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Announcements and initiatives

American Classicisms working group

This working group investigates the role played by the classical traditions of Greece and Rome in American institutions, intellectual life, and popular culture. It focuses primarily on instances of classical reception in the United States, but welcomes projects and perspectives that supersede or challenge national frameworks.

The working group meets once monthly to discuss a schedule of shared readings. We are currently soliciting recommendations for the 2020–2021 program and welcome participants especially from the fields of African-American Studies, American Studies, Art History, Classics, Comparative Literature, English, History, Religious Studies, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Prior knowledge of ancient languages and Greco-Roman materials, while helpful, is not necessary.

Sponsorship for American Classicisms for the 2020-2021 academic year is provided by the Whitney Humanities Center.

For schedule of meetings and further information, please contact Christopher Londa (