A public lecture by GVSU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Distinguished Alumnus-in-Residence Charles Ham, PhD (Classics, 2006):
Strange Hybrids: Empedoclean Love and Strife in Ovid's Fasti
2:30 PM Thursday, October 17
2215/16 Kirkhof Center
Charles (Ty) Ham is originally from Allendale, Michigan, and is the son of Charlie and Lisa Ham. His parents own and operate Ham Family Farm, a small produce farm that supplies both local farmers’ markets and restaurants. Both his parents are GVSU alumni, and his mother also currently works at the Counseling Center at GVSU as a database coordinator.
Ty attended Allendale Public Schools before matriculating at GVSU. He was admitted to the Honors College and eventually decided to major in Classical Languages. While at GVSU, he spent a year abroad in Rome at John Cabot University as a Barbara H. Padnos International Scholar. After graduating cum laude from GVSU in 2006, he enrolled in the Post-Baccalaureate Program in Classical Studies at the University of Pennsylvania as further preparation for graduate work in Classics; in the following year he entered the Ph.D. program at Penn.
A recent recipient of the Ph.D. in Classical Studies, Ty completed a dissertation on the Roman poet Ovid’s reception of the ideas of the fifth-century BCE Greek philosopher-poet Empedocles. He is currently a lecturer at Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania, where he is teaching courses on Greek theater and the Greek and Latin languages. He is also in the process of preparing for publication several articles based on his dissertation.