As noted earlier, Craig Gibson has been appointed Editor of Transactions effective January 5, 2014. However, he will handle new submissions effective immediately. Please send all submissions electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org, following TAPA guidelines. Katharina Volk will remain the official Editor through 2013 and in charge of producing this year's issues (143.1 and 2).
As Chair of the Search Committee, I am happy to report that Professor Craig Gibson of the University of Iowa has accepted our invitation to become the next Editor of the Transactions of the American Philological Association. Professor Gibson is a distinguished and very productive scholar of ancient literature and its intersections with other aspects of ancient culture. His term as Editor will run from January 5, 2014 to January 7, 2018. An announcement concerning the transition of responsibility from current Editor Katharina Volk to Professor Gibson and protocol for submission of manuscripts will soon be published on the web site and in the Association Newsletter.
After three weeks, the 144th Annual Meeting in Seattle is receding into history, and it is a good moment to take stock of what a successful meeting it proved to be. The host department from UW-Seattle, led by Ruby Blondell and Alain Gowing, did a superb job, and we thank them all for helping to make the Meeting such a success. Even the Northwest weather cooperated to make Seattle a great venue for us: on my fourth visit to Seattle I finally got to see Mt. Rainier. There was a tremendous program of panels and performances, even if your officers, including the President, were unable to emerge from their seclusion in committee rooms to enjoy more than a small fraction of the riches on offer.
Local newspapers published articles about the two winners of this year's Precollegiate Teaching Award. The Seattle Times published this story about Nora Macdonald just before the annual meeting in that city. The Delaware County Daily Times carried an article about Lee T. Pearcy.
For the upcoming annual meeting in Seattle rooms at the convention rate ($139/night plus tax) are no longer available at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel. The convention rate is still available at the Grand Hyatt Seattle Hotel. The Hyatt is less than a city block away from the Washington State Convention Center where most sessions take place and almost as close to the Sheraton where many committee meetings and receptions will be located. The institutions conducting job interviews who have rented their own suites are all located in the Hyatt.
I have posted the Association's audited financial statements for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2012. I will discuss this report in my own Report of the Executive Director to be published at the end of this month, and I am happy to answer any individual questions that members may have.
We have just posted the schedule of APA committee meetings and special events at the upcoming annual meeting in Seattle.
The Greek Ministry of Education is studying a plan to relocate the University of Patras Department of Philology (24 faculty members and highly ranked) to a new university in Kalamata (175 miles away) and blend it with other humanities programs, against the recommendation of a recent external review. The decision will be made on the 15th of this month. Those interested in seeing the petition against this action, which needs a minimum of 454 signatures to be accepted by the Ministry, will find it here:
The American Philological Association (APA) will present the following awards for 2012 at the Plenary Session of its 144th Annual Meeting in Seattle
As promised earlier, I have prepared the following summary of over 200 responses to my request for comments about the Board's proposal that we consider changing the name of the Association. The Board now wishes to move to a public discussion phase that will inform its deliberations going forward. Our Information Architect Sam Huskey has created a discussion forum so that all with an interest can exchange views and suggest or express preferences for specific names. The forum can be accessed here after 8:00 p.m. (Eastern time) today (November 30).