Of Interest: Classics, Black Colleges, and Civil Rights

This year’s Classical Charleston colloquium, part of the Theodore B. Guérard Lecture Series, examines the role of Classics in the movement for equal education for African-American citizens in the South in the period after the Civil War.

The Classical Charleston colloquium is March 23-24, 2015, in the Alumni Center, School of Education, Health, and Human Performance, on the campus of the College of Charleston. Lectures begin at 4:00 pm each day and will conclude around 6:30 pm.

By 1877, the official end of Reconstruction, twenty-five black colleges and universities had been established, mostly in the South. These institutions were created on the classical New England model, with the teaching of Greek and Latin at their core. Over the next four decades, however, there would be a concerted effort by the white educational establishment, philanthropic organizations, and black conservatives to halt the teaching of Greek and Latin. This colloquium will explore the reasons why the opponents of these institutions felt it dangerous for black students to learn Greek and Latin and the measures they took to eradicate these courses. More broadly, the colloquium will explore the tactics of defiance, resistance (both physical and mental), and dissemblance employed by black teachers, parents, and students to maintain the quality of their curriculum. Indeed, the lessons learned at black colleges and universities were not simply academic. They were life lessons of social uplift and civic empowerment.

Lectures in this year’s colloquium are presented in cooperation with the College of Charleston Program of African American Studies.

Dr. Kenneth Goings (Ohio State University) specializes in 19th-20th century African American History. His The NAACP Comes of Age and Mammy and Uncle Mose: Black Collectibles and American Stereotyping both won the Gustavus Myer’s Center’s Outstanding Book Award. Title: Creating a “Culture of Dissemblance”: African American Resistance to the Suppression of the Classics at Black College and Universities, Monday, March 23, 4:00PM [Alumni Center, School of Education, Health, and Human Performance]

Dr. Patrice Rankine is the Dean for Arts and Humanities at Hope College. His interests include how modern authors, in particular African-American Literature, employ classical themes. His recent books include Aristotle and Black Drama: A Theater of DisobedienceTitle: “Performing Classics: The Black Body,” Monday, March 23, 5:30PM [Alumni Center, School of Education, Health, and Human Performance]

Dr. Eugene O’Connor is a managing and acquiring editor at The Ohio State University Press. His interests include Greek and Roman elegy and the reception of classics. He and Dr. Goings are at work on a book on African Americans and the classics from the 1870s to 1940s. Title: “Tell Them We are Rising”: The Formative and Subversive Role of the Classics at Historically Black Colleges and Universities,” Tuesday, March 24, 4:00PM [Alumni Center, School of Education, Health, and Human Performance]

Dr. Michele Valerie Ronnick (Wayne State University), an award winning educator, is one of the leading biographers for 19th century African-American educators. She has published numerous articles and book chapters on the subject, including “Virgil in the Black American Experience.” Title: “Black Carolinians and Classical Education- A Look at the Lives of Five Native Sons:       Daniel Payne (1811-1893), Francis Cardozo (1837-1903), Cornelius Scott (1855-1922), William Bulkley (1861-1933) and Kelly Miller (1863-1939),” Tuesday, March 24, 5:30PM [Alumni Center, School of Education, Health, and Human Performance]

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“Sacred Houses” in Early Iron Age Greece?

Please join the SC AIA for a fascinating lecture:

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University of Thessaly, will speak on the topic of

‘”Sacred Houses” in Early Iron Age Greece?’

Thursday, 22 January, 2015

7:00 pm

Simons Center for the Performing Arts, Room 309

54 St. Philip Street, on the campus of the College of Charleston

This and all AIA lectures are free and open to the public.


