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John Wesley Gilbert (ca. 1865-1923) was born in Hephzibah, 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.
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.Co-sponsored with the Argyropoulos Endowment in Hellenic Studies, the Art, Design & Architecture Museum, and the departments of Classics and Black Studies.