Dan-el Padilla Peralta: "Platano Classics: Seeing Ancient Greece and Rome through Afro-Dominican Eyes"

Dan-el Padilla Peralta
Plantano Classics: Seeing Ancient Greece and Rome through Afro-Dominican Eyes

Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Paul Robeson Campus Center, Rooms 255-57

Born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Dan-el Padilla Peralta came to the United States with his family at the age of four. After falling out of legal immigration status, he and his family lived in poverty and spent a year in New York City's shelter system. With the support of mentors, he was admitted to Collegiate, a private all-boys’ school, eventually graduating cum laude. He went on to receive his AB in Classics from Princeton University; his MPhil from the University of Oxford; and his PhD in Classics from Stanford University. He is currently a Mellon Research Fellow and Lecturer in Classics at Columbia University, but will be an assistant professor in Classics at Princeton in 2016.

His newly published memoir Undocumented recounts his coming of age as an undocumented immigrant in the many communities he came to call home. A historian of Roman culture, Dr. Padilla has written on ceramics as evidence for pilgrimage in mid-republican Rome and is now plugging away at a monograph on the religious world of the Roman Republic.

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