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Silencing Homer, October 15, 7 pm

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Join us as we celebrate International Archaeology Month with a special screening and performance:

Silencing Homer: The Iliad and The Odyssey in Early Cinema

Three silent films, by three maverick filmmakers, with live musical accompaniment by Corey Campbell and introductions by Kristen Gentile and Alvaro Ibarra.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

7 pm

Sottile Theater

College of Charleston

44 George Street

FREE and open to the public

Co-sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America, the Departments of Classics & Art History, and the Programs in Historic Preservation and Community Planning & Archaeology


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SC AIA Announces Lecture Series for 2013 – 2014

Sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America, all lectures are free and open to the public.  All lectures will be held at 7:00 pm in room 309 of Simons Hall at the College of Charleston.

September 12, 2013:  Matthew Johnson, Northwestern University.  “How Castles Work”

January 23, 2014:  Irene Lemos, Oxford University.  “Out of the Dark: Lefkandi in Euboea after 1200 BCE”

March 27, 2014: Simon James, University of Leicester. “Isle of Druids and Celtic Warriors?  Britain on the Eve of Roman Invasion”

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Archaeology Day!

Archaeology Day is a nation-wide event, established by the Archaeological Institute of America to raise awareness of our shared archaeological heritage – whether it be from around the world or in our own backyard.

This year, the SC AIA society is sponsoring several events:

Thursday, October 25, 7pm:  Christopher Judge, University of South Carolina Lancaster.  “Archaeology and Education at the Johannes Kolb Site.” Simons Center for the Arts Room 309, College of Charleston.

Friday, October 26, 10am – 4pm:  “Survival by Innovation” – Primitive Technology Demonstration.  Cistern Yard, College of Charleston.

All events are FREE and open to the public.

The SC AIA is aided in these events by the Departments of Art History, Classics, and Sociology and Athropology; the Archaeology Program; the Addlestone Foundation; the School of the Arts; and the Archaeology Club.

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First Lecture of the 2012-13 Season!

Dr. Nam C. Kim, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison

“The Intersection of Legend, History & Archaeology in ancient Vietnam”

Thursday September 20, 7 pm, Simons Center for the Arts, Room 309

Free and Open to the Public!

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Society Member Leads New AIA Interest Group

Members of the South Carolina Chapter took the lead in early 2012 to develop the newest interest group for the Archaeological Institute of America.  The Geospatial Interest Group was approved by the AIA Governing Board in January and boasts members from Hawaii to Athens, Greece.  James Newhard, local society Vice President, chairs the group.

The Geospatial Interest Group fosters communication and collaboration in the area of geospatial applications in archaeology, which includes such areas as 3D visualizations, geographic information systems, virtual and augmented reality, and satellite imagery processing.   They communicate via an internal listserv and externally via a blog.

Membership is open to any active member of the AIA, regardles of local society affiliation.  Contact Jim Newhard for information.

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2011-12 Officers

The officers for the 2011-12 year are:
President: Alvaro Ibarra
Vice President: James Newhard
Treasurer: Alan Jackson
Events Coordinator: Tessa Garton

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Local Society Meeting Scheduled for Monday, September 5.

 6:00, Simons Rm 309, College of Charleston

The agenda for this meeting is:

1. election of officers for the 2011-12 year

2. options/strategies for additional lectures activities

3. National Archaeology Day – October 22. Potential activities/events

4. Good of the society

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Lectures for 2011-12

Our current lectures for the upcoming 2011-2012 season are the following:

Thursday, September 22, 2011 – 7:00pm

Rachel Scott, Arizona State University.  Leprosy and Leper Hospitals in Late Medieval Ireland

New Sciences Building 129, College of Charleston


Thursday, January 26, 2012 – 7:00pm

Steven Ellis, University of Cincinnati. The Roman Cult of the Right: Superstition in the (Re-) Shaping of Shop-fronts and Street Activity in the Roman World

Simons Center for the Arts 309, College of Charleston


Thursday, February 16, 2012 – 7:00pm

Mike Parker Pearson, University of Sheffield.  Stonehenge: New Discoveries

Simons Center for the Arts 309, College of Charleston

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