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Life of the Mind is a semi-annual lecture series that features a distinguished UC faculty member presenting his or her work and expertise.  A panel of three will respond to and discuss the lecture from diverse perspectives, and a moderator will encourage audience engagement. The series includes intriguing insights from diverse perspectives, and encourages faculty and students from across UC to engage in further discourse.

Sponsored by the Office of the President and organized by the University of Cincinnati Libraries and Faculty Senate, the mission of Life of the Mind is to celebrate UC faculty research, scholarship and creative output and to foster the free and open exchange of ideas and discourse.

Life of the Mind Steering Committee consists of:

  • Tracy Herrmann, co-chair
  • Xuemao Wang, co-chair
  • Robert Faaborg
  • Melissa Cox Norris
  • Peter Stambrook
  • Jeffrey Tilman
  • Carol Wheeler-Strother

Join us for Life of the Mind featuring Holt Parker, Professor of Classics

Tuesday, September 29 |  3:30-5pm | Russell C. Myers Alumni Center

Life of the Mind, interdisciplinary conversations with UC faculty, will return Tuesday, September 29, 3:30-5pm in the Russell C. Myers Alumni Center with a lecture by Holt Parker, professor of classics in the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences.

Professor Parker's topic of discussion will be Thinking with Slaves. “Slavery still haunts the world. We will think about what slavery was, is, does,” said Parker. “My talk will expose the historical holding pens in the foundations of modern slavery, racing through competing definitions of slaves and slavery: legal, historical, philosophical, anthropological, and above all metaphorical.”


You can view the presentation here:

Holt Parker

Holt Parker

Featured Speaker

Holt Parker received his Ph.D. from Yale University. He has been awarded the Rome Prize, an NEH Fellowship, a Loeb Library Foundation Grant, the Women's Classical Caucus Prize (twice), the Paul Rehak Award and a Fowler Hamilton Fellowship from Christ Church, Oxford. He has published on Sappho, Sulpicia, sexuality, slavery, sadism and spectacle. His book, Olympia Morata: The Complete Writings of an Italian Heretic (2003) won the Josephine Roberts Award from the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women. Censorinus: The Birthday Book (2007), the first complete English translation, makes an attractive present. With William A. Johnson he edited Ancient Literacies (2009). His translation of Beccadelli’s notorious The Hermaphrodite is out in the I Tatti Renaissance Library (2010). He is working on an edition, translation and commentary on the Gynecology by Metrodora (c. 2d. cent CE), the earliest surviving work by a woman doctor.

Prentice Chandler

Prentice Chandler


Dr. Prentice T. Chandler is the program coordinator of secondary education and associate professor in the School of Education in the College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services. He teaches courses in social studies education, diversity, and critical race theory and serves as the secondary social studies education program coordinator. His research interests are in social studies methods, critical race theory, academic freedom, authentic intellectual work and flipped pedagogy. Some of his published work has appeared in Social EducationSocial Studies Research and PracticeTeacher Education QuarterlyEducational Philosophy and Theory, and the Journal of Social Studies Research. His recent book, Doing Race in Social Studies: Critical Perspectives (IAP, 2015), examines Critical Race Theory (CRT) applications in social studies teaching and learning. In 2007, Dr. Chandler was named the Defense of Academic Freedom Award winner from the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) for his efforts teaching alternative history in Alabama public schools. Before coming to UC, Dr. Chandler was Head of Secondary Programs at Athens State University (AL) from 2006-2013. Dr. Chandler earned his Ph.D. from the University of Alabama and prior to joining the professoriate, taught secondary (grades 6-12) social studies in rural Alabama.

Terry Kershaw

Terry Kershaw

Dr. Terry Kershaw is a graduate of the State University of New York at Cortland. He holds a master’s degree in black studies from Ohio State and a Ph.D. in sociology from Washington State University. Prior to coming to the University of Cincinnati in 2009, Dr. Kershaw lead the Africana studies program and was the director of the Center for Race and Social Policy at Virginia Tech. He is professor in the Department of Africana Studies where he is in the process of developing a MA and PhD program in Africana Studies

Deborah Meem

Deborah Meem

Dr. Deborah Meem, professor and head of the Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, specializes in Victorian literature, LGBTQ studies, and 19th C. novels by women. She graduated from Wellesley College in 1971 with a double major in English and music, after a decade away from the academy returned to graduate school in English at Stony Brook University, where she earned a Ph.D. in 1985. Her work has appeared in Journal of the History of SexualityFeminist TeacherStudies in Popular Culture and elsewhere. She has edited three books by Victorian journalist, novelist, and antifeminist Eliza Lynn Linton: The Rebel of the Family (Broadview, 2002), Realities (Valancourt, 2010), and The Autobiography of Christopher Kirkland (Victorian Secrets, 2011, with Kate Holterhoff). With Kate Holterhoff, she is working on an edition of a fourth Linton novel, Sowing the Wind, scheduled to appear in 2015. With Michelle Gibson she has co-edited Femme/Butch: New Considerations of the Way We Want To Go (2002) and Lesbian Academic Couples (2005). Her co-authored book Finding Out: An Introduction to LGBT Studies (with Michelle Gibson and Jonathan Alexander) was published by in 2009; its second edition appeared in 2013. She serves on UC’s LGBTQ Advisory Board, and was also longtime co-chair of the LGBT faculty/staff Task Force at UC.


View the March 2014 program below: