CFP: Classics and Race

Classical Memories Modern Identities Series
Editors, Richard Armstrong and Paul Allen Miller

With cautious optimism, we hope the current anti-racism protests will provoke moves toward equity and justice. But how did we get to this moment? How can Classics help us process a historical and scholarly legacy of white supremacy? As a recent article stated, “Classics can and should be seen as a field with diverse origins and a rich history of contributions, interpretations, and reinterpretations by people of all races. It is not the heritage of one group of people to the exclusion of another, and it cannot be used to form the bedrock of a white supremacist ideology.” The editors of the Classical Memories/Modern Identities Series seek innovative scholarship that focuses on fully mapping out the racial complexities of the ancient world and how they relate to our time. We are looking for works that reflect on the contributions of African-Americans, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA), and other underrepresented groups in the field of Classics. We are also searching for works that investigate the archaeology of Classics as a discipline, the complexities and compromises of its formation and development, its appropriation by and for racist agendas, and its deployment as a tool of resistance.

The series is already dedicated to exploring how the classical world has been variously interpreted, transformed, and appropriated to forge a usable past and a livable present. Books published in this series detail both the positive and negative aspects of classical reception and take an expansive view of the topic. Thus it includes works that examine the function of translations, adaptations, invocations, and classical scholarship in personal, cultural, national, sexual, and racial formations. Please email Ana Maria Jimenez-Moreno at the Ohio State University Press for more information.

CFP: Global Antiquities (Journal)

Call for Papers

Global Antiquities

LAUNCHING IN 2020!

Global Antiquities (GA) is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal dedicated to promoting academic work at the crossroads of Classics and Global Studies. The journal aims to publish research that engages scholars of ancient and modern worlds in dialogue about globalization and its effects, both historical and contemporary. Poverty, war, xenophobia, nationalism, migration, terrorism, imperialism, racism: these are major issues in global history shaped powerfully by the contexts in which they occur. GA welcomes submissions of research articles, book reviews, review articles, translations, and commentaries by scholars across disciplines seeking to understand and illuminate global issues through time, from antiquity to the present day.

Global Antiquities is edited by an international editorial team, supported by a distinguished and diverse advisory board.

Visit https://globalantiquities.pitt.edu/GA/about/editorialTeam for details.

NOW INVITING SUBMISSIONS

Global Antiquities invites submissions from Classicists, Ancient Historians, Archaeologists, and scholars in related fields, whose research is in dialogue with contemporary Globalization Studies. We also welcome papers from post-Classical Historians, Political Scientists, Theorists, and Philosophers, Anthropologists, Sociologists, and other social scientists and humanists whose work on global issues engages with the ancient past.

We view as “global” those features of human societies throughout history that cross real or imagined boundaries (geographic, chronological, cultural) and destabilize the primacy of the “state” or “nation” as the fundamental unit of analysis in world history. These “global” features are sometimes described processually as “flows” or “movements”, at other times statically as “systems” or “structures”. We seek work that challenges historical narratives of separateness rooted in a national imaginary, with narratives of interconnectivity and mobility made possible by globalization. Global Antiquities therefore invites submissions on a broad range of topics including (but not limited to):

  • poverty, inequality, enslavement, human rights
  • war, peace, terrorism, diplomacy
  • state formation and development; interstate networks, commerce, and governance
  • ancient and modern identities (esp. the role of antiquity in configuring post-Classical identities)
  • perceptions and expressions of difference (e.g. in gender, race, religion, ethnicity, ability, nationality, sexual identity, etc.)
  • nationalism, indigeneity, citizenship, xenophobia
  • migration, mobility, displacement
  • center, border, and periphery
  • constructions and propagations of culture (esp. across borders)
  • illness and public health (including mental health); disability studies
  • imperialisms; colonization; exploration and geography
  • climate change, the environment, environmental justice
  • organization, structures, and movement of knowledge; technology in society
  • social movements and activism
  • transnational organizations (including criminal) and movements
  • perceptions of and attendance to basic needs and threats thereto (e.g. drought, famine)

In addition, the editorial team also welcomes proposals for edited special issues bringing together cross-disciplinary articles on a single subject. Prospective editors should contact the journal staff for proposal guidelines and further instructions.

HOW TO SUBMIT

Full guidelines for authors are available at https://globalantiquities.pitt.edu/GA/about/submissions

To submit your paper online go to https://globalantiquities.pitt.edu/GA/submission/wizard

SUBSCRIBE

Visit https://globalantiquities.pitt.edu/GA to subscribe and register for email alerts!

MORE INFORMATION

For further details visit the journal homepage at https://globalantiquities.pitt.edu/GA

Letter of Support and Solidarity for Black Classicists

Classics and Social Justice welcomes the Women’s Classical Caucus as a co-signatory to this statement. 

