Table of Contents
- Letter from the President
- Dues Notice and Distribution of Publications in 2012
- Minutes of Meetings of the Board of Directors
- Vice President Reports (Fall 2011)
- Report of the ACLS Delegate
- Report of the Representative to ACL
- Report of the Delegate to FIEC
- Report of the 2010-2011 Pearson Fellow
- Report of a 2011 Minority Scholarship Recipient
- In Memoriam
- University and College Appointments
- Acknowledgment of Annual Giving and Capital Campaign Gifts (Insert)
- Deceased Members
- 50-Year Club
- Awards to Members
- Meetings/Calls for Abstracts
- Summer Programs
- Funding Opportunities/Fellowships
- Contact Information for APA Member Services
- Capital Campaign News
One of the occupational hazards of working in a Classics Department involves fielding requests to translate mottoes into Latin, a language that is evidently still felt to command the pithiness and prestige associated with inspiring sentiments. At the University of Cape Town in the nineteen-eighties, I received a request to translate “Uplift yourself, uplift your community” for a severely disadvantaged part of the Cape Flats, the windswept plain between the city and False Bay. I remember thinking that the sentiment didn’t sound very Roman; but, comfortably ensconced as I was on the salubrious slopes of Table Mountain, and with some inkling of the conditions on the Flats, I felt humbled that the community wanted to adopt this sentiment at all, let alone in Latin.
Working on arena spectacles for more than two decades since then has made me realize how ubiquitous was the practice in Antiquity for which Paul Veyne coined the term “euergetism.” Quite evidently, “uplifting the community” was just as much a preoccupation in the ancient world as it is in the deprived sectors of modern society. People with means were expected to enhance their communities by donating various amenities; in return, they could expect public recognition in the form of an inscription, often accompanying an honorific statue. (As you may recall, the APA’s Spring Appeal was predicated upon this habit.)
The responsibility of providing for the community was required of certain office-holders. Here the pressure upon those with means from those without is sometimes decorously visible, as with two freedmen, L. Manilius Gallus and L. Manilius Alexander, who endowed 400 loca spectacul(orum) at Aurgi in Hispania Tarraconensis (modern Jaén in Andalusia) to acknowledge their appointment as seuiri Augustales. The project was not their spontaneous choice, but a response to a request from the fellow townsmen of their patron (secundum petitionem m(unicipum)), who was evidently a native of the place. Sometimes the local treasury provided a subsidy for office-holders, in which case to forego it showed special concern for the community and particularly ample means, a magnified version of the feel-good factor involved in a modern contribution to an organization such as the World Wildlife Fund, for which the addressee-funded envelope says, “Your first-class stamp on this envelope will make your contribution to conservation go even further.”
Some of the donations show touching foresight: also at Aurgi, a certain C. Sempronius Sempronianus and his daughter, Sempronia Fusca Vibia Anicilla, provided a set of public baths (thermae), but because baths need water they endowed an aqueduct as well (aqua perducta), and because bathwater needs to be hot, they added 37 hectares of woodland to provide fuel (cum siluis agnuar(um) trecentarum); and they did all this entirely at their own expense, without availing themselves of a subsidy (pecunia impensaque sua omni d(ederunt) d(onauerunt): CIL 2.3361 = ILS 5688). Equally touching are the modest endowments, widely attested in the Roman world, that provide oil in perpetuity for the local baths; soap was something to be grateful for and not to be taken for granted.
But it was not only the initial provision of physical amenities that was beyond the reach of many communities; it was also their upkeep. At Lanuvium under Augustus a certain M. Valerius cleaned the channel of the local aqueduct over a distance of three miles, repaired it, replaced the pipes, and repaired the men’s and women’s baths at his own expense; and he also funded a feast for the community, a gladiatorial show, some form of artificial illumination (lumina), and ludi in honor of Juno Sospes Mater Regina (CIL 14.2121 = ILS 5683). Civic-minded emperors like Hadrian and Antoninus Pius tried to channel donations towards physical improvements that would last, but there was a clear demand for parties and entertainment, and presumably sponsors could tailor the provision of these benefits to suit what they could afford, although the pressure to spend lavishly is evident: when the beasts purchased by Pliny’s friend Maximus failed to arrive in time for his show, Pliny reassured him that his fellow-citizens at Verona had no grounds for suspecting him of cost-cutting (Epist. 6.34).
The impetus to perpetuate the sponsor’s memory is particularly urgent when a donation is ephemeral, as with Valerius’ feast, gladiatorial show, lighting extravaganza, and games. The popularity of feasts and shows is illustrated by capital investments designed to pay for them on a regular basis in perpetuity. On behalf of the Julian colony at Pisaurum—Pésaro, evidently living down its reputation as a moribunda sedes that it earned from a jealous Catullus (81.3)—a certain C. Titius Valentinus invested a capital sum of one million sesterces, from which the interest on 400,000 HS was to fund an annual distribution of food on his son’s birthday, while the rest was to pay for a gladiatorial spectacle every four years (CIL 11.6377); this is no doubt the sort of endowment that Juvenal had in mind when he scorned panem et circenses (Sat. 10.81).
There were some communal fund-raising activities in Antiquity as well. The collegia that funded feasts for their members and insured their burial seem to have required a membership fee, and an aqueduct in the Mosel valley that was constructed in the reign of Hadrian was apparently funded by the corporate endeavor of officials of the imperial cult (CIL 13.4325). But finding—and cultivating—one rich patron was the sine qua non of community upliftment in the ancient world. For mega-projects, the emperor was the only realistic target; Hadrian himself built, or replaced, at least thirteen aqueducts across the width of the Empire, from Syria to Spain. Just as an individual’s advancement depended upon personal patronage, so did the future of entire communities. Many must have failed to find the necessary support.
It is hard to estimate how willingly donors in Antiquity made their donations. Reluctance to stand for office can sometimes be traced to burdensome liturgies. Some local projects foundered because contributors failed to honor their pledges, as Pliny found out to be the case with the half-built theater at Nicaea, where public funds were supposed to be boosted by private donations (Epist. 10.39). On occasion, blackmail was employed; there was nothing like a rotting corpse, denied burial by an angry community, to get the heirs to sponsor funeral games—an act of extortion for which Tiberius had the townspeople and conniving councilors at Pollentia in Piedmont jailed for life (Suet. Tib. 37.3). Inherited obligations can be traced down the generations, as with Ummidia Quadratilla, the dissolute grandmother of one of Pliny’s friends, who built an amphitheatre and a temple at Casinum (CIL 10.5183 = ILS 5628) and repaired the theatre, which her father had either built or enhanced in some way (AE 1946, 174); possibly she resented the expenditure, but more likely she basked in the glory that it shed upon the family name.
Nowadays, we all have to harden our hearts to the blizzard of appeals on behalf of worthy causes from animal rescue to cancer research, otherwise we would end up resorting to charitable donations for our own upkeep. But it is easier to harden one’s heart when the appeal comes from an entity with a distant address on the reply envelope. In Antiquity, appeals for support, other than to the Roman emperor, were overwhelmingly local, and so was the response. The donor was known within the community, and the community and its needs were known to the donor. In a sense, there was no escape. The assumption that people gave grudgingly and had to be bribed with a flowery inscription and a statue is tempting, but it may be anachronistic. Leaving aside the gratitude and admiration that was lavished upon them, donors must have derived considerable satisfaction from seeing, with their own eyes, that they had made a difference. The school that Pliny founded at Comum saved his fellow citizens from having to send their children to be educated in Milan (Epist. 4.13). In writing to Tacitus for help in finding a teacher, he expresses an overwhelming concern that the town itself should feel invested in the project; but, although he does not give himself an overt pat on the back, he evidently felt proud of his accomplishment, as was indeed his due.
Inevitably, my year as President has been partly—although by no means exclusively—occupied by the Gateway Capital Campaign. Not having been involved in a major fund-raising effort before, I now have a new sympathy for the workings of euergetism in Antiquity. Here in the privileged West, we no longer have to depend upon individual donors for the provision of basic amenities like the water supply; those are taken care of by taxation. There are also state-funded entities like the National Endowment for the Humanities that fulfill some of the intellectual aspirations of modern society: the NEH both funds our annual TLL Fellowship and has given the Campaign a major boost with its matching grant. But, ultimately, society still depends heavily on individuals contributing out of their own pockets for the common good. It is not easy to estimate how many donors in Antiquity suffered real hardship as a result of their generosity. But I am well aware that, for many people today, a financial contribution for the common good involves real sacrifice. If you have made a sacrifice for the APA, thank you; the Association will take seriously its obligation to be a faithful steward of your gift.Kathleen M. Coleman
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Communication with Members. If you do not regularly receive e-mails from my office, the APA probably does not have your current e-mail address in the membership records that the Johns Hopkins University Press maintains for us. If you have not provided that address, I urge you to do so either by noting it when you pay your dues or by sending an e-mail to the Press at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Board of Directors has instructed me, first of all, not to share members' e-mail addresses with any other organization or individual, and, second, to make communications with the entire membership as brief and as infrequent as possible. By providing your e-mail address to us, you will be sure of receiving important Association announcements.Adam D. Blistein
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The Education Division has been busy on a number of fronts, from discussing plans for a web-based classics informational webpage, to continuing efforts at increasing the number of (much needed) certified Latin teachers, to preparing panels, to giving awards related to teaching, travel, and professional study, to supervising the publication of booklets related to the Division’s mission. The Division’s committees and committee chairs have been very active and have provided excellent service to APA.
With the help of Sam Huskey, the Education page of the APA website has been revised and updated. New information includes links to reports from MLA and ACTFL on enrollment statistics in our field at the collegiate and pre-collegiate levels, respectively. Abstracts for Education Division panels are posted there. This is also where the recent Standards for Latin Teacher Preparation and the Report on State Certification Requirements in Latin can be found.
The APA booklet, Careers for Classicists, which has not been revised for about a decade, is currently being updated by its author, Ken Kitchell, in conjunction with the members of the Education Committee. The Committee, which was eager to have input into the revision, shared with Professor Kitchell its comments on the current booklet and suggestions for revision. It was very pleased he was willing to take on this task. We hope to have a draft of the new version read and commented upon by the Committee by around November 15. The new booklet will appear online and will have a print run as well.
This past spring Professor Kitchell came up with an idea for an information webpage for classics and reached out to many members of the profession to see where such a page might be housed. After some discussion that included from APA, Adam Blistein, Sam Huskey, and me, and from ACL, President Peter Howard, it was decided that setting this up could be a joint project of APA and ACL. The Classics page (or whatever it will be called) could be located on the APA website, with appropriate links to ACL and other sites. Such a hub is intended to be generally informational, but also to be a source of details, such as enrollment figures in classics, that could be useful for departments in jeopardy or ones looking for information to contextualize and/or justify their programs. Much of this information is already available. The plan is to get it all in one easy-to-reach spot. For the Joint (APA/ACL) Committee on Classics in American Education’s meeting at the ACL Institute, Dr. Blistein drew up a summary of the list of terms that might appear on such a webpage.
