Sarah E. Bond (U. of Iowa), "Signs of the Times: Fighting the Alt-Right with Public History and Classics"
How are the symbols of the past reimagined, manipulated, and reused in the present? This talk looks at a number of ways that the Alt-Right has appropriated ancient sayings, symbols, and acronyms for their own purposes. What was the actual context for the fasces, SPQR, ‘Molon Labe,’ white statues, or the torch, and what role does public classics playing in making the public aware of the semiotics of hate?
Sarah E. Bond is an Associate Professor of Classics at the University of Iowa. She is the editor-in-chief of the SCS blog, a regular contributor to Hyperallergic.com, and has written from The Chronicle of Higher Education, The New York Times, and Forbes.