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Resident Lecture Series

Presentations start promptly at 12:00 pm [Online via Zoom]

 

 

October 20: Bradford Vivian, Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences.

This event will take place online via Zoom. Register here to access the link to Livestream.

The Subject of Children in U.S. Public Memory: Citizenship, Empathy, and Trauma

This presentation develops conceptual arguments that frame my research-in-progress on social, political, and moral invocations of children in recent U.S. public memory. My core research questions rely on the double meaning of the term "subject." Why do contemporary practices of public memory frequently posit children as prominent subjects of remembrance--in the sense of that which is remembered? Why are children commonly invoked as important testimonial subjects--as agents who appear to best communicate the lessons of the collectively remembered past? And how do these different senses of children as subjects of memory intersect in efforts to derive meaning from historic traumas? This presentation provides provisional responses to those questions with brief illustrations from the various case studies that my larger project analyzes.  

 

October 27: Patricia Jabbeh Wesley, Professor of English, Creative Writing & Literature.

This event will take place online via Zoom. Register here to access the link to Livestream.

 

Compiling, and Editing the Literary Works of Liberian Writers into an Anthology, Entitled: Breaking the Silence: Anthology of Liberian Literature

My project is to collect, compile, edit, and anthologize the literary works, including poetry, short stories, and photographs of established and emerging Liberian writers in a book, entitled, “Breaking the Silence: Anthology of Liberian Literature.” My fall semester will include the project of collecting and compiling these literary and artistic works, a project that should take up an entire calendar year, and now with the Corona Virus, probably longer. The anthology will also include the works of emerging and younger Liberian writers, works by my generation of Liberian writers, including my own work,  the works of older generation of Liberian writers before me, and the oldest generation of Liberian writers from the 1800-early 1900s. 

 

November 10: Mathais Hanses, Professor of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies (CAMS)

This event will take place online via Zoom. Register here to access the link to Livestream.

 

Black Cicero: W. E. B. Du Bois, the Ancient Romans, and the Future of Classical Scholarship

In this context, the study’s title foregrounds that Du Bois was a Black writer embracing and yet transcending the ideas of Cicero at a time when most readers would have erroneously and anachronistically perceived the ancient Romans as White. The phrase Black Cicero also nods to Martin Bernal’s Black Athena: The Afroasiatic Roots of Classical Civilization of 1987-2006. I will be arguing that Du Bois anticipated important aspects of Bernal’s work by presenting ancient Roman culture as contingent upon, as well as in perpetual exchange with, societies across Africa, Europe, and the ancient Near East. In doing so, Du Bois built upon the groundwork not only of early Pan-Africanists but also of the United States’ first generation of Black professional classicists to enter upon their careers after the abolition of slavery. These men and women’s life stories have recently been recovered, but their writings’ and teachings’ place in the history of ideas still awaits a full evaluation.