Last week the United States Congress passed and President Obama signed a bill establishing funding levels for federal agencies during the government's current fiscal year (October 2015-September 2016). The SCS is a member of the National Humanities Alliance (NHA), a consortium of groups and institutions that advocate for the humanities in the United States. The NHA has produced this summary of appropriations for federal agencies that affect our fields. The news is largely good. A few agencies, including the National Endowment for the Humanities, received modest increases in funding. Others that were threatened with reductions, such as the Department of Education's Title VI program, have received level funding.
The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is pleased to announce the 2016 National Language Teacher of the Year has been awarded to Edward Zarrow, a Latin teacher at Westwood High School in Westwood, MA, and a member of the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (NECFTL). The award presentation was held during the Opening General Session of the 2015 ACTFL Convention & World Languages Expo in San Diego, CA.
SCS member Michele Ronnick of Wayne State University has curated this exhibition of fourteen photographic reproductions of African-American Classical Scholars and Educators from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Among those on display are several early members of the Society including William Sanders Scarborough (pictured). This 44th installation of the exhibit will be on display at the Rubin-Frankel Gallery, Florence and Chafetz House, at Boston University, 213 Bay State Road, Boston, MA 02215 from November 11, 2015, to January 8, 2016. An opening reception will take place on Wednesday November 11, 2015, from 6-8pm, and Prof. Ronnick will give a lecture entitled "Black Classicism In the Bay State" on Thursday November 12, 2016, at 4pm in Room 102 of Sargeant College (635 Commonwealth. Ave.).
SCS Members Nancy Sorkin Rabinowitz, Hamilton College, and Fiona McHardy, University of Roehampton, have received the first Teaching Literature Book Award from the Idaho State University Department of English and Philosophy. The Department gave this award, an international prize for the best book-length work on teaching literature at the college level, for the collection of essays edited by Professors Rabinowitz and McHardy: From Abortion to Pederasty: Addressing Difficult Topics in the Classics Classroom, published in 2014 by The Ohio State University Press.
From Dickinson College:
There are about 1.5 billion people in China, and tens of millions of those people are students and scholars at nearly 3,000 colleges and universities. So it might come as a surprise to find that some significant works from the Greco-Roman classics have never been translated into Chinese and that tools for learning Latin and Greek are hard to find.
Now, Dickinson professors are collaborating with scholars of the Western classics in China on a new digital humanities project to create language-learning tools and accurate translations, along with commentaries from a Chinese perspective.
Vice Verba is a free game for digital devices that helps students of Latin master verb forms. Players parse verbs and produce forms to earn togas. When enough togas are collected, an imago of a famous dead Roman is unlocked. Collect all XII imagines, and don’t forget to flip the imagines over to see their stats! Players can customize the game by choosing tenses, voices, and moods, and the presence or absence of macrons. The game increases in difficulty as the player’s skills improve.
iPhone and iPad:
In a recent issue of Vanity Fair author Peter Davis writes about a dinner party hosted by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis at which John H. Finley, Jr. and I. F. Stone discuss (mainly) the death of Socrates but also other aspects of ancient Greek civilization.
"For centuries, the study of Greek literature has been seen as the province of career academics. But Nicolson’s amateurism (in the best, etymological, sense of the word: from the Latin amare, 'to love') and globe-trotting passion for his subject is contagious, intimating that it is impossible to comprehend Homer’s poems from an armchair or behind a desk. If you’ve never read the 'Iliad' or the 'Odyssey,' or your copies have been collecting dust since college, Nicolson’s book is likely to inspire you to visit or revisit their pages."
From Inside Higher Ed:
As many humanities programs struggle to avoid cuts or face tough questions about job prospects for graduates, Washington University in St. Louis will launch a doctoral degree program this fall to cater to aspiring academics with interests in specific components of classical studies.
Classics department faculty members at Washington University say the program is intended to offer classics training with a twist that students can’t find elsewhere. And with two slots per year, the program won’t flood the already-tight job market with new Ph.D.-holders, said Timothy Moore, the department chair.
From The New York TImes (10/30/2014)
How wrong Jean-Paul Sartre was. Hell isn’t other people.
It’s a patch of rocks and scrub just downstream from the Brooklyn Whole Foods.
In “The Dreary Coast,” an immersive theatrical work from Jeff Stark, Hades, king of the underworld, sits enthroned on the banks of the Gowanus Canal in sight of the supermarket parking lot. The Elysian fields? They’re right next to Lowe’s.