Let us go upon the Acropolis: John Wesley Gilbert in Greece, September 1890-April 1891

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM


Free Event

John W.I. Lee is Associate Professor of History at UCSB. This talk is part of the ‘Black Classicism’ lecture series presented in conjunction with the “14 Black Classicists” exhibition hosted by the AD&A Museum and the UCSB Library. The lecture is co-sponsored by the Argyropoulos Endowment in Hellenic Studies, and the departments of Classics and Black Studies.

John Wesley Gilbert (ca. 1863-1923) became the first African American to attend the fledgling American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA). Drawing on Gilbert’s own writings and other contemporary documents, this talk examines the historical significance of Gilbert’s time in Greece. During his year as a student at the American School, Gilbert traveled throughout Greece, wrote a thesis on the demes (political subdivisions) of ancient Athens, and took part in the ASCSA’s excavations at the ancient city of Eretria.

Location: Instruction & Training 1312