ACL/SCS Initiative for Disaster Relief

Teachers of Classics have been impacted by hurricane Harvey and we are expecting reports from classicists in the Caribbean and continental US affected by Irma. 

ACL and SCS are launching a joint initiative that will help connect institutions in need with our members who are able to offer assistance.

If you are a teacher or faculty member at an institution whose academic programs have been interrupted, suspended, or impacted by the recent hurricanes, you can fill out the form linked below to request financial assistance that will accelerate the recovery of your classes and programs.

REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE

Once we have received your form, an ACL or SCS staff member will contact you to verify your identity and the nature of your request.  We will then publish verified requests on our websites and via our social media accounts so that individuals can reach out to institutions in need and offer direct financial help.  We feel that this is the quickest way of getting funds to the schools, colleges, and universities that need them.   

Please do not send funds for disaster recovery directly to ACL or SCS.  Depending on the number and nature of requests, the ACL and SCS leadership may designate internal funds to assist programs in need.  If you have requests for non-financial assistance - eg. a need to relocate students - please contact Helen Cullyer and Sherwin Little.

Links to the requests can be found on the ACL website and the SCS website.

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Members can click here to access our online program system for 2019 Annual Meeting submissions, affiliated group charters, and proposals for organizer-refereed panels for 2020.

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Mon, 02/19/2018 - 6:56am by Helen Cullyer.

by  Erich Gruen

What put me on the path to Classics? No single event, no flash of lightning, no sudden illumination. Nor was it a gradual move, an increasing affection for a subject that slowly grew on me as I matured, a route that became more distinct and compelling as years passed. It is easy to construct such a smooth course toward an inevitable outcome in retrospect. But that is not how it happened.

View full article. | Posted in on Thu, 02/15/2018 - 10:10pm by Wells Hansen.
Piazza Fountain

(From the Cornell Alumni Magazine)

A former translator of the Pope's messages into Latin has joined the Cornell faculty to spread the practice of spoken Latin in the classroom.

"He took students on forays around campus to translate the Latin incorporated in maps and artwork; had them haggle with each other in ersatz marketplaces; studied the Latin mottos on state seals; cast them in a mock trial for shoplifting; and more."

You can read the full article here.

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View full article. | Posted in Classics in the News on Thu, 02/15/2018 - 11:04am by Erik Shell.
Tarquinius en Lucretia

Content Warning: The following post discusses classical narratives about sexual assault. Please note that the thoughts and opinions of SCS blog contributors are their own. 

Classics graduate student Sara L. Hales (University of Iowa) and Assistant Professor of Classics Arum Park (University of Arizona) explore how we read, discuss, and teach classical rape narratives in the midst of the #metoo movement.

Arum: Sara and I started writing on this topic independently and were brought together by our mutual friend Sarah Bond, who noted the common thread in our essays and encouraged us to collaborate. We found ourselves among those in the (fortunate? unfortunate?) position of reading classical rape narratives in the midst of a loud and persistent cultural conversation about sexual assault.

View full article. | Posted in on Wed, 02/14/2018 - 5:21pm by Sara L. Hales.

The Classical Association of the Atlantic States (CAAS) is seeking applications for two key positions: Treasurer and Annual Meeting Program Coordinator. Job description(s) and application information is on the main page of the CAAS website: http://caas-cw.org/wp/.

The deadline has been extended to March 2, 2018.

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View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Wed, 02/14/2018 - 8:47am by Erik Shell.

The SCS is a member of the National Humanities Alliance (NHA), a national advocacy organization for the humanities.  The NHA has issued the following information regarding the administration’s budget proposal for fiscal year 19:

“President Trump released his Presidential Budget Request for FY 2019, which again calls for the elimination of the National Endowment for the Humanities along with the National Endowment for the Arts, the Department of Education’s International Education Programs, the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, and the Institute for Museums and Library Services. The request also calls for the elimination of federal funding for the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars.

This is an assault on humanities research, education, and programming - all of which are essential to the cultivation of our national heritage and civic culture.

Congress will ultimately be responsible for writing the bills that fund the federal government.

Last year, we sent a forceful message to Congress that we oppose the administration’s efforts to eliminate humanities funding. While the appropriations process for FY 2018 has not yet been completed, Congress has rejected Trump’s proposals at every turn.”

