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Rob Hardy

Rob Hardy

About Me

At Carleton, I have taught part-time in the Classics Department (2006, 2008-2010, 2013-2016), coordinated Latin Club at Greenvale Park Elementary School (with the support of a Broadening the Bridge Grant), and translated or adapted two Greek tragedies for production by the Carleton Players: Euripides' Iphigeneia at Aulis (2000) and Aeschylus's Oresteia (2012). In the wider Northfield community, I have served as an elected member of the school board since 2013, a liaison to the Human Rights Commission, an advisor to the District Youth Council, and an advisor to the Northfield Skateboard Coalition. I also host a poetry reading series at Content Bookstore. In August 2016, I was selected as Northfield's first Poet Laureate (sponsored by the Northfield Public Library and Arts and Culture Commission).

You can find out about my poetry, and read some poems online. You can also find a complete list of my published prose, some of which is available online.

Education & Professional History

Oberlin College, BA; Brown University, PhD.

At Carleton since 2006.

Languages Spoken

Highlights & Selected Accomplishments

My current projects are:

  • a digital commentary on Selections from Bede's Historia Ecclesiastica (in collaboration with Austin Mason) for the Dickinson College Commentaries series. In July 2016, I co-directed a Dickinson Latin Workshop on the Venerable Bede at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania;
  • a series of translations of primary texts (Thucydides, Andocides, Euripides) for inclusion in a book by Clara Shaw Hardy on Athens in the year 415 BCE (under contract with University of Michigan Press).

In September 2016, my adaptation of Aeschylus's Oresteia was produced by Hero Now Theatre in Minneapolis, which published the script in June 2017. 

My recent scholarly work has focused on the influence of the Greek and Roman classics in eighteenth-century Britain and America. This interest has yielded several publications:

  • Ancients and Moderns and the Public Use of Learning,” Digital Defoe: Studies in Defoe & His Contemporaries (Fall 2013)
  • “James Bowdoin, Philosopher and Politician,” New England Quarterly 84.4 (December 2011)
  • “A Mirror of the Times: Catiline in Eighteenth-Century British and American Political Thought,” International Journal of the Classical Tradition 14.3/4 (2007)
  • “Gilbert White and the Natural History of Vergilian Echoes,” Classical World 95.2 (2002)

I also contributed two short essays on this topic, Cincinnatus and Cato, to the Digital Encyclopedia of George Washington, hosted on the Mount Vernon website. I have also taught a couse called "America and the Classics" at Carleton (Spring 2006) and for the Cannon Valley Elder Collegium (2010, 2014).

My non-academic writing focuses mainly on neglected authors. I've published essays recently on the Scottish writer Naomi Mitchison (New England Review), the 19th-century American poet and politician Richard Henry Wilde (New England Review), and the American novelist and playwright Susan Glaspell (Ploughshares).

Profile updated February 21, 2019

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