Classics in the News

By Erik Shell | June 15, 2017

The American Numismatic Society has released a free article from their ANS Magazine publication discussing the relationship between the American Numismatic Society and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

You can read the article here: http://numismatics.org/pocketchange/neh-issue/

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(Photo: "2010 Logo fof the United States National Endowment for the Humanities" by the U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities, in the public domain)

By Erik Shell | May 8, 2017

The Dutch Research Council (NWO) has just awarded OIKOS, the National Research School in Classical Studies in the Netherlands, a grant of €18.8 million to develop their research agenda (“Anchoring Innovation”) over a period of ten years (2018-2027). Ineke Sluiter (Leiden University) will be directing this program together with André Lardinois (Radboud University).

They note that they are particularly happy to be able to bring this news at a time when the value of the Humanities for society (and hence also their fundability) seems not to be shared by governments everywhere. "We will do whatever we can to show that fundamental research in the Humanities can go hand in hand with participating in current societal debates," says Ineke.

By Erik Shell | January 31, 2017

(Below is an announcement sent to the SCS Office by the European Academy of Religion)

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

The great success of the launch of the European Academy of Religion was in large part due to the presence, commitment, and support of participants, founders, and mentors. I myself and all the members of Fscire are very grateful to all of you for your presence in Bologna.

First of all, we want to thank the European Parliament and EU Commissioner Moedas, President Prodi and our past Minister Giannini, the Ambassadors and the Envoys of Governments who honored the meeting with their presence, as well as the representatives of Unesco, Osce, and Wef, as well as Rector Ubertini and his colleagues, all of whom offered their endorsement and ideas. We also want to thank all of you for the added intellectual energy you brought to our initiative, which is now your initiative as well.

By Erik Shell | January 24, 2017

(from the Chronicle of Higher Education)

Michael Zimm, a Classicist with his doctorate from Yale, describes how he pursued a career in technology after reevaluating life in academia.

"At the end of our meeting, Pete said that he didn’t know what job I could do in the company, but he saw 'the why.'"

You can read the full article here.

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By Erik Shell | January 23, 2017

SCS is a member of the National Humanities Alliance (NHA), a national coalition dedicated to advancing humanities research, teaching, preservation, and public programs in the US. Late last week, the NHA issued the alert below regarding the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). 

The NEH currently funds the Society’s TLL Fellowship Program. Further, the NEH made a grant to the Society of $650,000 in challenge grant funding during the last Capital Campaign, and supports and has supported numerous individual research projects, digital humanities projects, digital resources, and public humanities initiatives in the field of classical studies. 

See the NHA’s alert here:

By Erik Shell | January 12, 2017

The NEH has recently released its updated list of grant recepients for 2016. Included are six projects on Classical themes that focus on various aspects of ancient history and material culture from Rome to the Middle East. They are:

  • Work on "Facing Death in Ancient Greek Tragedy," directed by Karen Bassi at the University of California, Santa Cruz
  • The project "Aristotle's Soul: Essays on the Classical Scientific Treatise, De Anima" directed by Sean Kelsey at the University of Notre Dame
  • A project on "Object Memory: Souvenirs, Memorabilia, and the Construction of Knowledge in the Roman Empire," directed by Maggie Popkin from Case Western Reserve University
  • Support for "Evaluating Digital Platforms for an Immersive Ancient Egyptian Experience," directed by Erin Peters from the Carnegie Institute

Congratulations to all grantees, and best of luck on the projects ahead!

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By Erik Shell | October 14, 2016

President Obama appointed Latinist and CAMWS member Martha Abbott to the National Security Education Board on September 7th, 2016. The National Security Education Program meets with the board "to gain feedback on what skills are required for the national security workforce."

For the press release from the White House, see this announcement.

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By Erik Shell | October 13, 2016

From the La Città delle Ragazze

A new exhibit at the Ara Pacis allows visitors to see the altar in VR with all its ancient paint in tact, as well as offering a full historical rundown of the monument.

You can see some photos and read up on the exhibit here.

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By Erik Shell | September 23, 2016

From Artsy.net (www.artsy.net):

Isaac Kaplan profiles a new exhibit at the Museum of Classical Archaeology at Cambridge entitled "Recasting."

"A crucial first step is to break our eyes out of the patterns of seeing we’re so used to employing at museums. 'Classical sculptures are in a sense very familiar,' says Ruth Allen, a graduate researcher who curated the show along with James Cahill. 'You almost don’t really look at them anymore—they’re so iconic.'"

The full article and some pictures of the exhibit can be seen here.

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By Erik Shell | August 26, 2016

"Greek Sculpture Up Close" and "Myth On Site" constitute the new, 18-week Summer Seminar programs from the ASCSA.

For a full description of these programs, their deadlines, or any other information, see the full announcement here.

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(Photo: "Greece Delphi" by Daniel Enchev, licensed under CC BY 2.0)

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