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Rabinowitz Discusses Her Work on Classics and Social Justice


 Nancy Sorkin Rabinowitz
Nancy Sorkin Rabinowitz

Professor of Comparative Literature Nancy Sorkin Rabinowitz participated in a panel on “Classics and Social Activism” at the annual meeting of the Classics Association of the Atlantic States. The meeting took place in Manhattan Oct. 5th to 7th.

In her talk, titled “Register Me for Expose Your Professor,” she discussed ways of addressing issues of social justice in a course on tragedy while creating a safe environment for open classroom debate, as well as teaching tragedy in prisons.

Rabinowitz also helped organize a conference on “Diversifying Classics” at Roehampton University on Oct. 11. She presented a paper on “Teaching in Prisons” during the event.

Most recently, Rabinowitz has been in residence at the University of Oxford where she has lectured on “Classics and Social Justice” and met with students about their work. She is a guest of Fiona Macintosh at the Archive of Performances of Greek & Roman Drama, a research project based in Oxford’s Classics Centre.

She also presented a lecture on “Euripides’ Bacchae and Gender: then and now” on Oct. 18. The talk preceded the opening of Euripides’ Bacchae at the Oxford Playhouse. Rabinowitz was joined by Emilia Clark, who played the role of Agaue, and director Sean Kelly.

Euripides’ Bacchae was performed in the original Ancient Greek. The play explores the boundaries between masculine and feminine, individual and community, human and divine.

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