Donna Zuckerberg reading group: Not All Dead White Men

Donna Zuckerberg reading group: Not All Dead White Men

Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Lattie F. Coor Hall 4401

Please join the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and the Institute for Humanities Research for an afternoon reading group in preparation for Donna Zuckerberg's visit.

We will be reading and discussing Donna Zuckerberg's book "Not All Dead White Men: Classics and Misogyny in the Digital Age," published by Harvard University Press in 2018. Our discussion will be led by Elizabeth Grumbach, Assistant Director of the Institute for Humanities Research.

About the book

A virulent strain of antifeminism is thriving online that treats women’s empowerment as a mortal threat to men and to the integrity of Western civilization. Its proponents cite ancient Greek and Latin texts to support their claims―arguing that they articulate a model of masculinity that sustained generations but is now under siege.

Donna Zuckerberg dives deep into the virtual communities of the far right, where men lament their loss of power and privilege and strategize about how to reclaim them. She finds, mixed in with weightlifting tips and misogynistic vitriol, the words of the Stoics deployed to support an ideal vision of masculine life. On other sites, pickup artists quote Ovid’s "Ars Amatoria" to justify ignoring women’s boundaries. By appropriating the Classics, these men lend a veneer of intellectual authority and ancient wisdom to their project of patriarchal white supremacy. In defense or retaliation, feminists have also taken up the Classics online, to counter the sanctioning of violence against women.

"Not All Dead White Men" reveals that some of the most controversial and consequential debates about the legacy of the ancients are raging not in universities but online.

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About Donna Zuckerberg

Donna Zuckerberg received her Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2014 and is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Eidolon, a prize-winning online Classics publication ( Her first book, Not All Dead White Men: Classics and Misogyny in the Digital Age was published by Harvard University Press in October 2018.

Questions? Please contact Leah Newsom at