Classics Can Stay in its Cozy Cave of Whiteness While the Rest of Us Move On

Classics Can Stay in its Cozy Cave of Whiteness While the Rest of Us Move On

Text and cover picture by Katherine Blouin Two weeks ago at an outdoor event organised by Toronto's X-University's Pow Wow, a volunteer asked my husband and I what we were teaching. My husband answered for himself and then said I taught Classics. "Well no", I said. "I teach History". The truth is, Classics is not … Continue reading Classics Can Stay in its Cozy Cave of Whiteness While the Rest of Us Move On

Adopt an Artifact – Teaching Ancient Mediterranean Religion with Objects

Adopt an Artifact – Teaching Ancient Mediterranean Religion with Objects

by Gregory Fewster cover image: Heart scarab of Hatnefer, ca. 1492-1473 BCE. Provenance: Tomb of Hatnefer and Ramose, Sheikh Abd el-Qurna (ancient Thebes). Current location: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 36.3.2. *all quotations from student work have been used with permission* When I taught “Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean” (RAM) online at the University of Toronto … Continue reading Adopt an Artifact – Teaching Ancient Mediterranean Religion with Objects

Putting the Greek and Roman Worlds Back in their Place: A Syllabus

Putting the Greek and Roman Worlds Back in their Place: A Syllabus

by Katherine Blouin; cover picture from Google Earth In this post, I share the revamped version of a first year undergraduate survey course entitled "The Ancient Mediterranean" ('Mediterranean' is a bit of a misnomer here since we cover a way broader area), which I have been teaching at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC). You … Continue reading Putting the Greek and Roman Worlds Back in their Place: A Syllabus

Afghan Interpreters: An Occluded History

Afghan Interpreters: An Occluded History

Pashto Language Specialists and the British Army in the Nineteenth Century by Rachel Mairs © IWM Q 69852 The Kabul Gate in the city wall of Jellalabad during the Second Anglo-Afghan War (1879) As Afghanistan once again hits headlines in the West, there has been the usual flurry of commentators offering ‘lessons from history’.  Afghanistan is … Continue reading Afghan Interpreters: An Occluded History

How the climate crisis and its repair are rooted in ancient (hi)stories

How the climate crisis and its repair are rooted in ancient (hi)stories

by Katherine Blouin (incl. cover picture) On August 9, 2021, CBC News posted a news clip with the following title and caption: “UN sounds alarm over major ‘irreversible’ climate change. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says the world is dangerously close to runaway warming — and that humans are “unequivocally” to blame.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmSUwcQGuCc&feature=emb_logo CBC … Continue reading How the climate crisis and its repair are rooted in ancient (hi)stories