There continues to be a need for certified teachers of Latin at the pre-collegiate level. Information about certification state-by-state is now available on the APA website on the Education page. JCCAE has continued to discuss ways to fast-track potential secondary level teachers to certification. The Standards for Latin Teacher Preparation has been distributed to foreign-language supervisors in state departments of education. It will be sent in the near future to Deans of Education in schools with Classics programs. Peter Howard will bring hard copies to distribute to state supervisors of foreign languages, whose professional association meets at ACTFL this fall. In addition, JCCAE is considering the possibility of sponsoring a Latin teaching methods course, to be taught by a master teacher, for which some financial assistance would hopefully be provided to participants. This could help to speed up the path to certification and could provide a Latin-specific methods course to some potential teachers who might not otherwise have such a course available to them. We hope that the Standards for Latin Teacher Preparation will be an aid to all who are involved in preparing Latin teachers, as well as to future (and current) Latin teachers themselves.
APA was approached by the Council of Independent Colleges for an endorsement of and help in providing contacts for an upcoming Workshop in our field. The Education Committee, when consulted, decided to recommend endorsement of the Workshop and I had a phone call with our contact at the CIC in which I recommended some classics faculty who might be useful for the CIC’s planning of such a Workshop.
While attendance at the ACL’s Annual Institute is not required of the APA VP for Education, it is advantageous, in my opinion, when possible. While APA has as the majority of its membership those teaching at the college level, ACL has the majority of its membership teaching at the pre-collegiate level. Attendance at both the APA Annual Meeting and the ACL Institute gives a balanced perspective on the state of classics in North American education and beyond. I attended the Institute this summer for the second year in a row since becoming VP. I expect to attend for the remaining years I am VP, if possible. JCCAE (co-chaired by the ACL President, currently Peter Howard of Troy University and the APA VP for Education) now meets at the ACL Institute as well as at APA, which better allows for committee members who may attend just the APA Annual Meeting or just the ACL Institute to attend at least one of the two committee meetings each year.
The Education Committee will be sponsoring a panel at the 2012 APA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia on Friday, January 6 from 1:30-4:00 entitled, “Teaching about Classics Pedagogy in the 21st Century,” organized by Eric Dugdale (Gustavus Adolphus College) and me (Hunter College and CUNY Graduate Center). Speakers will include the two organizers plus Michael Goyette (CUNY), Andrew Reinhard (ASCSA), Laurie Haight Keenan (Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers), and William Batstone and Anna McCullough (both from Ohio State University). We hope to have a broad audience, including graduate students, teachers at any level, and Directors of Graduates Studies. The speakers will address various aspects of what future classics professors should know about pedagogy when embarking upon teaching and how and when that knowledge can or should be acquired. The needs of the beginning teacher, technology, textbooks, teaching at small vs. large schools, and what Ph.D. programs can contribute to the pedagogical development of their graduate students are some of the issues that will be addressed. Plans are already underway for the Education Committee’s proposed panel for the 2013 Annual Meeting in Seattle, to be organized by Nigel Nicholson. The topic will be Teaching Literary Theory.
The next APA Guide to Graduate Programs is currently being produced and should appear by sometime this winter. This version will have a small print run, but will also be available online for the first time. This is a very important change, which reflects how those of us already in the profession and students investigating graduate schools typically seek information. The Guide will now include information about Post-Baccalaureate programs as well as Ph.D. and M.A. programs. In the future, we hope to encourage departments to include even more information. This might include number of degrees awarded, job placement records/information, teaching experience available, time to degree etc. Self-reporting via departmental websites would have the advantage of providing a context for this information, e.g., a lot of teaching experience can lead to a longer time to degree etc. In my report in Fall 2011 I mentioned that there had been discussion with James May, APA VP for Professional Matters, about what to include. Joseph Farrell, chair at the time of the unofficial committee of Classics Ph.D. program department heads, had been involved in discussion as well. I repeat here my comment from the Fall 2011 report that it may be useful for the Education and Professional Matters Divisions, Joseph Farrell, and the head of the unofficial committee on terminal M.A. programs to devise a statement for APA Board consideration and possible adoption about what they would recommend departments include in the future. This discussion, if desirable, could begin sometime after the publication of the forthcoming Guide.
Sanjaya Thakur, Co-Chair of the APA-AIA Committee on Minority Student Scholarships, reports:
“Last year my committee, thanks to generous contributions of the APA and AIA members (and the APA's Gateway campaign and AIA gala), was able to award two fellowships for the second consecutive year. Last year we were able to award $6500 in fellowships (a record high amount) to Sarah Malik of the University of Alberta (summer Latin course in New York) and Trisha Tolentino of the State University of New York at Albany (archaeological dig). This year we will again award two winners, expecting to provide $7500 in fellowships. Members can purchase tickets to the raffle (whose benefits go to the fellowship) on their annual meeting registrations, and on the APA and AIA websites, but can also purchase tickets on-site (last year we raised more than $3000 on-site in San Antonio). We will have a booth at the entrance of the book exhibit hall. Finally scholarship applications have now been posted on the APA's website; the due date is 12/14/11.”
Unfortunately the AIA has just reported that it will no longer be jointly sponsoring the Minority Student Scholarships with the APA. Thus this committee will now be a committee of the APA alone. The Committee has produced a handsome booklet about the scholarship program in the past. The 2010 version is available online through the Education page of the APA website. A print version was available last year as well. The responsibility for the booklet had been taken on by the AIA as of last year’s Annual Meeting. The Committee and APA will need to decide what form the booklet should take in the future and how any costs will be handled. Dr. Blistein has indicated that APA should be able to absorb the cost for this year’s booklet.
The following report is from Georgia Tsouvala, chair of the Committee on Ancient History:
“The Committee on Ancient History has been active since our meeting in January and we have followed through with the goals we had set out at the 2011 APA in San Antonio. In May, the Committee completed its report to Sam Huskey with suggestions as to the content of its APA webpage. Furthermore, the Committee has contacted the APA Program Committee to address the subfields that are representative of ancient history on the abstracts submission form. The Program Committee has responded that it will attempt to make some sort of positive response to the desire for a modified system of submission categories in time for next year's abstract submission cycle.
One of the most important tasks for the CoAH is the organization of professional panels that deal with teaching and professional issues. We are always looking for new topics and people to organize these panels. The panel “Law in the Undergraduate Curriculum” for APA 2012, organized by Celia Schultz and Serena Connolly, was accepted by the APA Program Committee this past spring. The organizers have lined up an excellent group of speakers: Bruce Frier (University of Michigan), Victor Bers (Yale University), Leanne Bablitz (University of British Columbia), and Kevin Crotty (Washington & LeeUniversity), with Adriaan Lanni (Harvard University) as respondent. The panel will be dedicated to the late Ernst Badian. Both organizers have been invited to the CoAH's meeting in January to provide the members with an update.
A panel on "Teaching History and Classics with Inscriptions" for APA 2013 is being organized by me. I have lined up a number of distinguished scholars. Topics include teaching with inscriptions, inscriptions and new technologies, epigram and inscriptions, etc. The panelists will send me their formal abstracts by September 15, 2011. If the panel is accepted by the CoAH, then I will submit it to the APA Program Committee.
The Committee is continuing discussions about the best ways it can serve the profession. In an effort to address the fact that some ancient historians feel marginalized, I, as the chair of the Committee, continue to attend both the APA and Association of Ancient Historians (AAH) meetings and to keep the lines of communication between the two organizations open. Also, I submitted a short report of our Committee's activities to the AAH newsletter and website so that ancient historians, who do not attend the APA regularly, will stay informed about our committee's efforts in the field. Furthermore, Serena Connolly has been working on finding out ways in which our committee can open relations with the American Historical Association (AHA). She has submitted a report to me already, and she will provide the membership of the committee with an update in January. At this stage, it seems that the best way to get an "in" into that organization is for the APA and the Committee of Ancient History to become an affiliated organization with the AHA.”
Making awards to teachers continues to be an important part of the Education Division’s work. The 2011 David D. and Rosemary H. Coffin Fellowship for Travel in Classical Lands was awarded to Mr. William Clausen, who teaches Latin and English at Washington Latin Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. The 2010 APA Awards for Teaching Excellence at the Collegiate Level went to Peter Anderson of Grand Valley State University and Nita Krevans of the University of Minnesota. The 2010 APA Award for Excellence in Pre-Collegiate Teaching went to Max Gabrielson of Wilton High School, Wilton, CT. The following individuals served on these awards committees: Coffin, Eric Dugdale (Gustavus Adolphus College), chair, and Greta Ham (Episcopal Academy) and Bronwen Wickkiser (Vanderbilt University); Collegiate, Kathryn Morgan (UCLA), chair, and Mary English (Montclair State University) and Elizabeth Vandiver (Whitman College); Pre-Collegiate (subcommittee of JCCAE), Ronnie Ancona, chair, and Peter Howard (Troy University), Ed DeHoratius (Wayland High School), and Eric Dugdale (Gustavus Adolphus College).
With the new funding available from the gift of Daniel and Joanna Rose, the Teaching Award amounts (for both college level and pre-collegiate) will be raised for 2011 to $500 per award, with an addition $200 for the winner’s institution for materials to be chosen by the winner. This is a considerable jump from the current level of $300 per winner with no added institution funding. The Committee is very grateful to the Roses for their generous support. We hope in the future to provide more information about the award winners on the APA website, to include links with their institutions, pictures, etc. in an effort to have both outreach to winners’ institutions and links back to APA.
Funding from the ongoing Capital Campaign will allow for some “Next Generation” scholarships starting in fiscal year 2012 to be given for professional development in line with last year’s recommendations from the Education Committee as reported in the APA Board minutes for Jan. 9, 2011. In addition to the increase in the teaching awards, the Committee suggested a new award category of funding be set up for pedagogy development, open to both college and pre-collegiate teachers. Funding would ideally be a minimum of $500 and a maximum of $2500, depending on the nature of the project to be funded. A second new award category proposed would be used for Latin teacher training leading towards certification. A possible funding level of up to $1500 was discussed. Necessary funding would have to be in place for these awards to be initiated and amounts for awards would depend upon specific monies available.
Respectfully submitted,Ronnie Ancona
APA VP for Education 2010-14
In this, my final report as Vice President for the Division of Outreach, I am grateful for the opportunity to look back over the past four years as well as to look ahead, and to thank the many individuals who have generously contributed time, talents and energies to Outreach activities. I am pleased to report on a wide array of projects organized by the three committees under the purview of Outreach—the Outreach Committee itself, the Committee on Classical Tradition and Reception (COCTR), and the Committee on Ancient and Modern Performance (CAMP)—as well as on the APA publication Amphora.
Amphora: The current Editor and Assistant Editor of Amphora, T. Davina McClain of Louisiana Scholars’ College at Northwestern State University, and Diane Johnson of Western Washington University, will be stepping down from their positions in January 2012. I would like to thank them both for the TLC (tempus, labor, cura) that they have given to the journal during their years of service. Amphora is an important voice for APA Outreach, and for the APA itself, testimony to the many and diverse engagements of our members with those both inside and outside the classics community who share our interest in the Greco-Roman past.