Classics and Social Justice unequivocally supports #BlackLivesMatter. We strongly oppose the racism and state-sanctioned violence that unjustly target Black people, and we pledge our advocacy, as well as our resources, to support Black lives. We support protestors who are seeking justice and the end of police brutality and advocating for community-based restorative justice. We affirm the pain, grief, frustration, anger, and other emotions that our Black members, colleagues, and students are experiencing as a result of a society that does not recognize their full humanity.  We recognize that the privileges those of us who are white enjoy are afforded by the past and continuing oppression of Black communities.

We express our support as scholars and students of the ancient Mediterranean world, whose work notably pertains to the study of ancient imperialisms and the historical links between modern white supremacy, slavery, settler colonialism, and a Eurocentric, whitewashed understanding of Greece and Rome as the universally valid and inherently superior ‘Classics’. 

We recognize that our membership is predominantly white and that there are many groups in our field that are better able to represent the voices of Black classicists (including Mountaintop and Eos, among others). With that in mind, we ask our members (particularly our white members) to first listen and learn what we can do to best support our Black colleagues and to amplify Black voices. It is not the job of our Black colleagues to do the emotional and intellectual labor of educating anyone about how to be good allies. The resources are available, and it is incumbent on non-Black people to do the work of learning how to be anti-racists. One good place to start is by reading the Sportula’s statement of Solidarity: Statement of Solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter – The Sportula Microgrants For Classics Students.

Actions: White silence and complicity with a racist system are unacceptable. A statement of solidarity is an important first step, but it is not enough. We therefore urge fellow non-Black classicists and Classics departments to do something concrete. Constructive, helpful actions include:  

  • Donate to organizations dedicated to supporting classicists of color such as the Sportula.
  • Create an action plan in your department with concrete steps that you will take to promote #BlackLivesMatter. Advocate for your professional organizations to do the same. 
  • Include readings by Black scholars on your syllabi, particularly Black women, and Black-Centered Resources. Do so in a non tokenizing way, and emphasize the past and ongoing contributions of Black scholars to our field.
  • Organize and conduct over the upcoming academic year a series of faculty-led workshops using Black Lives Matter’s public syllabus.
  • Leverage faculty and institutional privileges by implementing a coordinated strategy for public engagement about the entanglements between anti-Black racism and the field of Classics (op-eds, twitter threads, public lectures).
  • Work with librarians to develop resource lists, open source syllabi, or a lecture series on topics such as Classics and Blackness or Classics and White Supremacy. Engage with the work of scholars around Critical Race Theory and create opportunities for your students and colleagues to do the same. 
  • Develop and execute strategies to attract and retain faculty and graduate students from Black communities by addressing the implicit and explicit barriers to Black scholarship in our discipline and institutions.
  • Use whatever pull you have in your institutions to support Black-led efforts for institutional reform beyond the departmental scale, including opposing exploitation of low-wage employees of color, supporting Black student groups, revising racist historical narratives of the institution, increasing accountability for university or school police, and any other issues facing Black members of your campus community.
  • Amplify the work and words of your Black colleagues.
  • Show up to protests, if you are able and have done the work to be a good ally at a protest. If you are white, your body gives you greater protection by virtue of our white supremacist system of policing. When joining a protest, use the privilege and protection afforded by your white body to protect others. 
  • Donate to bail funds for people who have been arrested while protesting. Here is a list of bail funds and legal help by city.
  • Develop an accountability plan to make sure that you, your department, and your colleagues are making concrete progress toward racial justice.

Here is a much larger list of resources for Accountability and Actions for Black Lives and a list of 75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice.

 

Listen to what Black people are asking and telling you to do. Any move toward racial justice, in the academy and in our society as a whole, will need to center Black voices. 

 

Additional resources:

Classicists in Solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en First Nation

We are cross-posting this statement to amplify the statement and hopefully reach a broader audience. The full statement is available here.

If you are a Classicist living, studying or working in North America and you wish to sign the solidarity statement below, you can still do so via this linkThe group of Classicists behind this initiative thanks the authors of the University of Toronto’s Department of Geography and Planning Solidarity with Wet’suwet’en statement, on which the following text is based.

North America-based Classicists in Solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en

We, a group of classicists living, studying and working across North America, write in the spirit of solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en First Nation, as they peacefully work to defend their sovereignty over their unceded territories. We express our support as scholars and students of the ancient Mediterranean world, whose work notably pertains to the study of ancient imperialisms and the historical link between modern settler colonialism and a Eurocentric understanding of Greece and Rome as the universally valid and inherently superior ‘Classics’. We understand our roles as educators, researchers and organizers to have specific responsibilities to Indigenous peoples’ efforts to protect their lands, waters, and peoples. continue reading >>

Michigan Humanities Emerging Research Scholars (MICHHERS) program. Deadline Feb. 7th 2020

