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The Concord Review Features St. Luke's Scholar Sebastian Bates '14

St. Luke’s alumnus, Sebastian Bate’s essay, “A Wolf Among Many Hounds: Poetry, Politics and Reform in Solon’s Athens,” appeared in The Concord Review December 2014 issue. The Concord Review was founded in 1987 to recognize and publish exemplary history essays by high school students in the English-speaking world and is known for being the only quarterly journal in the world to publish the academic work of secondary students.

As a Classical Scholar, Sebastian first presented his paper at St. Luke’s annual Scholar Symposium which features in-depth research presentations by students selected as Classical, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), and Global Scholars. Participants in the Classical Scholars program undertake an enriched study of Latin (including AP Latin), Greek, and ancient history. A senior-year research project that includes classical humanities is developed and presented to faculty, parents and peers.

Sebastian received the news of his essay’s selection while in his first semester at Keble College, Oxford University. “Being published in The Concord Review is a tremendous honor. I have been studying and enjoying the Classics for several years and it’s gratifying that I can contribute something of value to the scholarship around the study of ancient Greek and Latin.” Graduating as class Valedictorian, Sebastian was also selected as a member of the Cum Laude Society in 2014.

Currently, Sebastian is reading for a BA in Jurisprudence at Oxford and serves on the Oxford Transitional Justice Research team, a large and diverse academic community conducting research on issues of transition in societies recovering from conflict and/or repressive rule. Additionally, he serves on the editorial board of a new undergraduate journal in constitutional and political studies at Oxford, regularly contributes to the Undergraduate Law Journal at the University of Pennsylvania, and represents Keble College on the committee organizing Amnesty International’s chapter at Oxford. Immersion in the law of armed conflict during an internship at Columbia Law School deepened Sebastian’s interest in international humanitarian law, as well as the history and jurisprudence of the international criminal tribunals.

To order a copy of The Concord Review Winter Issue, visit The Concord Review website. To read Sebastian’s work in the PULJ click here.

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