Summer 2020 Courses
There is no fee for the summer class, but if you are not a member of the ILR, you must pay the $25 life-time membership fee in order to register.

Since the previously scheduled Summer 2020 ILR courses have been suspended due to the Covid-19 health crisis, the ILR is providing members access to an online course which will be offered through the generosity of SCOV resident and ILR moderator Jack Peradotto. If you are interested in participating in this course, please read the entire course offering below.

A Million and One Gods; Making Sense Of Greek Mythology: Five Reflections

Course moderator:    Jack Peradotto

Course description:    The major reservation most people have about Greek myth is its relationship to a polytheistic religion, something conceptually repugnant to a society for millennia deeply imbued with monotheism. This course is a series of five reflections designed to help make sense out of the subject. The course will examine:

  • differences between Greek polytheism and Abrahamic monotheism as well as the persistence of polytheistic elements in the latter.
  • the part Greek myth played in the origins of misogyny.
  • the gods Apollo, Dionysus and Hermes as powerful symbols in the Greek attempt to find a mean between repression and mania in the individual and society.
  • fate and accident in what is perhaps the most well-known of Greek myths, the story of Oedipus.

These presentations make heavy use of the visual arts from antiquity to the present.

Instructions:   Participants will be required to access the program via the internet. The course is designed to proceed at the user's pace and can be joined or left at any time. Since this is a summer ILR program, there is no charge for ILR members.

Registration:  You must register for this course to participate. Please send an email with the subject line “summer course registration” to:  and include your full name in the body of the email text. Registration will be open for the entire month of May 2020. At the conclusion of the registration period you will receive course instructions and login information by email.

Jack Peradotto:   During his forty-year academic career, professor Jack Peradotto has taught classical languages and literature at Western Washington University, Georgetown University, University of Texas at Austin, and the University at Buffalo, SUNY. He is the author of Classical Mythology: An Annotated Bibliographical Survey, and Man in the Middle Voice: Name and Narration in the Odyssey, as well as articles and reviews on Greek myth, epic and tragedy. He received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and was named a Distinguished Teaching Professor by the SUNY Board of Trustees. He has lectured extensively on Smithsonian Study Cruises in the Mediterranean and has taught in the ILR program.