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Classics Series Lecture - Nandini Pandey, Associate Professor of Classics, University of Wisconsin-Madison: "Roman and American Discourses of Diversity: A Comparative Critique"

Event Type
Lecture
Sponsor
Department of the Classics
Location
Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 Foreign Languages Building, 707 S. Mathews Ave., Urbana
Date
Sep 27, 2019   2:00 pm  
Speaker
Nandini Pandey, Associate Professor of Classics, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Cost
Free and open to the public.
Contact
Clara Bosak-Schroeder
E-Mail
cbosak@illinois.edu
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Abstract: Did the Romans value diversity, and if so, on what grounds? Though Latin writers rarely discussed such questions explicitly, this paper argues via Ovid's Ars Amatoria and Pliny's Natural History that they placed economic, aesthetic, and pragmatic value on ethnic and geographical variety. However, their tendency to commodify and tokenize humans exposes some problems with the way we discuss and ‘do’ diversity, especially at American universities.

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