Jackie Murray, assistant professor of classics in the modern and classical languages, literatures and cultures department at the University of Kentucky, speaks on “W.E.B. Du Bois’ Quest for the Silver Fleece: the Education of Black Medea.”
Her talk combines her two major fields of study, Apollonius’ Argonautica and race and the classics. The Quest of the Silver Fleece, W. E. B. Du Bois’ first novel, weaves the themes of racial equality and understanding through the stark reality of prejudice and bias. It is a text deeply informed by Du Bois’ own extensive training in classical languages and literature (as the novel’s title, a nod to the subject of the Argonautica, indicates).
Murray’s talk, which will contribute to the offerings of Black History Month, holds broad appeal for UMass and the Five College community as we honor the 150th anniversary of the birth of W. E. B. Du Bois.
Event sponsors are Classics, College of Humanities and Fine Arts and the W.E.B. Du Bois Library