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

Classics and Social Justice Panels/Workshops for AIA/SCS 2020

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 update this post with more information as the AIA/SCS gets closer!

If Classics is for Everybody, Why Isn’t Everybody in My Class? Building Bridges and Opening Doors to the Study of Classics

Organizers: Elizabeth Bobrick and Dani Bostick

Classics and Civic Activism Workshop

Organizers: Amit Shilo, Yurie Hong, and Ted Gellar-Goad

Beyond Reception: Addressing Issues of Social Justice in the Classroom with Modern Comparisons

Organizers: Lindsey A. Mazurek and David Wright

Joint Workshop on Bystander Training/Intervention

Co-organized by members of Classics and Social Justice, as well as the WCC, CODIP, and COGSIP

Women in Rage, Women in Protest: Feminist Approaches to Ancient Anger

Organizers: Erika Weiberg and Mary Hamil Gilbert

Spotlight on Social Justice at the 2019 ACL Centennial Institute

The 2019 ACL Centennial Institute featured a wide range of sessions that touched on themes that are important to Classics and Social Justice, from inclusive pedagogy to discussions of disability and sexual assault. Also, several of our members presented, on these topics and many others! Read on to see all the exciting things that happened at the ACL!


Faces in/of Color: Teaching Intercultural Inclusiveness
Presider: Caroline Kelly, Mitchell Community College, Statesville, North Carolina
Anne Haeckl, Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, Michigan

Teaching Passages on Ancient Slavery with Educational Linguistics:
The Why and How of Engaging Students in Critical Language Choice Analysis
in the Classics Classroom
Presider: Patty Lister, Thomas Jefferson High School, Alexandria, Virginia
Kelly Dugan, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia

Orbis Latinus: A Task-based, Collaborative, Participatory,
and Inclusive Methodology for Teaching Latin
Presider: Danielle Martin, Seattle Academy of Arts and Science,
Seattle, Washington
Eduardo Engelsing, Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington

Opportunities for Inclusion in the Latin Classroom
Presider: Andrea Weiskopf, Seneca Ridge Middle School, Sterling, Virginia
Ashley Schneider, St. Stephen’s Episcopal School, Austin, Texas

Supporting Students with Learning Disabilities and Mental Illnesses
in the Latin Classroom
Presider: Stephanie Krause, McLean School, Potomac, Maryland
Meghan Kiernan, Freehold Township High School, Freehold Township, New Jersey

The ‘Tuning the Classics’ Project: Undergraduate Classics Curricular Models
Presider: Ann Raia, The College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, New York
Lisl Walsh, Beloit College, Beloit, Wisconsin
John Gruber-Miller, Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Iowa

Let’s Diversify: Using African American Fiction to Bring Black
Classicism into Your Classroom
Michele Valerie Ronnick, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan

Inclusive Latin: Teaching Metacognition and Empathy through Grammar
and Translation
Presider: Jennifer Jordt, NJCL Graphics Arts Chair, Victor J. Andrew High School,
Tinley Park, Illinois
Chris Sheppard, Blair Academy, Blairstown, New Jersey

Teaching Culture in Latin: A Simple Yet Flexible Unit Template for All Levels
Presider: Amy Sommer Rosevear, Cherry Creek High School, Denver, Colorado
Lance Piantaggini, Springfield Honors Academy, Springfield, Massachusetts
John Piazza, Berkeley High School, Berkeley, California
John Bracey, Belchertown High School, Belchertown, Massachusetts

Latin When Everyone Can Do It
Presider: Rachel Ash, Parkview High School, Lilburn, Georgia
Jennifer Jarnagin, Episcopal School of Dallas, Garland, Texas
Robert Patrick, Parkview High School, Lilburn, Georgia
Rachel Ash, Parkview High School, Lilburn, Georgia
John Bracey, Belchertown High School, Belchertown, Massachusetts

From First Century Empire to Twenty-first Century Social Justice
Presider: Benjamin Joffe, The Hewitt School, New York, New York
Andrea Weiskopf, Seneca Ridge Middle School, Sterling, Virginia

