Richmond dean to speak on the “Classics, White Supremacy, and the search for a New Commons”

Patrice Rankine, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Richmond, will speak on “Caught in the Act: The Classics, White Supremacy, and the Search for a New Commons” on Feb. 7 at 3:30 p.m. in Tribble Hall’s DeTamble Auditorium. His will be the third guest lecture in the series “The Classics beyond Europe” presented by the Department of Classics.

Rankine, who is also professor of Classics at Richmond, has written widely on the reception of  classical literature in modern communities of color.

His books include “Aristotle and Black Drama: A Theater of Civil Disobedience” and  “Ulysses in Black: Ralph Ellison, Classicism, and African

American Literature.” His current book project is “Slavery and the Book,” which draws in part on his research on slavery in Brazil.

The event is co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the University’s Humanities Institute and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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