Events and News

Speaker Series 2020: Classics at Work, Classics in the World

In the fall of 2020, the Department of Classical Studies hosted several talks as part of a series called: "Classics at Work, Classics in the World.” Speakers shared their approaches to the translation and popular adaptation of classical texts, as well as perspectives on the global reception of Classical Studies. 


The Thesaurus linguae Latinae: Lexicography Past and Future

Amy Koenig | Thesaurus Linguae Latinae in Munich

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Dreams of Sikandar: Alexander the Great and Colonial India

Phiroze Vasunia | Professor of Greek and Latin, University College London

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Talking Back to Myth

Madeline Miller, Classicist and author of Circe and The Song of Achilles

Wednesday, November 11 at Noon

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Translating Ovid in the Age of #MeToo

Stephanie McCarter |Professor of Classical Languages, Sewanee, The University of the South

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The Trasimeno Archaeological Project: Uncovering a Roman Villa in Central Italy

Rebecca Schindler | Professor of Classical Studies at DePauw University (Wellesley '91)

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Co-sponsored by the Greco-Roman Society

The Department of Classical Studies supports Wellesley 4 Black Students

The Department of Classical Studies recently received a letter from the Wellesley 4 Black Students seeking to engage Wellesley College in dismantling systems of state-sanctioned violence that disproportionately harm Black people, and to create a world defined by life affirming institutions. 
In response to this letter, the Department of Classical Studies has written to senior administration and the Trustees of Wellesley College in support of this initiative. We want Wellesley College to play its part -- to acknowledge that anti-Black racism, embedded in the history and framework of our country, exists everywhere, including here at Wellesley College. We must take responsibility for its role in the systemic oppression of Black people, both on campus and in the world, and to this end we urged the administration to listen carefully and respond promptly with purpose and clear action to the demands that its Black students are making of our institution at this critical moment.

As scholars of Classical Studies, we are well aware of the way our field has been complicit in colonialism and imperialism, as well as essential to the construction of white identity. Our campus conversations on this topic in recent years have acknowledged these facts, but we are now spurred to take more substantial actions. We are taking time this summer to reevaluate our curriculum, exploring and discussing ways to make Classics at Wellesley more inclusive of Black students. To that end, we would like to engage with our current students in a series of conversations about racist assumptions that underpin traditional work in Classics and the ongoing appropriation of ancient Greek and Roman texts and symbols by white supremacists. We are educating ourselves on anti-racist pedagogy as we work to create a learning environment inclusive of all Wellesley students. 
Next week we will invite students to a Zoom meeting in which we will read and discuss articles that consider the way the field of Classics has interacted with race, especially Blacks in America. We hope that together we can develop programming and practices that acknowledge this difficult history and chart a pathway toward a better future for all.

Adrienne Mayor: Gods and Robots: Myths and Ancient Dreams of Technology

Tuesday, March 3, 2020  Student Open Class Session: Wednesday, March, 2020

Suzy Newhouse Center for the Humanities

Gods and Robots Informational Poster

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