We have now reviewed the video of the Panel on the Future of Classics, which will be disseminated online today, February 14, 2019.
The video makes it clear that what was said to Prof. Padilla Peralta was: “You may have got your job because you’re black, but I would prefer to think you got your job because of merit.”
Despite this factual correction to Presidential letter of 1/10/19, the SCS leadership stands by the substance of the Presidential letter and the actions taken onsite in San Diego, which have been reviewed by the Professional Ethics Committee. We repeat here that the future of classical studies depends on expansion, inclusion, and focused attention on and action to remedy the under-representation of people of color in Classics.
Mary T. Boatwright
(Update: the Future of Classics video is now available on the SCS YouTube Channel)