from the Department of Art History and Archaeology and was named a Distinguished Teaching Assistant by the Center for Teaching Excellence. He has taught a number of courses at the University of Maryland, including ARTH389E: Dark Knight and Da Vinci: Comic Books and "High" Art in the 21st Century, which he developed and which examines comic books, internet art, and other emergent art forms. Abram also works as a docent for Context Travel in Washington, D.C., contributes to Smarthistory at Khan Academy, and volunteers at and serves on the Board of Directors for the Laurel Historical Society in Laurel, MD.

As an undergraduate at the University of Maryland Abram was a member of Honors Humanities. He also served as a Doctoral Teaching Apprentice Fellow for Honors Humanities in 2012-13, during which he scheduled the "Close Playing" symposium series, and will teach HHUM205 in fall 2013. Abram was previously a Graduate School/George Levitine Fellow with the Department of Art History and Archaeology, and held an internship at the Department of Education at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C


Valerie OrlandoNancy Stewart
Program Coordinator and Lecturer
Ph.D. Candidate in English Literature); M.A. Ohio State University; M.A. St. John’s College; B.A. Miami University

Nancy is a Ph.D. candidate in the English Department at the University of Maryland.  Nancy’s research explores the intersection between modern cognitive science and mid-twentieth century experimental British fiction.  Her dissertation, Novel Minds: Modern Cognitive Science and the Origin of Postmodernism, examines how the onslaught of cognitive science transmuted conceptions of identity and how, in turn, it transformed aesthetic representations of human consciousness.

In 2013, Nancy received the James A. Robinson Award for Teaching Excellence; in 2012, she was awarded the CTE Distinguished Teaching Assistant Award.  While at the University of Maryland, she has taught courses on the novel, British literature from the 1800s through today, as well as LGBT literature.

While an undergraduate at Miami University, Nancy was a proud member of her university’s Honors program and considers it an invaluable part of her undergraduate experience.  The program allowed her to form close working relationships with other members of the Honors program, as well as conduct research in Vietnam and China.




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