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Winter/Spring 2021 Webinars

We are pleased to share these webinars for this semester. We invite you to participate in as many of these complimentary professional development opportunities as your schedule and energy permit.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021, 6–7:00 pm ET
Trying to Hear the Anti-racism Voices of Antiquity
Presenter: Jackie Murray, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

In antiquity, slavery and genocide were the ubiquitous consequences of defeat by a mightier military force. "History is written by the conquerors," they say, so we could ask with the literary theorist Spivak, "can the subaltern* speak?" and return a negative answer as she does. However, often left unconsidered is the scholar's social distance from those they are trying to hear speak. In this presentation, Dr. Murray suggests that we do not hear the subaltern because it is the habit of scholars—especially classicists, who are overwhelmingly from the dominant and well-heeled groups of society—who tend to identify with the historical and mythical figures, especially those glorified by the stories/histories, to be inured to the subalterns' cries against dehumanization and oppression. By using oppositional reading on a sample of ancient texts, she shows that not only can the ancient Greek subaltern speak, but they have a lot to say against racism.

*Subaltern according to Spivak refers to those who belong to the third world countries. It is impossible for them to speak up as they are divided by gender, class, caste, region, religion and other narratives. These divisions do not allow them to stand up in unity.

Dr. Jackie Murray is Associate Professor of Classics in the Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures and Cultures Department at the University of Kentucky. She is on the editorial board of Classical Philology, Religion Compass, and Brill Research Perspectives in Classical Poetry. Her primary area of research is Hellenistic Poetry, and her secondary area is Race and the Classics. For insights on these areas of scholarship, please see how Dr. Murray expresses it “in her own words.”

Murray earned her BA in Latin and Classical Studies (summa cum laude), University of Guelph, an MA in Classics from the University of Western Ontario, and her PhD from the University of Washington. A sampling of her awards, honors, and scholarships include Fellowship (2020) and Visiting Scholar (2018) at the Center for Hellenic Studies, NEH Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome (2011–2012), NEH Fellowships (2010, 2006), and a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship (1999–2003). Select recent publications include “Race and Sexuality: Racecraft in the Odyssey” in Denise McCoskey, ed., Bloomsbury Cultural History of Race Series [in press 2021], “Poetically Erect: The female oriented humor in Callimachus’ Hymn to Demeter” Hellenistica Groningana 24: New Perspectives in Callimachean Scholarship (Leuven, 2020), and “W.E.B. Du Bois’ The Quest of the Silver Fleece: The Education of Black Medea” TAPA 149.2 Supplement (Sesquicentennial Anniversary Issue 2019).

Tuesday, April 20, 2021, 6–7:00 pm ET
The Archaeology of “Race” in the Roman Empire: Old Problems, New Approaches
Presenter: Sinclair Bell, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL

Can we write an archaeology of "race" in the Roman period? In this webinar, Dr. Bell considers the question through the lens of images of and artifacts related to Aethiopians (that is, Sub-Saharan Africans). After providing a brief overview of the corpus of objects and their imagery and the critical axioms of their study, he will propose some new ways of thinking about this material culture and discuss the ethical stakes of such a project within the field of archaeology more broadly.

Sinclair Bell is a classical archaeologist and art historian. Professor of Art History at Northern Illinois University, he is also the editor of the Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome. His current areas of research include the art and archaeology of the Etruscans; the art and archaeology of the Roman provinces; spectacles in the Roman imperial period; the visual and material evidence for slaves and foreigners in the Roman Empire, especially Aethiopians/Nubians. He has co-edited 12 books, including Free at Last! The Impact of Freed Slaves on the Roman Empire (London 2012). After earning his BA in Classical Studies and History at Wake Forest University, he earned a master’s degree in Classical Archaeology at the University of Oxford and the University of Edinburgh, from which he received his PhD in Classics in 2004. He also studied at the University of Cologne and has been a Fellow at The American Academy in Rome, the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, and the Howard Foundation.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021, 6–7:00 pm ET
Julius Caesar's "Augustan" Dictatorship
Presenter: Hans-Friedrich Mueller, Union College, Schenectady, NY

Caesar’s Commentarii de Bello Gallico portray a republican general of the traditional type. When students turn from this reading to Vergil's Aeneid, they land in a rather different world of myth, legend, and Augustan values. How can we help students bridge this seeming disconnect? We can fill in the historical background. Many of the policies and programs that we associate primarily with the principate of Augustus were, in fact, either established by, or foreshadowed in, the legislative program of Caesar’s brief dictatorship. Cassius Dio, for example, discusses Caesar’s descent from Venus and Mars, his celebration of equestrian games for noble youth, and his promotion of marriage and childbirth. By exploring “Augustan” elements in Caesar’s legislative program, we can help students connect Caesar not just to Augustus, but also to Augustus’s Vergilian avatar Aeneas.

Hans-Friedrich Mueller has been praised for his previous webinars for B-C. Mueller, a.k.a. Molinarius/ ΜΥΛΩΝΙΚΟΣ, is the Thomas B. Lamont Professor of Ancient & Modern Languages at Union College. He is a recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from Eta Sigma Phi and of the Society for Classical Studies Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Classics as well as two awards for excellence in teaching at Florida State University. While at FSU, Mueller developed a graduate distance program in classics for high school teachers. Mueller is the author of Roman Religion in Valerius Maximus (Routledge, 2002), the editor of an abridgment of Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Modern Library, 2003), the translator of Mehl's Roman Historiography (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011), and the author of two video courses for The Great Courses (Teaching Company), Latin 101: Learning a Classical Language and Greek 101: Learning an Ancient Language. Molinarius's six years as a high school teacher served him well as author of Caesar: Selections from his COMMENTARII DE BELLO GALLICO and as coauthor (with Rose Williams) of Caesar: A LEGAMUS Transitional Reader (Bolchazy-Carducci, 2012). Mueller is presently working on night as a legal, religious, and social context in Roman culture

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