Commentary: The Academic Memory Hole

Joshua Katz
National Review

Excerpt: Last week, I was supposed to be in Greece. When, almost exactly a year ago, I was invited to speak at a four-day international conference in Athens on “The ‘Future of the Past’: Why Classical Studies Still Matter,” I accepted happily. Finally, after years of turmoil, I was going to have the chance to sit down with colleagues and help chart a workable course forward for our embattled subject. In the end, however, the fact that my wife is pregnant made me decide to participate instead over Zoom. This turned out to be a blessing, since had I gone in person, I would have had to spend Thanksgiving with some loathsome people.