This summer research experience, running from Sunday, June 7, to Saturday, June 20, 2020, will help students learn about the various fields within their chosen discipline along with the latest methodologies and developments from faculty in individual department. Participants will have the opportunity to work on a research project under the guidance of U-M faculty and current graduate students. Additionally,they will participate in department seminars, hear from graduate students about their experience and socialize with members of the program.  A graduate admissions workshop and social gatherings will round out the event. Our fourteen day program will host talented students (juniors, seniors and those currently in terminal MA programs), particularly those from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in graduate education who are interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in Asian Languages and Literatures, Classical Studies, English, History, Linguistics, Romance Languages and Literatures, qualitative Sociology and any humanities field in Women’s Studies. For more information, and to apply to participate in this program, please go to:http://www.rackham.umich.edu/michhers
The application deadline is February 7, 2020.  Travel, lodging, and on campus meals of students attending will be fully paid. Participants will also receive a modest stipend of $1,000. In addition, students who subsequently apply to U-M will receive application fee waivers.

Michigan’s Department of N.N. and the Rackham Graduate School are committed to diversity in graduate education.  I would be grateful if you could forward this information and the attached announcement to interested and eligible students, as well as colleagues who may be aware of students who would be interested in participating.Please let me know if you have any questions.

Best, Sara Ahbel-Rappe
rappe@umich.edu
Classical Studies
MICHHERS Liason
 
 

CFP: (Re)inventing Sappho: New Approaches to Sappho from the Greek Fragments to the Twenty-First Century

(Re)inventing Sappho: New Approaches to Sappho from the Greek Fragments to the Twenty-First Century

Panel at the 13th Celtic Conference in Classics

(Lyon, France, 15-18 July 2020)

Proposal submission deadline: 6th March 2020

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Sandra Boehringer (Université de Strasbourg)
  • Jacqueline Fabre-Serris (Université Charles-de-Gaulle Lille 3)
  • Ellen Greene (The University of Oklahoma)
  • Andre Lardinois (Radboud University)
  • Thea Selliaas Thorsen (Norwegian University of Science and Technology)

Sappho’s manifold afterlives since antiquity have endowed her with a range of personas, going from the canonical and iconic, to the comical and the perverse. Spanning creative and scholarly responses to the poet, these various interpretations, (re)adaptations and (re)constructions have produced a “Sappho” who is now as fluid and queer as she has ever been. Concurrently, recent Sappho scholarship, as well as discoveries of new fragments, have given rise to several new methodologies and perspectives, including interdisciplinary, comparative, philological, and reception-based approaches. Our panel aims to embrace this plurality by bringing these contrasting methodologies into productive conversation with one another. By re-examining the notion of who (and what) Sappho is, this panel will problematise the “invention” of Sappho and resituate her, along with her poetic fragments and later receptions, in contemporary scholarly discourse.

We welcome papers in the fields of Classics, Ancient History, and Reception Studies, with a preference for talks which fully and boldly engage with new approaches to Sappho’s life, work, and reception. In keeping with the bilingual tradition of the Celtic Conference in Classics, and this year’s venue (Lyon), we are especially keen on contributions about the reception of Sappho by French poets, scholars and translators, as well as Francophone feminist writers such as Wittig, Kristeva and Irigaray. The panel will be fully bilingual and we therefore accept papers both in French and English. Papers might fall within but are not limited to the following categories:

  • Sappho’s fragments

  • Sappho as a historical personage

  • Sappho and literary theory, queer theory, feminist theory, and other ideological approaches

  • Ancient, medieval, or modern receptions of Sappho, including theatrical re-adaptations, Sappho in pedagogy and education, and multimedial representations of Sapphic poetry

  • The role played by Sappho within LGBTQ+ communities and literature

To encourage a variety of approaches, we will welcome two different paper lengths: 20 minutes and 40 minutes. Please, submit a proposal of 300 words for a 20-minute paper and 500 words for the 40-minute option. Abstracts must be written either in French or English. The submission deadline for abstracts is 6th March 2020.

Submissions and queries should be directed to the following address: reinventingsappho@gmail.com.

Please, include a short biography and specify your affiliation in the body of your email: attach the abstract as a separate file with no personal identification.

Notification of acceptance will be given in early April.

 

For further information on the Celtic Conference in Classics, please refer to the conference permanent website: www.celticconferenceinclassics.org.

The panel convenors

  • Astrid Khoo (Harvard University)
  • Simona Martorana (Durham University)
  • Amy Pistone (Gonzaga University)
  • Rioghnach Sachs (King’s College London)

Classics and Social Justice at the 2020 AIA/SCS

Please let me know (amypistone at gmail dot com) if I’ve missed anything organized by our members or of interest to our members. We will continue to update this post up until the conference.

I would also encourage you to check out MRECC’s listing of papers of interest, available here.

Meeting and Social Events

(will be updated once the full schedules are available online)

Friday, 12 – 1 pm: Mountaintop Coalition Business Meeting (Gallaudet)

Friday evening: WCC/LCC Reception

Saturday, 2 – 3:15pm: Classics and Social Justice Open Meeting (University of D.C. room)

Saturday, 9 – 11pm: MRECC Reception

You can help sponsor reception refreshments!


