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Ancient Studies Week Lecture with Dr. Jackie Murray

Thursday, October 8, 2020
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
This event is free and open to the public.


Racecraft in the Odyssey and Argonautica

Jackie Murray, Associate Professor of Classics, University of Kentucky

Although products of a different time and place, the ancient epic poems, Homer’s Odyssey and Apollonius’ Argonatuica, can help us think about the logic and practices of racial supremacy today. Their status as classics venerated for millennia in western culture has embedded their value systems deeply in modern racism. This talk offers readings of these texts that uncover the forces that created racial supremacist ideology and the ways that ancient epic storytelling reinforced and naturalized it. Dr. Jackie Murray will expose how ancient epic depictions of enslavement and collective extermination reinforce the oppressive hierarchies of colonialism and imperialism linked to heroic action.

Sponsored by the Ancient Studies Department and the Dresher Center for the Humanities

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This event will be recorded and made available on our Youtube channel.

UMBC is committed to creating an accessible and inclusive environment for all faculty, staff, students, and visitors. Closed captioning will be provided.
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