Upcoming Events 

Inclusion, Diaspora, Colonism: Movements in Global Classics

Thursday, February 8th | 4:30pm | Downey Lounge

This discussion explores different approaches to diversifying the demographics of traditional Classics departments and how the field has developed globally.  Based on Mira’s own experience in the world of “global Classics” as a founder of Yale-NUS Singapore, she asks how the proliferation of Classics programs in Asia might be read as diaspora, or be distinguished from a form of neo/re-colonialism?  How do Classics programs in Asia or the Global South (e.g. the University of Ghana in Accra) interact with local histories of race and colonization?  In this session, Mira invites discussion and reflection on different potential models of "diversifying" Classics in a variety of global contexts.

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Bio:

Mira Seo (BA Swarthmore College; BA University of Oxford; MA PhD Princeton University)

A specialist in Roman poetry, Mira Seo has been deeply engaged with liberal arts education, core curriculum development, and globalizing the Humanities throughout her career.  Mira began her career at Swarthmore College followed by the University of Michigan, where she was promoted to Associate Professor in the Departments of Classical Studies and Comparative Literature. In 2012 she was recruited to the inaugural faculty of Yale-NUS College, a collaboration between Yale University and the National University of Singapore. She was a member of the Teagle Foundation’s National Forum for Liberal Education, and has held fellowships at the W.E.B. Du Bois Research Institute at Harvard. In AY 2020-21 Mira joined college leadership as Director of the Common Curriculum and co-chaired an extensive internal and external review of the Common Curriculum. Since January 2023, Mira has served as Vice Provost of Fulbright University in Vietnam. At Fulbright, Mira leads initiatives on strategic planning, institutional research, and academic assessment, as well as teaching in the Core Curriculum. 

At Yale-NUS, Mira led a collaborative Humanities faculty team to design a new Common Curriculum, served as Head of the Literature major, and co-founded an innovative minor in Global Antiquity.  She has chaired a number of governance committees and task forces to develop college policies, and in 2019 was the inaugural recipient of the Yale-NUS Distinguished Teaching Excellence Award.   Mira has published on Roman poetry of the first century CE, the neo-Latin poetry of Juan Latino, an African Latinist in 16th century Granada, and diversifying Classics (Exemplary Traits: Reading Characterization in Roman Poetry, Oxford 2013; “Classics for All” AJP 140.4, 2019).  She is currently writing on comparative readings in ancient literature, and leading Vitis Vinifera Antiqua, an interdisciplinary digital humanities collaboration on ancient wine.

 

Time To Get Back to the Water:

Romare Bearden's Odyssey Blues 

by Robert O'Meally

Zora Neal Hurston Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University

Friday, February 16 | 4:30pm | Downey 113

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