Thursday, January 2

3:30 – 5:30pm: Dr. Robin DiAngelo, “White Fragility: Why is it So Hard for White People to Talk about Race?” (Independence Ballroom Salon B+C)

Friday, January 3

Joint Workshop on Bystander Training/Intervention

Responding to Harassment: Bystander Intervention (Workshop led by Collective Action for Save Spaces, D.C. Organized by Sarah Teets, University of Virginia, and Erika Zimmermann Damer, University of Richmond)

[This same event will be held three times throughout the day, each time beginning at the start of each Friday paper session]

1:45 – 4:45 pm: Classics and Civic Activism Workshop (Joint AIA-SCS Workshop)

Organized by T. H. M. Gellar-Goad, Yurie Hong, Amit Shilo, and Marina Haworth

Featuring representatives from Indivisible Guide, National Humanities Alliance, and the American Federation of Teachers

Kim McMurray (The Indivisible Guide, Electoral Organizing Director): Advocacy and Organizing 101 with the Indivisible Guide
Alexandra Klein (National Humanities Alliance, Communications Manager): Academia and Public Policy Advocacy
Lindsay Theo (American Federation of Teachers): Teachers, Contingent Faculty, and Civic Organizing

Additional Speakers for Session #28 (Lightning Round)
Kiran Mansukhani: Repurposing Classical Pedagogy for Philippine Land Rights Activism
Wynter Pohlenz Telles Douglas: Prison Abolition and the History of Slavery
Olga Faccani: The Odyssey Project: Performing Homer with Incarcerated Youth
Emily Allen-Hornblower: Greek Tragedy and the Formerly Incarcerated: Dialogues with the Broader Public
Kristina Chew: Using Greek Poetry and Drama to Advocate for Individuals with Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities
Arti Mehta: Social Programs and Food Insecurity in Juvenal
Dan-el Padilla Peralta: Humanities Prep
Jerise Fogel: Community Bookstores and Community Organizing

1:45 – 4:45 pm: Black Classicism in the Visual Arts

Organized by Eos: Africana Receptions of Ancient Greece and Rome, Mathias Hanses, Caroline Stark, Harriet Fertik, and Sasha-Mae Eccleston

Margaret Day Elsner: Sugar Baby’s Riddle: Sphinx or Sibyl?
Samuel Agbamu: Metamorphoses in Boots Riley’s Sorry to Bother You (2018)
Stefani Echeverria-Fenn: When and Where I (Don’t) Enter: Afro-Pessimism, the Fungible Object, and Black Queer Representations of Medusa
Tom Hawkins: Centaurs and Equisapiens
Stuart McManus: Frank M. Snowden, Jr. and the Origins of the Image of the Black in Western Art
Michele Valerie Ronnick: “Every Time I Think about Color It’s a Political Statement:” Classical Elements in the Art of Emma Amos
Shelley Haley: Response

1:45 – 4:45 pm: Lesbianism Before Sexuality

Organized by the Lambda Classical Caucus, Kirk Ormand, and Kristina Milnor

Irene Han: Les Guérillères: Sappho and the Lesbian Body
Kelly McArdle: Rethinking Julia Balbilla: Queer Poetics on the Memnon Colossus
Rebecca Flemming: “I Clitorize, You Clitorize, They Clitorize…”: The Anatomy of Female Homoeroticism in the Roman Empire
Rachel Lesser: Sappho’s Mythic Models: Figuring Lesbian Desire through Heterosexual Paradigms
Kristin Mann: Tribad Philaenis and Lesbian Bassa: WLW in Martial
Sandra Boehringer: Response

5:30 – 10:30 pm: Black Classicism and the Visual Arts, a panel, reception, and Art Exhibition (organized by EOS: Africana Receptions of Greece and Rome)

Located at Busboys and Poets (450 K St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001)

Saturday, January 4

8 – 10:30am: Classical Reception in Contemporary Asian and Asian American Culture

Organized by Christopher Waldo and Elizabeth Wueste

Christopher Waldo: Introduction
Stephanie Wong: Princess Turandot, an Occidental Oriental
Kelly Nguyen: No One Knows His Own Stock: Ocean Vuong’s Reception of Telemachus and Odysseus
Kristina Chew: Translating the Voices of Tragedy’s “Other” Women: Theresa Has Kyung Cha’s Dictee and Seneca’s Phaedra
Priya Kothari: A Palimpsest of Performance: The Construction of Classicism in the Vallabha Tradition
Melissa Mueller: Response

10:45am – 12:45pm: Citizenship, Migration, and Identity in Classical Athens

Organized by Jennifer T. Roberts

Justin Yoo: Introduction
Rebecca Futo Kennedy: Environment-Based Identity and Athenian Anti-Immigrant Policies in the Classical Period
Naomi Campa: Power Struggles: Neaira and the Threat to Citizenship
Mary Jean McNamara: Plataean Citizenship: Dual Identities
Jennifer Roberts: Immigration and Exclusion: A Comparative Study
Konstantinos Kapparis: Response

