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

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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

Responses to the SCS/AIA

We wanted to recognize and commend the departments and institutions who have made official statements condemning the racist events that took place at the 2019 SCS/AIA. If your organization or department has made a statement that is not included here, please let us know and we will include it.

Departments

UCLA Department of Classics

University of Washington Department of Classics

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of Classics

Organizations

The Sportula

The Women’s Classical Caucus

Ancient Philosophy Society

Society of Classical Studies

Women’s Classical Committee UK

Council of University Classics Departments, Institute of Classical Studies, and the Women’s Classical Committee UK

Individuals

Dan-el Padilla Peralta

Rebecca Futo Kennedy

Josephine Quinn

CFP: LGBT+ Classics: Teaching, Research, and Activism (February 2018, University of Reading)

The Women’s Classical Committee UK is delighted to announce the following event:

LGBT+ Classics: Teaching, Research, and Activism

12th February 2018

University of Reading

Organised by: Katherine Harloe, Talitha Kearey, and Irene Salvo

The Women’s Classical Committee UK is organising a one-day workshop on Classics and Queer studies to highlight current projects and activities that embrace the intersections of research, teaching, public engagement, and activism.

The day will feature a series of talks and a roundtable bringing together academics in Classics (and related fields), LGBT+ activists, museum curators and those working in other areas of outreach and public engagement. We intend to explore how LGBT+ themes are included in Classics curricula; how public engagement with queer Classics and history of sexualities can contribute to fight homophobia and transphobia; and the ways in which the boundaries between research, teaching, and activism can be crossed. The roundtable will focus in particular on strategies of support for LGBT+ students and staff, current policies in Higher Education, and what still needs to be improved. Confirmed speakers include: Beth Asbury, Clara Barker, Alan Greaves, Jennifer Grove, Rebecca Langlands, Sebastian Matzner, Cheryl Morgan, Nicki Ward, and Maria Moscati. Jennifer Ingleheart (Durham) will deliver the keynote address ‘Queer Classics: sexuality, scholarship, and the personal’.

We are also reserving time during the day’s schedule for a series of short (five-minute) spotlight talks by delegates. Through this session, we hope to provide a chance for delegates to share research projects, teaching programmes, and experiences related to LGBT+ issues. We are particularly interested in spotlight talks on:

new, queer and gender-informed work in classics, ancient history, archaeology, papyrology, philosophy, or classical reception;

fresh ideas on teaching the history of queerness through texts and material culture;

the difficulties and discriminatory experiences encountered by members of staff, undergraduate and postgraduate students, and early-career researchers, because of their gender identity and/or sexual orientation.

If you would like more information or to volunteer to give one of these talks, please send a brief description of your talk (about 80/150 words) to Irene Salvo, LBGT+ liaison officer, salvoirene@gmail.com. The deadline for submissions is Tuesday 5th December 2017.

People of any gender expression or identity who support the WCC’s aims are welcome to attend this event. For further details, see our website at http://wcc-uk.blogs.sas.ac.uk/about-us/.

Attendance is free for WCC UK members, £10 for non-members (to cover catering costs). You can join the WCC UK here<https://wcc-uk.blogs.sas.ac.uk/about-us/join-us/&gt; (and if you’re a student, underemployed, or unemployed, membership is only £5). As with all WCC events, travel bursaries will be available for students and the un/under-employed.

The WCC is committed to providing friendly and accessible environments for its events, so please do get in touch if you have any access, dietary, or childcare enquiries. For a full statement of the WCC’s childcare policy please see here https://wcc-uk.blogs.sas.ac.uk/events/.

An Open Letter to UChicago History Department

Read the letter to the UChicago History department regarding recent problematic statements on white supremacy in medieval studies by Professor Brown which endanger Professor Kim.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/mk2ifzv34803zlo/chicago_open_%20letter.pdf?dl=0

If you wish, sign the letter on the following signature page showing your support.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1zKRLYSuifXs-vyTFB2420i-jAUPTyzpEajL15IeopR4/edit

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.

CFP: Classics and Social Justice SCS 2018

CFP:  The Classics and Social Justice Affiliated Group invites paper proposals for its inaugural Panel at the 2018 meeting of the SCS.
The panel organizers are Jessica Wright (USC) and Amit Shilo (UCSB).

We welcome papers that discuss any aspect of social justice work in which you are engaged as well as papers that theorize the place of social justice work in Classics and the place of Classics in social justice work.

Possible topics might include: the presentation of projects already underway (for instance, prison education or the use of Classics in other sites such as homeless centers or with veterans’ groups); the scope and limits of academic activism; appropriate methods for approaching social issues; performance and activism; and the power of specific Classical traditions to address the urgency of social change.

Please send anonymous abstracts of approximately 500 words to Professor Alexandra Pappas (apappas@sfsu.edu).

Deadline for the receipt of abstracts is January 31, 2017.
More information: please write to 
Classicists involved in activism:
CLASS-SJ@listserv.hamilton.edu

The newly formed Classics and Social Justice Affiliated Group is a forum for scholars who wish to integrate their academic expertise with community work promoting social justice and positive transformation. The group envisions its first panel as the beginning of a new, more formal conversation about Classics and Social Justice and an effort to discover what social justice work Classicists are doing outside of the classroom as well as inside of the classroom.