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On Outgroups and Muted Groups: A Conference in Honor of Amy Richlin

Apr 2, 2022
Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center, UCLA, 425 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, California 90095
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Professor Amy Richlin will be retiring at the end of the coming academic year. We look forward to celebrating her path-breaking career and reuniting with her many UCLA students at this conference in her honor. The conference will take place on April 2nd in the Legacy Room at the UCLA Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center. There will also be a reception in Dodd on Friday night and a party off campus on Saturday. If you are planning to attend the conference, please register using the form below.

Please note that this conference will take place in person (not on zoom).

To see a schedule of papers please scroll down.




Saturday April 2nd, 2022, Luskin Conference Center, UCLA

9-9:30: Coffee

9:30-11:15 Panel 1, Legacy AB Room: Comedy and Satire

Conference welcome: Alex Purves

Moderator: Tianran Liu

Hans Bork (PhD 2018), Stanford University, “The Artistry of Insult in Plautus”

Brian Walters (PhD 2011) University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, “Womanly Vomicae

Kristin Mann (PhD 2015), Indiana University, “Hens, Eunuchs, and Goddesses: Teaching Jokes in Phaedrus’s Fabulae

Elliott Piros (PhD 2019), CSU Northridge & UCLA, “Painted Faces in Martial’s Epigrams”

11:30-12:30 Lunch

12:45-2:30 Panel 2, Legacy AB Room: History

Moderator: Mary Anastasi

Anthony Vivian (PhD 2018), UCLA, “Slippery Athenians”

Nathan Kish (PhD 2018), Tulane University, “Xenophobia and Violence in Livy’s Ab Urbe Condita

Mik Larsen (PhD 2015), CSU Long Beach, “Public Abuse and the Problem of Speech in Roman Declamation”

Caroline Cheung (Post Bacc 2009), Princeton University, “Dangerous Work”

Henry Gruber (Post Bacc 2015) Harvard University, “Recovering Armentaria, Mother of Gregory of Tours, through her Favorite Miracles”

2:30-3:00 Coffee

3:00-4:30 Panel 3, Legacy AB Room: Gender and the Body

Moderator: Rachel Morrison

Celsiana Warwick (PhD 2018), University of Iowa, “Homoerotic Heroes and the Anxieties of Masculinity” [Zoom]

Hilary Lehmann (PhD 2016), Knox College, “Antigone and the Egyptians: Sex and Other Commodities in Hypereides’ Against Athenogenes

Suzanne Lye (PhD 2016) UNC Chapel Hill, “Rage Becomes Her: Angry Women and Cursed Bodies”

Katie Tardio (Post Bacc 2014) UNC Chapel Hill, “Esse Quam Videri: Role Playing as a Pedagogical Tool”

4:30-4:45 Wrap-up: Robert Gurval

Professor Richlin writes:

As I look towards retirement in June 2022 after 45 years of teaching, I am honored by the department’s decision to hold a conference for me. Its theme, “On Outgroups and Muted Groups,” comes from the self-description on my UCLA webpage, and well describes the work that has occupied me for all these years of writing history from below. I began from the study of Roman satire which led me, to my surprise, into the then brand-new field of the history of sexuality and made me into an outspoken feminist. I was lucky enough to begin this work in the heyday of Second Wave feminism, and, thanks to the supportive network of the Women’s Classical Caucus and the quadrennial “Feminism and Classics” conferences, I had a lot of people to talk to. After jobs at Rutgers, Dartmouth, and Lehigh, I moved to USC in 1989, teaching jointly in Classics and Gender Studies, which meant that my Classics students read a lot of feminist theory and my Gender Studies students learned a lot about antiquity. At UCLA, from 2005 onwards, I have taught graduate seminars in “Roman History and the Theory of History,” satire, comedy, epistolography, ancient sexuality, and Roman women’s history, with undergraduate courses to match, while serving from 2011 onwards as director of the post-bacc program. All of this goes to explain why I wanted my dear students to be the speakers at this final conference, for in teaching them I have learned a great deal. They will be returning from where their far-flung jobs have taken them, to speak here on history, comedy, satire, and gender, and tell me something new, as they always do.


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Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center, UCLA
425 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, California 90095
+ Google Map