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Can Classics Survive the Charge of "Whiteness"?

Onkar Ghate, Aaron Smith

Presented at: New Ideal Live

Date: Mar 10, 2021

Ancient Greek and Roman literature, history, and philosophy have long been recognized as foundational to Western civilization. Accordingly, Classics—the academic discipline that studies classical antiquity—has historically occupied a prominent place in many universities.

But Princeton Classics professor Dan-el Padilla Peralta and others allege that Classics has also played a foundational role in the creation of “whiteness” and it continues to perpetuate white supremacy and oppression. As a result, they argue, Classics must be either thoroughly reformed or eliminated altogether.

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racismfreedom of speechcultureeducation

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