Efforts to hire a new editor and assistant editor began with the appointment of a search committee at the January 2011 annual meeting, and came to happy fruition in June, when the Board approved the appointment of Dr. Ellen Bauerle, University of Michigan Press, as Editor and Dr. Wells Hansen, Milton Academy, as Assistant Editor, effective January 2012.
Ellen has for several years worked as the editor for classics and archaeology at the University of Michigan Press. She also oversees book production for the not-for-profit Michigan Classical Press, and in the past has created and sold e-books on the web. Recipient of a BA in Greek and English from Oberlin College, and an MA and PhD in Classics from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, she has been an Eric P. Newman Fellow at the American Numismatic Society and Seymour Fellow at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens. Ellen is delighted that Amphora is evolving to include the latest technologies, as additional ways of reaching its key constituencies among interested non-specialists, scholars, teachers and students at the secondary level, and administrators.
In addition to his role as housemaster at Milton Academy outside of Boston, where he manages the academic and social programs of about forty students each year, Wells teaches in Milton’s classics department. He also works with university partners and private clients in Asia to promote talent identification and development, especially in math and science. After earning his BA in classics at the University of Chicago, Wells received his doctorate in education from the University of Massachusetts at Boston. A longstanding APA member, he has published numerous journal articles about classical topics, especially Roman poetry. Wells has a particular interest in developing the visibility of Amphora in social media and in social aspects of the web.
Both Ellen and Wells have had opportunities to discuss best practices and the status of the current Amphora issue with the outgoing editors and with APA Executive Director Adam Blistein and Information Architect Samuel Huskey, University of Oklahoma. Ellen and Wells are developing a short strategic plan of possible recurring columns and materials that will be discussed with Amphora’s advisory board, and they have been talking with a few authors of possible Amphora contributions. In addition, group conversations are also helping to define best media for possible Amphora contributions, and what kinds of materials are better left to the APA website and/or its blog.
I greatly enjoyed chairing the Amphora Editors’ Search Committee. Many thanks to my fellow committee members for their efforts in identifying and selecting these two talented colleagues: Adam Blistein (ex officio); Barbara Weiden Boyd, Bowdoin College; Matthew Dillon, Loyola Marymount College; John Gruber-Miller, Cornell College; T. Davina McClain (ex officio); Kathryn Morgan, University of California at Los Angeles.
There are other ongoing initiatives in the area of outreach that warrant attention as well, since they bring both classical antiquity and the APA to a wider audience. The first, moreover, numbers the APA among its partnering sponsors.
Update on Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives: In 2010 Peter Meineck, Artistic Director of the Aquila Theatre Company and clinical professor at New York University’s Center for Ancient Studies, received a highly prestigious Chairman’s Special Award of $800,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities. One of the two largest grants made by the NEH that year—and indeed the sole grant in this category made to a theater company—it was also the largest award that the NEH has ever given to any theater company. The award is funding “Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives (AGML)”, a major national humanities program slated to travel to one hundred public libraries and arts centers across the USA. Its mission is to bring the writings and insights of Greco-Roman antiquity to communities of veterans and their families in inner cities and rural areas. Peter Meineck is overseeing this program in conjunction with the American Philological Association, the Urban Library Council, Harvard University’s Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C. and New York University’s Center for Ancient Studies. In recognition of his outstanding contributions to APA Outreach through Aquila and his NEH-funded programs, he was awarded the 2010 APA Outreach Scholarly Award at the 2011 APA meeting.
As of May 31, 2011, AGML has produced the following forty successful events reaching approximately 37,622 Americans: 8 reading group sessions (144 people); 6 acting workshops (120 people); 14 public lectures (325 people); 12 staged readings of scenes from Greek drama (742 people), 12 post-performance discussions with local scholars (550 people); a conference at New York University; 12,689 Program Essay Recipients; Website visits by 22,575 people.
The programming has occurred at: Mount Kisco Public Library, Mount Kisco, NY; Poughkeepsie Public Library, Poughkeepsie, NY; Queens Library, Queens, NY; Utica Public Library, Utica, NY; Richland County Public Library, Columbia, SC; Hemmerdinger Hall at New York University, NYC, NY; Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts, The University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS; The University of Mississippi Museum, Oxford, MS; J.E. Broyhill Civic Center, Lenoir, NC; The Palace Theatre, Marion, OH; Folsom Lake College Performing Arts Center, Folsom, CA; Oates Park Arts Center, Fallon, NY; Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, Santa Rosa, CA; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA; Jack H. Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, NYC, NY.
AGML has selected the following as Program Scholars for the first round of programming sessions. They will be presenting talks on the program themes, moderate staged readings of themes from Greek drama, and lead book and film discussion groups during the 2011-2012 academic year: Jana Adamitis, Christopher Newport University; James Andrews, Ohio University; Randall Childree, Union College; Jaclyn Dudek, Wayne State University; Eric Dugdale, Gustavus Adolphus College; Anne Duncan, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Emily Fairey, Queens College and Sarah Lawrence College; Mary-Kay Gamel, University of California, Santa Cruz; Judith P. Hallett, University of Maryland, College Park; Daniel B. Levine, University of Arkansas; Mike Lippman, University of Arizona; Sally MacEwen, Agnes Scott College: Laura McClure, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Robin Mitchell-Boyask, Temple University; Timothy Moore, University of Texas-Austin; Corinne Ondine Pache, Trinity University; Nancy Rabinowitz, Hamilton College: Patrice Rankine, Purdue University; Diane Rayor, Grand Valley State College; Brent Michael Rogers, Gettysburg College; David Schenker, University of Missouri; Niall Slater, Emory University; Nancy Sultan, Illinois Wesleyan University; James Svendsen, University of Utah; Gonda Van Steen, University of Florida; Timothy Wutrich, Case Western Reserve University.
The AGML consultants, who have written scholarly essays on the four programming themes, are: Daniel Banks, Director of the Hip Hop Theatre Initiative, Faculty, City University of New York, “From Homer to Hip Hop: The Art of Storytelling,” Paul Cartledge, Cambridge University, “Rites of Passage: Changing Worlds, Transforming Lives,” Mary R. Lefkowitz, Wellesley College, “Stranger in a Strange Land: Encountering the Other,} Lawrence Tritle, Loyola Marymount University; “Homecoming: Return of the Warrior”
These essays are being distributed to all program participants, and are available online at http://ancientgreeksmodernlives.org/themes. Nancy Tessman, Director Emerita, Salt Lake City Library, is in charge of Venue Coordination.
The members of the AGML Advisory Board are Susan B. Benton, President, Urban Libraries Council; Judith P. Hallett, Professor of Classics, University of Maryland, College Park and APA Vice-President, Outreach; Jay Kaplan, Director of Programs and Exhibitions, Brooklyn Public Library; Gregory Nagy, Professor of Classics, Harvard University, and Director, Center for Hellenic Studies; Matthew S. Santirocco, Professor of Classics and Associate Provost of Undergraduate Academic Affairs, New York University; Paul B. Woodruff, Dean and Professor of Philosophy, University of Texas, Austin.
Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives was officially inaugurated by Combat Trauma on the Ancient Stage: a conference hosted by Aquila Theatre, the NYU Center for Ancient Studies and Humanities Initiative and supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, on Wednesday, April 20 and Thursday, April 21, 2011. It featured talks by several prominent humanities scholars. David Konstan, Professor of Classics, New York University, delivered the keynote address, “Denying Combat Trauma: The Missing Diagnosis in Ancient Greece.” Konstan was followed by: “Women After War. Weaving Nostos in Homeric Epic and in the 21st Century” by Corinne Pache; “Performing Greek Tragedy at GITMO: Excavating an Ancient Audience” by Bryan Doerries, Artistic Director, Theatre of War Productions; “Recollections of Combat Trauma in the Dialogues of Plato” by S. Sara Monoson, Associate Professor of Political Science, Northwestern University; “When war is performed, what do soldiers see and hear, think and say—or not say”? by Thomas Palaima, Professor of Classics and Director, Program in Aegean Scripts and Prehistory, University of Texas, Austin.; “Of Dreamers and Ravished Minds: Surviving War, Surviving Trauma” by Lawrence Tritle.
The conference also featured a staged reading of passages from Homer’s Odyssey, Aeschylus’ Agamemnon, Sophocles’ Ajax, and Euripides’ Herakles with Deborah Rush (Julie and Julia, TV’s Spin City), Brian Delate (Far From Heaven, TV’s Law and Order), with members of the Aquila Theatre Company, Michele Vazquez, Jay Painter, James Knight, John Buxton and Jeffrey Golde. It culminated in a post-show discussion following Aquila’s production of Luigi Pirandello’s Six Characters In Search of An Author at the NYU Skirball Center for Performing Arts with panelists Peter Meineck, S. Sara Monoson, Thomas Palaima, Lawrence Tritle and Desiree Sanchez, the play’s director.
The Aquila Staff is currently solidifying dates for the second year of programming to occur during the 2011/2012 season at the following locations (listed chronologically): Richmondtown Library, Staten Island, NY; Harlem Library, NYC, NY; Belmont Library, Bronx, NY; Queens Library, Flatbush, NY; Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn, NY; Tuckahoe Public Library, Tuckahoe, NY; Hartford Public Library, Hartford, CT; Denver Public Library, Denver, CO; Pueblo City Library, Pueblo, CO; Pikes Peak Library, Manitou Springs, CO; Athens County Library System, Athens, OH; Licking County Library, Newark, OH; Twinsburg Public Library, Twinsburg, OH; Stark Library, Stark, OH; Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH; Grand Rapids Public Library, Grand Rapids, MI; American Theatre, Hampton, VA; Miller Center for the Arts, Reading, PA; University of Wisconsin Whitewater, Whitewater, WI; Skokie Public Library, Skokie, IL; Missouri State University, Springfield, MO; Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, KS; Lawrence Public Library, Lawrence, KS; Terrebonne Public Library System, Houma, LA; Jefferson Parish Public Library, Metairie, LA; Manship Theatre, Baton Rouge, LA; Warren County Memorial Library, Warrenton, NC; District of Columbia Public Library, Washington, DC; Prince George’s County Memorial Library, Hyattsville, MD; Piedmont Arts Association, Martinsville, VA; Palm Beach Public Library, Palm Beach, FL; University of North Carolina Wilmington, Wilmington, NC; Chuck Mathena Center, Princeton, NC; University of Missouri Rolla, Rolla, MO; Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, Topeka, KS; Cam Plex, Gillette, WY; Parks County Arts, Cody, WY: Carpenter Center California State University Long Beach, Long Beach, California; Los Angeles Public Library, Los Angeles, CA; County of Los Angeles Public Library, Los Angeles, CA; San Diego Public Library, San Diego, CA; Kern County Library, Bakersfield, CA; Sacramento Public Library, Sacramento, CA; Fresno County Public Library, Fresno, CA; Harris County Public Library, Houston, TX; Austin Public Library, Austin, TX; Lancaster Veterans, Dallas, TX; Dallas Center for the Book, Dallas, TX; San Antonio Public Library, San Antonio, TX; Memphis Public Library, Memphis, TN; Chattahoochee Valley Libraries, Columbus, GA; Atlanta Fulton County Library, Atlanta, GA; West Palm Beach Public Library, West Palm Beach, FL; Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR; Sno-Isle Libraries, Marysville, WA.
