SUNY Oneonta’s ASG is happy to announce a talk entitled, “Translation, Authorial Intent, and Racism,” which will be given by Shelley Haley, on Thursday, March 24 at 4:00PM in the Alden Room, Milne Library.
“Why don’t more people of color study Classics? After all, the conventional wisdom in the field suggests that racial discrimination was absent in the ancient world. This lecture outlines my current research into possible reasons for the lack of success in outreach to communities of color. I hope to show that the lack of critical interrogation of translation practices by leading scholars in the middle-late 20th century sends a negative message of exclusion to students of color in particular. I will focus on the translation of works by Cicero, Diodorus Siculus, Pliny the Elder and Juvenal.”
Shelley Haley is a Professor of Classics and Africana Studies at Hamilton College. She is an expert on Cleopatra and has discussed the subject on BBC and The Learning Channel programs. She has lectured widely on increasing the representation of students of color in Latin, ancient Greek and classics classrooms – and on her research about the role of a classical education in the lives and careers of 19th-century college-educated black women.
To view the flyer: Shelly P HaleyPoster