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The panel seeks to bring together academics and non-academics to brainstorm ways in which we can effect positive changes to the field of Classics given its negative past, public perception of the field, and the various institutional policies that hamper its effective teaching and study in sub-Saharan Africa. What has been done so far? What critical challenges persist? And what are the ways forward?

Date: Monday, December 13, 2021

Time: 2pm-4pm GMT

Venue: Zoom (the link will be sent to registered participants).

Organizer: Michael K. Okyere Asante (UESD, Somanya/Stellenbosch University)

Moderator: Dr Nandini Pandey (John Hopkins University)

The panel discussion will be held in two parts: first, we will receive short presentations from speakers, followed by a general discussion of the issues raised in the various speakers' presentations. We intend documenting the discussions and coming up with a report on the issues raised to guide us in forming collaborations which will address these issues for a better future.

The panel is supported by the 'Ancient Worlds, Modern Communities' initiative of the Society for Classical Studies. Please note that there will be a recording of the event and this may be hosted on the online platforms of the Society for Classical Studies.

Confirmed speakers

Professor Kofi Ackah (University of Ghana)

Professor Folake Onayemi (University of Ibadan)

Dr David van Shoor (Rhodes University)

Dr Mathura Umachandran (Cornell University)

Dr Stefanos Apostolou (Nottingham University)

Regina Amegah, Esq. (Vision Fund Ghana)

Sandra Ayikwerah (University of Cincinnati)

Kenneth Authur (University of St. Andrews)

Please register at this link by December 10, 2021:

For enquiries, please email