The Center for Ancient Studies at NYU has arranged meetings of the program consultants to plan project materials and training, and develop teaching resources for the thematic units. The first group of 27 program scholars was trained at the 2011 APA Meeting in San Antonio, where they gathered for an in-person workshop. There the scholars became equipped with the tools they needed to liaise successfully with their local public library, and incorporate program themes into their lectures and reading groups.
The program website (ancientgreeksmodernlives.org) hosts podcasts and video clips for reading groups to discuss, further information on each thematic unit, supplementary reading, scholars’ essays, useful web links, details on the productions, production photos, information on the libraries, venues, scholars, consultants and partners. The website also acts as a digital forum for all involved parties to communicate about teaching methodology as it hosts a discussion board and information about the time, dates, and locations of all the program events. The Aquila office has handled travel arrangements, the scheduling of events, and the distribution of materials. Aquila Theatre also facilitates local and national advertising efforts. Publicity materials have been created (bookmarks, banners, essays and posters) and have been distributed to all of the host venues, as well as featured as downloads on the program website and venue websites. These include the scholarly essays on each of the program themes by Daniel Banks, Paul Cartledge, Mary R. Lefkowitz and Lawrence Tritle.
Update on Classical Reception Studies Network: In my capacity as a “private citizen”, I am partnering with Judith Fletcher of Wilfrid Laurier University and S. Sara Monoson of Northwestern on the new North American Classical Reception Studies Network (NACRSN), which will be activated in fall 2011. This collaborative project evolved from an initiative launched by the Classical Reception Studies Network (CRSN), based at the Open University (UK), which the Outreach Division, representing the APA as a whole, joined in 2009 as an Overseas Affiliate Partner. The CRSN has several overseas affiliate institutions, some of them colleges and universities in the US such as Northwestern; the Australasian Classical Reception Studies Network (ACRSN) is a partner as well, and a model for NACRSN. The main aim of the NACRSN is to establish and maintain a website that will facilitate, keep track of, and heighten awareness of the growth of this research field in North America. Northwestern University will support the technical requirements and arrange for graduate assistants to monitor the site and keep it current. The website will incorporate a directory of North American scholars doing research in classical reception studies, announcements of scholarly conferences, lectures and other events featuring classical reception, and a collection of syllabi and other teaching resources for colleagues developing courses.
Update on Classics in Social Media, and on Listservs and Websites: One of the chief responsibilities of the Outreach Vice-President has been to develop and pursue different strategies for reaching out both within and beyond the professional classics community, first and foremost by collaborating with colleagues around the US and Canada to gather information on classically related events in their geographical regions, and to publicize these events globally as well as locally. I have been working closely with the APA Information Architect, Samuel Huskey, to provide material for the World of Classics section of the APA website; I have made similar contributions to The Dionysiac, a listserv announcing classical plays, theatrical events and conferences, run by Hallie Rebecca Marshall of the University of British Columbia. Huskey has, moreover, regularly posted the announcements appearing in the World of Classics section and on The Dionysiac listserv on the APA Facebook page, which emerged into the luminis oras in December 2010. Our Facebook page also includes important announcements from the APA itself, and attracts several hundred visitors each week. My deepest appreciation to Sam Huskey and Heather Hartz Gasda of the APA office for getting our Facebook page up and running, and for maintaining the initial momentum.
Update on Rosters of Musical and Performance Classicists: During 2010 Outreach launched two rosters: one of classicists with backgrounds in musical performance and the history of music; the other of classicists with backgrounds in theatrical performance and in classical performance receptions. In compiling the roster of “musical classicists”, which now numbers 36 individuals from North America and beyond, we were especially eager to identify colleagues who would be willing to share their knowledge of both music and classical antiquity with individuals writing or performing works that are set in the ancient Greco-Roman world, draw on ancient Greek and Latin literary texts, or feature classical figures and themes.
For the roster of “performance classicists”, we sought to identify colleagues willing to share their knowledge of classical antiquity and performance with individuals who are considering staging works that are set in the Greco-Roman world, draw on Greek or Latin literary texts, and/or feature classical figures and themes, in the areas of drama, music and dance. We also assumed, accurately, that the senior scholars listed in this roster—which now numbers 33 individuals—might be asked to assess “classical performances” staged by faculty members under review for tenure and promotion, and publications about such performances. Special thanks to Ted Gellar-Goad, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, for helping to conceptualize, publicize and coordinate these two rosters.
The various committees in the Outreach division have planned a number of exciting events for the 2012 APA meeting in Philadelphia. Each is described in the report submitted by the respective chair.
Outreach Committee (Chair, Judith P. Hallett): For the APA meeting in Philadelphia, the Committee on Outreach will present a panel, “Beyond Multiculturalism: Classical Africana and the Universalization of the Classical Experience.” Organized by Dr. Eugene O’Connor, Ohio State University Press, and myself, it will feature five papers:
- Barbara Goff, University of Reading, “Niobe of the Nations: Classical Metaphors in the Writings of 19th Century West African Nationalists”
- Daniel Orrells, University of Warwick, “Molora: Greek Tragedy and South African Democracy”
- Margaret Malamud, University of New Mexico, “The Uses of Antiquity in Antebellum African-American History”
- Heidi Morse, University of California at Santa Cruz, “Figural Rhetoric: Anna Julia Cooper’s Ciceronian Transformations”
- Mathias Hanses, Columbia University, “E Pluribus Unum: Moving Classica Africana from ‘Classicists’ to ‘Classicism’”
- Kenneth Goings, The Ohio State University, will deliver a response.
The call for papers yielded fifteen abstracts, many of extremely high quality. Special thanks are due to Eugene O’Connor and the referees: Kenneth Goings, and Denise McCoskey, Miami University (Ohio).
This year the Committee on Outreach has lent its sponsorship to another panel at the APA meeting in Philadelphia, entitled “Abstracting Classics: Cy Twombly, Modern Art and the Ancient World.” Organized by Richard Fletcher of the Ohio State University, and planned long before Twombly’s death this past July, the panel features five leading and international art and cultural historians and classicists: Nicholas Cullinan, Carol Nigro, Ahuvia Kahane, Tim Rood, and Mary Jacobus. It will be held in conjunction with an event at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which includes a tour of Twombly’s series “50 Days at Iliam”[sic], a permanent exhibition at the museum.
In addition, the Committee is among the sponsors of “Re-Creation: Musical Reception of Classical Antiquity,” a conference held from October 27-30 at the University of Iowa. Co-organized by Robert Ketterer of Iowa and Andrew Simpson of the Catholic University of America, it had its genesis in the 2011 APA Outreach panel on “The Children of Orpheus: How Composers Receive Ancient Texts.” The conference includes sessions on “Musical Theater/Music in Theater”, “Theoretical and Philosophical Issues”, “19th and 20th Century Opera”, “Early Opera,” “Stage Practice”, “Film”, and “The Twentieth Century.” Among the presenters at these sessions are Thomas Jenkins, Trinity University; Peter Burian, Duke University; Mary-Kay Gamel, University of California, Santa Cruz; and Jon Solomon, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana; 46 abstracts were submitted, of which only 25 could be accepted. Many more than were accepted were of very high quality, and the choice was difficult. The conference also features public lectures by Wendy Heller, Princeton University and Simon Goldhill, King’s College, Cambridge; a concert by the Center for New Music; a performance of Peri’s Euridice; and a showing of silent films on classical themes with live piano accompaniment by Andrew Simpson.
In November, committee member Keely Lake, Wayland Academy, will be presenting a paper on National Latin Teacher Recruitment Week (NLTRW) at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Meeting in Denver. The APA is helping to fund the grants provided by NLTRW.The topic of the Outreach panel for the 2013 APA meeting in Seattle will be ancient and modern sport. Paul Christesen of Dartmouth College and Garrett Fagan of the Pennsylvania State University will be the co-organizers. I would like to thank Mary-Kay Gamel and Toph Marshall, University of British Columbia, for their work in planning the panel so far. A call for papers will go out in October.
Committee on Ancient and Modern Performance (Chair, Dorota Dutsch, University of California, Santa Barbara): Chair Dorota Dutsch has written the following report:CAMP will be sponsoring a panel entitled “Theater on the Move” at the 2012 APA Meeting in Philadelphia. It features four papers:
- Kathryn Bosher, Northwestern University, “Regionalism in Ancient Greek Drama”
- Anne E. Duncan, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, “Alexander the Great’s Traveling Road Show”
- George W. Mallory Harrison, Concordia University, “Hercules on Oeta: Not a Stoic S(t)age”.
- Sissi Liu, City University of New York Graduate Center, “Musicalized Antigone on Tour”
Performance in the ancient world involved travel and “transport” in many different senses. Athenian dramas were exported to Sicily, southern Italy, and other parts of the Mediterranean, especially during the 4th century BCE, where they were performed for non-Athenian audiences and adopted into local cultural canons. In more recent times and to this day, travel and transport have figured prominently in the productions of ancient plays, especially those belonging to the touring repertory of troupes such as Le Theatre du Soleil (Les Atrides) and the National Theatre of Greece. These papers will address the effect of travel and transport on productions from four different periods and situations: classical and Hellenistic Greece, the Roman Empire and the international theater scene of the past thirty years.
CAMP has assisted in the relocation of the online journal Didaskalia to its new home at Randolph College, under the editorship of CAMP member Amy R. Cohen. The College has provided office space and a budget, and the journal is now also staffed with as assistant editor, Jay Kardan, and a student intern (Gage Stuntz for 2011-2012). Toph Marshall remains as associate editor for executive decision-making. The journal’s new phone number is +1 434 937-8117. In the first six months since the relaunch of Didaskalia, the journal has published sixteen reviews, interviews and articles—and many more are in process. Until the journal sets up an RSS feed, readers can stay informed of new publications on Facebook (“Like” facebookcom/Didaskalia.net) or Twitter (@DidaskaliaEd). CAMP has helped raise awareness of the journal itself, staff its editorial and advisory boards, and establish regular communications between the journal and the committee.
The 2012 performance at the APA meeting in Philadelphia, to be held on Friday, January 6, will be The Jurymen, a new “Aristophanic” play about the last days of Socrates. Directed by Amy R. Cohen, the play is by her former student Katherine Janson; this will be its debut performance since the play was published. The call for participants has yielded over a dozen responses from both regular cast members and new blood, and Cohen will be organizing the cast and crew during the fall in advance of rehearsals o begin on Wednesday, January 4. The Committee has issued a call for directors of future performances, and is revising the policies connected with its call for directors and play selection procedures.
Working with the Vice-President for Outreach, CAMP is planning to collaborate with the European Network of Research and Documentation of Performances of Ancient Greek Drama. It hopes in particular to bring their summer courses to the attention of US students.