12:15 – 1:45pm: Roundtable Discussion Session

Hestia BU Graduate Pedagogy (Organized by Alicia Matz, Shannon DuBois, and Ian Nurmi)
White Supremacy and the History of Future of Classics (Organized by Curtis Dozier)

1:45 – 4:45pm: Women in Rage, Women in Protest: Feminist Approaches to Ancient Anger (Seminar)

Organized by Erika L. Weiberg and Mary Hamil Gilbert

Suzanne Lye: Putting Pressure on the Patriarchy: The Subversive Power of Women’s Anger in Ancient Greek Literature and Magic
Erika L. Weiberg: The Problem of the Angry Woman and Herodotus’ Use of Tragedy in Two Athenian Logoi
Ellen Cole Lee: Irata Puella: Gaslighting, Violence, and Anger in Elegy
Mary Hamil Gilbert: Furor Frustrated: Policing Women’s Anger in the Pseudo-Senecan Octavia

1:45 – 4:45pm: Global Receptions 

Cynthia Damon, presiding

David Wray: “Learned Poetry,” Modernist Juxtaposition, and the Classics: Three Case Studies
Christopher Stedman Parmenter: Frank Snowden at Naukratis: Revisiting the Image of the Black in Western Art
Kathleen Noelle Cruz: Norse Gods in Tyrkland: The Manipulation of the Classical Tradition in Snorra Edda
Adriana Maria Vazquez: Dreaming of Hector in the Brazilian Neoclassical Period: Conceptualizing “Window Reception”
James R. Townshend: “Keep Quiet! You Can’t Even Read Latin!” The Satirical Purpose of Western Classics in Natsume Sōseki’s I Am a Cat

Sunday, January 5

8 am – 11 am: Beyond Reception: Addressing Issues of Social Justice in the Classroom with Modern Comparisons

Organized by David J. Wright and Lindsey A. Mazurek

Nicole Nowbahar: Using Cross-Dressing to Understand Ancient Conceptions of Gender and Identity
Curtis Dozier: Classical Antiquity and Contemporary Hate Groups
Matthew Gorey: The Reception of Classics in Hispanophone and Lusophone Cultures and Modern Imperialism
Lindsey A. Mazurek: Comparing Present and Past in the Migration Classroom
Daniel Libatique: Cultural and Historical Contingencies in Ancient and Modern Sexuality
Sam Flores: Race in Antiquity and Modernity

8 am – 11 am: Sisters Doin’ It for Themselves: Women in Power in the Ancient World and the Ancient Imaginary

Organized by the Women’s Classical Caucus, T. H. M. Gellar-Goad, and Serena S. Witzke

T. H. M. Gellar-Goad and Serena S. Witzke: Introduction
Catherine M. Draycott: If I Say that the Polyxena Sarcophagus was Designed for a Woman, Does that Make Me a TERF? Identity Politics and Power Now and Then
Alana Newman: Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Ptolemaic Faience and the Limits of Female Power
Krishni Schaefgen Burns: Cornelia’s Connections: Political Influence in Cross-Class Female Networks
Morgan E. Palmer: Always Advanced by Her Recommendations: The Vestal Virgins and Women’s Mentoring
Jessica Clark: Chiomara and the Roman Centurion
Gunnar Dumke: Basilissa, Not Mahārāni: The Indo-Greek Queen Agathokleia

11:45 am – 1:45 pm: If Classics is for Everybody, Why Isn’t Everybody in My Class? Building Bridges and Opening Doors to the Study of Classics

Organized by Elizabeth A. Bobrick and Danielle R. Bostick

Elizabeth Bobrick: Introduction
Sara Ahbel-Rappe: Increasing the Diversity of Graduate Students in Classics: The University of Michigan’s Bridge M.A. and Bridge to the Ph.D. Programs
Danielle R. Bostick: Creating Systemic Change within Existing Structures
Sonya Wurster: Integrating Diverse Cultural and Linguistic Backgrounds in the Latin Classroom, and Reconsidering the Place of Classics in Non-Western Traditions
Nina Papathanasopoulou: Expanding Classics through the Visual and Performing Arts, In and Out of the Classroom

2 – 4:30 pm: Theater of Displacement: Ancient Tragedy and Modern Refugees, Immigrants, and Migrants

Organized by Seth Jeppesen, Cecilia Peek, and Chiara Aliberti

Seth Jeppesen: Introduction
Hallie Marshall: Now We See You, Now We Don’t: Displacement, Citizenship, and Gender in Greek Tragedy
Allannah Karas: Aeschylus’ Erinyes as Suppliant Immigrants: Enchantment and Subjugation
Lana Radloff: The Sword, the Box, and the Bow: Trauma, (Dis)placement, and “New Canadians”
Sarah J. Thompson: How Sweet are Tears: The Uses of Lamentation in the Trojan Women and Queens of Syria
Chiara Aliberti: Response

Petition to Condemn Mock Slave Auctions at JCL Classics Events

For more information and context on this issue, please see Dani Bostick’s detailed post.

