I’m a polyglot autodidact and PhD student in Latin who empowers people to learn playfully, live creatively, create fearlessly, and teach with love and joy.
I am also…
- A Brooklynite with family roots and my heart in Atlantic Canada
- A creative writer and poet trained in mathematics and physics
- An amateur choir member, photographer, actor
- Alive and speaking in ancient languages: so far Latin and Greek
- A chronic patient with trauma who creates and shares to heal
- A research-head in any field I encounter
- Multilingual community and a blog at The Polyglots’ Corner. Here’s my polyglot biography.
- A podcast entirely in Latin, Colloquia Apud Recentiores, on Neo-Latin texts, Latin-vernacular multilingualism, language for justice in spoken Latin, and humanist scientists through the ages
I spend my time thinking about…
- Knowledge-making and scholarly communities outside the academy: writing workshops, craftspeople, studios, the public library, personal correspondence and the Beit Midrash
- An academia steeped in joy, creativity, generosity and wonder
- Play, healing and care in teaching and learning
- Open process, connection and an iterative mindset as antidotes to perfectionism, shame, loneliness and fear
- Identity formation, especially of patients, writers, scientists and polyglots
- All that I do not capture with words and analysis
I have taught…
- Subjects: wildly various, from linguistics to Spanish to world mythology to evolutionary biology
- Students: beautifully complex (mainly the “twice-exceptional”)
- Through: STEAM, aesthetic education, the research literature, and world-building through play at any age
Students tell me I am…
- “Aggressively helpful”
- “Fiercely warm”
- “A real mentor”
I reject disciplinary borders and appreciate guides and maps of the scholarly territory.
I respond to canons, archives, and their formation in love, reaction, reclaiming, re-formation and critique.
I embrace thinking deeply about basic words.
I see telling simple stories about complex things, ethically, as a necessary act of courage and an invitation to connect.