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Blog: Part II: Casting Cleopatra: It’s All About Politics

November 3, 2020

(Please Read Part I First)

Playing Cleopatra: Hollywood and Anglophone Television Castings

For the most part, big budget Hollywood productions on the life of Cleopatra have cast actresses that conform to a certain archetype: Elizabeth Taylor, Vivienne Leigh, Claudette Colbert, Theda Bara were all ‘seductress’ types. Their curvy figures emphasized by dazzling fashion, their dark hair intended to represent their more salacious Read more …

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Blog: Part I: Casting Cleopatra: It’s All About Politics

November 2, 2020

On October 11 2020, American screenwriter and producer of Greek descent Laeta Kalogridis posted this tweet:

The same day, she posted a picture of a Read more …

Blog: Addressing Harassment in Academia at the SCS in Boston

February 7, 2018

The following are the abbreviated introductory remarks to the “Harassment in Academia: Old Battles, New Frontiers” panel co-sponsored by the Women’s Classical Caucus (WCC) and the Committee for Gender and Sexuality in the Profession (COGSIP) at the annual meeting in Boston Jan 4-8, 2018. Notes from the panel and the coinciding workshop on sexual harassment can be found at https://medium.com/cloelia-wcc. Please note that the comments and ideas of SCS blog contributors are their own.

The idea for this panel first emerged last SCS as a result of series of events that included the online harassment of a colleague for her public scholarship and the silence of organizations within our field in her support. The rejection of a WCC sponsored roundtable on sexual harassment in academia by the SCS program committee (we resubmitted it this year as a workshop and it was accepted), and finally, the situation of a Read more …