Walter M. Roberts III was born in Detroit Michigan in 1959. He earned degrees from Columbia College (B.A. Philosophy and Classical Greek, 1983 summa cum laude), the University of Chicago (M.A. Philosophy, 1990), and UC Berkeley (M.A. Latin, 2000; Ph.D. Classics 2006). In 2011 his dissertation, Cicero's Political Imperative: A Reading of On Duties, was published by VDM Verlag. The following year he resigned his tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of Vermont in order to found Detroit Greek and Latin and the Polebridge Institute at Glacier National Park, Montana. Most recently, he served as Amendments Coordinator for the Senate in the 2013 session of the Montana Legislature. Since 1991, whenever possible, he has spent summers in Polebridge, MT, the primitive NW corner of Glacier National Park. He is an avid chess player, cyclist, and outdoorsman. He is presently at work on the inaugural edition of DGL Aids, Three Quarrels: Lexical-Grammatical Aids to Iliad I, and collection of social-critical-philosophical reflections, Stray Thoughts (2006-2014).


The rationale, methods, and overall purpose of DGL are expressed in our three founding documents:

The Plight of the Gifted Child, Greek the DGL Way

Prelude to Latin: an overview of the DGL curriculum

An additional document: To the Mountaintop: The Idea of Pinnacle Curricula (DGL's submission to the Goldman Sachs Education Innovation Essay Contest of 2012) expresses the DGL remedy vision in its widest terms, but with an ending too harsh on the educational professionals.

DGL's Proposal to The Detroit Public Schools provides a blueprint for implementation of the DGL idea.

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