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SCS Newsletter - August 2018 (Outreach)

The SCS Classics Everywhere Initiative
by Matthew McGowan
Page updated 9/6/19

Are you currently organizing, or interested in organizing, events and programs on classical antiquity and its legacy that reach beyond the curricula of schools, colleges, and universities?  Are you interested in bringing the appreciation and critical discussion of the Greco-Roman world to new audiences?

The SCS Board of Directors has designated $25,000 that will be used to sponsor public events and programs around the US and elsewhere in 2019, the 150th Year of the society (founded as the American Philological Association in 1869).  In 2020, the program will continue with funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Universities, colleges, schools, museums, libraries, other non-profits, and individuals can apply to SCS for mini-grants of up to $2,000 to support the following: public lectures; readings; discussion groups; performances; summer, after-school and weekend programs for school-age children; visual arts exhibits and installations; podcasts; and videos. Events and programs may focus on ancient languages, works of literature, art, and culture, or on more contemporary works inspired by the ancient world; and they may be creative or analytical in focus.  The one basic requirement is that eligible programs reach beyond the classroom to engage a broader public from school-age children to senior citizens.

Allowable expenditures include space rental, audiovisual or other technology costs, honoraria, props or supplies necessary for the program, and travel and / or accommodations costs for speakers or event leaders and participants. 

The members of the SCS Committee on Classics in the Community will review all applications. The committee is particularly interested in applications that will impact communities that are historically under-represented in the field of Classics and have not had access to programs in classical studies.  The committee will judge applications based on feasibility and impact and will ensure that Classics Everywhere funds projects in all regions of the US.  Applications from outside the US are also welcome.  Any project that appropriates the classical world in order to promote ideologies of hate and exclusion will not be funded (see

The SCS website will host materials and reports on all Classics Everywhere programs. You can read about Classics Everwhere projects on the SCS blog:

Classics Everywhere: Meeting the Community Where They Are

Classics Everywhere: Celebrating African American Classicists

Connecting with the Ancient World through Visual and Performing Arts

Engaging with Diverse and Marginalized Audiences

Inspiring Curiosity for the Ancient World through Art, Engineering, and Timeless Stories

Application Form and Deadlines

The next round of applications for Classics Everywhere are due by October 15, 2019. There are two deadlines in 2020, February 14 and May 15 2020. The Executive Director will notify all applicants of the committee’s decision within one month of the application deadline.

You can fill out the application form online.


If you have questions about the Classics Everywhere initiative, please contact the SCS Executive Director, Helen Cullyer (  Please also see below for the projects already funded:

Funded Projects:

Classics Everywhere - November 1st 2018 Deadline Projects

Kendra Eshleman and Christopher Polt (Boston College, Massachusetts)

  • Aequora Program in Jamaica Plain, MA

Daniel Harris-McCoy (Hawaii)

  • Classics Unit for Homeless Shelter Aftercare

Mike Lippman (Nebraska)

  • Homerathon

Bonnie McCutcheon (Pennsylvania)

  • Wilson College Classical Chorus

Kenneth Scott Morrell (Rhodes College, Tennessee)

  • Poetry and Performance

Angel Parham (Louisiana)

  • Nyansa Classical Community

Amy Pistone (Nebraska)

  • Indigo Bridge Bookstore Event

Lauren Rogers (North Carolina)

  • Three C's - Classics, Cinema, and Conversation

Michele Valerie Ronnick (ACL Centennial Meeting in NYC)

  • Putting the "Lives of Early African American Classicists into the Hands of our Secondary Teachers"

Andrew E. Simpson and Sarah B. Ferrario (Washington, D.C.)

  • The Oresteia Project: Free Performance of Operatic Highlights)

Caroline Stark (Washington, D.C.)

  • Black Classicists Outreach

David Withun (Washington, D.C.)

  • Symposium on Liberal Education and African American History: A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Anna Julia Cooper

Classics Everywhere - March 1st 2019 Deadline Projects

Susan P. Bachelder (Housatonic Art Valley League, Massachusetts)

  • After the Antique: Mithras Now

Donna Clevinger (Mississippi State University, Mississippi)

  • Greeking It Up with the Romans: Staging Plautus’ The Braggart Solider

Carly Maris (California)

  • Voices of Ancient Palmyra

Peter J. Miller (University of Winnipeg, Canada)

  • New Directions in Classics

Lauren Rogers (North Carolina)

  • Classical Drama LIVE!

Stephen Scully (Boston University, Massachusetts)

  • Martha Graham’s Dance Interpretations of Ancient Greek Heroines

Diane Arnson Svarlien (Kentucky)

  • Reading Classics books to kids at low income elementary schools

Sarah Wear (Steubenville University, Ohio)

  • Ancients in the Parks!: Roman Engineering

Nebojsa Todorovic and S. Zelda Roland (Yale Prison Education Initiative, Connecticut)

  • Introductory Latin in Prisons: Summer 2019

May 15, 2019 Deadline Projects:

Evelyn Adkins (Case Western Reserve University, OH)
  • Case Western Classics Day

William Aylward (University of Wisocnsin-Madison, WI)

  • Classics Camp

Andrew Cain (University of Colorado, Boulder, CO)

  • Aequora program

T.H.M. Gellar-Goad (NC)

  • Classics Beyond Whiteness

Lily Grob (Harvard University, international)

  • Electra International Tour

Sofia and Teodor Poinelli (online)

  • JKids: Classics videos for kids

Norman Sandridge (DC)

  • Ancient Leadership Everywhere


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