Michael Overholt

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, UI
Classics and Religious Studies

Michael Overholt is a fourth-year PhD student in the Department of Classics.  He earned a B.A. in Religious Studies from Gardner-Webb University in 2002 and an M.A. in Classics from The University of Iowa in 2013. During the time between the two degrees, he studied in London at Roehampton University and taught English and Latin at a high school in South Carolina. Michael is very interested in the self-cultivation found in Platonic and Stoic philosophies. He is working on a program that provides elementary and middle school boys the skills needed to develop self-awareness, personal initiative, and collaborative habits.  By interfacing the humanities with sport, he hopes to place the humanities in everyday life as an experience of mind and body in developing character. Michael believes that moving the humanities out of the books is essential to deepening our understanding of ancient philosophy and the human experience.