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Michele Ronnick

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Michele Valerie Ronnick studied with Meyer Reinhold at Boston University where she earned her doctorate. She is currently Professor in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at Wayne State University in Detroit. Her books include Cicero's Paradoxa Stoicorum, foreword by Michael Von Albrecht (New York, 1991), The Autobiography of William Sanders Scarborough (1852-1926): An American Journey from Slavery to Scholarship, forword by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (Detroit, 2005), The Works of William Sanders Scarborough: Black Classicist and Race Leader, foreword by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (New York, 2006) and a facsimile edition of William Sanders Scarborough's 1881 First Lessons in Greek, foreword by Ward W. Briggs, Jr. (Chicago, 2018). In the mid 1990s she was in the forefront of the emerging field of black classicism (a.k.a. classica Africana) and with support from the James Loeb Classical Library Foundation designed a photo installation,"12 Black Classicists," which made its debut in 2003 and has been in an expanded format at the Center for Hellenic Studies for the past year and half. She has also written numerous short pieces on the Latin prose of John Milton. She is currently preparing a collection of Mrs. Scarborough’s writings published during the years 1884-1921.

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08/08/2019Michele Ronnick
Williams Sanders Scarborough, an 1875 graduate of Oberlin College, was a pioneering African American scholar who wrote a university-level Greek textbook. Kirk Ormand, who now teaches at Oberlin, interviewed Prof. Michele Ronnick, who has recently published a facsimile edition of Scarborough’s Greek textbook, First Lessons in Greek (1881), with Bolchazy-Carducci press. Prof. Ronnick is the world’s leading expert on Scarborough. She found, edited, and published Scarborough’s autobiography in 2005, and has researched Scarborough’s time at Oberlin and as President of Wilberforce University.[1]...

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