Classics Beyond Whiteness

classics beyond whiteness

Organizers: T.H.M. Gellar-Goad and Caitlin Hines

Just as Wake Forest University as an institution has recently acknowledged and been challenged to take steps to address its historical complicity with systems of white supremacy, the field of Classics must come to terms with its participation in abusive and exclusionary practices that have caused real and lasting harm to communities and students of color. Inspired by the success of last year’s “Classics beyond Europe” series, we have organized a multidisciplinary and multimedia program including lectures, workshops, film screenings, art projects, a reading group, and a museum exhibit organized around the theme of “Classics beyond Whiteness.”  Throughout the 2019–2020 academic year, we aim to provide programming for students, faculty, and the larger Winston-Salem community that examines our field’s misleading and damaging tendency to center “whiteness” in its scholarly and educational practices and charts new paths forward for a more inclusive, constructive vision of the discipline. Our program celebrates the unique pedagogical, scholarly, and artistic contributions of Black Classicists, foregrounds the reception of Classical antiquity by artists and communities of color, highlights recent efforts to create a more diverse and inclusive field, and confronts the hateful backlash (both online and in professional settings) that has targeted those efforts.  We are grateful for the sponsorship of the Wake Forest Classics Department, Wake Forest Provost’s Fund for a Vibrant Campus, Wake Forest Humanities Institute, and the Society for Classical Studies’ Classics Everywhere Grant. 

For more information about any of our events, please feel free to contact Caitlin Hines (hinesco@wfu.edu) or T.H.M. Gellar-Goad (thmgg@wfu.edu).

Upcoming Events: 

DateTimeLocationEvent Name
Tuesday, September 103:30 PMDeTambleSarah Bond Proculloquium: Kick-Off Event!
on the use and abuse of Classics
Tuesday, September 173:30-4:30pmTribble A303Not All Dead White Men Book Group Meeting #1
Tuesday, October 13:30-4:30pmTribble A303Not All Dead White Men Book Group Meeting #2
Tuesday, October 153:30-4:30pmTribble A303Not All Dead White Men Book Group Meeting #3
Friday, October 253:30 PMDeTambleAshley Hairston
on Zora Neale Hurston and the Classics
Tuesday, October 293:30-4:30pmTribble A303Not All Dead White Men Book Group Meeting #4
November (Date TBD)3:30 PMTBDMathura Umachandran
workshop on Classics, white fragility, and decolonization
Monday, December 23:30 PMDeTambleJackie Murray Proculloquium
January (Date TBD)TBDTBD16 Black Classicists Exhibition Kick-Off
February (Date TBD)TBDTBDScreening & panel discussion of Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq
March (Date TBD)3:30 PMTBDDani Bostick Proculloquium
April (Date TBD)TBDTBD
Sarah Bond Proculloquium: Series Wrap-Up and Reflections