Dr. Michael Fontaine

Episode 35: Dr. Michael Fontaine

Dr. Michael Fontaine is a Latinist with broad interests in Ancient Rome, the Renaissance, the Reformation, and the Enlightenment. In recent years he’s held a variety of leadership roles in Cornell's central administration. His latest work is on the effective use of humor in diplomacy. Previous books covered wine, swine, mind, and a good laugh. He’s now completing a trilogy of mental health books for Princeton University Press on classical ideas of fortitude, resilience, and adaptability. When that wraps up, he’ll be working on the philosopher Celsus. Oh, and he was also recently parodied on Saturday Night Live (really! see it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QfhHSY9uULs&t=4s)