Dr. Daniel Levine (BA Minnesota 1975; PhD Cincinnati 1980) is University Professor of Classical Studies at the University of Arkansas, where he has taught Classical Studies, Greek and Latin since 1980. His recent publications include essays on Greek comedy, tragedy, and epic poetry, and modern literary receptions of ancient Greek and Roman literature.
He has led nineteen study tours in the Mediterranean: for the University of Arkansas, the Virgilian Society, and the American School of Classical Studies in Athens. His latest work in Greece (2022) was to direct a seminar for the American School: “THANATOPSIS: Greek Funerary Customs Through the Ages.”
Dr. Levine has won teaching and service awards from the American Philological Association, the Classical Association of the Middle West and South, and the University of Arkansas. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and has won local commendations for mentorship and advising. In 2018, the Honors College honored him with their Distinguished Faculty Award. He has served as the president of the University of Arkansas chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, and as president of the Alumni/ae Association of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the national classical studies honorary society Eta Sigma Phi, while also acting as faculty advisor to its local chapter at the University of Arkansas.
Dr. Rogelio Garcia Contreras is a Teaching Assistant Faculty at the Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Venture Innovation Program of the Sam M. Walton College of Business of the University of Arkansas. He holds a doctorate degree from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver.
His teaching experience includes public and private institutions of higher education in Mexico, China, Spain, and the United States. Before arriving to the University of Arkansas, he was an Associate Professor at the Center for International Studies of the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas, where he founded and directed the Social Entrepreneurship Program.
Outside Academia Dr. Garcia Contreras has extensive experience, working as a consultant, researcher, and a political and public policy analyst in both, the private and public sectors of Mexico and the United States.
Dr. Garcia Contreras has collaborated with a variety of foundations, organizations and institutions of higher education in the design and implementation of comprehensive development initiatives in places like Kenya, Mozambique, Malawi, Tanzania, Haiti, Bolivia, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, Turkey, Pakistan and the United States.
In 2015, Dr. Garcia Contreras acted as a consultant during a development and gender equality summit organized by the Vatican’s Dicastery and the Pontifical Council for Human Development, Justice and Peace. He served for three years as a member of a UNESCO Steering Committee on development and the sustainability of peace, and he has been an impact assessment consultant for ARCORES.
Dr. Garcia Contreras is a member of the Cathedra UNESCO at Universitat Abat Oliba in Barcelona. In collaboration with Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, he is part of a task force sponsored by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees to promote entrepreneurship and micro-business development at the Saharaui Refugee Camps in Northern Africa.
This class is a collaboration between the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, the Sam M. Walton College of Business.
- Students are divided into teams, and each team will evaluate two organizations and make at least one site visit.
- Students will keep a reflective journal in response to course readings.
- Since NW Arkansas is one of the most vibrant, innovative and vanguard regions in the country, with a large number of charity, non-profits and social innovation initiatives, a related objective will be to engage as many organizations as possible, with the intention of strengthening relationships and building a sort of community of practice among organizations with similar or complementary goals in the region and beyond.