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Special Sesquicentennial Panels
We wanted to commemorate our Sesquicentennial by taking a look at the past, present, and future of our discipline.
Session 6 - Friday at 8:00 a.m.
Mapping the Classical World Since 1869: Past and Future Directions

Richard Talbert, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Organizer

A 1980 APA committee report (Research Tools for the Classics) was right on both counts to declare cartography at that date “an area of extremely great importance, where the state of our tools is utterly disastrous.” The panel briefly discusses the disappointing lack of progress made during the previous past century, and advances reasons for its limitations (Papers #1, 2). The main focus of the five papers, however, is on the transformation successfully achieved since around 1980, and still ongoing.

Richard Talbert, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Georgia Irby, College of William & Mary
Greek and Roman Mapping
Richard Talbert, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Modern Mapping Before Digitization
Tom Elliott, New York University
What Difference Has Digitization Made?
Lindsay Holman, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
What Has the Ancient World Mapping Center Done for Us?
Elizabeth Wolfram Thrill, Indiana University-Purdue Univeristy–Indianapolis
Rome’s Marble Plan: Progress and Prospects


Session 16 - Friday at 10:45 a.m.
From APA to SCS: 150 Years of Professional Classics in North America

Matthew M. McGowan, Fordham University, Organizer

This panel commemorates one hundred and fifty years of professional classics in North America by inviting four experts in the history of classical scholarship to reflect on the place of professional classicists in American higher education and intellectual life and on the changing nature of the Society for Classical Studies itself.

Matthew M. McGowan, Fordham University
Eric Adler, University of Maryland, College Park
1869: The Year That Changed Classical Studies in America
Michele Valerie Ronnick, Wayne State University
African American Members of the Society for Classical Studies: A Census of Affiliations (1875-1938)
Lee T. Pearcy, Bryn Mawr College
Speaking as a Classicist: The APA/SCS and American Politics
Ward Briggs, University of South Carolina
Opening the Gates: The American Philological Association/Society for Classical Studies 1970-2019


Session 35 - Saturday at 8:00 a.m.
Rome and the Americas: New Soundings in Classics, Art and Archaeology

Joint AIA-SCS Session

Andrew Laird, Brown University, and Erika Valdivieso, Brown University, Organizers

What were Rome’s legacies in the Americas before the formation of the United States? What can those legacies bring to the disciplines represented by the SCS and the AIA today? The occasion of the 150th Meeting and its location in San Diego, which now stands on the border of two American nations, provide an appropriate forum in which to raise such questions: California was annexed from Mexico and granted statehood barely twenty years before the foundation of the SCS in 1869, while the area of San Diego, claimed for the Spanish Empire more than three centuries earlier, has been the territory of the Kumeyaay people for at least a millenium.

Erika Valdivieso, Brown University
Andrew Laird, Brown University
American Philological Associations: Latin and Amerindian Languages
Erika Valdivieso, Brown University
Transformation of Roman Poetry in Colonial Latin America
Stella Nair, University of California, Los Angeles
Seeing Rome in the Andes: Inca Architectural History and Classical Antiquity
Claire Lyons, The J. Paul Getty Museum
Alterae Romae? The Values of Cross-Cultural Analogy
Greg Woolf, Institute of Classical Studies


Session 45 - Saturday at 10:45 a.m.
The Future of Classics (Workshop)

Stephen Hinds, University of Washington, Organizer

This workshop is an open and free-form large-room discussion of what we think the trajectories of our field, broadly defined, will and/or should be, not just in the immediate future but for the next 150 years; this does not of course exclude narratives of how we got where we now are. We cannot cover everything in one SCS meeting session, but the idea is to have the kind of discussion that people will continue to pursue among themselves during the rest of the meeting. Speakers will lead off a general all-room discussion by offering five to six minutes each of lively, thoughtful and provocative remarks.

Stephen Hinds, University of Washington
Sarah E. Bond, University of Iowa
Joy Connolly, The Graduate Center, CUNY
Dan-el Padilla Peralta, Princeton University


We'd like to thank Michele Salzman, Stephen Hinds, and Matthew McGowan for organizing these panels.

Do also note the presidential panel "Global Classics," which will feature Omar Daniele Alvarez Salas (Universidata Nacional Autonoma de Mexico), Obert Bernard Mlambo (University of Zimbabwe), Ophelia Riad (University of Cairo), Harish Trivedi (Delhi University), and Jinyu Liu (Depauw University and Shanghai Normal University).


More November 2018 Newsletter Content

Read about Mary Beard's public lecture.

Learn about the accomplishments of the winners of our Outreach Prize.

Learn, too, about our Distinguished Service award winners.

Our local arrangements guide is ready for perusal.

Photo Credits for November, 2018 Newsletter

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