Dear Sherwin Little, Mary Pendergraft, & Catherine Sturgill:

We write to express our dismay at the practice of mock slave auctions in the context of Junior Classical League national conventions, state conventions, club meetings, and other topics. We condemn the use of oppression and dehumanization as a source of levity and entertainment in an organization that is often children’s first introduction to Classics. 

We agree with the American Classical League’s May 5 statement against racism and, along with the ACL, we reject “racism and white supremacy in all of their manifestations.” We assume that the JCL, as an affiliate of the ACL, shares these sentiments and is equally committed to the ACL’s commitment that their “ resources, workshops, and other events do not inadvertently promote and further racism, sexism, white supremacy, or any other set of ideas that foster systemic inequities.”

However, in condoning, promoting, holding, and failing to condemn mock slave auctions, JCL-affiliated groups and conventions have created an environment that harms many junior classicists and excludes many other potential classicists. This is not the vision of classics that we want to promote at the secondary or post-secondary level. Individual JCL organizations look to the ACL and JCL for leadership, and they both have a large role in shaping the field and establishing the culture of secondary Classics. They must do better.

We are asking ACL and JCL to: 

  • Apologize for establishing and perpetuating mock slave auctions and acknowledge the harm this has caused generations of students. 
  • Condemn the practice of mock slave auctions for fundraising, classroom instruction, or any other purpose. 
  • Disseminate information to ACL members and JCL sponsors about the harm caused by mock slave auctions and, more broadly, using slavery and other forms of oppression as a source of humor. 
  • Prevent future harm by adding a prohibition against mock slave auctions to the JCL governing documents as soon as possible and releasing immediate guidance that informs stakeholders that they are harmful and inappropriate in any context, including (especially) the classroom.  

As students and instructors at the secondary and post-secondary level and other members of the classics community, we ask you to consider making these changes that will make our field a more inclusive place for everyone.

Sincerely,

Please scroll down to add your name to the petition

Note to signatories: thank you for signing this petition! We also encourage you to do some or all of the following:

  • Write an individual letter of concern to leaders of the ACL and JCL: Mary Pendergraft, President ACL (president@aclclassics.org), Sherwin Little, Executive Director (littles@aclclassics.org), and Catherine Sturgill, Chair of the JCL (publicrelations@ncjl.org)
  • Write a letter as a JCL chapter
  • Ask your department chair / administrator/ equity coordinator or applicable central office leader to write a letter or issue a public statement
  • Pass this letter on to like-minded colleagues (even outside of the field)

