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Jennifer Phenix

Jennifer Phenix

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Jennifer Phenix is a Professor of Humanities in the School of Humanities and Creativity, within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Sheridan College. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Classics from Brock University and a Master of Arts Degree in Classics from the University of Toronto. Jennifer first came to Sheridan as a student in the Social Service Worker Program, from which she graduated and served as the Valedictorian for the School of Community and Liberal Studies. Following this, she went on to Brock University and the University of Toronto where studies abroad in Greece and Rome, and the classical languages, ancient Greek and Latin, resonated with her passion for language, literature, and mythology.

Jennifer teaches courses on Greek and Roman mythology, the heroes of classical and contemporary myth, and the Greek and Roman epic traditions. She also teaches creativity courses in Sheridan’s Board Undergraduate Certificate in Creativity and Creative Problem Solving. In November 2009, Jennifer created Medea Monologues, a community gathering and creative space for storytelling and personal narrative, where people gather to share public and private stories that recall, reinterpret and re-image mythic themes. The inspiration for Medea Monologues is Medea herself, a complex figure charged with conflicting desires, and the stories woven about her. In 2013 and 2014, Sheridan’s Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences presented Medea Monologues: Creative Fires and Medea Monologues: Dream Narratives.

Jennifer’s teaching, research and creative interests focus on how the myths of antiquity, and the images and messages they express, continue to influence and inform community, culture and creativity; particularly, the meanings of creativity and the value of story and storytelling to one’s personal narrative and creativity.

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