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Carl A. Rubino


Carl A. Rubino
Carl A. Rubino

Winslow Professor of Classics Emeritus and Lecturer in Classics

Carl Rubino, a long-time collaborator of the Nobel Laureate physicist Ilya Prigogine, is known for his work on the connections between science and the humanities, with a focus on complexity theory, the problem of time and the impact of the theory of evolution on ethics. He has published and lectured on Greek and Roman literature, comparative literature and literary theory. Rubino has been president of the Classical Association of the Atlantic States and appeared on the History Channel in a Lucasfilm documentary “Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed,” where he discussed the films’ roots in mythology. He received his doctorate from the University at Buffalo.

I am a teacher because I remain deeply committed to the importance of learning what it means to live as a human being on this earth.

Recent Courses Taught

Heroism Ancient and Modern
Power and Corruption in Rome
Roman Society and Culture
The Classics on Film
Roman Historians
Elementary Greek I
Elementary Greek II
Greece and the Ancient Mediterranean
Greek Society and Culture
The World of Ancient Rome
The Classical Tradition in U.S. Political Life

Distinctions

  • Christian Johnson Fellowship for Teaching Enhancement, Hamilton College, 2013
  • Kirkland Project/Hewlett Foundation Grant, 2003
  • New York Council on the Humanities Speakers in the Humanities Program, 2003-05
  • Christian A. Johnson Fellowship for Teaching Enhancement, Hamilton College, 2001
  • NEH Grant, summer 1998
  • Colgate-Hamilton Mellon Foundation grants, summer 1997, summer 1998

Selected Publications

Books and Volumes

  • Editor, with Alicia Juarrero, Emergence, Complexity, and Self-Organization: Precursors and Prototypes (Exploring Complexity 4; Goodyear, Ariz.: ISCE Publishing, 2008; paperback edition, 2010).
  • Editor, MLN 107 (1992), 819-904, a special section on Umberto Eco’s novel Foucault’s Pendulum.
  • Editor, Forum Italicum 21 (1987), 3-48, a special section on The Leopard dealing with Lampedusa’s novel and Visconti’s film.
  • Editor, SubStance 47 (Fall 1985), 30-101, part of a special issue on Umberto Eco’s novel The Name of the Rose. The papers have all appeared in Japanese, and a number of them have also been published in Italian, Spanish, and German.
  • Editor, with Cynthia W. Shelmerdine, Approaches to Homer (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1983).
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  • “Wounds That Will Not Heal: Heroism and Innocence in Shane and the Iliad,” Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy 1.1 (2014).
  • “Long Ago, But Not So Far Away: Another Look at Star Wars and the Ancient World,” The Classical Outlook 89 (2011), 1-4.
  • Editor, with Alicia Juarrero, Emergence, Complexity, and Self-Organization: Precursors and Prototypes (Exploring Complexity 4; Goodyear, Ariz: ISCE Publishing, 2008; paperback edition, 2010).
  • “The Consolations of Uncertainty: Time, Change, and Complexity,” in Fritjof Capra, Alicia Juarrero, Pedro Sotolongo, and Jacco van Uden (eds.), Reframing Complexity: Perspectives from the North and South, (Exploring Complexity 1; Mansfield, Mass.: ISCE Publishing, 2007), pp. 239-247.
  • “It Was Their Destiny: Roman Power and Imperial Self-Esteem,” Amphora 5.2 (Fall 2006), 10-11, 19.
  • “Achilles in America: Teaching Homer against the Grain,” The Classical World 98 (2005), 425-428.
  • “Was the Aeneid Augustan Propaganda?  Viewpoint: No,” in Paul Allen Miller and Charles Platter (eds.), History in Dispute, Vol. 20: Classical Antiquity and Classical Studies, 2005). (Detroit: St. James Press, 2005).
  • “Literary Theory Has No Place in the Study of Classics.  Viewpoint: No,” in Paul Allen Miller and Charles Platter (eds.), History in Dispute, Vol. 20: Classical Antiquity and Classical Studies (Detroit: St. James Press, 2005).
  • “Was Cicero a Greater Statesman than Caesar?  Viewpoint: Yes,” in Paul Allen Miller and Charles Platter (eds.), History in Dispute, Vol. 20: Classical Antiquity and Classical Studies (Detroit: St. James Press, 2005).
  • "Ordre : Chaos :: Parole : Silence:  Méditations sur une équation ouverte aux questions,” in Ilya Prigogine (ed.), L’Homme devant l’incertain (Paris: Éditions Odile Jacob, 2001), pp. 325-336.

College Service

  • Director, Imagining America Initiative, 2009-present
  • Chair, Department of Classics, 1998-2002, 2006-11
  • Director, Senior Fellows Program, 2003-08
  • Chair, Committee on Admissions and Financial Aid, 1999-2000
  • Co-chair, Hamilton United Way Campaign, 1999-2000
  • Committee on Information Technology, 2001-04
  • Committee on Academic Policy Proseminar Subcommittee, 2000-02
  • Committee on Admissions and Financial Aid, 1998-2002
  • Middle States Review Subcommittee on Admissions and Financial Aid, 1999-2000

Professional Affiliations

Society for Classical Studies (American Philological Association)
Classical Association of the Atlantic States
Classical Association of the Empire State
Women’s Classical Caucus

Appointed to the Faculty: 1989

Educational Background

Ph.D., University at Buffalo
Ph.L., Woodstock College/Loyola Seminary
M.A., Fordham University
B.A., Fordham University

 

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