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Special Events - 2020 Annual Meeting

Thursday, January 2nd

"White Fragility: Why is it So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism?"

Dr. Robin DiAngelo will run this workshop, based on her 2018 book of the same name. This event will take place from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.

AIA-SCS Joint Opening Night Reception

This event will take place from 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Tickets will be available to purchase at the door.

Madeline Miller Lecture: "Writing Back to Homer"

Author of The Song of Achilles and Circe will speak to the AIA and SCS members about the challenges of adapting ancient myth for a contemporary audience. This event will take place from 8:15 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

COGSIP/WCC/LCC Opening Night Reception

The Women’s Classical Caucus, the Lambda Classical Caucus and the SCS Committee on Gender and Sexuality in the Profession invite you to our annual opening night reception. The reception includes the announcement of the winners of the WCC’s awards for Scholarship and Advocacy, as well as the LCC’s awards for Activism, Best Student Paper and the Rehak Award. Desserts and a cash bar will be available for your enjoyment. The reception will take place from 9:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.

Friday, January 3rd

First Timer's Reception

Those attending the annual meeting for the first time are welcome to attend this casual reception. This talk will take place from 12:45 p.m. - 1:45pm

Tea Reception for K–12 Teachers

3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  This event is open to all K-12 teachers and aspiring teachers.

Black Classicism in the Visual Arts: A Panel, Reception, and Art Exhibit Organized by EOS: Africana Receptions of Greece and Rome, with Support from the Onassis Foundation USA

This event and exhibit will take place from 5:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Busboys and Poets

450 K St. NW

Washington, D.C. 20001

Shuttle buses will arrive at the L Street Entrance of the hotel at 4:30 p.m. and will depart the Marriott Marquis at 5:00 p.m. sharp.

The first bus back to the hotel will be between 8:45 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., with the final trip leaving at 10:30 p.m.

The panel will take place from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. with a reception to follow from 8:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Attendees should note that the capacity for this event is 80 people, after which the venue will shut the doors to the event. The full Black Classicism in the Visual Arts art exhibition will be displayed in the Interdisciplinary Research Building on Howard's campus from Jan-May 2020. The exhibition will be open on Saturday January 4 from 10.30am-1.30pm.

CAMP Play: "Cato: A Tragedy"

This play provokes interesting discussion on the connections between American history and Classical Rome. “Cato” dramatizes the stoic and patriotic Cato’s last stand against a tyrannical Julius Caesar, was quoted and alluded to by the leaders of the American Revolution, and staged by George Washington for his troops at Valley Forge in defiance of a congressional ban on plays.

The performance will take place on from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 4th

Career Networking

This event pairs Classicists working outside of academia with graduate students, contingent faculty, and other interested parties to spread information about career opportunities for Classics graduates.

The Career Networking event will take place from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Presidential Panel: Central and Marginal in Classical Studies

5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Who and what does “Classical Studies” represent in the 21 st century? How can SCS members, and the organization overall, successfully meet current and future challenges while acknowledging the past? Those traditionally marginalized in our profession face particular problems, despite the centrality of their real and potential contributions to Classics. “Central and marginal” invites all constituencies to participate: a fundamental aim of the panel is to open sources of knowledge, resources, and connections, goods that should be accessible to everyone. The panel, however, loosely circles around issues related to women and gender identities and roles: these have been of special importance to the organizer, and no one panel could productively address every concern. Looking to the past, present, and future of Classical Studies, the 2020 SCS Presidential Panel will explore questions of research, including the problematizing of gender constructs in Classical Studies (and its reception), and issues of teaching and service.

This panel will take the form of a roundtable discussion, led by President Mary T. Boatwright, featuring the following scholars:

  • Jermaine Bryant, 1st-yr grad student in Classics, Princeton University
  • Megan Drinkwater, Associate Professor of Classics and Chair, Agnes Scott College 
  • Yurie Hong, Associate Professor and Department Chair in Greek, Latin, and Classical Studies, and Associate Professor in Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies, Gustavus Adolphus College 
  • Sharon L. James, Professor of Classics and adjunct member of both Comparative Literature and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 
  • Allannah Karas, Assistant Professor of Greek and Roman Studies in the Dept of World Languages and Cultures, Valparaiso University 

SCS Plenary Session

6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

This session features the SCS award presentations and also President Boatwright's Presidential Address, "What Would Agrippina Do?"

SCS Presidential Reception

7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

This event is free to all registered attendees.

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