The HistoryMakers (Part I): Classics, Social Justice, and Oral Histories

Check out my guest post on the Classics and Social Justice blog:

Classics and Social Justice

Author: Joel Christensen (@sentantiq). This is the first in a two part piece on a project to study African American views of Classical education from testimonies archived by The HistoryMakers, which contains thousands of hours of narrative from African Americans in all fields. Part II will be written by Zach Elliott (@zbradleyelliott).

plato-results-screenshot searching the database of The HistoryMakers


Usually around the first of every year as I gear up to attend the SCS Annual Meeting, my wife—who is Indian and Muslim—starts to troll me, asking “how does it make you feel that only white people care about the Classics.” I used to bluster; I used to draw on my training in rhetoric, and marshal periodic sentences with rising tricola to defend my field (and myself). But, lately, I have mostly just been shaking, then nodding, my head.

Until this year I taught at a large, public university

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  1. Pingback: Classics Teachers and The HistoryMakers | SENTENTIAE ANTIQUAE

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