I’m home from the APA now, and wanted quickly to supplement my last post in a more hopeful fashion.  For one thing, I attended a really fascinating “round table” discussion about the issue of teaching texts (like Ovid or Terence) in which rape is prominent.  Frequently students in these classes will have themselves been, or will know, rape victims, and many complex issues of classroom dynamics, ethics, and activism arise.  Some forty people (almost, but not all, women) attended, and discussion was lively.  Thanks to an e-mail sign-up sheet that circulated during the session, we are now having an electronic discussion of follow-up possibilities, and more sessions at future APAs look assured.  This is exactly what the conference can and should be doing.

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