Cat lAMBERT

Graduate Student

cl3509@columbia.edu
 


Interests

·      History of Latinity

·      Roman literary culture

·      History of books, reading and teaching classical texts

 

Cat Lambert received her B.A. in Classics from Princeton University in 2015.  In her thesis, "A Teacher and His Student: Re-Imagining the Renaissance Classroom--A Marginal Study of a Classic Poet," she used a young French pupil's notes on Horace's Odes, taken in 1572, to investigate both the reception of Horace among early modern readers and commentators, as well as Ramism, the influential and fashionable yethighly controversial educational movement of the time.

After graduating from Princeton, Cat served as the Annenberg Fellow at Eton College, an all-boys boarding school in the United Kingdom.  As part of Eton's vibrant Classics Department, she taught Latin and Greek, as well as a self-designed elective called, "From English to Elvish: The Land of Imaginary Languages," and coached rugby.  Cat also taught Latin on a volunteer basis at Holyport College, a recently founded co-educational state school, where she enlivened her classroom with activities in spoken Latin. 

At Columbia, Cat hopes to research how methods of reading and teaching have evolved through time, tracing the ways in which classical texts have been de-constructed, re-constructed, and interpreted over the centuries with a view to the way in which Latinity keeps on growing and changing.  She is interested in the dialogue that occurs between texts and their authors and readers, bringing to light how the materials themselves talk to each other across space and time.

Cat is an advocate of experiencing Latin as a 'living language' to help students gain deeper access to texts and greater appreciation of the language. She has taught as an instructor for the Paideia Institute for Humanistic Study in Paris and Rome.