Kosmos Society: An Online Community for Classical Studies
The Kosmos Society (formerly called Hour 25) is a vibrant online community for Humanistic study with a focus on the the Classical World and its rich connections to our modern lives. Through collaborative partnership with the Center for Hellenic Studies and the work of dedicated community members, The Kosmos Society provides access to a growing collection of resources and an international community of learners who care about close reading and thoughtful dialogue.
We use a collaborative model and online tools to enable independent and community-led study of ancient languages and texts, and we strive to document our progress and procedures openly. Through our experimentation, we hope to develop new readings and models that can be applied beyond our community to help enhance online education.
We welcome new participants and partners who are interested in advancing meaningful, civil discourse on a wide variety of topics in Classics. To join in the conversation, please email email@example.com.
Introducing Comm_Dev: The Community Development Team
The Community Development Team includes active Kosmos Society participants, CHS staff members, and members of the HeroesX Board of Readers. It is coordinated by the CHS Executive Producer of Digital Content & Educational Programing Claudia Filos and Kosmos Society Project Managers, Janet M. Ozsolak and Sarah Scott.
The Team collectively explores ways to enhance the experience for the whole of the Kosmos Society community. The group is part of the greater circle that involves the entire Kosmos Society community, and encourages a flow of ideas and communication.
Comm_Dev’s aim is to:
- nurture a civil, positive, and supportive environment, with emphases on both studying ancient texts and developing digital skills to create a welcoming community
- provide all participants with diverse opportunities for engagement whether fun, social, or academic
- work collaboratively on projects that can be shared with the Kosmos Society community, such as engaging in word studies, collaborating on annotations, and producing tutorials on using research tools
- reach out to established and new scholars to discuss their work and ideas
- engage in different approaches to the texts, such as close readings and focus passages, fast reading of new texts, secondary sources, and Book Club gatherings
- encourage interaction between members of the community, through the Forums, chatrooms, video conferencing, and live events such as community readings, in a way that is supportive, friendly, and fun
Projects: Content, Community, and Conversation
Special projects that are underway continue to develop the vision. They include:
- development of a library of resources that is accessible for anyone to read or watch who has an interest in ancient Greek heroes, culture and texts
- Digital Philology Task Force (DPTF) that explores and develops opportunities to advance and make more universally available DP and Digital Humanities (“DH”): see the Learning Resources page
- “Heroization” Task Force (convert works to HeroesX format with keywords and other features that distinguish HeroesX translations), which started with Antigone
- growing content-rich series of blog posts, which the public can access without restrictions to learn about Ancient Greek, Roman, and other related literature, language, and many other topics related to the classical studies
- special word-study group projects that go beyond the translated word, such as the “wine-dark” (oinops) study
- learning modules with introductions to ancient Greek, and to online tools that facilitate the study of texts, and the formation of study groups—this will be further expanded to incorporate Latin and other languages over time
- Editorial Team—the Kosmos Society site is currently edited by Sarah Scott, and Janet M. Ozsolak. If you are interested in contributing a blog post or working with the team on the development of the website, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- CHS Open House discussions in which Kosmos Society participants engage in dialogue on focus passages and texts, with Professors Nagy and Muellner and other resident scholars and staff associated with the Center for Hellenic Studies and the wider research community. Guests have included Glynnis Fawkes, Olga Levaniouk, Douglas Frame, Joel Christensen, Kevin McGrath, Joseph Nagy, and Richard Martin (see the Scholars page for a full list)
- Kosmos Society Book Club, which meets monthly by Google+ Hangout and in the Forum to discuss texts and secondary sources
- Occasional reading group sessions by Google+ Hangouts to discuss tragedies, focus passages, themes or other topics
- Heroes Facebook page, Google+ Community, and Twitter
- Friday Café, which provides a weekly social discussion thread
- Community Book Shelf, where you can post and discuss other books
Please follow this link for more information about the HeroesX project.
Would you like to become more involved?
We are continually seeking to involve new participants interested in advancing meaningful, civil discourse on topics relevant to classical studies.
If you are interested in joining one of the projects or initiatives, contact any of the Comm_Dev team, or post in the Forums.