“Black Classicists” Exhibition

“Black Classicists” Exhibition Series at Howard University and Center for Hellenic Studies

Guest Post by Caroline Stark

This academic year and in celebration of Howard’s Sesquicentennial in 2017, the Blackburn Gallery of Art at Howard University and the Center for Hellenic Studies are hosting a series of lectures and events in conjunction with the display on both campuses of Michele Valerie Ronnick’s exhibit, “15 Black Classicists,” with the support of Dr. Caroline Stark‘s Leadership Initiative Grant from the Classical Association of the Atlantic States. Of the fifteen portraits, James Monroe Gregory, Wiley Lane, George Morton Lightfoot, and Lewis Baxter Moore were faculty and administrators at Howard. The series includes guest lectures, workshops, readings, and a symposium that celebrates the important role of African Americans to the field of Classics. Please contact Dr. Stark (caroline.stark@howard.edu) to arrange tours of the exhibit.


AUGUST 14 – DECEMBER 1, 2017
The Gallery Lounge, Armour J. Blackburn University Center
2397 Sixth Street, NW Washington, D.C. 20059

Gallery Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
Open to the public and admission is free.


Center for Hellenic Studies, Harvard University
3100 Whitehaven Street, NW Washington, D. C. 20008


Exhibition Lecture
Let us go upon the Acropolis:
John Wesley Gilbert in Greece, September 1890-April 1891
Dr. John W.I. Lee
Associate Professor of History, University of California, Santa Barbara
Monday, September 25, (6:30 p.m. AIA reception), 7:00 p.m. lecture
The Browsing Room
Founders Library
Howard University


Undergraduate Seminar
Reception of Niobe in Phillis Wheatley’s Poetry
Dr. Caroline Stark
Assistant Professor of Classics, Howard University
Wednesday, October 18, 7:00 p.m – 9:00 p.m.
House A
Center for Hellenic Studies


Free Classics Workshop for K-12 Teachers*
Classics in America:
Responses to Ancient Greece and Rome, from The Founding Fathers to Rita Dove
Saturday, November 4, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The Gallery Lounge
Armour J. Blackburn University Center
Howard University

Johnson Olusegun Ige, Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics, Howard University
John F. Miller, Arthur F. and Marian W. Stocker Professor of Classics, University of Virginia
Hunter R. Rawlings III, Professor of Classics and President Emeritus, Cornell University
Caroline Stark, Assistant Professor of Classics, Howard University

(*Registration is required)
To register, go to https://www.virginia.edu/cla or email centerfortheliberalarts@virginia.edu


Exhibition Lecture
Context Strikes Back:
The Classical Tradition and the African American Historical Imagination in the 19th Century
Dr. Stephen G. Hall
Professor of African American Studies, Alcorn State University
Tuesday, November 14, 4:30 p.m.
The Gallery Lounge
Armour J. Blackburn University Center
Howard University