Michele Valerie Ronnick - Professor

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  • M.S.L.S., Florida State University, Tallahassee 1977
  • M.A., University of Florida, Gainesville 1986
  • Ph.D., Boston University, Boston 1990                            


  • Florida Secondary School Certification,  #513489   

Selected Work, 2007-2012


  • 2010 Teaching Excellence Award, Wayne State University, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
  • 2009-2010 President, Classical Association of  the Middle West and South
  • 2012-2014 Vice President Michigan Classical Conference
  • 2008 Honorable Mention, American Philological Association’s Comic Contest, Chicago
  • 2008 Resolution passed in honor of my work on William Sanders Scarborough, Bibb County Commission, Bibb County, GA


  1. “Virgil in the Black American Experience,” in The Blackwell Companion to Virgil,   eds. Michael C. J. Putnam and Joseph Farrell, Wiley-Blackwell, 2010, pp. 376-390.
  2. “Saintly Souls:” White Teachers’ Instruction of Greek and Latin to African      American Freedmen,”  Free At Last! The Impact of Freed Slaves on the Roman Empire,  eds. Teresa Ramsby and Sinclair Bell,   Gerald Duckworth  & Co., 2011, pp. 177-208.


  1. “Classical Elements of the Warrior-Hero Motif in Clifford Odet’s Golden Boy (1937),”  Res Publica Litterarum 31 (2008) pp. 165-167. [published 2010]
  2. “African American Classicist William Sanders Scarborough (1852-1926) and   the 1921  Film of the Oresteia  at Cambridge University,”   Comparative Drama: Special Issue on 'Translation, Performance, and Reception of Greek Drama, 1900-1950: International Dialogues,” (ed.) Amanda Wrigley, 44/45 (Winter/Spring 2010-2011) pp. 531-532.
  3. “Black Classicism: ‘Tell Them We Are Rising,’”  Classical Journal 106(2011)   pp. 359-70.
  4. “Don’t sit under the apple tree (with anyone else but me)”: A Note    on Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice (2002),”  Classical and Modern Literature   28 (2008) 1-3. [published 2011]


  1. “ Black Classicism in Texas and Elsewhere,” sponsored & underwritten by Black History Month Celebration, Huston-Tillotson University, Austin, TX, February, 2007.
  2. “Thirteen Black Classicists,” sponsored & underwritten by the Department of   Classical    Studies, Trinity University, San Antonio, TX, February, 2007.
  3. "William Sanders Scarborough and the Origins of Black Classicism,” sponsored & underwritten by the College of Humanities, New College, Sarasota, FL, March, 2007.
  4. “12 Black Classicists,” sponsored & underwritten by the North Sarasota Library,  Sarasota County, Sarasota, FL, March, 2007.
  5. “William Sanders Scarborough, O.C. Class of 1875 and the Origins of Black Classicism,” sponsored & underwritten  by the Department of Classics, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH, April, 2007.
  6. “The Role of the African American Episcopal Church in the Preservation of Black Intellectual Life,” sponsored & underwritten by the Classics Lectures Series and the African American Studies and Research Center, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, April, 2007.
  7. Writer in Residence, “Who Was William Scarborough?” sponsored & underwritten by  the Mentor’s Program of the Bibb County School System,  Macon, GA, May, 2007.
  8. “The Life and Works of William Sanders Scarborough (1852-1926),” sponsored & underwritten by  the Sarasota Reading Festival, Sarasota, FL, November, 2007.
  9. “William Sanders Scarborough and the Origins of Black Classicism,” sponsored & underwritten by the Department of Classics and the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI, February, 2008.
  10. “William Sanders Scarborough and the Origins of Black Classicism,” sponsored & underwritten by the Department of Classics, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, February, 2008.
  11. Key Note Address, Ellen Craft Lecture Series:  “The Rise of Prominent National African American Leaders in Macon from Reconstruction to the 20th Century,” sponsored & underwritten by  the Georgia Humanities Council and the Tubman African American Museum, March, Macon, GA, September, 2008.
  12. “The Autobiography of William Sanders Scarborough,” two-part lecture sponsored & underwritten  by the Family Heritage House and Manatee Community College, Bradenton,  FL, November 25 & 26, 2008.    
  13. “Framing the History of Black Classicism,”  Lecture and Round Table Workshop Participant: Colloquium on Latin Pedagogy sponsored & underwritten by University of Maryland- College Park, MD, April, 2010.
  14. Presidential Address: “Black Classicism: Tell Them We Are Rising, “  sponsored & underwritten by the Classical Association of the Middle West and South, Oklahoma City, OK, April, 2010.
  15. “The Life of William Sanders Scarborough and His Friendship with Frederick Douglass."  sponsored & underwritten by the Department of Religion and Classics and the Frederick Douglass Institute, University of Rochester, NY, December, 2010.


