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Dr. Benjamin S. Haller

Dr. Benjamin S. Haller

Batten Associate Professor of Classics

Birdsong 107
757.233.8811
bhaller@vwc.edu
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Benjamin Haller received a B.A., Summa Cum Laude, in Classics with a specialization in Ancient Greek from the College of William and Mary and a Ph.D. in Classics from the University of Pittsburgh.  His dissertation addressed the poetics of landscape description in Homer's Odyssey, and since completing his dissertation he has published peer-reviewed articles on Homer and related topics in highly competitive journals such as TAPA and CP

He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and regularly presents his scholarship at regional and national professional organizations such as CAAS and CAMWS.

Dr. Haller is Coordinator for the Classics Department, and has taught every Classics, Latin, and Greek course in the catalog, and is teaching seven tutorials in addition to his regular Spring teaching load this semester.

He has served as Co-Chair of the Educational Programs Committee, as Faculty Secretary (Fall 2012-Spring 2013), and as a member of the Academic Excellence and Experiential Learning subcommittees of Strategic Planning (2013-2014). Currently he serves as a member of the INTEL Committee (Bayside and Roberto Clemente initiative subcommittees), of the Academic Effectiveness Committee, of the Strategic Priority 1 Strategic Planning Subcommittee, and of the Faculty Mentoring Advisory Committee, and is co-chair of VWC's QEP Committee. 

Dr. Haller also engages in service to the profession, recently taking on the responsibility of serving as Area Chair for the Classical Representations in Popular Culture panel of the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association, and to the community, serving on the film committee for the Tidewater area LGBT "Reel it Out" film series.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Journals

Day, Kirsten and Benjamin Haller. 2014.  “καλ?ν ?νθρωπ?νου β?ου κ?τοπτρον:” Popular Culture as a Pedagogical Lens on Greco-Roman Antiquity. Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy 1(1). http://journaldialogue.org/issues/issue-1/popular-culture-as-a-pedagogical-lens-on-greco-roman-antiquity/

Haller, Benjamin S. 2014. "The Labyrinth of Memory: Iphigeneia, Simonides, and Classical Models of Architecture as Mind in Chris Nolan’s Inception (2010)." Dialogue Vol 1.

Haller, Benjamin S. 2013. “Dolios in Odyssey 4 and 24:  Penelope's Plotting and Alternative Versions of Odysseus's ν?στος." Transactions of the American Philological Association 143.2: 263-92.

Haller, Benjamin S. 2014. “Homeric Parody, the Isle of the Blessed, and the Nature of Paideia in Lucian's Verae Historiae.” In The Ancient Novel and the Frontiers of the Genre. A Supplementum to the journal Ancient Narrative.

Haller, Benjamin S. 2009. "The Gates of Horn and Ivory in Odyssey 19: Penelope's Call for Deeds, Not Words." Classical Philology 104:397-417.

Edited Volumes

Day, Kirsten, and Benjamin Haller, co-editors. 2014. "ΚΑΛΟΝ ΑΝΘΡΩΠΙΝΟΥ ΒΙΟΥ ΚΑΤΟΠΤΡΟΝ”: Popular Culture as a Pedagogical Lens on Greco-Roman Antiquity.  A special issue of Dialogue:  The International Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy.  

Encyclopedias

Haller, Benjamin S. 2011. "Doulichion." In Blackwell Homer Encyclopedia, ed. Margalit Finkelberg. Oxford: Blackwell. 

------. 2011. "Echinades." In Blackwell Homer Encyclopedia, ed. Margalit Finkelberg. Oxford: Blackwell. 

------. 2011. "Geography." In Blackwell Homer Encyclopedia, ed. Margalit Finkelberg. Oxford: Blackwell. 

------. 2011. "Ionian Islands." In Blackwell Homer Encyclopedia, ed. Margalit Finkelberg. Oxford: Blackwell. 

------. 2011. "Ithaca." In Blackwell Homer Encyclopedia, ed. Margalit Finkelberg. Oxford: Blackwell. 

------. 2011. "Landscape." In Blackwell Homer Encyclopedia, ed. Margalit Finkelberg. Oxford: Blackwell. 

------. 2011. "Zakynthos." In Blackwell Homer Encyclopedia, ed. Margalit Finkelberg. Oxford: Blackwell.

------. 2009. "Antigone." In The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome, ed. Michael Gagarin. New York: Oxford University Press.

------. 2009. "Narcissus." In The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome, ed. Michael Gagarin. New York: Oxford University Press.

------. 2009. “Pandora.” In The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome, ed. Michael Gagarin. New York: Oxford University Press.

------. 2009 “Pygmalion.” In The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome, ed. Michael Gagarin. New York:  Oxford University Press.

Online Publications

Contributor of articles and Collaborator to the Online Companion to Raia, Ann, and Cecelia Lusching, Judith Lynn Sebasta. 2005.  Worlds of Roman Women:  A Latin Reader.  Newburyport, MA. Focus:  http://www2.cnr.edu/home/araia/companion.html.

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