College of Charleston
Charleston, South Carolina

June 25-27,2020


ACL is considering the viability of holding Institute as planned.  An announcement about any decision will be posted on the website and sent to members.​

Find out details about the 2020 Pre-Institute Workshops and Excursions

Come to Charleston, SC, for the American Classical League 73rd Annual Institute.  Our host is the College of Charleston.  The home of the Classics Department is Randolph Hall, a neoclassical building built in the 1820s. Greek is on the front entrance to campus, Latin on the back. Join us as we examine the many influences of Classical antiquity in Charleston itself and throughout our world today.

The special theme for this year’s Institute is "Race, Slavery, and Classics: Learning from the Past, Looking to the Future."  Presentations will address the notion of race in the ancient world, conditions of slavery in antiquity, the role of classics in both the defense of slavery and its abolition, creating an inclusive classroom, as well as the re-formulation of classics as a discipline and how we express its relevance to a global, diverse, networked future.

This year's keynote address will be presented by Prof. Shelley P. Haley, The Edward North Chair of Classics and Professor, Africana Studies, Hamilton College Prof. Haley is President-Elect of the Society for Classical Studies for 2020.  

"Straight Talk: Reflections of a Black Feminist Classicist”

The American Classical League is meeting for its 2020 Institute in Charleston, SC, a state which was home to John C. Calhoun and the city which was the site of the Mother Emmanuel Massacre in 2015. The theme for the 2020 Institute is ancient slavery in a city notorious for its slave market. How do any of these facts support the slogan, “Classics is for everyone”?

Travel with me back in time and forward to the present as we explore the slogan “Classics is for everyone” and why it is not true and never has been. However, if we truly want inclusivity we will have to do some deep reflection, to learn other histories, to unpack discourse and rhetoric and make several systemic changes to how we teach Classics and the ancient languages. I will share concrete actions we can take if we are serious about creating true inclusivity.

The campus is in the heart of the historic district of Charleston, just blocks away from museums and multicultural culinary experiences.  For more information about Charleston, go to





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