  1. The Classical Education of William Pickens (1881-1954): NAACP Field    Director,” Wayne State University Humanities Center, Brown Bag Colloquium Series, February, 2007.
  2. “The Life of William Sanders Scarborough,” underwritten by  the Detroit Public Library, African American History Month, February, 2007.
  3. “Revisioning History: The Life of William Sanders Scarborough (1852-1926),”  Friends of the Bloomfield Township Public Library, September, 2008.
  4. “ 'Sentire quae velis et quae sentias dicere':  Arthur O. Lovejoy and Intellectual Freedom,”  Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church, October, 2008.
  5. “Willam Sanders Scarborough and the Talented Tenth,” Southfield Public Library,  February, 2008.
  6. “Gallery Talk: ‘12 Black Classicists,’” Detroit Public Library, March, 2008.
  7. "Gallery Talk: William Bulkley: Black Latinist and National Urban League Founder," Detroit Public Library, February, 2009.
  8. “William Lewis Bulkley: Black Latinist and Educator,” Undergraduate Library, sponsored by Wayne State University Library System, Humanities Center and the Office of Student Affairs, Black History Month, February, 2009.
  9. “Black Classicists, Black Lawyers and Their Detroit Connections," Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights, Wayne State University, Law School, April, 2010.


  1. “’Give ‘Em Your Greek, But Study Cotton:’ W.E.B. Du Bois’ The Quest of the Silver   Fleece  (1911), ” American Philological Association, San Diego, CA, January, 2007.
  2. “Early, Talbert, Henderson and Hill: Four Black Classicists at Wilberforce University,”  Classical  Association of the Middle West and South, Cincinnati, OH, April, 2007.
  3. “A Brief History of First Lessons in Greek  (1881) by William Sanders Scarborough (1852-1926),” Southern Conference on African American Studies, Atlanta, GA, February, 2008.
  4. “Stitches in Time: Sarah C.B. Scarborough and a Quilt Top Associated with Elizabeth Keckley and Mary Todd Lincoln,”  College Language Association, Charleston, SC,  April, 2008.
  5. “Latin Mottoes at Historically Black Colleges and Universities,” Classical  Association of the Middle West and South, Asheville, NC, November, 2008.
  6. “The Quinquennium Mirabile of Cicero’s Paradoxa Stoicorum,  1541-1546,” American Philological Association, Philadelphia, PA, January, 2009.
  7. “Classical Titles in Frederick Douglass’ Personal Library at Cedar Hill,” College Language Association, Princess Anne, MD, March, 2009.
  8. “A Brief History of Cretan Cypress,” Classical Association of the Middle West   and South, Minneapolis, MN, April, 2009.
  9. “William Lewis Bulkley William Lewis Bulkley (1861-1933): The First African American to Earn a Doctorate in Latin, ” American Philological Association, Anaheim, CA, January, 2010 [paper read in absentia by Stephen Hinds].
  10. “Classical Elements of the Warrior-Hero Motif in Clifford Odets’ Golden Boy (137),”  Classical  Association of the Middle West and South, Richmond, VA, October, 2010.
  11. “Classical Elements in the Life and Work of D. Augustus Straker (1842-1908),    Black Lawyer from Detroit, Michigan,” Classical Association of the Middle West and South, Grand Rapids, MI, April, 2011.
  12. “ ‘Libros non Liberos Pariens:’   A 17th Century Latin Pun and  Feminist Symbol” American Philological Association, Philadelphia, PA, January, 2012.
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Research Area
Classics, Greek, and Latin
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