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Burrows, Don

Dr. Don Burrows


Ext./Room: 228

Educational History

Ph.D., University of Minnesota — Classics

M.ed., University of Minnesota – K-12 World Languages and Literature

B.A., University of Arkansas – Classics, History, Journalism

Why I Choose to Work at Nova

As a classicist, I was drawn to Nova not only because of its classical education, but also because of its focus on developing the skills of critical thinking, reasoning, argument, and rhetoric. My favorite times in high school happened on the debate team, which later led me to become an editorialist and columnist before pursuing the classics. I firmly believe that the skills Nova teaches are vital to properly operate within a democracy as a full citizen.


Science fiction and fantasy, current events, my three kids

Favorite Author/Thinker/Historical Figure

Lucian, a 2nd century C.E. Syrian critic and satyrist whose Greek works lampooning classical authors and historians are second to none.

Favorite Books

Longus’ Daphnis and Chloe, Apuleius’ Golden Ass, Lucian’s True History, the Homeric epics, Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings, and Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart

Favorite Work of Art

Sandro Botticelli’s Primavera *same

Personal Motto/Favorite Quote

Uno itinere non potest perveniri ad tam grande secretum. – Symmachus, in a dispute over the altar of Victory: “By one path it is not possible to arrive at so great a mystery.” (SAME)