Center for Sexualities and Gender Diversity

Amy Richelin lecture on Ancient Sexuality

Event Date and Time: 
Thursday, October 18, 2012, 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Lee Auditorium, Wishcamper Center
Contact Name: 
Nicole LeClerc
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Dear USM Community Members,

I am very pleased to announce that Amy Richlin, Professor of Classics at UCLA and groundbreaking scholar in the field of ancient sexuality, will speak at USM on Thursday, October 18 at 7:30 pm in the Lee Auditorium of the Wishcamper Center. She will give a talk called "Unexpurgated Classics: Profane Texts in a Christian Curriculum."

Professor Richlin's most famous book is The Garden of Priapus: Sexuality and Aggression in Roman Humor (Oxford University Press 1992), and she has published widely; her work is relevant to many departments and disciplines. Professor Richlin is the speaker of choice for USM's Student Classics Club. Additionally, her visit is in part a celebration of humanities at USM and the new online Liberal Studies-Humanities major - a collaboration of Outreach and the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, and designed by faculty in the Departments of English, History, and Philosophy, and the Classics Program.

In preparation for Professor Richlin's visit, I have established a Blackboard site for all USM Community members, an online book club where USM faculty, staff, and students can read and discuss a small selection of Richlin's works. Please use the discussion board on the site to contact other readers about Richlin's work and to open a USM-wide discussion. Everyone at USM can self-enroll in the site called "Amy Richlin USM Community Reading Group." Please be in touch with the Helpdesk at 780-4029 if you need help with Blackboard.

Sponsors of Richlin's visit include the Classics Program, the Classics Club, the English Department, the History and Political Science Department, the Liberal Studies-Humanities Program, the Theater Department, Women and Gender Studies Program, and the Department of Modern Languages. If your department or program would like to help sponsor this event, please email me at
If you'd like to explore a few links for a quick peek at Richlin's work, enjoy the following:

Amy Richlin's Photo, Bio, and Curriculum Vitae:

On veiling before Islam:

On the Roman law against love between men:

On Marcus Aurelius' sexuality:

I hope to see you on the Blackboard site and at the lecture on Oct. 18!


Jeannine Diddle Uzzi
Associate Professor of Classics
University of Southern Maine