Jasmine Akiyama-Kim graduated magna cum laude from the University of Oregon’s Robert D. Clark Honors College in 2015 with a B.A. in Classics. Her undergraduate thesis, advised by Dr. Mary Jaeger, explores the role of the Syracusan nymph/fountain Arethusa in Greek lyric poetry, Latin consolatio, and epic. During her undergraduate career she participated in the American Excavations at Morgantina’s Contrada Agnese Project (2013, 2014) and attended the Intercollegiate Center For Classical Studies in Rome (Fall 2014), where her interest in Sicily as a linguistic, cultural, and ethnic meeting place was born. She received a University of Oregon Centurion Award (2012), an APA Outstanding Student Award (2014), the Lowenstam Award for Best Essay on Classical Antiquity (2015), and the Pascal Prize for Excellence in Latin (2015). She is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She moved to Los Angeles in 2015 to attend UCLA’s post-baccalaureate program in Classics (2016) and joined the graduate program in 2016. Her interests include myth and landscape, Latin interpretations of Greek predecessors, and intertextuality.
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