The American School of Classical Studies at Athens announces a new fellowship to support students and teachers from underrepresented groups in study and research at the School in Athens.
William Sanders Scarborough (1852–1926), the son of an enslaved woman and a freedman, was a pathbreaking African American Classical scholar and public intellectual. Scarborough’s scholarship included philological works on Greek and Roman authors, as well as studies of African languages and African American folklore. His First Lessons in Greek (1881) was the first foreign language textbook by an African American author. He taught at Ohio’s Wilberforce University and Payne Theological Seminary, serving as Wilberforce’s president from 1908–1920. He was a cofounder of the American Negro Academy, an active member of the American Philological Association, and an invited member of the Archaeological Institute of America.
At least twice in his life (1886 and 1896), Scarborough hoped to attend the American School, with the encouragement of the School’s Managing Committee. Lack of funding, coupled with his many professional responsibilities, kept Scarborough from realizing his dream of going to Greece. The fellowship is intended to honor Professor Scarborough’s memory and to help foster diversity at the American School.
DEADLINE: November 1, 2020