CANCELLED - In Dialogue: Frederick Douglass's "The Narrative" and Plato's "Allegory of the Cave"
CANCELLED. Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have had to cancel this event. We hope to reschedule in a few months!
The Greco-Roman classics have been part of America's cultural fabric since its founding--and ideas from ancient literature have often been entwined with American conceptions and politics of race. Even at times when slavery and segregation were laws of the land, Black intellectuals have turned to ancient literature as a source of personal liberation, as irrefutable proof of prestige, and as a weapon against injustice and inequity.
"In Dialogue: Black Intellectuals and the Classics" invites participants to read some of the most famous passages from Greco-Roman literature together with selections of Black intellectuals who engaged with that literature in their written work. After brief presentations on the authors of the day, participants join a guided discussion about:
-How the ancient text was received and interpreted
-What Black intellectuals' use of it can tell us about their understanding of race and society
-How their perspective can help us think more critically about race and the Classics today
In this session, we will read excerpts from Frederick Douglass's "The Narrative" and from Plato's "Allegory of the Cave" in the Republic.
Dr. Angel Adams Parham, will lead the discussion. Parham is the Rev. Joseph H. Fichter, S.J. Distinguished Professor of Social Science and Associate Professor of Sociology at Loyola University-New Orleans. In her work, Parham combines the lenses of sociology and history to better understand the ways the past continues to speak to the present. She finds inspiration in classical philosophies of living and learning that emphasize the pursuit of truth, goodness, and beauty.
This series is organized by Nyansa Classical Community, a 501(c)(3) non-profit whose mission is to develop primary educational materials that:
-Cultivate poetic and moral imagination
-Deepen delight and enjoyment of classical literature, language, and art
-Tell classic stories using culturally and ethnically diverse images
-Encourage students to cultivate truth, goodness, and beauty
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