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Women in Antiquity, virtually

**Updated March 30th**

Under the special restrictions put in place due to the coronavirus, we’ll be doing things a little differently when the semester resumes after Spring Break. While you will still be doing the readings according to the schedule, we will not be meeting in person during regularly scheduled class time. Instead, we’ll be going ahead in our exploration of women in antiquity with the following adjustments:

  • On Tuesdays and Thursdays I will upload a pre-recorded video lecture on the topic of the dayIn this video, I will discuss the passages which are posted on the blog post for each session. You can follow along on the blog — you will have the same access to the excerpts and images posted on the blog as you did before. The video lecture will be available on blackboard in the following place: Blackboard > Content. 

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  • If you are scheduled to do an in-class presentation, you will now be uploading your presentation materials to blackboard instead. Please email it to me and I will upload it to blackboard — it will be available in the same place as the video lectures. 
  • The presentation upload is due at our regular class time (Tues, Thurs 11am EST). Please upload both: 1) the slides of your presentation; 2) text or audio of your accompanying discussion. For 2), I leave it up to you whether you want to upload your discussion for myself and the other students to read (as a word or pdf file), or to listen to (as an audio file). You may upload your presentation as two separate files, i.e. 1) slides, 2) pdf. Or you may choose to do an audio voice-over of your presentation, i.e. upload one file which includes both slides and audio. Here is, for example, a video on “how to add your voice to your google slides.” If you have any questions or concerns about the technical side to this, please get in touch.
  • Ideally, you should send a **file** of your slides, so that I can upload that to blackboard. On google slides, you can save your presentation in a number of formats: go to File > Download. A pdf of the slides works!


  • Since we will not be together, and therefore not be able to have our usual vibrant discussion, we will have to find other ways to keep our strong community going. I have reconfigured the participation (20%) grade with that in mind. Here are some ways that you can “show up” for class:*
    • Discussion board. Use the discussion board in blackboard [Blackboard > Discussion board] to contribute ideas or ask questions about the readings and/or the lecture video. Interact with other students’ ideas, or post related content. I will take some time at the beginning of each video to address your questions and talk about your ideas from the previous session. Grade: Respond 1x per session (4%); 2 times per session (7%); 3 times per session (10%). 
    • Reflection piece. Produce a written reflection (150 words minimum) on the assigned readings, a text or object, or on a topic from the video lectures. Or, if you prefer not to write, make video clip or audio clip [3 mins minimum].  Email it to me and I will post it to blackboard. Grade: 3% per reflection piece.
    • Transcription. Transcribe the audio of the lecture videos into a written format. Grade: 5%. You may do this only once. Email me to choose a video.

*note: your participation grade maxes out at 20%. So if you do a lot on the discussion board (10%), and you do 4 reflection pieces (3% x 4 = 12%), your participation will be 20%, not 22%. However, there are still extra credit options available.

  • Update (Monday March 30th): You will no longer be doing a final exam for this class, but you will still be writing your second paper. Due Thursday April 30th.



  • “Office” hours. Traditional office hours are, of course, impossible right now. I am happy to answer questions by email, over chat, or over a video call. Write to me and we’ll arrange it.



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