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Mar
3
Fri
“Parsing Vision” by M. M. McCabe @ HSSB 4080
Mar 3 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

M. M. McCabe is Emerita Professor of Ancient Philosophy at Kings College, London, and is currently Sather Professor of Classics at UC Berkeley. She will present one of her series of 2017 Sather Lectures on “Seeing and Saying: Plato on Virtue and Knowledge.”

This lecture is sponsored by the Departments of Classics and Philosophy, and the Argyropoulos Endowment for Hellenic Studies.

Mar
10
Fri
Foreign Language Exam (Winter 2017)
Mar 10 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

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“Kara Walker’s ‘A Subtlety’ and Spike Lee’s ‘Chi-raq'” by Tracey L. Walters (Black Classicism Series) @ HSSB 4080
Mar 10 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

 

Tracey L. Walters is Associate Professor of Literature and Chair of the Department of Africana Studies, SUNY – Stony Brook University.

Greco-Roman mythology has long played a significant influence in the artistic production of the black community. Michele Valerie Ronnick, Patrice Rankine, and Tracey Walters have documented the works of black writers who have adopted the classics as foundational texts to tell stories about the black experience. Kara Walker’s “A Subtlety: The Marvelous Sugar Baby, an Homage to the unpaid and overworked Artisans who have refined our Sweet tastes from the cane fields to the Kitchens of the New World” (2014) and Spike Lee’s Chiraq (2015) draw on western classical mythology featuring strong female characters to engage in satirical meditations on history, politics, and sexuality to tell stories about the black female experience. While many were impressed with how they interweaved the ancient classics into contemporary realities, for others, the classical allusions were inconsequential to the larger issues presented in the artwork. Their classical interpretations both humored and angered audiences who took to social media to express their opinions about the artwork itself and the audiences’ reaction to the art.  The exchanges on social media between specific communities of individuals led to a public debate about race and the misrepresentation of the black community and the objectification and fetishization of the black female body. Drawing attention to this public critique, the question for examination is how and why do Walker and Lee’s  adoption of the classics problematize the representation of the black female body in the public sphere?

Sponsored by the Argyropoulos Endowment for Hellenic Studies and the Departments of Black Studies and Classics.

Mar
17
Fri
School visit: San Luis Obispo High School @ HSSB
Mar 17 @ 4:00 pm

Our annual meet-and-greet with Latin and Classics students from SLO High! Professors are encouraged to make themselves available to welcome and encourage the next generation of students curious about our discipline.

Apr
14
Fri
“Twenty-first century Classics and the Matter of ‘Black Lives’,” by Patrice Rankin @ HSSB 4080, UCSB
Apr 14 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

 Patrice Rankine is Dean of Arts and Sciences at Richmond University.

This lecture is part of the ‘Black Classicism’ lecture series presented in conjunction with the ‘14 Black Classicists‘ exhibition hosted jointly by the Museum of Art, Architecture and Design and the Library.

Co-sponsored by the Argyropoulos Endowment for Hellenic Studies, the Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, and the departments of Black Studies and Classics.

Apr
19
Wed
“Let us go upon the Acropolis: John Wesley Gilbert in Greece, September 1890-April 1891,” by John Lee (UCSB) @ UCSB Library, Instruction & Training 1312
Apr 19 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

John W.I. Lee is Associate Professor of History at UCSB. This talk is part of the ‘Black Classicism’ lecture series presented in conjunction with the “14 Black Classicists” exhibition hosted by the AD&A Museum and the UCSB Library.
John Wesley Gilbert (ca. 1865-1923) was born in Augusta, Georgia.  He received his BA from Brown University in 1888, and as a Brown MA student in 1890-1891 he became the first African American to attend the fledgling American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA).  Drawing on Gilbert’s own writings and other contemporary documents, this talk examines the historical significance of Gilbert’s year in Greece, including his participation in the ASCSA excavations at Eretria.

Co-sponsored with the Argyropoulos Endowment in Hellenic Studies, the Art, Design & Architecture Museum, and the departments of Classics and Black Studies.

Apr
28
Fri
JP Sullivan Memorial Lecture: “The art of darkness: how the Romans invented night,” by Grant Parker @ HSSB 4080
Apr 28 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Night occupies an intriguing place in Roman culture: my aim will be to tease out some of its aspects. In particular, we may well ask about the role of night in relation to social boundaries, or how to make sense of its frequently negative representation in Latin literature. Were there changes in this over the course of historical time, particularly in late antiquity?

Grant Parker is Chair and Associate Professor of Classics at Stanford University.

May
19
Fri
Latin Sight Exam (Retake)
May 19 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

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May
26
Fri
Greek Sight Exam (Retake)
May 26 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

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Jun
2
Fri
Foreign Language Exam (Retake)
Jun 2 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

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