A workshop at the 2012 Philadelphia APA meeting, organized by Dorota Dutsch and Nancy Rabinowitz, Hamilton College, is the result of several CAMP discussions. Entitled “Classics in Action: How to Engage with the Public,” it features four different presentations on how the discipline and profession of Classics may increase their engagement with the non-specialist public. All will ask what it means to be a publicly engaged classicist, identify successful public engagement initiatives, and consider the kinds of initiatives that the APA might develop in the future.
- Judith P. Hallett will describe several current APA Outreach activities as well as a UK initiative, “Communicating Ancient Greece and Rome: New Public Engagement Training Programme for Classics PhD Students”
- Peter Meineck will discuss his NEH-funded project, Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives, and its use of public libraries as venues for reaching underserved populations.
- Jana Adamitis, Christopher Newport University, and Mary-Kay Gamel will focus on the value of dramatic performances for inspiring interest in the ancient world.
- Nancy Rabinowitz will examine prison education programs and the classics.
The 2013 CAMP
Finally, a core issue for CAMP since the committee’s founding has been advocating for the recognition of performance as a major research and professional endeavor. One important form of recognition would be the creation of a North American Performance Archive. In 2009 the Research Division of the APA established a task force to consider the question of such an archive. In 2010, as a result of a report submitted by this task force, the APA reappointed its three members—Toph Marshall, Kathryn Bosher, and Mary-Kay Gamel— as a review committee to consider proposals for an APA- supported archive.
This committee issued a report in early 2011. It recommended support for an external proposal submitted by New York University. CAMP is delighted about this welcome initiative, and has been communicating with Executive Director Adam Blistein and Vice President for Research Roger Bagnall, New York University, concerning guidelines for establishing such an archive, and also about formulating criteria for assessing the work of scholar-practitioners in the area of performance.
Committee on Classical Tradition and Reception (Chair, Thomas Jenkins, Trinity University):
At its meeting on Sunday, January 9, 2011, the APA Board of Directors voted to approve a request from the Committee on the Classical Tradition to change its name to the Committee on Classical Tradition and Reception, and thereby more accurately represent the range of research, teaching and professional activity focused on responses by later cultures to texts and materials from Greek and Roman antiquity.
Chair Thomas Jenkins has written the following report:
The newly renamed COCTR has now adopted a two-year schedule for the planning and implementation of its panels at the APA; for January 2012, the topic is “Antiquity in Action: Tradition, Reception and the Boundaries of Classical Studies.” The occasion of the committee’s change-of-acronym seemed a fitting time to take a snapshot of classical tradition and classical reception studies as a field: considering both where research and teaching in this area have been, and where they are going. The panel thus explores the dominant methodologies of classical tradition and reception studies and suggests further areas of exploration, in matters both theoretical and geopolitical. The first two papers, by editors of major compendia on tradition/reception, issue some provocative calls for change, as they examine the strengths and weakness of current scholarly trends. The last two papers emphasize the urgency of analyzing modern, ideologically charged receptions of antiquity: these are post-colonial appropriations that materially, and not just theoretically, affect the world around us. The papers in this session are:
- Craig Kallendorf, Texas A and M University, “Vergil, Reception and Book History”
- Glenn Most, Scuola Normale di Pisa and the University of Chicago, “Bifocal Reception: Hecuba vs. The Trojan Women”
- Konstantinos P. Nikoloutsos, St. Joseph’s University, “In Defense of ‘Reception’: Vergil, Syncretism, and Early Postcolonial Argentine Dramaturgy.”
- Madeleine Henry, Iowa State University, “The Other Side of Atlantis”
- David Scourfield, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, will deliver a response.
The proposed panel for January 2013, “Islamic and Arabic Receptions of Greek Literature,” organized by committee member Paul Kimball, Billkent University, Anakara, Turkey, builds on the panel for 2012, and looks at a specific and resonant geopolitical reception of the classical world. The panel seeks to understand the specific contexts, localities, and periods within which the Arabic reception of Greek literature occurred by examining the place of Islam as such in the process, selection, translation, adaptation and even rejection of classical texts. We are hopeful that this panel in Seattle will also attract audiences from local universities and community organizations, and help achieve the larger goals of the APA Outreach Division.
COCTR member Konstantinos Nikoloutsos is organizing a panel entitled “Postcolonial Latin American Adaptations of Greek and Roman Drama” at the 2012 annual APA meeting. The panel was first presented at a regional level at the 2010 annual meeting of the Classical Association of the Atlantic States; the papers will be published in a forthcoming special issue of Romance Quarterly (58.4). The APA panel includes papers on reworkings of Sophocles’ Antigone, Euripides’ Hippolytus, and Plautus’ Amphitruo from countries as diverse as Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Mexico as well as Puerto Rico. Speakers include Jesse Weiner, University of California, Irvine; Jacques Bromberg, Colby College; Rosa Andujar, Princeton University; Katie Bilotte, Royal Holloway College, University of London; and Roderigo Goncalves, Federal University of Panama/Universite Paris-Sorbonne. Lorna Hardwick, Open University, will serve as the respondent.
Final Thoughts. It has been a pleasure and honor to serve as Vice-President for the Division of Outreach, first in an acting capacity when Outreach was first founded in 1999, and again from January 2008 through January 2012. I owe a special debt of gratitude to Executive Director Adam Blistein for making so many of our enterprises possible and operational. Thanks to the endeavors, enthusiasm and creativity of countless APA volunteers, my report about Outreach activities and accomplishments has gotten longer each year (and in fact what I write here is an abbreviated version of what I originally planned to submit!). I am certain that my successors will have even more to report as time goes by.
Respectfully Submitted,Judith P. Hallett
University of Maryland, College Park
The Division of Professional Matters includes under its jurisdiction the Subcommittee on Professional Ethics, the Committee on Placement, the Committee on the Status of Women and Minority Groups, and the Classics Advisory Service. Here follow brief reports from each committee, outlining recent activities.
Subcommittee on Professional Ethics. Various questions were presented to the subcommittee for its consideration; as always, our deliberations are strictly confidential. In addition, the subcommittee received a few suggestions from members of the Association, aimed at strengthening the language of the Statement of Professional Ethics concerning procedures for reviewing submissions to scholarly journals. As a result, revised language concerning rendering editorial decisions and specifying a suggested window of time for such decisions was, following Board approval, offered as a referendum to the full membership this past summer; we are currently awaiting the results of the vote.
The APA Census of Classics Departments in the U.S. and Canada was distributed electronically (for the first time) late last spring, in the hopes that an on-line version of the census would enhance participation. So far, returns have been slow, with only about 100 departments responding. A reminder was sent in late August to departments that had not yet completed the census.
Committee on Placement (Submitted by Erich Gruen). The Placement Committee has been happily spared any serious complaints since the Annual Meeting in San Antonio. So, no investigative activities were required. We have, however, discussed by e-mail a number of issues that arose in communications from colleagues and in our committee meeting in January. As a consequence, we proposed changes in the wording of the Placement Guidelines to address troublesome matters that came before the committee.
First, the problem of candidates for senior (i.e. tenured) positions, who, for reasons of awkwardness or embarrassment, did not wish to go through the normal registration and scheduling process. We suggested wording that would allow them that flexibility.
Second, a comparable matter of too short a period between advertisement of a post and the deadline for submission, which may inconvenience some senior scholars, not otherwise in the market, who will need more time to ponder a major move, assemble a dossier, and avoid a public candidacy. Our new language for the Placement Guidelines extends that period to at least six weeks for any advertisement prior to Oct. 15.
Third, a new insertion in the Guidelines strongly discourages institutions from putting pressure on young candidates to respond to job offers within a very short time and forgoing other options.
Fourth, some curt and discourteous replies were received by applicants whose candidacy was rejected. We added a statement to the Guidelines reminding institutions that rejection messages in the current climate need to be especially thoughtful and sensitive.
In addition, the committee offered a number of recommendations on increased automation in the Placement Service’s process of conveying information about jobs and scheduling interviews. After a series of communications with Adam Blistein, we have agreed to postpone action on those proposals, await the operation of the placement process this year, and use that experience to reconsider our recommendations next year.
Committee on the Status of Women and Minority Groups (Submitted by Joy Connolly). The Committee on the Status of Women and Minority Groups had a busy and successful year in 2010-11. Stephen Trzaskoma, the 2010 committee chair, presented a draft of the 2006-2007 Department Survey at the January meetings, and he finalized the report this summer. The 2011 chair, Joy Connolly, has requested that the report be made available to members on the APA website.
Back in January, the Committee agreed to revisit the methods of gathering data and compiling reports at the next Meeting in Philadelphia. There is a growing consensus that more efficient use of technology and the possible opportunities afforded by the volunteer “wiki” model of information-sharing will serve us well in the future as we collect timely information about departmental membership, hiring, and promotions. Meanwhile, we agreed to concentrate on the committee’s mission to increase the visibility of race-, class-, and gender-related scholarly issues inside and outside the APA membership.
Since January, we have pursued this goal in two ways. First, we established a blogspot.com blog called “Classics in the 21st Century.” Currently the blog serves as a site for discussion among the committee members only. We plan to open it to a larger membership this fall. The blog will not present itself as an official voice of the APA, but rather a center for information about the field, featuring news items about the state of Classics and issues directly related to the committee’s mission.
Second, we successfully submitted a proposal for a Committee Sponsored Panel in Philadelphia in January 2012 titled “Authors Meet Critics: Race and Reception. Four scholars—Simon Goldhill, Patrice Rankine, Sydnor Roy, and Cornel West—will respond to the authors of two notable recent books. James Tatum, co-author of African American Writers and Classical Tradition (written with William Cook) examines the work of African Americans in reshaping classical texts and themes in literature and in the profession of Classics. In Afro-Greeks, Emily Greenwood studies Anglophone Caribbean literature in its social context from the 1920s to today, showing how the complex dynamics of appropriation create a distinctive regional aesthetic. We aim to open a lively conversation with the audience about these books and the issues they raise, conceptually (methods, themes) and professionally (the status of work on race, relations with other fields).
Classics Advisory Service (Submitted by John F. Miller).
- Since last January’s meeting in San Antonio the CAS has responded to four calls for help with threatened programs. Two of these were in the United Kingdom, two in the United States. I collaborated closely with the President, Kathleen Coleman, on letters to administrators. Professor Coleman’s letter to the Wall Street Journal on the situation at Texas A&M University (jointly with Liz Bartman of AIA) afforded to the general public a Classics voice on the growing trend of strict data-based assessment.
- We heard back from four departments on whose behalf we worked last year. Two (at universities in the UK) seemed to have been spared any significant cuts. One (at a liberal arts college) was granted a tenure-track line and allowed to maintain departmental status for now, with the dean’s decision pending on a request for an additional position that would guarantee a critical mass of faculty. One program (at a leading research university) was likely to be maintained with a broader focus but no longer with departmental status.
- We assisted one liberal arts college and one state university with names for program reviewers of their Classics departments.
- We advised a liberal arts college on the creation of a new major program in Classics and Medieval Studies.
