Teaching Transformative Texts from Antiquity and the African Diaspora

Date: Friday, April 19, 2024
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. EST
Location: Center for Hellenic Studies and Zoom

Join us Friday, April 19, at 2:00 p.m. for a pedagogical workshop honoring Frank M. Snowden, Jr. and the Black Classicists exhibition at the CHS, created by Michele Valerie Ronnick, featuring speakers Dr. Anika Prather and Dr. Carolivia Herron!

This is a hybrid event. The in-person workshop will take place in House A at the Center for Hellenic Studies. The presentations will also be broadcast live as a Zoom webinar.

About the Speakers

Dr. Anika T. Prather earned her B.A. from Howard University in elementary education.  She also has earned several graduate degrees in education from New York University and Howard University.  She has a Masters in liberal arts from St. John’s College (Annapolis) and a PhD in English, Theatre and Literacy Education from the University of Maryland (College Park).  Her research focus is on building literacy with African American students through engagement in the books of the Canon and self-published her book Living in the Constellation of the Canon: The Lived Experiences of African American Students Reading Great Books Literature recently. 

Anika is also the co-author for The Black Intellectual Tradition (with Dr. Angel Parham). She has served as a teacher, supervisor for student teachers, director of education and Head of School.  She taught in the classics department at Howard University as a full time lecturer and she also served as Director of High Quality Curriculum and Instruction at Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy (until February 2024). 

Dr. Carolivia Herron is an African American Jewish author, educator and publisher living in Washington, D.C. Recently she has been a Lecturer and Scholar Coach in Classics at Howard University and an emeritus Distinguished Visiting Scholar of Project Humanities at Arizona State University.

Dr. Carolivia Herron received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Pennsylvania. Her scholarly and creative work focuses on the epic literary genre including, the epics of Classical Greece and Rome, England, Africa, the ancient Near East, and African American Epic Tradition. Herron’s professorial appointments include Harvard University, Mt. Holyoke College, and California State University at Chico. She hosts the radio show, Epic City on WOWD-LP Takoma Park radio.


2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.Welcoming Remarks, Caroline Stark, Associate Director of Academic Affairs, Center for Hellenic StudiesHouse A
2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.Anika Prather, Howard UniversityHouse A
3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.Break House A
3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.Carolivia Herron, Howard UniversityHouse A
4:00 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.Breakout Session House A
4:50 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.Concluding Remarks House A