Classics Anti-Racism Reading Group

This reading group meets roughly once a month to read and discuss materials related to racism and Classics.

Spring schedule:

- Friday, January 28th, 12:15pm: CJ Rice on Anthony Abraham Jack’s The Privileged Poor.

- Friday, February 11th, 12pm: Multi-university conversation (Bryn Mawr SPEAC, Memorial University Newfoundland, and the University of Tennessee Knoxville) on approaches to Ovid’s reception and pedagogy.

- Friday, March 4th, 12pm: Members of the Yale Prison Education Initiative (YPEI) presenting and gathering feedback for a draft syllabus on “Homer, Virgil, Dante and the African American Literary Tradition.”

- Friday, April 15, 12pm: Reading and discussion of Ch. 7 of Du Bois’ Souls of Black Folk (“Of the Black Belt”) and selections from Kyle Mays’ An Afro-Indigenous History of the United States.

- Thursday, April 21st, 5pm: Dan-el Padilla Peralta (Princeton) will give a talk titled “W.E.B. Du Bois on the Native American: The Ancient Mediterranean as Conceptual Non-Resource.”

- April (Date and time TBD): Reading and discussing a selection of chapters from James Tatum and Walton Cook’s African American Writers and Classical Tradition.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to the organizers if you have any questions, or are interested in proposing a topic or leading a session (we are open to anything, whether you’d like to lead an informal discussion, workshop a paper or syllabus, formally present relevant work, etc.):

Grace Macdonald -

Elizabeth Raab -

Ziming Liu -