Signatories

Dani Bostick
Amy Pistone Gonzaga University
Madelyn Torchin
Aven McMaster
Assistant Professor, Thorneloe University at Laurentian
Kevin M. Perry
David Perry University of Minnesota
Jennifer Lewton-Yates
Asst. Prof. of Classics, Millsaps College
Sarah Teets University of Virginia
Liv Mariah Yarrow
Associate Professor, Classics, Brooklyn College
Jane Sancinito
Visiting Assistant Professor, Oberlin College
Isaac Hoffman Cornell Grad Student
Rebecca Kennedy Denison University
Lindsey Mazurek
Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Oregon
Victoria Austen-Perry University of Winnipeg
Graham Butler PhD, UBC
Nancy Rabinowitz
Professor of Literature Hamilton College
Thomas Lecaque Grand View University
Preston Bannard
Classics teacher, Groton School
Natalie Daifotis
Graduate Student, UMass Amherst
Judith P Hallett
Deborah Lyons
Dept of Classics, Miami University
Leah Bernardo-Ciddio
PhD Candidate, IPCAA, University of Michigan
Justin Slocum Bailey
Alex Claman Texas Tech University
Emma Remsberg
Timothy Joseph College of the Holy Cross
Sarah Galatioto-Ruff Teacher
Lillian Sellers Tucker High School
Tom Di Giulio
Danielle Kellogg Brooklyn College
Courtney Monahan
Duke University; Durham Academy (Durham, NC)
Wynter Douglas
Lynnea Kaylor
Student & Mentor, Kaylor Ashuvyahu Center for Classical Learning
Barbara Gold
Hamilton College (emerita)
Rosanna Lauriola
Adjunct Assistant prof. of Classics, Randolph-Macon College (VA)
Patricia Kim
Kassandra Miller
Visiting Assistant Professor, Bard College
Danielle Martin
Middle School Latin/Seattle Academy
David J. Wright
Lecturer, Fordham University
Arum Park
Assistant Professor of Classics, University of Arizona
Tori Lee Duke University
Eush Tayco
Melissa Funke
Assistant Professor, University of Winnipeg
Aneirin Pendragon
Allene M. Seet
Jennifer Gerrish College of Charleston
Michael Goyette
Instructor of Classics, Eckerd College
Matt Gibbs
Associate Professor, University of Winnipeg
Erin Moodie
Assistant Professor, Purdue University
Phebe duPont Haverford College
Molly Harris
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Brenda Fields
Gregory P. Stringer
Burlington (MA) Public High School
Dimitri Nakassis
University of Colorado Boulder
Samuel Flores College of Charleston
Hannah Culik-Baird
Assistant Professor Boston University
Hayley Barnett
Steven Mondloch UMass Amherst
Brandon Conley
Michigan State University
Jay Fisher
Professor Department of Classics Rutgers University
Heather Galante
Marcia Smith, Ph.D.
Joy Reeber University of Arkansas
Joy Eliot
Former course lead, North Carolina Virtual Public School (disabled). B.A. First Class Cambridge, M.A. Harvard.
Lisa Maurizio Bates College
Stephanie McCarter
The University of the South (Sewanee)
Brittany Johnson The Ursuline School
Grace Gillies
Visiting Lecturer, Bates College
Simon DeSantis
Gray Alexander
Clara Bosak-Schroeder
Assistant Professor, UIUC
Kathryn H. Stutz
Graduate student, Johns Hopkins University
Anatole Mori University of Missouri
Christine Ellis
Amber Kearns
Britta Ager Colorado College
Jacqueline Church
Kathryn Topper University of Washington
Yurie Hong
Gustavus Adolphus College
Marina Haworth
North Hennepin Community College
Jameson Minto
Diane Warne Anderson UMass Boston
Jacquelyn Wilkins
Teacher, EC Glass High School & Former Director, Virginia Governor’s Latin Academy
Sarah E. Bond
Associate Prof. of History, University of Iowa
Neel Smith
Max Rohleder
Sydney Preston
Graduate Student, UMass Amherst
Alice Bradley
Tom Hendrickson
Stanford Online High School
Matt Mitchell
Elijah J. Mears
adam williams
Alicia Matz Boston University
Diana Ng
Forrester Hammer
Graduate student, UMass Amherst
Dr. Liz Gloyn
Senior Lecturer in Classics, Royal Holloway, University of London
Dr Gabriel Bodard
Reader in Digital Classics, University of London
Andrew Scott Villanova University
Shannon DuBois Boston University
Katherine Wasdin
Assistant Professor, University of Maryland
Alexandra Pappas
San Francisco State University
Christopher Polt Boston College
Liliana Schaefer
Dominic Machado College of the Holy Cross
Ian Nurmi Boston University
Joseph Stern UMass Amherst
Paul Brucia Breitenfeld Boston University
Rachel Hart
Jacqui Bloomberg
Upper School Latin Teacher at Dana Hall in Wellesley, MA
Sarah Stroup
University of Washington, Seattle
Deborah Kamen University of Washington
Kristina Sherburne
Anwar Omeish
2014 Virginia JCL President
Ningyin Zhao
Eli Williams
Joseph Farrell
Emily Damiano
Ruby Blondell
Professor Emerita, University of Washington
Amit Shilo
Assistant Professor of Classics, UCSB
Mary Lou Burke
Woodrow Wilson High School
Boyce Collins
North Carolina A&T State University
Catherine Connors University of Washington
Anthony Corbeill University of Virginia
Jennifer Judge Gonzaga Preparatory
Wayne Miller
Latin Teacher, Garfield HS, Seattle, WA
Molly Stevens UGA
Stephen Hinds
University of Washington, Seattle
Jackie Murray University of Kentucky
Mali Skotheim
Postdoctoral Fellow, The Warburg Institute
Lauren Donovan Ginsberg University of Cincinnati
Jennifer Ebbeler UT Austin
Roberta Stewart
Professor, Dartmouth College
K. Scarlett Kingsley Agnes Scott College
Ellen O’Gorman University of Bristol
Anna Henriques
Francesca Tronchin
Dr. Francesca Tronchin
Addenbrooke Classical Academy
Kendra Eshleman
Boston College; MD JCL 1990-91
Anise K. Strong
Associate Professor, Western Michigan University
Jason Nethercut USF
Julie Hruby Dartmouth College
Peter Meineck New York University
Ruth Scodel
The University of Michigan
Kyler Laycock
David Kaufman
Associate Professor of Classics and Philosophy, Transylvania University
John Hyland
Christopher Newport University
Molly Jones-Lewis
Lecturer Ancient Studies Dept. UMBC; VA JCL student 1995-9
Susann Lusnia
Associate Professor & Chair, Tulane University
Joan Romanosky JCL sponsor
Michael McOsker
Ohio Wesleyan University
Kristen Ehrhardt
Associate Professor of classics, John Carroll University
Marisa Alimento
Latin Teacher/Coordinator@ Crossroads School, Santa Monica
Allison Emmerson Tulane University
Ian Lockey
Friends select school Latin teacher
Ashleigh Fata
Konnor Clark PhD
Tom Hawkins Ohio State
Ulrike Krotscheck
The Evergreen State College
Sarah Brucia Breitenfeld
Graduate Student, University of Washington
Elin Rummel
Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences
Dana Woell
Lisa Mignone
Kira Jones Emory University
Michaela Downing
Kelly P. Dugan University of Georgia
Steven Ellis University of Cincinnati
Sarah Levin-Richardson
Assistant Prof. of Classics, University of Washington
Alexander Beecroft
University of South Carolina
Ruby Blondell University of Washington
Priscilla Scofield
Roosevelt High School, Seattle
Nicolas P. Gross Retired Classicist
Elizabeth Kosmetatou
University of Illinois – Springfield
Erin Walcek Averett
Associate Professor, Creighton University
Katherine Blouin University of Toronto
Hallie Franks New York University
T. H. M. Gellar-Goad Wake Forest University
Briana Titus teacher & JCL sponsor
Zoé Elise Thomas
University of Texas at Austin
Marian Makins Temple University
Taz Hinkle
Melanie Subacus
Robert Amstutz
Susan Herder
Jason Albaugh
Laura Hudec
Emily Goetz
Classical Magnet School (former), JCL club advisor (former)
Clayton Schroer
University of Illinois/Colorado College
Arti Mehta
Gina Soter University of Michigan
Ellen Sassenberg Century High School
Sara Myers
Professor of Classics, UVA
Heather Waddell
Chair, Greek & Roman Studies (Concordia College, Moorhead MN)
Lizzy Ten-Hove
PhD Candidate, Stanford University
Catherine Reed
Dulaney High School, Baltimore County
Daniel Bostick Social Sciences Teacher
Lea Cline
Associate Professor, Illinois State University
Leigh Anne Lieberman The Claremont Colleges
Jack Kanoof
Assistant Professor, University of Virginia
Raymon Johnson
Emma Hanley
Tom Elliott
Associate Director for Digital Programs and Senior Research Scholar, NYU/ISAW
Jessica Rothwell Arizona State University
Bill Beck
Indiana University, Bloomington
Christina Vester
Associate Professor, University of Waterloo
Mary Gilbert
Birmingham Southern College
Mike de Brauw
Associate Professor of Classics, North Central College (Naperville, IL)
Vincent Price
Stephanie Wong Brown University
Sarah J. Miller Gilman School
Sara Priebe
Shelley Haley Hamilton College
Julia Fink
Geffen Academy at UCLA
Addison Lee
Parker McClary Geffen Academy
Phoebe Fischer Geffen Academy
Lucius Farha Geffen Academy
Arushi Khare Geffen Academy
Bianca Baron
Rachel Goldstein
Ploy Keener
Teacher, Walnut Hills High School
Skye Shirley GrecoLatinoVivo
Laura Manning
Felix Bieneman
Peter Barrios-Lech
University of Massachusetts Boston
Allison Glazebrook Brock University
Jackie Lund Bexley High School
Rachel Sampson
Sidler Davis State Chair

