Webinar 2: Teaching Race and Material Culture in the Ancient Mediterranean

Date: Wednesday, August 19th, 12:00-1:30 pm EST on Zoom
Panelists: Maggie Beeler, Bethany Hucks, Patricia Kim, Naoíse Mac Sweeney, and Lindsey Mazurek
Moderator: Dimitri Nakassis


Disciplinary histories, theoretical developments and current events have all contributed to an increased attention to race and ethnicity among classicists and archaeologists. This attention has manifested itself in the classroom, with more archaeologists incorporating these perspectives into their teaching. In this webinar, panelists will discuss a variety of topics that concern teaching race and material culture in the ancient Mediterraean, from the development of class modules to the limitations of current approaches.


Maggie Beeler is an adjunct professor in Greek and Roman Classics and Art History at Temple University. Her research and teaching center on issues of social identity, hierarchy, and collective action in Greek antiquity. She teaches multiple sections of “Race in the Ancient Mediterranean” each semester, a course that fulfills the race and diversity requirement for Temple’s General Education program.

Bethany Hucks is a 3rd year PhD candidate at Heidelberg University working on how ancient Romans used and perceived ideas and images from Egypt during the Imperial Period and reconstructing object assemblages using a database and 3D models to recreate complex contexts. She has excavated in four countries, specializing in stone materials and pottery, and she has a background in biochemistry, financial marketing, and museum studies. She also works on issues of diversity, equity, & accessibility in archaeology and ancient Mediterranean studies.

Patricia Eunji Kim is Assistant Professor and Faculty Fellow at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study and a Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow at New York University. Her research, teaching, and curatorial projects explore questions of gender, power, and memory in the ancient world and the present. She is writing a book on the visual and material culture of queenship in the Hellenistic world. She also serves as Assistant Curator and Communications Director at Monument Lab. 

Naoíse Mac Sweeney is currently professor in the School of Archaeology and Ancient History in the University of Leicester, but will be moving in October to the University of Vienna. She works on the Iron Age to Classical Greek world and Anatolia, and directs an archaeological survey in Cilicia.

Lindsey Mazurek is Assistant Professor of Classical Studies at Indiana University Bloomington. Her research focuses on issues of race, migration, imperialism, and appropriation through material culture  in the Roman Empire. She also co-directs a digital history and archaeology project, the Mediterranean Connectivity Initiative, focused on local and trans-Mediterranean social networking.

Dimitri Nakassis is professor in the department of Classics at the University of Colorado Boulder. His research focuses on the Late Bronze Age of Greece; he’s the director of the Western Argolid Regional Project, an archaeological survey.

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