A discipline only has a place in the modern academy if it can articulate its contemporary relevance. The onus is on each scholar to build these connections, beyond platitudes of history repeating itself. This is a slide show of posters of events I’ve organized to bring Classics into contemporary conversations on global issues at Brooklyn College. These are all in addition to the typical cycle of lectures sponsored by the Classics Department each year.
My largest event to date is “The Cost of Freedom: Debt and Slavery” 19-20 May 2017.
I also am committed to letting my students teach me and each other about the continuing relevance of Greco-Roman antiquity in modern New York. This is best exemplified through my ‘Selfie Contest’ in my Classical Cultures course, part of the Brooklyn College Core Curriculum, as well as other aspects of that same course. These are two collections of recent student submissions that were showcased at 40th anniversary event for the Costas Lecture.
This work in the classroom has also been central to my recent pedagogic presentations, e.g. teaching how to teach. See materials under Faculty Mentorship.