Richard Sacks

life-long explorations of great works of literature

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Richard Sacks has taught literature, mythology and linguistics at Columbia University since 1978, and he also regularly participated in Columbia's well-known Core Curriculum, teaching its great books course for first-year students and giving lectures to its faculty on the challenges of teaching texts ranging from the Iliad and Odyssey to biblical narratives such as Genesis and the Gospels. He received his A.B. (1974) and Ph.D. (1978) from Harvard University, and his publications include a book on Homeric poetry as well as articles on Greek, Old English and Old Norse poetry and mythology. He has also written on technology issues in higher education while serving terms as Columbia's Director of Academic Computing and Networking, and as Executive Director of Information Technology and Adjunct Professor of Management Information Systems at the Columbia Business School. His lectures to general audiences include venues ranging from the Metropolitan Museum of Art to Columbia Alumni Travel Study Programs to Greece, Turkey and Scandinavia. He recently moved to Denver after 40 years in New York City.


Winter/Spring 2019

Classical Masterpieces of the Ancient Mediterranean: Homer's Odyssey

The Gerson D. Cohen Institute for Adult Jewish Learning, CSAIR

Bronx NY

Three-session course:

January 24, February 14, March 7



Dusting Off the Classics: Beowulf

University College Enrichment Program, University of Denver

Denver CO

Five-session course:

March 21, 28, April 4, 11, 18


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