The elitist and exclusionary history of Classics has been the object of many intellectual debates and public discussions lately. In places like the US, where many people still struggle to have access to education, a Classics education seems not only impossible, but even complicit in exacerbating social inequalities. Furthermore, Classics has often been weaponized as synonymous with social oppression and conservatism. In light of this, what happens when Classics are taught in less privileged contexts? What does it mean to teach Classics in carceral contexts today? Should we perceive it as a paternalistic move by the carceral state to “educate” and “prepare” returning citizens to social life, or can a Classics education still be relevant to the individual? On the other hand, how can marginalized individuals and incarcerated people contribute to the field and make it more inclusive?
This panel will discuss these and many more issues through the lens of pedagogy. It aims to bring together a more theoretical discussion about the carceral system in the US and some practical pedagogical strategies to make Classics more inclusive. It will also analyze what impact a Classics education can have in different areas of society and education, and how this diversity can be used to enrich the field.
Posted By Pastor Isaac Scott
In 2019 Rev. Pat Bumgardner invited me to host my first solo exhibition in the gallery space at Metropolitan Community Church of New York. If you follow my art then you know that my works are narrative-based and that my artwork explicitly targets racism and injustice. The closing exhibition was halted due to the pandemic and the artwork has remained in the church until now. There is one piece in particular that I felt may have been too explicit for the Church (go figure), but when the murder of George Floyd took place and all of the protesting became global, I knew that God wanted my artwork to be up displaying in a gallery where people would be forced to confront its visual realities, and not locked away in a storage unit. I believe Jesus said "No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light." No matter how imperfect I am, God continues to use me and my talents. Say what you want about whoever you want, God knows who belongs to Him.
PLEASE JOIN ME FOR THE EXHIBITION CLOSING RECEPTION OF RECLAIMING THE NARRATIVE Visual Art and Live Poetry by (ME) Pastor Isaac Scott
THUR, SEPT 16 @7pm & Sun, sept 19 @1pm
@Metropolitan community church
446 W 36th St,
New York, NY 10018