Culture Matters: Active Latin in a Culture-based Curriculum
Presider: Micheal Posey, The Episcopal School of Baton Rouge,
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Mark Pearsall, Glastonbury High School, Glastonbury, Connecticut

The Warrior Chorus: A Classics-based Veteran’s Public Program
Presider: David Jackson, Oak Hall School, Gainesville, Florida
Peter Meineck, New York University, New York, New York

Ovid in the Age of #MeToo
Sammie Smith, Heschel School, New York, New York

Comprehensible and Culturally Relevant Stories in the Latin II Classroom
Chris Buczek, Mount Mercy Academy, Buffalo, New York

Comprehensible Input Problem-Solving Workshop
Presider: Justin Slocum Bailey, Indwelling Language, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Michele Ramahlo, Seven Bridges Middle School, Chappaqua, New York
Lily Hart, Bellows Falls Union High School Westminster, Vermont

Body and Voice Techniques to Boost Engagement, Understanding,
Memory, and Health
Presider: Debra Heaton, National Latin Exam, Lexington, Massachusetts
Justin Slocum Bailey, Indwelling Language, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Quomodo discamus? Tunc et Nunc: A Century of Teaching Latin
Presider: John Gruber-Miller, Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Iowa
Ken Kitchell, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Emeritus,
Signal Mountain, Tennessee
Jared Simard, New York University, New York, New York
Robert Patrick, Parkview High School, Lilburn, Georgia
Teresa Ramsby, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, Massachusetts

2019 FIEC/CA: Who “owns” Classics? Redefining Participation and Ownership of the Field

This panel (organized by Classics and Social Justice) focused on the question of who “owns” Classics and explored some of the implicit and explicit ways the field has marginalized specific communities. More importantly, the panel discussed the role that Classics can play in discourses about identity and offered suggestions about how classicists can promote inclusivity in their teaching and in the field more broadly.
Papers in this panel represented a range of marginalized perspectives and voices which are not often heard in discussions about “the field.”

Sonia Sabnis (Reed College, USA), The Metamorphoses in the Maghreb: Owning Apuleius in Algeria

The paper explores an Algerian “reclamation” of Apuleius in the country where his hometown, Madauros (M’Daorouch), is now located. The paper highlights how inhabitants of the Maghreb have begun to invoke Apuleius in the process of defending their own indigenous languages and traditions against outside forces. The paper takes begins with Algerian writer Assia Djebar’s praise of Apuleius’ Metamorphoses as “a picaresque novel whose spirit, freedom, and iconoclastic humor show a surprising modernity…What a revolution it would be to translate it into popular or literary Arabic, no matter, surely as a health-bringing vaccination against all the fundamentalisms of all of today’s borders.” By looking at Algerian receptions of Apuleius, the paper concludes that, by claiming Apuleius as their own, locals not only bolster their defense of their indigenous languages against Arabic and French but they also protect their indigenous traditions against powerful new currents of Islamic fundamentalism.

Clara Bosak-Schroeder (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA), Cripping Classics: Disability Studies and Realities

Available in PowerPoint and PDF formats

Kiran Mansukhani and Nicole Nowbahar (CUNY and Rutgers, USA), “γυμνοὺς κριτέον ἁπάντων τούτων”: A Recap of The Sportula’s Naked Soul Conference 2019

The Sportulageneral information and Go Fund Me donation details and Patreon information for recurring donations. You can also donate via Paypal at s.dixon@berkeley.edu and Venmo with the username @thesportula.

Naked Soul conference website (don’t miss the featured submissions!)

Asian and Asian American Classical Caucus (AAACC)

#nakedsoul2019 on Twitter

Sportula Free (Text)Book Exchange

Amy Pistone’s write-up of the conference

Contact info: nicolenowbahar@gmail.com and kiran.p.man@gmail.com
Sportula email: libertinopatrenatus@gmail.com