Respectfully submitted,James M. May
Vice President for Professional Matters
The elected members of the Program Committee in 2011 were Elizabeth Asmis, Kirk Freudenburg, Maud Gleason, Corinne Pache, and myself. We met twice in Philadelphia to consider submissions for the 2012 meetings, also to be held in Philadelphia. As usual, Heather Hartz Gasda and Adam Blistein provided indispensable support in making our meetings possible and our deliberations efficient.
At our first spring meeting on April 30 the Committee reviewed the reports of groups chartered to organize sessions and evaluated new proposals regarding panels, seminars, workshops, and roundtable discussions.
Groups Chartered to Organize Sessions. 17 Affiliated Groups submitted reports; all but 1 were accepted. The one was required to reduce the number of papers in the session to comply with Association regulations. After it complied, its report was accepted in June.
6 Organizer-Refereed Panels submitted reports; all were accepted.
New Submissions to Program Committee. 6 committees submitted panels; 5 were accepted and 1 was required to resubmit. The resubmitted panel was accepted in June. In addition, the Program Committee itself organized a panel.
- 11 at-large panel proposals were submitted; 7 were accepted, 3 were rejected, and 1 was invited to resubmit. The organizers invited to resubmit declined to do so.
- 2 seminar proposals were submitted; both were accepted.
- 1 workshop proposal was submitted; it was accepted.
- 2 roundtable proposals were submitted; both were accepted.
- 9 proposals for organizer-refereed panels were submitted; 5 were accepted, 3 were rejected, and 1 was invited to resubmit. The resubmitted proposal was accepted in June.
- 1 affiliated group submitted a proposal to renew its charter for 5 years; it was accepted.
Individual Abstracts. The Committee met again for two days on June 24–25. As noted above, we accepted the one At-Large Panel proposal that had been revised and resubmitted. The adjudication of 473 individual abstracts was the main item of business. This was a record number of submissions, up 16% from the 407 abstracts submitted for the San Antonio meeting of 2011 and 6% larger than the previous record of 446 abstracts submitted for the meeting in San Diego in 2007.
As most members are probably aware, every year before the June meeting, each of the five members of the Committee independently reads, writes comments upon, and rates every individual abstract on a scale of 1 to 4. After the committee members have submitted their ratings, Heather Gasda collates them in tabular form in advance of the meeting: the collated ratings provide the basis for our discussions. In cases where the committee members agree, there is little or no discussion. Otherwise we discuss each abstract until a consensus is reached. There are no quotas. We consider all abstracts on their own merits and in accordance with the guidelines published on the Association’s website.
Of the 473 abstracts submitted, the Committee accepted 127 or 26.8%. Both these numbers were up slightly over those of last year (121, 24.4%). The number of submissions and the acceptance rates relevant to various demographic and disciplinary categories are summarized in the tables "2012 Annual Meeting Abstract Statistics" and "Comparison of Individual Abstract Submission and Acceptance Statistics 2011 and 2012 Annual Meetings"; these numbers were comparable to our experience in previous years.
On the afternoon of June 25 the Committee organized the accepted papers into sessions, identified potential presiders, and drafted a preliminary program for the meeting in Philadelphia.
The discussion of abstracts and the organization of sessions occupied most of the June meeting, but the Committee managed to carve out a bit of time to reflect on our work, to begin planning for the future, and to take a couple of decisions that we hope will lead to improvements. First, we decided that for the 2013 meeting we would allot 20 minutes to each paper instead of 15. Second, we introduced new guidelines for presenters and presiders that would obtain for the 2012 meeting. These guidelines provide for the timely circulation of papers well in advance of the meeting itself and aim to promote lively discussion among presenters and presiders as well as audience members. The Committee also discussed what further measures might be taken to enhance the program. I will report on these measures as they develop. By the same token, the Committee is always eager to learn of any initiatives that the membership would like the Committee to undertake to enrich the annual program, and we invite the members to send their suggestions and comments to my successor or any of the continuing members of the committee.
On the Committee’s behalf I warmly thank all those who have submitted abstracts, organized panels, and agreed to chair sessions for the meetings in San Antonio; and Adam Blistein and Heather Gasda for their help in all aspects of preparing the program. I also warmly thank my colleagues on the Committee, whose service demands weeks of their time each year, and in particular our colleague Liz Asmis, whose term is now ending.
Respectfully submitted,Joseph Farrell
The Vice President for Research submitted this report:
- American Office of L’Année Philologique: In accordance with the decision taken on January 6, 2011, Hans-Friedrich Mueller of Union College has been appointed as Chair of the Advisory Board for the American Office of APh, for a five-year term. He is full of energy and ideas as well as deeply committed to APh, without being wedded to past ways of doing things. He began his work by representing the APA already at the fall meetings in Paris in November and led a lively discussion at the Philadelphia meeting of the Advisory Board. There are serious threats to the future of the German office, and somewhat less imminent uncertainties about the funding of other European offices (although not to the Paris main office), and these may pose significant challenges to many of APh’s operations. The Research Committee also had an extensive discussion of the situation, and Professor Mueller has a good sense of the range of views there as he looks to this year’s conversations in Paris. A second grant from the Packard Humanities Institute will make it possible to make inroads this summer into the American Office’s backlog in analyzing collective volumes, especially handbooks, companions, and the like.
- Task Force on Translations: This is now a standing Committee, which Jeffrey Henderson has agreed to chair. The committee met for the first time in Philadelphia and laid out a process for carrying out its multipronged mandate to survey what is available, help make more available what exists but is hard to find, and encourage the creation of new translations where needed.
- Digital Latin Library: President Coleman was approached by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation during the summer about the possibility of the APA’s undertaking a major project in the area of the Latin textual corpus. A small ad hoc committee worked over the summer and fall, with formal authorization from the Directors at their September meeting, to prepare a planning grant application for this project, and the application was submitted in January. It asks for support for a planning process over the coming year, to be led by Samuel Huskey, to survey existing resources and develop an architecture and plan for a comprehensive resource in the area of Latin texts. The Medieval Academy of American and the Renaissance Society of America will also take part in this planning process, which envisages a Latin corpus extending from antiquity until the present, although probably with a focus on the ancient to Renaissance material.
- Task Force on Biography of Classical Scholars: This is now a standing Advisory Committee, chaired by Ward Briggs. It has been working toward a formal structure and grant proposal document but is not yet ready to make a substantive report.
- Performance Archive of Greek and Latin literature. The Task Force accepted the final proposal by NYU to design and create such an archive, and a working group at NYU, led by Peter Meineck, is currently putting together a structure for the project and preparing a planning grant application. This is expected to be submitted in early 2012.
- Research and the Profession. This task force, chaired by Michael Gagarin, submitted a report to the Directors, arguing that the APA’s existing statements about research and about professional ethics were sufficient and covered all essential topics but needed greater visibility on the web site.
- Thesaurus Linguae Latinae: Anthony Corbeill reported in Philadelphia on the year’s fellowship process, which yielded a record applicant pool and a very strong interview group, almost all of whom were felt to be suitable. The NEH has been impressed with this program and encouraged the APA to think about the possibility of applying for funds to expand the program to a second fellowship, perhaps for a more senior scholar. This possibility (obviously dependent in part on the state of NEH funding) will be discussed by the committee in the coming year.
The Annual meeting of the ACLS met in Washington D.C. at the L’Enfant Plaza Hotel on May 5-7. Familiar faces included our own Adam Blistein and Jim O’Donnell, who has served on the ACLS Board and has been elected for a three year term as Secretary of the Society I always return from these meetings energized by the vitality of the Humanities and related disciplines, despite the fact that we are all too aware of the ongoing threats, economic and intellectual, to our fields. We know the ACLS best for its grants to scholars, and President Pauline Yu reported on the various fellowships and awards programs, which have become more and more critical as other sources of funding are reduced or cut completely. With a slowly rebounding economy, ACLS funding improved over last year and made awards to 350 scholars at all levels of their career. Some of the more recent initiatives by the ACLS respond directly to the difficult times facing the Humanities. What is most heartening is the recent focus on younger scholars and the new programs including Dissertation Completion Fellowships, Recent Doctoral Recipients Fellowships Fellows, and New Faculty Fellowships. APA members should be aware of these programs and encourage applications. In fact, one of the most enjoyable and impressive parts of the Annual meeting is the presentation, mainly by younger awardees, of their research.
Both President Yu in her report and James Leach, Chairman of the NEH in his luncheon speech inevitably focused on the erosion of support, both public and private for the Humanities. One of the evening panels on “The Consequences of Financial Turbulence in the Academy,” while sobering, did not lack some specific strategies that can empower faculty, some of whom, as we know, are under very serious siege. Another session focused on “Global Perspectives on U,S, Higher Education” that offered several different models of American involvement in international education including autonomous institutions like the American University in Cairo and satellite campuses recently established by a number of American Universities (Duke, NYU). Finally, and always the highpoint, the Charles Homer Haskins Prize Lecture, delivered by Henry Glassie, Emeritus Professor of Folklore at Indiana University Bloomington. This one very much lived up to the theme of these lectures, “A Life in Learning.” Professor Glassie’s extraordinary career that took him to Appalachia, Ireland, Turkey, and India, his sense of humor, and his eloquence in describing his experiences, and the empathy and rapport he established in the communities he studied made for a lovely evening that culminated in a reception in the majestic Great Hall of the Library of Congress. I was honored to be a part of it.
Respectfully submitted,Jenny Strauss Clay
Attendees at the 64th Annual Institute of the American Classical League, celebrated from 25 to 27June, 2011 at University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, included teachers of Latin and Classics from all over North America, and several from Britain. Many of these were teachers in primary and secondary schools: but also attending were graduate students and professors of Classics. The theme of the conference, “Fines Latiores” Wider Boundaries, was certainly reflected in the wide range of sessions and workshops which illustrated how teachers of Latin are indeed widening their boundaries by making use of new techniques in language acquisition, new tools available in audio-visual format and on the internet, active methodologies in the Latin classroom, multi-disciplinary approaches, and exploring a wider range of periods of Latin literature from which to select interesting and important materials for students of Latin. This year’s display of books and teaching materials at the ACL Institute was appropriately rich – in keeping with the theme of the conference! The Institute Program on the ACL web site (http://www.aclclassics.org/events/2011-Institute) gives a detailed picture of the meeting's activities.
This year’s Institute was honored by the presence of Father Reginald Foster, famed for his role in the Latin Letters section of the Vatican Secretariat of State, and for his sessions in reading, singing, speaking and celebrating Latin held every summer in Rome, which enthralled students and teachers of Latin from all over the world for decades. Father Foster, who is now based in Milwaukee, gave a plenary speech to ACL Institute attendees on June 26, entitled Lingua Latina nobis conservanda est – NUNC!, and on the same day presented a workshop whose subject was Vivam epistularis Cicero dux ad latinitatem.
