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Wikipedia Editing: Classics + Women of Color

Event Information

Join us! We'll provide tutorials for beginners, reference books and materials, and snacks! 

  • Date: Thursday, April 18
  • Time: 4:30-6pm
  • Location: Room 113, Mary Church Terrell Main Library, Mudd Center
  • Organizers: Oberlin College Classics Department, Oberlin College Libraries
  • Who should attend: Anyone interested in increasing representation of female classicists of color on Wikipedia. Please ask your fellow attendees for their pronouns of choice!
  • Hashtags: #WCCWiki
  • What to bring: Your laptop, power cord, and ideas for entries that need updating or creation (we'll have desktop computers available for anyone who doesn't being a laptop)
  • ALSO: Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the Safe Space/Brave Space Policy

Thanks for joining us!

What is Classics+Women of Color?

Inspired by the Art+Feminism campaign, which works to improve the coverage of cis and transgender women, feminism, and the arts on Wikipedia, this event aims to increase the representation of women of color in Classical studies on Wikipedia. The event will focus on the first generation of women of color in the field, and especially those from Oberlin College, who studied and taught Latin, Greek, and the history of the Mediterranean world in the 19th century. Classics involves the study of a diverse set of cultures from over two thousand years of history. Today we are working to tell its stories more inclusively, and we can begin by looking at the history of the field itself, to the fore-mothers who paved the way. Help us to tell their stories and to improve the repository of common knowledge that is Wikipedia. 

The Women's Classical Committee is also doing great work in this area. 

Creating an Account

Advice on selecting your username:  Though you can choose to use your real name, as some Wikipedia editors do, you can also choose a pseudonym–Wikipedia does not require one one or the other. If you're completing a course assignment, remember that your professor and classmates will likely see your username (and know whose it is). Furthermore, anyone can look at a Wikipedia article's edit history and see the username of anyone who has edited the article. Consider if you want a username that reflects your personal identity.  Usernames that imply they are shared by multiple users are not recommended (e.g., GSFS101-ABC).

Want more advice?  Wikipedia's Username Policy has guidance for new users on how to choose.

Using the Dashboard (Getting credit for participating at Oberlin)

The Oberlin College Classics+Women of Color 2019 Dashboard allows us to track our group contributions.  All participants are requested to sign in before they begin editing.  Note:  students completing a course assignment are required to sign in--confirm with one of the organizers that you have successfully signed in so you can receive credit for your participation.  

Articles to Work on

Oberlin Graduates
Other Classicists of Color



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Search approximately 300 million books, scholarly articles, newspaper articles, data, digital audio, digital video, digital images, government documents and more. It draws from the library catalog (OBIS), many of the full text and article indexing databases, as well as digital repositories from colleges, universities, research centers, and other open-access archives on the web. 

Reference Books