Captain Jonas Forssell
Jonas is 22 years old and was born and raised in Stockholm. He studies chemistry at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm. He describes himself by saying "I was practically borne on a sailboat." Jonas recently served one year in the Swedish Navy as a mechanic.
Prof. William Mullen
Bill has been a professor of Classics at Bard College since 1985, specializing in Greek and Roman epic, lyric and choral poetry, in the classical tradition, in East-West comparative philosophy, and in rhetoric and public speaking. He received his BA from Harvard (1968) and his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin (1972), and previous to Bard taught at Berkeley, Boston University, and St. John's College, and has held post-doctoral fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Fondation des Treilles, Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies, and Princeton University (Hodder Fellowship). His scholarly publications include CHOREIA: Pindar and Dance, articles on ancient Greece, on the classical tradition, and on historical catastrophism. He has also published poetry in a number of journals, and was chosen for inclusion in the 1998 Best American Poetry. Prof. Mullen’s Curriculum Vitae is available by clicking “William Mullen” at http://inside.bard.edu/academic/programs/classics/faculty/#
Dane is an avid sailor and part-time classicist.He served as first mate for several summers on a 1935 Philip Rhodes canoe stern ketch giving ecological tours on the Chesapeake Bay.His sailing experience hails back to childhood and has most recently expressed itself in a summer on the Hudson River racing Hobie Cats.Dane was first introduced to the Homeric epics as a small child when his mother would read him the Iliad and the Odyssey as bedtime stories.As an undergraduate he pursued Ancient Greek history and culture when not studying the environment. Dane recently completed his masters thesis on the impact of genetic interaction between farmed and wild Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) in the Gulf of Maine and is a Research Associate at the Blue Ocean Institute(www.blueocean.org).
Despite little previous sailing experience, Caleb helped to build and crew the SSV Juliana Wakefield while attending Bard College in 2003. The vessel was designed as a sailing barge and was built largely from salvaged and natural materials. During the ships four- day journey on the Hudson River, and in the month’s prior, Caleb learned of the joy that comes from sailing, and from the unity of working as a group toward a common goal. His dedication for the current voyage also stems from his interest in the field of psychology, and the ways in which the environment can help to shape individual and cultural conceptions of self. He is currently working in Providence, RI on a research team that is exploring the positive effects that exercise can have on individuals who are recovering from drug and alcohol abuse.
Sophia first became interested in sailing while studying at Sea Education Association (SEA) in Woods Hole, Massachusetts during the spring of 2003. While at SEA she had the privilege of spending six weeks on board the SSV Corwith Cramer sailing from Florida, to Bermuda, up to Nova Scotia, and finally down to Cape Cod. Earning a Bachelor of Arts in political studies from Bard College in 2005, Sophia is a novice to the world of Classics. As she makes her way through Homer’s epic tales she eagerly anticipates bringing these texts to life through retracing the voyage to Troy as illustrated in the Iliad. Currently Sophia is pursuing a masters degree in international relations at CUNY.
John has extensive inland and oceanic sailing experience and is a certified sailing instructor.In January 2007 John ships off to Officer Candidate School for the United States Marine Corps.
Tom served as weblog editor while the crew was abroad. While at Bard College he was Editor in Chief of the Bard Observer and has written several short stories. He is currently working as an antique book dealer in Cambridge, MA.