As always, the needs and achievements of teachers were in the spotlight at this year’s ACL Institute. Among a myriad of sessions from which anyone interested in enhancing their repertoire of techniques for teaching, whether at the primary, secondary, or university level, could have learned a great deal, we note not only a Pre-Institute workshop devoted to the new AP Latin course under the guidance of Mary Pendergraft, Robert Cape and Dawn LaFon, but also a session in the Institute itself offered on June 27 by Dawn LaFon and Mary Pendergraft entitled AP Latin: What’s Coming in 2012-2013! Sherwin Little presented a report on the ACTFL Reading Proficiency Assessment in Latin. This year the APA/ACL pre-collegiate teaching award was presented at the ACL Institute: the winner was Max Gabrielson of Wilton High School, Wilton, CT. Finally, the 2011 Institute inaugurates the ACL presidency of Peter Howard of Troy University. It was an auspicious beginning.Terence O. Tunberg
I was appointed APA delegate to FIEC before the General Assembly of FIEC in Barcelona in 2007, which I attended together with Ruth Scodel, the alternate delegate. We both also attended the 13th FIEC Congress in Berlin in August 2009. After the 12th Congress in Ouro Preto (Brazil) in 2004, where I had been an invited speaker, the FIEC Board had appointed me to the Berlin Congress’ International Program Committee, for which I attended a meeting in Berlin and for which I undertook a considerable amount of work before and during the Congress. I thus have some impression of FIEC and the Association’s activities, although this impression probably is still far from complete.
Before writing this report, I asked many participants from the US and a considerable number of colleagues in other countries (about 25 in total) about their impressions of the Berlin Congress and FIEC’s range of activities. FIEC is an umbrella organization, currently comprising around 80 member organizations, some national, some regional within countries, some international, some broadly comprehensive (like the APA), some focused on specific topics or subfields. Unlike the APA, FIEC does not have individual members or a permanent staff that is centrally engaged in organizing its meetings. Rather, these tasks are left to local committees of universities and organizations (such as, in 2009, the Mommsen Gesellschaft of Germany and the Classics Department at the Humboldt University in Berlin) that volunteer to organize either a congress or a General Assembly between congresses and to raise the substantial funds needed to cover the expenses (e.g., for travel and accommodation of Board members and invited speakers from many countries, as well as sponsored events, such as dinners, receptions, or excursions). The Board members include the President, two Vice Presidents, Treasurer, and Secretary-General as well as two members-at-large. An increase of the Board to 9 or 10 members is under consideration. Upon proposals by the Board, the General Assembly, consisting of delegates of the member organizations, appoints the officers and members-at-large, decides upon admission of new member organizations, selects the organizers of upcoming General Assemblies and Congresses, appoints delegates to some organizations (such as the Année Philologique, the Thesaurus Linguae Latinae, and the Conseil International pour la Philosophie des Sciences Humaines [a subcommittee of UNESCO]), distributes a few travel grants and very modest contributions to a small number of scholarly projects, and approves the Treasurer’s report.
The events FIEC organizes are thus staged largely by volunteers and amateurs, and at the Berlin Congress this showed in sometimes awkward ways. For example, at a grand party in a garden restaurant participants waited in line most of the time because the provisions were totally inadequate for the number of guests. Long distances between lecture rooms in the conference building made it difficult to switch from one panel to the other. Many participants complained that various conditions (heat and the need to keep the windows open, outside noise interference, acoustics, etc.) made it often very difficult to hear the speakers. An inordinate number of last minute cancellations created havoc with the program and often caused participants to arrive long after the paper they wanted to hear had been given. Session moderators were appointed at the last minute, in some cases pressed into service right before their panel (which made it impossible to prepare for the session and get in touch with the speakers in advance).
Inertia and language barriers had a negative impact too: it was easier to stick to those speaking English rather than mingling with, say, Spanish-speakers, and many participants admitted freely that they wanted to see their old friends rather than making new ones. Others, however, did mingle and found the opportunity to establish new contacts most useful and invigorating: contacts were made and maintained beyond Berlin. But there was no place available to sit and talk with people; sessions were scheduled tightly, without opportunities to linger; coffee breaks took place in narrow and crowded hallways, receptions in hot and overcrowded locations, etc.: none of this encouraged participants to reach out and seek new contacts. The organizers tried to mix languages in thematically arranged panels but this does not by itself change the problem that papers delivered rapidly in a language not our own, or with a heavy accent in a language that is not the speaker’s own, are often almost impenetrable. (One way of easing this problem would be to publish somewhat long English abstracts, or perhaps even the entire papers, in whatever language, in advance on the website: those interested in the topic could then prepare themselves.)
The booklet with program and abstracts prepared for the congress was highly informative and praised by many, criticized for its confusing organization by others (one might suggest the addition of English abstracts when papers are given in other languages). The quality of papers and panels was naturally mixed: many presentations were excellent but most agreed that the selection process had been far too lenient (the local committee apparently ignored the limitations the International Program Committee had recommended and was reluctant to reject anything); accordingly there were far too many poor papers. The program showed a wide variety of topics, although, naturally, everybody found something that was missing.
Despite such flaws, I need to emphasize that the organizers in many ways did an admirable job in mastering innumerable difficult challenges, and the Congress overall was a remarkable success. Over 900 participants from all continents attended, and most of those with whom I communicated enjoyed the event greatly. They appreciated perks like free public transportation and museum passes, and Berlin as a venue is hard to beat.
After the General Assembly in Barcelona in 2007 Ruth Scodel (then President of the APA and its alternate delegate to FIEC) wrote a rather critical presidential column in one of the 2007 APA Newsletters. We were both struck and disappointed by what we perceived as a surprisingly low level of professional engagement in that meeting. All it seemed to be about were technicalities: memberships, rules and regulations, the organization of the next Congress and General Assembly. Important though these issues are, what about the life and role of Classics as a profession and a field, a subject of teaching and research in today’s world? My impressions of the General Assembly during the Berlin Congress left me in the same quandary. In both meetings I raised a question that seemed to me then—and still seems to me today—quite crucial. I formulated that question in one of my “presidential columns” in the APA Newsletter in 2008 (in which I also commented on FIEC’s 60th anniversary) and reformulate it here: is organizing a world congress every five years—that is, to do exactly and only what the organization decided to do when it was founded 60 years ago—really all that FIEC as the world organization of Classics can do to represent and advance our discipline—especially in a time when our discipline is under siege in many countries, when departments and programs are being cut back or eliminated even in countries that have the proudest tradition of scholarly achievement and leadership in our field, and when many colleagues in parts of the world that are less privileged than western Europe and North America are struggling, with often minimal resources, to maintain a decent level of teaching and research? Sixty years ago, world-wide congresses seemed to make eminent sense: after the deep ruptures in international academic interaction and the massive loss of resources and lives caused by World War II in our field as in every other, it was an urgent desideratum to facilitate the resumption of such interaction and to support rebuilding.
I need to emphasize that I believe strongly in the mission of FIEC and am sure that it has a very important role to play in today’s world. I do not doubt that it is worthwhile to encourage scholars and teachers from many countries to meet, renew old and make new acquaintances, exchange knowledge, experiences, and advances in scholarship, and start collaborative relationships. Nor do I believe in change for the sake of change. But I wonder seriously whether one world congress every five years is the best and only way to achieve such goals. Another question is whether, despite its limited resources in personnel and funding, the organization could contribute more to serve the needs of classicists all over the world, not only but perhaps especially of those in what I call less privileged countries.
After the Berlin Congress the Board asked me to write down a few comments and suggestions. I summarize here my response to that request; it is intended to be constructive and helpful rather than critical. I hope that it will help the Board to rethink its own role and functions (even if I hasten to add that my own knowledge of the FIEC Board’s activities is limited; it may already be doing more than I know of, in the areas I mention and in others).
One might begin with two simple observations (mentioned by several of my correspondents): the organization, after 60 years, is still unknown to far too many classicists (including many members of the APA) and, while lots of participants traveled around the globe to attend the Berlin Congress, far too many senior scholars especially from Germany but also from other European countries (the UK!) were conspicuously absent, apparently not considering this event (and the Association organizing it) worth their time and attention.
Admittedly, FIEC’s resources in personnel and funds impose limitations on any increase of activities. But it is not all an issue of money. The planned increase of the number of Board members to 9 or 10 is a step in the right direction. But this should be done not only, as the Secretary General’s report suggests, “to increase the geographic diversity of the Board and improve our visibility in the world”; it would also create opportunities for new activities and responsibilities. After all, Board members should not only be visible and represent but do some work for the organization (quite apart from the question of what those who are not President or Secretary-General do now to be visible as representatives of the Association). To begin with, the at-large members could serve precisely as a task force to explore possibilities of how the Association might play a more active role and engage in outreach that would make it (and our field) more visible in today’s world. (I notice in passing that the goal of visibility was not served well at the Berlin Congress—or, to put it more cautiously, I did not see any big efforts to establish visibility. The world organization of Classics was meeting in Berlin, and no big banners were hanging in front of Humboldt University’s main building announcing this to the city, the country, and the world!)
I mention here a few tasks or responsibilities FIEC might think of (all mentioned by at least a few of my correspondents):
- Maintaining close contacts with member organizations and thus improving the level of information about what they experience and need, and how the field of Classics (in the broadest sense) changes and can be supported. (With a better and more diverse representation of regions and continents on the Board, representatives of those regions could be of great help here.)
- Offering support to embattled departments and programs wherever they are (parallel to what the APA does in this respect). As one colleague writes, “creating something like a ‘classical lobby’ or ‘classical watch’ could be of great help to all of us.” Intervention by the world organization of Classics might have some weight in influencing decisions by university deans and presidents. Moreover, sessions dedicated to such issues at the Congresses could offer opportunities to discuss strategies for dealing with such problems; hearing how others cope and what has worked in other cases can be very helpful.
- Keeping on the website a list of grants and fellowships worldwide; maintaining a list of exchange and job opportunities worldwide (for example, for young US scholars it is almost impossible to find out about the many jobs and grants that are created in Germany by the various “Exzellenz-Initiativen”); listing conferences and calls for papers; in other words, serving as a “clearing house” collecting and making available useful information to a worldwide constituency.
- Directing interested members of the profession who are looking for grants, exchange opportunities, or jobs to promising websites, addresses, or individuals.
- Making the FIEC website more attractive and informative (including a notice board on the issues just mentioned, and publication of the abstracts and even the papers delivered at the congress).
- Many of my correspondents wondered whether FIEC might consider taking an even more active role in collaborating with the organizers in the planning of its congresses (beyond the International Program Committee or by strengthening the role of that Committee). Suggestions I received include adopting a more flexible conference schedule and varying/alternating focuses on specific fields (that is, without giving up comprehensiveness, emphasizing each time one particular subfield of classical studies). Participants in specific panels might be encouraged to communicate with each other before the congress and thus achieve a higher level of coherence and deeper penetration of the topic. At any rate, one might place greater emphasis on the presentation of new ideas and discoveries, on collaborative seminars (this was suggested by several of my correspondents), and on panels that specifically foster collaboration and exchange between scholars from different geographical areas (such as Europe and Africa; China and the USA). The organization of the latter type of panels or conferences might be encouraged also between congresses.
- The Board should collect reactions to the previous congress(es), perhaps also put together a check list of issues that require attention, and pass these along to future organizers so that they can avoid the same mistakes and build on previous successes.
