American Classicisms: 2023-2024

Founded in 2019, the American Classicisms working group hosts a range of events each year which broadly explore the reception of premodern cultures in the Americas. With the generous support of the Whitney Humanities Center and the Yale Department of Classics, the group has organized discussion groups, workshops, lectures, and field trips for members of the Yale community and non-Yale scholars interested in the working group’s aims.

To join the American Classicisms mailing list and receive updates about upcoming events, please email working group co-organizers Catherine Saterson ( and Kirsten Traudt ( 

In the Fall 2023 semester, the working group will host the following events:

Thursday, September 28th, 4-5pm (Phelps Hall 401): Lightning Talks: ‘American Receptions of Premodernities.’ 

Sunday, October 15th: Field trip to a preview of the world premiere of Helen. by Caitlin George at La MaMa in New York City. (Co-sponsored with Yale Department of Classics)

Thursday, November 30th, 4-5pm (Phelps Hall 401): Moira Fradinger (Yale University) Book Talk on Antígonas: Writing from Latin America (2023)

Events held in the spring semester will include a workshop organized in collaboration with the Yale Department of Classics’ Anti-Racism Reading Group (ARRG) and a virtual “campus tour” which will explore the influence of premodern cultures on the architecture and decorative art found on the Yale University campus.

To propose a future event or to ask further questions about the working group, please email co-organizers Catherine Saterson ( and Kirsten Traudt (