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About the 14th Bernice L. Fox Lecturer

Kenneth F. Kitchell, Jr. is a native of Massachusetts. From as early as he can remember, he sat on his family's broad front porch and studied bygone ages. At first he wanted to be an archaeologist and read all he could in his little town library about dinosaurs, cave men, Egypt, Babylonians and Assyrians, and finally, Greece and Rome.

He entered high school during the Sputnik scare when high scoring children were seen as a way to win the space race. His early curriculum therefore included Russian, advanced mathematics, and accelerated science. Much to his math and science teachers' relief, it also included Latin. From the time he first studied Latin, there was no looking back and he knew that he would be a teacher of Classics.

Kitchell was a senior at the College of the Holy Cross when Monmouth's Prof. Sienkewicz was a lowly freshman. At the Cross he took every Classics course he could find and dodged every math course he saw. In 1969, armed with his Classics B.A., he entered graduate studies at Loyola University of Chicago. During this period he was named the Hetty Goldman Fellow at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, Greece, an event that solidified his interest in things Greek for all time. Shortly after his return from Greece, however, he began teaching high school Latin at Quigley Preparatory High School in Chicago. These two years showed him all sides of teaching --- its hard work, its frustrations, and, above all, its infinite rewards. It is to these years that he owes his love of teaching and his firm desire to promote Classics study wherever and however he can.

Kitchell was hired at Louisiana State University as an instructor in 1975. He finished his dissertation in 1976 and was named Alumni Distinguished Professor of the Classics in 1997. In Fall, 1998 he moved to University of Massachusetts, Amherst, to work in their MAT Program, which is dedicated to training teachers of Latin, K-12.

Kitchell has won several teaching awards, including the Amborski Distinguished Honors Professor Award (1993), the LSU Student Government Association Faculty Award (1991), the American Philological Association Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Classics (1983); and the Amoco Foundation Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching (1980). He has been listed in such works as Marquis' Who's Who in the South and Southwest; and Who's Who in American Education. He has written over forty articles and is most recently co-author of the two volume Albertus Magnus De Animalibus: A Medieval Summa Zoologica, with I. Resnick (Johns Hopkins Press) and edited a thematic issue of Classical Bulletin entitled Entering the Stadium. Approaches to Ancient Greek Athletics. His research interests include ancient and medieval animals and animal lore, Catullus, Crete, Classics during the Civil War, and pedagogical matters involved in teaching Latin and Greek.

Kitchell has been active in promoting the study of Classics for such groups as the Classical Association of the Middle West and South and the American Philological Association, most recently serving as the APA's Vice-President for Education and the chair of the Committee for the Promotion of Greek.

Kitchell has presented over seventy scholarly talks but can think of nothing more pleasant than presenting in a lecture series named for that most gracious and learned lady, Bernice Fox.

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