Antioch Reclaimed with Dr. Rebecca Kennedy
Selected date Thursday May 27
Selected time 6:00 PM  –  7:30 PM

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While modern societies structure their categories of race around skin color, such identities would have seemed strange to ancient Greeks and Romans, who had their own ways of understanding race and who lived in diverse ancient societies very different from our own. 

 Professor Rebecca Futo Kennedy, PhD, discusses the different ways the ancient Greeks and Romans depicted human diversity and foreignness in their texts and art, while exploring how modern conceptions of Greco-Roman antiquity are presented as foundational to contemporary White, Western identities.

Rebecca Futo Kennedy, PhD, teaches Classical Studies at Denison University in Ohio. She is author of numerous articles on tragedy, Greek history, ancient immigration and modern racialized receptions of antiquity. She is the author of two monographs: Athenas Justice (2009) and Immigrant Women in Athens (2014). She edited of Brill’s Companion to the Reception of Aeschylus (2018) and co-edited The Routledge Handbook to Identity and the Environment (2015) and Race and Ethnicity in the Classical World: An Anthology of Primary Sources (2013). She is currently completing a short book for general audiences on race and ethnicity in the ancient world and its receptions as well as a short historiography on how the ancient Greeks and Roman were racialized as Whitein US popular and academic contexts in the 19th-20th centuries. In addition to her scholarship and teaching, Prof. Kennedy also writes for the general public and classrooms at her blog, Classics at the Intersections, and has been interviewed for numerous podcasts, YouTube channels, and articles including in the New Yorker and New York Times.

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