Statements on the Paideia Institute

On October 1, 2019, the Sportula Collective published a statement detailing the experiences of many of their members at programs run by the Paideia Institute. The note that:

The Sportula believes that the Paideia Institute and its affiliated programs create an environment that is hostile to people of color, women, students from working-class backgrounds, the LGBTQ community, and other marginalized groups.

The leadership of the Classics and Social Justice group believes these accounts and stands in solidarity with the brave people who came forward to share their stories in an attempt to effect change at Paideia. We also recognize that the factors that contributed to this toxic culture are not unique to the Paideia Institute but are a pervasive issue within the field and we are committed to addressing these more pervasive issues as well as this specific situation.

We do not find that the responses offered by Paideia leadership have been sufficient or that they have adequately acknowledged the harm that their organization has done. Because of that, we heartily second the calls to action recommended by the Sportula:

  • Spread the word: Alert other community members, students, and peers to potential discrimination from the Paideia Institute.
  • Redirect support: Opt to support organizations in the field that are inclusive, safe spaces, and recommend such organizations to The Sportula and your community members.
  • Divest: Encourage your university to reconsider its relationship with Paideia.

In an attempt to amplify the voices of people who have been marginalized, exploited, and otherwise mistreated by people affiliated with the Paideia Institute, we are collecting the different statements that have been issued in response to the original Sportula statement. If we have missed any, please let us know.

SCS Board Letter to the Paideia Institute

CAAS Board of Directors letter to The Paideia Institute

ACL Statement concerning the Paideia Institute

Statement from CNSC GRECOLATINOVIVO regarding the publication on Medium by Sportula on October 1 and 2, addressing the Paideia Institute

Liz Butterworth, In Support of the Sportula’s Statement on the Paideia Institute

Gregory Stringer, Ending my association with Paideia

Bryan Whitchurch, Whitchurch and the Paideia Institute, October 2019

An older letter, but one that addresses some of the same fundamental issues, written by instructors affiliated with Paideia, though many have since ended their association

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And finally, here is a thread breaking down some of the problems with the statement issued by Paideia: