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SCS Special Events


Joint Opening Night Reception

7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. (Salon A-E, Marriott)

The 2018 SCS/AIA Joint Opening Night Reception will be held in Salon A-E. Tickets are $35 ($27 for students) with hors-d'oeuvres and one drink ticket included with the price of the ticket and additional drinks for purchase. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

Reception Sponsored by the University of Oxford, Durham University, and University of Cambridge

8:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. (Essex Center, Westin)

WCC/LCC/COGSIP Opening Night Reception

10:00 P.M. to 12:00 A.M. (Staffordshire, Westin)

The Women’s Classical Caucus, the Lambda Classical Caucus and the SCS Committee on Gender and Sexuality in the Profession invite you to our annual opening night reception. This year’s theme is “Material Girls” in homage to the WCC’s sponsored panel, so bring your best 80s/Madonna-inspired costumes and get-ups! We will announce the winners of the WCC’s awards for Scholarship and Advocacy, as well as the LCC’s awards for Activism, best Student Paper and the Rehak award. Desserts and a cash bar will be available for your enjoyment.


Poster Session (Joint AIA/SCS Session)

11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. (Salon E, Marriott)

Presidential Panel and Plenary Session

5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. (Staffordshire, Westin)

President S. Georgia Nugent has organized a session entitled “The Ph.D. Today: This is Your Brain on Classics". This panel brings together three graduates of Classics PhD programs who have elected career paths into: law, technology, and secondary school teaching. They will discuss why and how they transitioned from the traditional expectation of a career in college teaching, as well as how their graduate study in classics affects their lives today. Participants will include S. Georgia Nugent, Ted Zarrow, Katherine Eldred, and Michael Zimm.

The plenary session will feature the presentation of the SCS’s teaching awards, the Outreach Prize, and the Goodwin Awards of Merit. Also, S. Georgia Nugent will deliver her Presidential Address entitled “Chiron meets Charon: On Crossing Over to ‘The Dark Side.’” Copies of the Goodwin Prize books will be awarded as door prizes.

Performance of Arsonists (Sponsored by the Committee on Ancient and Modern Performance)
8:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. (Essex Ballroom South, Westin)

Arsonists are systematically torching the town! First, they charm their way into your home and then they later burn it to the ground. Now more than ever in our post-fact world, it may seem that we all have lost the ability to hear truth when spoken plainly. The Arsonists asks some poignant and pressing questions for Classicists. What's our role within larger world events? Are we supplying the fire, enabling it, or fighting it?


Ancient MakerSpaces

8:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. (Salon CD, Marriott)

This all-day Digital Humanities workshop is the curious Classicist’s first stop when it comes to seeing innovative digital work in philology, archaeology, history and other areas of ancient world study. The emphasis will be on learning use tools and research of immediate utility to research and teaching.

Career Networking Event

12:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M. (St. George A-D, Westin)

This event will allow for graduate students, contingent faculty, and others who are interested to meet with graduates of Classics MA / PhD programs whose primary career is not, or has not been, teaching and research at the college and university level. This event is only open to those who have signed up in advance of the session.

Roundtable Discussion Sessions

SCS Session: 8:00 A.M. to 9:30 A.M. (Salon E, Marriott)

Joint AIA/SCS Session: 12:15 P.M. to 1:45 P.M (Salon E, Marriott)

The Roundtable Discussions continue to be well attended, and together with the AIA, the SCS Program Committee is pleased to present new topics this year at midday. Members of both societies will lead separate discussions at individual tables. Topics will include issues of intellectual and practical importance to classicists and archaeologists.

Tea Reception for K-12 Teachers

3:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. (Atrium Lounge, Marriott)

K-12 teachers and all involved and interested in K-12 education are invited.

“Rhetoric: Then and Now”

5:00 P.M. to 6:45 P.M. (Essex Ballroom South, Westin)

The Program Committee has planned this special plenary panel to address a large and contemporary issue: how do the political and rhetorical theories and practices of the ancient world illuminate current developments? In light of increasing economic inequality, entrenched political divisions, eruptions of violence in the US and abroad, and the fraught relationship between political rhetoric, truth, and evidence, the committee feels that such a panel is not just timely but in fact essential.

This event features the following speakers:

Paul Allen Miller (University of South Carolina) - "Introduction: Reflections on Truth and Rhetoric, or We Need Some Alternative Facts"

Johanna Hanink (Brown University) - "Fake Olds: Fudging History in Classical Athenian and Contemporary American Political Rhetoric"

Curtis Dozier (Vassar College) - "Teaching Trump: The Art of the Appeal"

James Engell (Harvard University) - "Democracy is Deliberation: Rhetoric is Inescapable - Use or Be Used"

Dan-el Padilla Peralta (Princeton University) - "The Death of a Discipline"

Joy Connolly (City University of New York Graduate Center) - "Against Purity: Classical Strategies for Collective Thought and Action Now"

SCS Presidential Reception
6:45 P.M. to 7:45 P.M. (Staffordshire, Westin)

The Board of Directors cordially invites all SCS members attending the 149th Annual Meeting to a reception honoring President S. Georgia Nugent on Saturday, January 6, immediately after the “Rhetoric: Then and Now” panel. The Board encourages all members to attend the reception and meet those colleagues they may not have seen earlier in the meeting.


Business Meeting of the Society

11:00 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. (Vineyard, Marriott)

All SCS members are encouraged to attend this session. After the transaction of necessary business, there will be time available for questions and comments from members.

Affiliated Group, Departmental and Committee Receptions


  • 5:00 p.m. - Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies at Rome Reception (Essex North West, Westin)
  • 6:00 p.m. - Thesaurus Linguae Latinae Reception (Atrium Lounge, Marriott)
  • 8:00 p.m. - University of Toronto Department of Classics Reception (St. George A, Westin)
  • 9:00 p.m. - Committee on Diversity in the Profession Reception (St. George B, Westin)
  • 10:00 p.m. - UNC CHapel Hill and Duke Department of Classics Reception (Essex North Center and North East, Westin)


  • 4:30 p.m. - Vergilian Society Reception (Essex North West, Westin)
  • 6:00 p.m. - Friends of Numismatics Reception (Essex North Center, Westin)
  • 6:00 p.m. - University of Texas at Austin Reception (Marriott Atrium, Marriott)
  • 6:30 p.m. - ASCSA Alumni Meeting and Reception (St. George A-D, Westin)
  • 6:30 p.m. - College Year in Athens - 55th Celebration (Tremont, Marriott)
  • 9:00 p.m. - University of Cincinnati, University of Michigan Classics, and University of Michigan Museum of Anthropological Archaeology Reception (Essex Center, Westin)
  • 9:00 p.m. - "From Slaves to Scholars: An Exhibition of 15 Portraits of Black Classicists" Sponsored by Boston University's Departments of Archaeology, Classical Studies, and History of Art and Architecture (Simmons, Marriott)
  • 10:00 p.m. - Hellenic and Roman Library (London) Reception (Essex North West, Westin)


  • 3:00 p.m. - Reception for K-12 teachers and MAT faculty (Atrium Lounge, Marriott)
  • 6:00 p.m. - "The Etruscan News" Sponsored by the New York University Classics Department (Atrium Lounge, Marriott)
  • 7:00 p.m. - Eta Sigma Phi Reception for Members and Friends (Essex North Center, Westin)
  • 7:00 p.m. - Sunoikisis Reception (Essex North West, Westin)
  • 8:00 p.m. - SCS Contingent Faculty Reception (Essex Center, Westin)
  • 8:00 p.m. - Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University Classics Department, and the Center for Ancient Studies Reception (St. George AB, Westin)
  • 9:00 p.m. - Washington University in St. Louis, University of Missouri, and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign reception (Essex North East, Westin)
  • 9:30 p.m. - Brown University and the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World reception (Atrium Lounge, Marriott)