James J. O'Donnell of Georgetown University has been appointed Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) effective January 1, 2013. Prof. O'Donnell has served the APA in many capacities including terms as President and as Vice President for Publications. APA was a founding member of the ACLS in 1919.
APA Office Hours: November 2012-January 2013
Following is the schedule for the APA Office through the annual meeting in Seattle. Our regular hours are 8:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.
Four seminars will take place at the annual meeting in Seattle. Find details of these sessions here along with instructions for requesting seminar papers in advance of the meeting and Program Committee expectations for participants in these sessions.
The Committee on Ancient and Modern Performance invites expressions of interest in directing a staged reading at the 2014 APA meeting in Chicago. CAMP is very proud to sponsor this reading, which has become a tradition. The eleventh annual reading, which will take place at the 2013 APA meeting in Seattle, will be Alcestis, adapted and co-directed by Mark Damen and Mary-Kay Gamel.
Proposals for plays must be accompanied by a firm commitment by a director or a larger creative team who will assume full responsibility for production. Scripts must be complete by the time the statement of interest is submitted, and the proposer must have the legal right to perform the script.
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I want to thank the more than 200 APA members who responded to my recent request for comments about the proposal from the Board of Directors that we consider changing the name of the Association. I am currently preparing a summary of their comments and suggestions and will post it just before or after Thanksgiving. That will initiate a public discussion that the Board wants to be as open and inclusive as possible. Information Architect Sam Huskey has been developing a new blogging mechanism that will permit Board and committee members to post articles and allow members and friends to respond. The Board believes that public discussion of the issue of the name change is a good way to inaugurate this new effort on our part to take advantage of electronic media.
Because of Hurrican Sandy, the University of Pennsylvania, where the APA is based, has suspended operations for Monday and Tuesday, October 29 and 30. The APA Office will therefore be closed on those days. We will respond to e-mail and telephone messages as soon as possible.
Details of academic sessions at the 144th Annual Meeting in Seattle are now posted. On this page see links to information about the program and logistics of attending the meeting.
Dear members and friends,
As promised in my May letter about APA strategic planning (see the link below), I am writing to invite comment on the Board's unanimous view that we should change the name of our association. The Board is divided between American Classical Association or the Classical Association of North America, so would be interested to know which you prefer, or whether you can suggest a better name. Whether or not to change the name of TAPA would be decided at a later stage.