George L. Scheper, Lecturer
I have taught for the MLA program at JHU for many years, as well as for the non-credit Odyssey program, which I also directed for several years. These are programs I love for bringing me into touch with people who have a passion for life-long learning for its own sake.
My own passion for cultural studies began with my upbringing in New York City, in lively, diverse immigrant neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens, and has continued with my undergraduate studies at Duke University (B.A., Magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and my Ph.D. in English from Princeton. My graduate training in medieval literature led to a lifelong interest in interdisciplinary studies, from the stained glass windows of Chartres Cathedral to the sculptural reliefs of Maya temples, to the mosaics of Rockefeller Center; from Hudson River School landscapes to Navajo sand-paintings, to the modernist paintings of Paris and Vienna 1900.
My twin passions for teaching and research have focused especially on the history of ideas, the cultural history of cities, and the art and expression of the indigenous cultures of North and South America. I’ve had the wonderful opportunity of conducting travel study programs to historic American cities, and to Europe, Asia, and Latin America, and for the past 20 years I’ve had the special privilege of creating and co-directing a series of National Endowment for the Humanities National Institutes for college faculty on Pre-Columbian and Native American studies, on-site in the Andes, in Mexico, and in Central America — including several Institutes based in the Southwest.
I’ve contributed numerous scholarly journal essays, encyclopedia articles and book reviews on religion and cultural studies. These can be accessed on my Academia site.