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The Examined Life program Administrative Team
Left to right, Judith Malone-Neville, Ann Olga Koloski-Ostrow, Barbara Harrison, and Constance Carven
The Team

Barbara Harrison, PhD, program director

Educator and author of the children's novel Theo, about the impact of World War II on Greece (Clarion 1999), and articles and essays in such publications as Commonweal and The Quarterly Journal of the Library of Congress; she is also coauthor with Daniel Terris of A Twilight Struggle: The Life of John Fitzgerald Kennedy (Morrow 1992) and A Ripple of Hope: The Life of Robert F. Kennedy (Delacorte 1998); and coeditor with Gregory Maguire of Innocence and Experience: Essays and Conversations on Children’s Literature (Lothrop 1987) and Origins of Story: On Writing for Children (McElderry 1999). Barbara Harrison has taught in elementary and secondary schools in Washington, DC and Newton, MA.

Constance Carven, MEd, teacher specialist and liaison with school districts

A master teacher of English and social studies, Ms. Carven taught ancient Greece to children for over ten years in Newton, MA, where she served as a mentor for new teachers and supervisor of student teachers. She is author of interdisciplinary curriculum in the humanities and sciences. She has served as advisor to faculty as well as student publications, including the school literary-art magazine the Minotaur, and contributes regularly to system-wide committees on the professional development of teachers and on curriculum frameworks and implementation. An agent of change, Ms. Carven possesses remarkable interpersonal and community-building skills; she has a deep understanding of content, children, and the nature of the learning process, and brings to The Examined Life an informed and humane sensibility.

Fresco of a Lady from Knossos

Ann Olga Koloski-Ostrow, PhD, project humanist

Associate professor and chair of the Brandeis University Classic Department, Dr. Koloski-Ostrow has taught courses in Latin, ancient literature in translation, and Greek and Roman archaeology. She is the winner of the 1988-1989 Louis Dembitz Brandeis Prize for Excellence in Teaching. In 1990 Dr. Koloski-Ostrow taught at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome. In 1994-1995 she was a Fellow at the Mary Ingraham Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College. She is the author of The Sarno Bath Complex: Architecture in Pompeii's Last Years (Rome 1990) and is coeditor of Naked Truths: Women, Sexuality, and Gender in Classical Art and Archaeology (Routledge).

Judith Malone-Neville, PhD, chief project administrator

Assistant Superintendent of Schools in Newton, MA, Dr. Malone-Neville holds an undergraduate degree from Wellesley College and a Ph.D. from Brandeis University. She is a former housemaster at Newton South High School where she taught English for several years; she served for over ten years as principal of the Charles E. Brown Middle School, Newton She has also taught in Attleboro, MA and Providence, RI. She makes frequent presentations to parent and professional audiences on a broad range of educational topics including educational administration and the professional development of teachers.

Scholar Participants

Scholar participants include Mary Lefkowitz, PhD., Professor Emeritus, Wellesley College; Gregory Nagy, PhD., Francis Jones Professor Classical Greek Literature, Harvard University; Leonard Muellner, PhD., Professor, Department of Classical Studies, Brandeis University; Cheryl Walker, PhD., Assistant Professor, Department of Classical Studies, Brandeis University; Amelie Rorty, PhD., Brandeis University; Kenneth S. Rothwell, Jr., PhD., Professor, Department of Classics, University of Massachusetts, Boston; Frank Nisitech, PhD., Professor Emeritus, Boston University, and Andreas Teuber, PhD., Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, Brandeis University

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