Community Engagement

2022      "Building Supportive Communities for New Parents," a workshop with medical practitioners and alternative care providers, part of the conference "Mother’s Milk: Breastfeeding from Metaphor to Practice"

2022      Black Students in Classics, an affinity group for Black high school students studying any aspect of Classics, is founded with Tom Hawkins as the faculty advisor.

2022      Listen to the podcast of Tom Hawkins speaking with Shivaike Shah of Khameleon Productions about ‘Classics in Haiti’.

2020      With support of a Global Arts and Humanities Discovery Theme Seed Grant, Julia Nelson Hawkins co-organized a pair of webinars on the Humanities in the Pandemic, featuring speakers such Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Frank Snowden, and Jasmine Blanks Jones. The webinars gathered thought leaders on the emerging role of Black artists in public health and featured a demonstration of the way arts education has been an integral part of public health in Liberia during the Ebola and Covid outbreaks.

2020      Staged reading of Nobel Prize Winner Wole Soyinka’s The Bacchae of Euripides: A Communion Rite directed by Tom Dugdale (Theatre) and a lecture about Soyinka by Patrice Rankine, co-sponsored by Classics, African American and African Studies and Theatre

2018      Staged reading of Pulitzer Prize Winner Rita Dove’s Oedipal play The Darker Face of the Earth, directed by Tom Dugdale (Theatre) with Dove present for Q&A after the performance, co-sponsored by Classics, African American and African Studies and Theatre.