Krishnamurthy Kesavan

  • Part-time Instructor


Classics Department
Cathedral of Learning

I have been teaching Sanskrit at the University since 2001. I teach Sanskrit I in the Fall and Sanskrit II in the Spring semesters. I have taught advanced courses Sanskrit III and IV    on occasion.

I also have taught courses in the Tamil language at the University under the Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTL) program.

Off-campus, I conduct free classes to anyone interested in learning Sanskrit.  On weekends, I arrange and conduct sessions in advanced Sanskrit readings and discussions.  In these sessions, a wide range of topics are covered: the epics, Hindu religious philosophy, the Upanishads, Bhagavadgita, general classical literature, including prose and poetry, and devotional hymns.

Education & Training

  • Ph. D., Nuclear Science & Engineering, Carnegie-Mellon University, 1978
  • M, S., Nuclear Science & Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 1967
  • B, Sc. (Engg), Banaras Hindu University, 1963

What we've been up to lately

  • For four weeks in May, Dr. Carrie Weaver and 15 Pitt undergrads studied and traveled in Sicily through the Classics Department's Pitt in Sicily study abroad program. In the classroom, the students studied Greek archaeology and read works of ancient Greek literature that were directly connected to the island. On excursion, they circumnavigated Sicily and were able to experience first-hand many of the sites and objects that they learned about in class

  • This past June, Dr. Jacques A. Bromberg chaired a paper session at the second workshop on Conflict Resolution in Ancient and Modern Contexts: Theory and Genre at King’s College London (read about the workshop here). He was joined by colleagues from Colombia, Brazil, the UK, USA, Spain, and Germany in producing new research on how Classical literature exemplifies and showcases conflict resolution skills. In April, Dr. Bromberg attended the first workshop in Bogotá, Colombia, where he presented a paper entitled "Peace through Sport: Modern Lessons from Ancient Sources".

  • Dr. Nicholas F. Jones is now under contract to submit revised texts, translations, and commentaries for the recently inaugurated second edition of Brill’s New Jacoby (“BNJ2”). The first twenty-one entries will take him through a September 1, 2018 deadline, with the remaining (more substantial) authors to follow later on a new deadline.

  • Dr. Mae Smethurst Mae was invited by the Classics Department of the University of Kyoto to give two lectures - one on Euripides' "Medea", April 20th, and another on Sophocles' "Antigone", May 1tth, 2018.