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May 6, 2021 at 3:33 pm

Ping Institute for Teachers Summer Workshop | Race, Ethnicity, and Identity in the Ancient World, June 16-18

Images of ancient Romans and Greeks

The Charles J. Ping Institute for the Humanities proudly presents: “Race, Ethnicity, and Identity in the Ancient World” a three-day workshop for high school teachers of the humanities on June 16-18.

  • How old are concepts such as race and ethnicity?
  • How did ancient Greeks and Romans define and describe people who were different or “other?”
  • How was identity created and discussed in the culturally diverse world of the ancient Mediterranean?
  • Do modern ideas of race and ethnicity come from the ancient past, or are they more recent creations?

These and other topics will be considered in a three-day workshop for high school teachers led by Dr. Fred Drogula, the Charles J. Ping Professor of Humanities and Professor of Classics at Ohio University.

The workshop will be held online, divided into five two-hour sessions from June 16 to 18. In each session, participants will discuss readings that reveal how ancient Greeks and Romans expressed their ideas about race and ethnicity, and they will explore how this influences modern discussions of racism, difference, and the construction of identity. Digital copies of the readings will be distributed before the start of the workshop.

The workshops are scheduled for:

  • 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, June 16 and 17
  • 10 to noon on Friday, June 18

The workshop is limited to 15 participants to enable active discussion. Those wishing to register should write Fred Drogula at Those who complete the workshop will be presented with certificates recording 10 contact hours that they may present to their respective LPDC.

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