Report: Classics and Social Justice at SCS 2017

This year’s SCS meeting saw the official launch of the new Affiliated Group for Classics and Social Justice. We hosted two very successful events—a round table attended by around 40 people, and an open meeting, where almost as many showed up. There were not even enough seats in our room to accommodate all the interested parties! In recognition of the immigration issues and other difficulties members faced in getting to Toronto, we streamed the meeting; you can view it at our Facebook page. We are also maintaining a listserv (contact Nancy Rabinowitz, nrabinow@hamilton.edu to be added to it), a blog, and a Twitter account (please follow @classics_sj).

The new Affiliated Group has been discussing issues of concern to classicists for around a year now, since the Rhodessa Jones performance at SCS 2016. Members presented a panel on Prison Teaching at CAAS in 2016, and we are planning a panel at the SCS in 2018 (see the CFP on the SCS website and on our blog and Facebook page; abstracts are due by January 31st).

The topics of interest to members of the groups assembled were wide and various; we have formed committees to think about ways to address them. Of course there are significant overlaps between these, and we hope to address those in our activities.

Diversity outreach in the profession (Dan-el Padilla, dpadilla@princeton.edu, and Dominic Machado, dominic_machado@brown.edu)

Economically disadvantaged (Amit Shilo, amitshilo@classics.ucsb.edu)

Immigration/undocumented status (Dan-el Padilla, dpadilla@princeton.edu)

Prisons (Nancy Rabinowitz, nrabinow@hamilton.edu)

Women-gender-sexuality issues (Amy Pistone, apistone@umich.edu)

Veterans (Roberta Stewart, Roberta.L.Stewart@dartmouth.edu)

Mental health/disability issues (Clara Bosak Schroeder, cbosak@illinois.edu)

We are very grateful for the enthusiastic welcome given to our new group, and look forward to meeting more of you at regional meetings or at the next SCS.

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