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Lecture: Craig Williams, Classics Department, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Craig Williams Poster

Thursday, October 27, 2022 • Fine Arts Room 400 • 5:00 PM

In a little known history, generations of Indigenous writers of North America have made a range of uses of that antiquity which was brought across the Atlantic by settler-colonists, not infrequently cited as paragon of civilization and contrasted with the ancient cultures of this continent and its allegedly “primitive” peoples. In the first part of my lecture I provide a sampling of contemporary Native North American writers who engage with Greco-Roman antiquity, many of them precisely in order to talk back to such views. In the second part, I discuss some of the roles of Greco-Roman antiquity in the writings of Laura Cornelius Kellogg (1880-1947), Oneida educator and activist, and author of Our Democracy and the American Indian.

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