ESP Biography

EL HUDSON, Wellesley first-year studying Classics.

Major: Classics, Comparative Literature

College/Employer: Wellesley College

Year of Graduation: 2022

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

El Hudson is a first-year student (class of 2022) at Wellesley College, studying Classics and Comparative Literature. Her interests include ancient Roman historiography, the relationship between Romanticism, modernism, and weird fiction, and Dantean reception. In her spare time she reads, writes nonfiction, and goes for long walks around Lake Waban. She hails from southern Texas and loves coffee, cats, and cold weather. You can contact her at

Past Classes

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Reciting Ancient Greek in Splash 2018 (Nov. 17 - 18, 2018)
Are you wondering what Homer sounded like? Want to impress your friends by reciting Sappho? It's time to let our your inner ῥήτωρ! In this class, we will do a crash course in the Greek alphabet and pronunciation of words, then move into an introduction of Ancient Greek meters. From there, we will spend time practicing recitations of authors like Homer, Sappho, Euripides, Aristophanes, and more. *nota bene: we will NOT be learning to translate Ancient Greek in this class, merely how to read it out loud.

The Amazing History of Rome in Splash 2018 (Nov. 17 - 18, 2018)
What do you picture when you think of Roman history? Grand battles, stunning betrayals, dashing generals, and brave gladiators, perhaps? Come and hear stories about all these things and more! This course is a short introduction to the history of Rome, spanning from its foundation by Romulus to the deposition of the last emperor. In addition to history, we will also touch on ancient Roman life, literature, philosophy, religion, and the sources we have that tell us what the world was like back then.

Dante in Context in Splash 2018 (Nov. 17 - 18, 2018)
Have you ever wondered about Dante's Inferno? What is it? When and why was it written? Who are all the people mentioned in it, like Virgil, Guido Cavalcanti, Odysseus, and Nitokris? Who is this Dante guy, anyway? Come find out in this course! We will discuss who Dante was, the literary traditions his work built off of, and the historical, political, social, and philosophical contexts of Inferno and the larger Divine Comedy.