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Tue, 02/13/2018 - 9:53am by Helen Cullyer.

The Society for Classical Studies strongly supports the American Historical Association's statement condemning the Polish law criminalizing discussion of Polish complicity in Nazi war crimes during World War II. Open discussion of the events of the past is our own Society's raison d'être. Such discussion cannot be limited to events of which we are proud, nor can we permit those of which we are ashamed to be forgotten. These principles must apply to the study of all periods of history. Our Society's interest in this particular question involves a growing integration between what were once regarded as discrete areas in the study of Mediterranean antiquity, including Greek and Roman studies, Ancient Near Eastern studies, Jewish studies, and other related areas. In addition, we remember the many Jewish scholars of Classics and Ancient History who migrated from eastern Europe to Great Britain and North America, fleeing persecution by the Nazis and their sympathizers. The impact of these scholars on their new countries and on our field as a whole was both great and very positive, but it came with enormous human cost, and it is essential that we remember these facts.

View full article. | Posted in Public Statements on Tue, 02/13/2018 - 9:19am by Helen Cullyer.

The 15th International FIEC Congress will be held in London, 4-8 July, 2019, hosted by the Classical Association, the Hellenic Society and the Roman Society, in collaboration with the Institute of Classical Studies, London, UCL, KCL, Birkbeck College, Royal Holloway University of London and Roehampton University. 

The Congress will take place at the Institute of Education (University College London) in Bloomsbury, close to the British Museum, British Library, and the University of London’s Senate House. 

The FIEC AGM and Bureau Meetings will take place on Thursday 4 July. The Congress will begin on Friday 5 July and end on Monday 8 July. There will be three different types of paper: plenary papers delivered by invited speakers; panels consisting of four papers; and posters. A call for panels, papers and posters will be issued in May, with a deadline for submission of 1 July. There will be a drinks reception, a flying buffet, excursions, workshops and various cultural activities taking place throughout the Congress. 

View full article. | Posted in Conferences, Lectures, and Meetings on Tue, 02/13/2018 - 7:37am by Erik Shell.

Call for Papers: Sapiens Ubique Civis VI – Szeged 2018
(PhD Student Conference on Classics, Szeged, Hungary, August 29–31. 2018)

The Department of Classical Philology and Neo-Latin Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Szeged, Hungary is pleased to announce its International PhD Student Conference Sapiens Ubique Civis VI – Szeged 2018. The aim of the conference is to bring together an international group of young scholars working in a variety of periods, places, languages, and fields. Papers on a wide range of classical subjects, including but not limited to the literature, history, philology, philosophy, linguistics and archaeology of Greece and Rome, Byzantinology, Neo-Latin studies, and reception of the classics, as well as papers dealing with theatre studies, comparative literature, contemporary literature, and fine arts related to the Antiquity are welcome.

Lectures: The language of the conference is primarily English but German papers are welcome as well. Thematic sessions and plenary lectures will be scheduled. The time limit for each lecture is 20 minutes, followed by 5 minutes of discussion.

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Fri, 02/09/2018 - 2:53pm by Erik Shell.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Manipulation of discourse in antiquity
Stellenbosch Winelands Classics
12-14 November 2018

This is an open invitation to scholars of antiquity to submit proposals for papers on the topic as set out below.

The conference aims to explore the phenomenon of discourse manipulation for the purpose of establishing and/or maintaining hegemony over views generally held by the public on a particular issue or event.  The aim is to focus on calculated control over public opinion in the political, religious, social, or similar spheres. This would include narratives that invent, reshape or guard over a particular point of view or version and purposeful selective memory on the one hand, and narratives that contest, marginalize and suppress alternative views by ignoring, labelling and smearing opposing voices on the other. The conference organizers will consider papers in the fields of ancient history, literature and material culture concerned with any form of public discourse management and ‘limiting the spectrum of acceptable opinion’ (Chomsky).

Please submit titles and abstracts of approximately 300 words to Philip Bosman (bosmapr@sun.ac.za) or Annemaré Kotze (ak5@sun.ac.za) by 31 May 2018. Further details on the conference will be communicated shortly after the deadline.

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Fri, 02/09/2018 - 2:01pm by Erik Shell.

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