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Society of Classical Studies 155th Annual Meeting

JANUARY 4-7, 2024


Call for Papers for Panel Sponsored by The American Classical League

Panel Title: Reaching over the Divide: Perspectives from K-12, College, and University Classics Teaching

Organized by Philip Walsh, St. Andrew’s School and Editor of The Classical Outlook; and James Ker, University of Pennsylvania and Associate Editor of The Classical Outlook

The American Classical League invites teachers and scholars to submit abstracts for its affiliated group panel session, Reaching over the Divide: Perspectives from K-12, College, and University Classics Teaching, at the 155th Annual Meeting of the Society for Classical Studies in Chicago in January 2024. We welcome abstracts that address the prompt below or other issues relevant to the topic:

Despite the best efforts of committed teachers, scholars, and administrators, a divide persists between K-12 classrooms, the undergraduate curricula at colleges and universities, and Ph.D. granting graduate programs in the United States and abroad. The gap is narrower for MA programs and the K-12 classrooms, but misapprehensions or miscommunication may remain. This panel seeks not to recapitulate the structural, institutional, or pedagogical divides between teachers, learners, and professors; rather, it hopes to promote affirmative, growth-oriented conversations that may lead to meaningful change. We are interested in hearing a range of answers that educators and students in both K-12 institutions and higher education would give to some or all of the following questions:

What training and experiences should a graduate program provide that will best prepare students for teaching opportunities, whether at the school or college level?

What experiences are your students (or you, as a student) most in need of as they follow classical studies from school to the college level or graduate level?

What works best for you in your own teaching and learning that you think may be relevant to these questions?

What visions or aspirations do you have for teaching and learning about Latin, Greek, and the ancient Mediterranean world?

All papers should be accessible to a broad audience of scholars, learners, and teachers. Papers accepted for the panel will be published in The Classical Outlook (CO), the official journal of The American Classical League, after additional peer review. By submitting an abstract, you agree to submit your paper for publication in CO, if the abstract is chosen for the panel. Abstracts should be submitted to the panel organizer, Philip Walsh ( Any questions about the panel may be addressed to him. He will anonymize the abstracts before they are forwarded to the panel reviewers. Reviewer decisions will be communicated to the authors of abstracts by March 10, 2023, with enough time that those whose abstracts are not chosen can participate in the individual abstract submission process for the upcoming meeting.

Please submit abstracts (maximum 500 words, excluding bibliography) as a Word document. They should conform to the instructions for the format of individual abstracts that appear in the SCS Guidelines for Authors of Abstracts. The deadline for submission of abstracts has been extended to February 15, 2023.

Please put “ACL Panel at SCS 2024” in the subject line of your email submission. Include the title of your paper, your name, and your institutional affiliation (or status as an independent scholar) in the email message only, but make sure that your name (and any other identifying information) does not appear in the abstract itself or in the name of the file. If you refer to your own scholarship in your abstract, cite it in the third person, as you would any other source.

You MUST be a member of SCS to submit an abstract. Please include in your email submission message your SCS member number and the date you joined or last renewed. (This will appear on your membership confirmation email from SCS and in your account.) However, a waiver of the membership requirement may be requested from the Program Committee by the organizer if the participant in question is a scholar in a field not ordinarily associated with classical studies or is a resident of a country outside North America and only a temporary visitor to North America. You DO NOT have to be a member of ACL to submit an abstract.