Chair, Basic Program of Liberal Education for Adults, Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies; former teacher of Latin and theology, St. Rita of Cascia High School
I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, and began my acquaintance with classical literature and Latin and Greek in high school and at Columbia University. After college, I was a journalist and the youth editor at a local newspaper, before coming to Chicago as a graduate student at the U of C Divinity School, studying with Wendy Doniger, among others. I have taught comparative religious studies at Dominican and DePaul Universities, and since 2000 I have been an instructor in the Basic Program of Liberal Education for Adults, and its chairman since 2008. From 2002-2008 I taught Latin and Theology at St. Rita of Cascia High School, and moderated its student newspaper; led retreats and trips to Italy and Spain; and advised students on Shakespeare, power tools, and Defense Against the Dark Arts. My three prior experiences teaching the Traveling Academy have been just as rewarding for me as they have been for our students.