- In much of this, especially with the help of Internet and email, active Board members could be of much assistance. The Board might therefore make active engagement in professional affairs one of the selection criteria for future Board members.
- Even so, such additional activities will necessarily increase the Secretary General’s work load. FIEC might thus consider using some of its funds to enable him to appoint at least a part-time assistant.
Respectfully submittedKurt A. Raaflaub
When I arrived in Oxford in late September of last year, I felt dizzied by the strangeness of the place. I remember a pouring rain welcomed me in typical English fashion. There seemed no intuitive pattern to the street grid, no clear markers on many of the dozens of colleges sandwiched together in and around the city center. Maybe it was the jet lag in part, but never before had I felt so out of place. For the first time in my life, I was a foreigner.
Although the intensity of the feeling decreased over time, it still haunted me for my entire stay—when I paid with unfamiliar coins for unfamiliar brands at the supermarket, listened to peers at Corpus Christi College banter over cricket, or donned sub-fusc at any number of events. I bring these things up not to defer attention from the magnificent academic course I took at the University of Oxford this year, but to emphasize that, in retrospect, my nine months in the United Kingdom were as much defined by the profound human and social experiences I encountered as the scholastic ones. I learned to navigate the tourist sites of London from the peak of St. Paul’s Cathedral to the crypts of Westminster Abbey after an epic walking tour graciously led by my housemate, Antony Smith. Two “football” aficionados accompanied me to Birmingham in November to take in a Premier League match and introduce me to the intricacies of the game at its highest level. And I am indebted to many more people, who I now consider friends and mentors, for helping me to find my way and succeed in such an intimidating and wonderfully challenging place as Oxford.
During this last academic year I completed the Master of Studies in Greek and/or Latin Languages and Literature program supervised by Prof. Tobias Reinhardt. Choosing to forgo writing a Master’s thesis, I took courses in Latin palaeography with Stephen Heyworth and Tobias Reinhardt, Latin meter with Peter Brown, Later Roman History with Neil McLynn, and Medieval and Renaissance Latin Hexameter poetry with an assortment of tutors. This combination allowed me opportunities to explore technical disciplines of Classics and still build upon my core interests in Late Latin literature. I found my course with Dr. McLynn especially helpful as I expanded my knowledge of Latin Late Antiquity tenfold under his guidance, greatly supplementing and contextualizing the work I had done as an undergraduate on Juvencus’ fourth-century bible epic Evangeliorum Libri Quattuor. This August I began a PhD in Medieval Latin at Harvard University under the supervision of Jan Ziolkowski, where I plan to continue focusing my research on Late Antique Latin literature.
All in all, I was utterly mesmerized by academic life at Oxford. Coming from Duke University, where I graduated with just a handful of other students majoring in Classics, I was impressed by how the field thrives at Oxford. Nearly every day I had opportunities to attend talks, seminars, or conferences with prominent scholars, or simply engage in a friendly chat with a fellow student over something Classics related. The unique tutorial system pushed me to research and prepare for classes at a higher level than I had ever before. And the university had an expert in seemingly every nook of the field, whom I could consult freely if I wished.
After my course at Oxford, I am certain that I have gained a deeper and better-rounded understanding of scholarship and more direction in my research goals. Most importantly, however, my passion for Classics has multiplied as a result of having been surrounded by so many who care deeply for the discipline. I am forever grateful to the APA and the Pearson Fellowship Committee for affording me this invaluable opportunity, and those at Oxford for making it such a special experience. Thank you.David Ungvary
This past summer, I used the funds I received from the AIA/APA Minority Scholarship to participate in excavations in Cyprus and Macedonia. From late July to early September, I excavated with a team of students and archaeologists affiliated primarily with the University of Edinburgh at the site of Prastio-Mesorotsos. Prastio has consistently proved itself to be one of the most interesting sites in western Cyprus, if not the whole of Cyprus itself, because it has evidence of cultural material from virtually every period of human occupation, starting from the Neolithic all the way up to its abandonment during modern times in the 1950’s following an earthquake. This season’s work focused mostly on excavations and a brief period of survey, and the trench I worked in showed clear evidence for multi-period inhabitation, at least during prehistoric times. The main feature we revealed was the continuation of a large Late Bronze Age wall from what we believe may have been part of a monumental administrative building. Excavations from the previous season revealed an intact skyphos laying perfectly against the wall itself, and while we were unable to find yet another vessel we did find plenty of other cultural material such as chipped stone tools, pottery fragments, and worked picrolite which served as good evidence of trade. In addition, I was also trained in flintknapping techniques and floation procedures, and since we were living in Kato Paphos there was also ample time to visit many museums and other archaeological sites such as the Tombs of the Kings, Nea Paphos, Kissonerga, Souskiou and Kouklia. One of my favorite parts about working on an island in the middle of the Mediterranean were the absolutely breathtaking beaches, in particular, Petra Tou Romiou which legend tells us is the birthplace of Aphrodite. In the end, it was an invaluable experience that I will forever treasure.
After digging in western Cyprus for five weeks, I finished off the season by returning to the place where I attended my first field school at the site of Stobi, in the Republic of Macedonia. I chose to dig here last year for my first field school because my interest in Roman provincial archaeology in the Balkans and Central European region, and Stobi proved to be an excellent site with remains from Hellenistic, Roman and early Byzantine periods. This year’s work focused on excavations in the Northern Residential area, which was inhabited since the Roman period. The houses we worked on were dated to the late 6th century, we found many cultural remains typically associated with household lifestyles during that time such as fragmentary cooking vessels, pithoi, amphorae, bone and even the occasional bronze coin. Besides learning proper techniques for using archaeological tools and identifying and documenting artifacts and stratigraphy, participants were also treated to lectures and workshops on subjects ranging from the History of Ancient Macedonia (2nd cent. BC to 6th cent. AD), Roman and Early Byzantine Architecture, and Mosaic Floors in Stobi amongst others. We were also able to take excursions to the UNESCO world heritage site of Ohrid and the charming town of Bitola. The project, which is run by Balkan Heritage as an annual field school proved to be an excellent, comprehensive introduction to the world of classical archaeology and the many different subfields associated with it, and I am grateful to have been given the opportunity to return home to my first dig.Trisha J. Tolentino
The following are the names of the candidates who obtained new positions through the 2010-11 Placement Service. Candidates whose names appear in bold and italics represent individuals who filled a new position at that institution. Also listed are institutions who contacted the Placement Service and stated that no one was hired as a result of their candidate search.
University of Arizona
- Visiting Assistant Professor: Karen Acton
- Visiting Assistant Professor: Stacey McGowen
- Lecturer: Meghan J. DiLuzio
- Assistant Professor: Lisl Walsh
- Assistant Professor: James Uden
Visiting Assistant Professor: Jorge Bravo
Visiting Assistant Professor: Stephen O’Connor
Brigham Young University
- Visiting Assistant Professor: William Brockliss
- Visiting Assistant Professor: C. Jacob Butera
Brown University – Classics
- Position not filled.
Brown University / Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology
- Visiting Assistant Professor: Carrie Murray
- Postdoctoral Fellow: Serena Love
- Postdoctoral Fellow: Felipe Rojas
- Assistant Professor: Lauren Donovan
- Visiting Assistant Professor: Ashli Baker
College of Charleston
- Professor: Timothy Johnson
- Visiting Assistant Professor: Molly Jones Lewis
- Assistant Professor: Marcello Lippiello
University of Cincinnati
Assistant Professor: Valeria Sergueenkova
- Assistant Professor: Joseph Howley
- Assistant Professor: Jonathan Tracy
- Lecturer: Katherine Kretler
- Assistant Professor: Caitlin Barrett
- Assistant Professor: Courtney Roby
- Resident Assistant Professor: Daniel Barber
- Resident Assistant Professor: Mark Thatcher
- Assistant Professor: Emily Varto
- Visiting Lecturer: Ariane Schwartz
Duke University – ICCS/Rome
- Assistant Professor: Amy Russell
- Resident Instructor: Massimo Betello
- Assistant Professor: Jason Schlude
Florida State University
- Assistant in Classics: Rachel Van Dusen
- Assistant Professor: Anne Feltovich
- Visiting Assistant Professor: Jennifer E. Thomas
- Assistant Professor: Paul Kosmin
- Visiting Assistant Professor: Laury Ward
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- Associate Professor: Antony Augoustakis
University of Iowa
- Assistant Professor: Marquis Berrey
- Assistant Professor: Robert Cargill
- Assistant Professor: Paul Dilley
John Carroll University
- Visiting Assistant Professor: Kristen Ehrhardt
- Visiting Assistant Professor: Erika Nesholm
University of Massachusetts – Boston
- Assistant Professor: Peter Barrios-Lech
- Assistant Professor: Masa Culumovic
University of Mississippi
- Assistant Professor: Brad Cook
University of Missouri
- Assistant Professor: Christopher Trinacty
- Assistant Professor: Michael Laughy
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
- Visiting Assistant Professor: Patrick Beasom
University of Oregon
- Visiting Assistant Professor: Brian Walters
University of Pennsylvania
- Assistant Professor: Julia Wilker
- Assistant Professor: Emmanuel Bourbouhakis
- Continuing Lecturer: Elizabeth Mercier
Santa Clara University
- Lecturer: Carolynn Roncaglia
- Visiting Assistant Professor: Laura Jansen
University of Texas at Austin
- Lecturer: Francisco Barrenechea
- Lecturer: Richard Buxton
- Visiting Assistant Professor: James Tan
- Visiting Assistant Professor: Isabel Köster
- Visiting Assistant Professor: Matthew Sears
Wake Forest University
- Assistant Professor: John M. Oksanish
- Assistant Professor: Michael C. Sloan
- Visiting Lecturer: Athena Kirk
- Assistant Professor: Kathleen Birney
University of Western Ontario
- Assistant Professor: Elizabeth Greene
- Assistant Professor: Randall Pogorzelski
Syllabus, a new peer-refereed journal, intends to provide an outlet for recognition and support to faculty who excel in teaching. It publishes original course syllabi, essays, and shorter “tool box” entries. All are subjected to blind peer review. The journal is at http://syllabusjournal.org/.
James H. Tatum, Dartmouth College, has won the American Book Award for 2011 for his book African American Writers and Classical Tradition, Chicago, 2010, co-authored with William Cook. The American Book Awards, established in 1978 by the Before Columbus Foundation, recognize outstanding literary achievement from the entire spectrum of America's diverse literary community.
- Meaning, Metaphysics, and Inference in Aristotle and Aristotelianism, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, June 20-22, 2012
- Spaces of (Dis)location, University of Glasgow, May 24-25, 2012
- Ancient Literary and Visual Representations of the Roman Civil Wars of the 40s and 30s BCE, September 21-23, 2012, Margherita di Savoia, Italy
- Tenth Annual Conference of the Coalition of Contingent Academic Labor (COCAL), August 10-12, 2012, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City
- Vergilian Society
- The Isles of Greece 2012: Attica and the Northern Cyclades
- Conventiculum Latinum, Annual Workshop for Spoken Latin, July 22-29, 2012, Lexington, KY
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