Lynn Sherr of ABC News 20/20 Thrills Crowd with Lecture on Greek Studies
The seventh prominent lecturer of the John C. Rouman Classical Lecture Series, Ms. Sherr recounted her experiences at Wellesley College as a Classics major and how these studies had transformed her and continued to infuse her career and professional activities. She was "mesmerized. . .and absolutely hooked," as were many other students, by the legendary professor Barbara McCarthy who opened a Greek 101 class reciting lines of Homer's Iliad. From that point on, the rest was history. Lynn majored in Greek. And she still considers herself a Classicist, because she "care[s] deeply about the lessons of the ancient world and find[s]. . .[herself] re-drawn to them over and over again."
She discussed reasons why the Classics have made her a better person. By studying ancient history, she "learned about the wisdom and the legends and the heroism of the ancients -- about great events and even greater literature and a time full of extraordinary human achievement," all of which she found fascinating and fun. Colleagues and friends share her enthusiasm for studying Greek. For Lynn, though, one of her "greatest joys as a Greek major" was the "constant and unexpected interaction" between the world that she learned about in
So, her answer to the question -- why did she major in Greek? -- is simple: "Because I liked it. Loved it. And yes, I think it's made me a better person. Really. . . .It'll do the same for you."
The illustrious works of Ms. Sherr are recognized by every American household. She is an international icon, a well respected, leading correspondent for one of the nation's top news programs, as well as an acclaimed author. During the course of her journalistic career, she has earned innumerable awards for investigative reporting on a wide range of stories, with an emphasis on women's issues, social changes, and national politics. Her talent and visibility as a leading female figure in the United States make her an inspiration for all students, young and old alike.
In addition to a plethora of prestigious honors from media and journalism organizations, she has received national and international awards from psychological and medical associations. She is the author of American the Beautiful: The Stirring True Story Behind Our Nation's Favorite Song; Failure Is Impossible: Susan B. Anthony in Her Own Words; co-author of Susan B. Anthony Slept Here: A Guide to American Women's Landmarks, of a number of editions of "The Women's Calendar," Tall Blondes, and numerous articles in prominent publications. Currently, she is a trustee of Wellesley College, where she earned her BA degree. Ms. Sherr is listed in Who's Who in American Women.
The John C. Rouman Classical Lecture Series was established at the University of New Hampshire in 1998 to promote and enhance awareness of the Classics in New Hampshire and beyond. Every year distinguished speakers deliver free public lectures on a range of topics from the ancient world. For more information, contact Dr. Stephen Brunet of the Classics Program at the University of New Hampshire.