David P. Withun
In progress: PhD, Humanities
Great Books Honors College
Concentration in Literature
Dissertation (working title): “Classical Philosophy, Mythology, and Rhetoric in Civil Rights and Black Power Thought”
Dissertation Committee: Jason Jewell (chair), Mark Linville, Chad Redwing
(Modesto Junior College), Patrice Rankine (University of Richmond)
August 2018 (Expected dissertation defense)
Great Books Honors College
Thesis: “Equal Opportunity through Education: W. E. B. Du Bois’s Vision of Liberal Education for Disadvantaged Youth”
Thesis Committee: Robert M. Woods (chair), Jason Jewell, David Stark
American Military University
Charles Town, WV
Concentration in Early European Studies
Minor in Philosophy
Senior Thesis: “Personhood in Late Antiquity: How Barbarians, Slaves, Women, and
Children Became Persons”
History and Literature Teacher
8/2013 – Present
Savannah Classical Academy
- Design and implement curriculum for middle and high school history, civics, classics, and literature classes.
- Provide guided reading and facilitate seminar-style text-based discussions, resulting in 84% of students reading at or above grade level, far surpassing district average.
- Mentor and provide remediation for struggling and/or disadvantaged students with the aim of closing the achievement gap.
- Coordinate with community organizations and educational institutions to provide disadvantaged students with greater educational opportunities.
- Grades and subjects taught:
- 5th–8th Grade History
- 8th Grade Government
- 7th–8th Grade Classics and Civics
- 9th Grade Ancient and Classical Literature
- 9th–10th Grade Humanities
OTHER WORK EXPERIENCE
Military Intelligence Analyst
6/2004 – 8/2012
- Supervised, mentored, and trained a group of 20-30 soldiers during two deployments to Iraq.
- Prepared and delivered daily intelligence briefings to military and civilian leadership.
- Researched relevant cultural, historical, and political data to inform command decision-making.
- Tutor at Likewise College
- Savannah Classical Academy Philosophy Club
- Savannah Shakes community theater
- Savannah Classical Academy Thespian Society
“The Creative Power of Love in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.” Journal of Faith and the Academy. Forthcoming.
“W. E. B. Du Bois and Irving Babbitt: A Comparative Evaluation of Their Views on Education, Leadership, and Society.” Phylon: The Clark Atlanta University Review of Race and Culture 54, no. 1 (Summer 2017): 25–42.
“Washington and Du Bois in the Context of Western Thought on Education.” Journal of Faith and the Academy 9, no. 1 (Spring 2016): 32–52.
“African Americans and the Classics: An Introduction.” Black Perspectives. September 7, 2017. http://www.aaihs.org/african-americans-and-the-classics-an-introduction/.
“Making Peace with the World: T. S. Eliot & the Purpose of Poetry.” The Imaginative Conservative. August 24, 2017. http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2017/08/poetry-ts-eliot-david-withun.html.
“Savannah Classical Academy Unfairly Criticized.” Savannah Morning News, August 3, 2017.
“The Pagan Origins of Christmas?” Leben: A Journal of Reformation Life 10, No. 1 (Oct-Dec 2014): 1–10.
“’A Dark, Abiding, Signing Africanist Presence’ in Walker Percy’s Dr. Tom More Novels.” Southeast Coastal Conference on Languages and Literatures. Georgia Southern University. April 4, 2018. Scheduled.
“The Semiotics of Sacrifice in T. S. Eliot’s Murder in the Cathedral.” Scholars Seminar, T. S. Eliot Society Annual Meeting. St. Louis, Missouri. September 22, 2017.
“‘Only Hints and Guesses’: Overcoming Isolation in T. S. Eliot’s ‘Dry Salvages.’” College English Association Annual Conference. Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. April 1, 2017.
“American Archias: The Influence of Cicero’s Pro Archia Poeta in W. E. B. Du Bois’s The Souls of Black Folk.” African-American Intellectual History Society Conference. Vanderbilt University. March 25, 2017.
“The Creative Power of Love in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.” Institute of Faith and the Academy Conference. Faulkner University. February 10, 2017.
“Identity and Ostentation in Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew.” Southeast Coastal Conference on Languages and Literatures. Georgia Southern University. April 7, 2016.
“Washington and Du Bois in the Context of Western Thought on Education.” Institute of Faith and the Academy Conference. Faulkner University. February 5, 2016.
“Sacramental Anthropology: Human Nature According to Early Christian Eucharistic Rites.” Institute of Faith and the Academy Conference. Faulkner University. February 6, 2015.
“Faith, Myths, and Black Prometheus.” A review of Hickman, Jared. Black Prometheus: Race and Radicalism in the Age of Atlantic Slavery. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017. Black Perspectives. November 14, 2017. http://www.aaihs.org/faith-myths-and-black-prometheus/.
“Malamud, Margaret. African Americans and the Classics. New York: I. B. Taurus, 2016.” Journal of African American Studies 21, no. 2 (June 2017): 287–289.
“Cooper, Derek. Introduction to World Christian History. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2016.” Journal of Faith and the Academy 9, no. 2 (Fall 2016): 85–87.
AWARDS, GRANTS, AND FELLOWSHIPS
Bridge Initiative Grant, Classical Association of the Middle West and South – October 2017 ($500)
Leadership Initiative Grant, Classical Association of the Atlantic States – September 2017 ($2000)
Editorial Internship, Black Perspectives – June 1–August 31, 2017.
Travel Grant, African American Intellectual History Society Conference – February, 2017 ($250).
PROFESSIONAL SERVICE and PUBLIC ENGAGMENT
Editorial Assistant, Black Perspectives – September 1, 2017–Present.
Organizer and moderator. “Savannah Classical Academy Symposium on African American History and Liberal Education.” Savannah Classical Academy, Savannah, Georgia. Participants: Otis Johnson (Savannah State University, formerly Mayor of Savannah), Patrice Rankine (University of Richmond), Michele Ronnick (Wayne State University). February 16, 2018. Scheduled.
Church history lecture series. 8 lectures. St. Mary Magdalene Orthodox Church, Rincon, Georgia. September 2013–May 2014.
CURRENT RESEARCH and WRITING
“Black Theology.” American Religious History: Belief and Society through Time. Edited by Gary S. Smith. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO. In progress.
“Crummell, Alexander.” American Religious History: Belief and Society through Time. Edited by Gary S. Smith. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO. In progress.
“Cone, James H.” American Religious History: Belief and Society through Time. Edited by Gary S. Smith. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO. In progress.
“Father Divine.” American Religious History: Belief and Society through Time. Edited by Gary S. Smith. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO. In progress.
TEACHING and RESEARCH INTERESTS
Philosophy and literature; Religion and literature; Race in American literature; T. S. Eliot; W. E. B. Du Bois; Flannery O’Connor; Walker Percy; Intellectual history; Semiotics; African American literature; Classical and Medieval receptions
- Classical Association of the Middle West and South (CAMWS)
- Classical Association of the Atlantic States (CAAS)
- African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS)
- Modern Language Association (MLA)
- College English Association (CEA)
- S. Eliot Society
- American Society of Church History (ASCH)