Difficult Conversations in Classics

A Conference On Challenges and Pathways for Addressing Inequity In Classics

In the Spring of 2020, Hannah Čulík-Baird (Boston University) and Joseph Romero (University of Mary Washington) co-organized Res Difficiles: A Conference On Challenges and Pathways for Addressing Inequity In Classics, where panelists and participants gather to discuss problems that face researchers and teachers of the ancient Mediterranean at all levels. This conference series discusses “difficult subjects” – res difficiles – of several kinds, relating both to the challenges inherent to the subject matter of ancient texts and to the inequities of contemporary education and society more broadly. Res Difficiles is a fully online conference hosted over Zoom and welcomed over 300 registrants this year.

The first conference, held May 15, 2020, featured keynote speaker Dani Bostick, a Latin teacher and writer. This year’s conference was held on March 20, 2021 with keynote speaker Professor Patrice Rankine (Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Richmond): “Power/Memory: Reception, Classicism, and Some Considerations on the Current State of Play.”

Video recordings of the conference are now available to view on the conference website – resdifficiles.com– and on their YouTube playlist.

This conference is supported by the Department of Classical Studies at Boston University, the Boston University Center for the Humanities, and Philosophy & Religious Studies at the University of Mary Washington.