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Institute of Classical Studies (University of London)
24 March 2018 at 2.30pm
Room 349, Senate House
Everyone is invited to celebrate the life and work of Professor Alan Cameron FBA (1938-2017) with friends, former colleagues and family on 24th March in room 348 of Senate House from 14.30 until 18.00 with a reception following.
Alan Cameron read Classics at New College, Oxford and then went on to teach Latin at the University of Glasgow before coming to London in 1964, where he was first a Lecturer and then a Reader at Bedford College and then from 1972 as Professor of Latin at Kings. In 1977 he moved to Columbia University of New York where he was Anthon Professor of Latin Literature and Language until his retirement in 2008. His books included studies of Hellenistic poetry, of circus factions in Byzantium, of Greek mythography and the magisterial Last Pagans of Rome that appeared in 2011.
A number of friends and colleagues will offer reminiscences of Alan and appreciations of his work. Among the confirmed speakers are Arianna Gullo, Gavin Kelly, Oswyn Murray, John North, Peter Wiseman and members of his family.
The event is free and all are welcome.
January 15, 2018
Looking back on the recently concluded Annual Meeting, I’m of two minds. For those who took part, I think it was a big success. Newer-format events, like Career Networking and Ancient Maker Spaces, were really lively and well attended, especially by younger members. Georgia Nugent’s presidential panel on the PhD as a launching pad for careers other than college teaching was really inspiring. And the Program Committee’s special session on “Rhetoric: Then and Now” brought our professional responsibility to be political into the spotlight in a way that I feel was both fruitful and long overdue.
The success of these events is all the more impressive because every one of them underwent major changes at the last minute when key participants simply could not make it to Boston because of the weather. Amazingly few sessions were actually cancelled. But if you couldn’t get to Boston, it wasn’t a good convention for you. I’m very sorry for those whose travel plans were thwarted, and I’m extremely grateful to all those got there in spite of the extra effort, expense, and delay that it cost. Frankly, your success in doing so probably saved the convention from being a total disaster.
(Speaking of expense, Helen Cullyer and her staff are working with those who couldn’t get in to mitigate their financial exposure. Everyone affected has now received instructions on requesting refunds.)
ROMAN DAILY LIFE IN PETRONIUS AND POMPEII
an NEH Summer Seminar for Pre-Collegiate Teachers (July 16-August 3, 2018)
In the summer of 2018 (July 16-August 3), there will be an NEH Summer Seminar for pre-collegiate teachers on the topic of Roman Daily Life. This seminar is an opportunity to read Petronius and some graffiti in Latin and look at Pompeian archaeology for various topics of Roman daily life. The Petronius reading forms a central core of the seminar, and thus an intermediate level of Latin proficiency (1 year of college level Latin) is required. The seminar will be held in St. Peter, Minnesota (1 hour from Minneapolis) on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College. The NEH pays each person $2700 to participate, which will more than cover the living and food expenses (approximately $1500) – note that each participant is responsible for their own travel expenses. The seminar has been organized by Matthew Panciera (Gustavus Adolphus College) and will be co-taught by him, Beth Severy-Hoven (Macalester), Jeremy Hartnett (Wabash), and Rebecca Benefiel (Washington and Lee).
Inscribing Death: Memorial and the Transmission of Text in the Ancient World
Yale University, February 23, 2017
Cross-culturally, spaces of the dead have been productive places for considering the inherent difficulty of transmitting traditions and texts. This nexus between text, tradition, and death is seen across a range of genres including law, treaties, and wisdom sayings. Within these genres, the efficacious and correct reception of texts and traditions as lived by actual individuals is paramount. "Inscribing Death" brings scholars together to explore the dynamic connections between textual anxiety and anxiety about death in the ancient world, including ancient Mesopotamia and the Levant, Greco-Roman Egypt, and late antique Judaism and Christianity. It will also seek to integrate ongoing interdisciplinary work with ritual theory, sociolinguistic approaches to ancient textuality, linguistic anthropology, and, more broadly, the material turn in the study of the ancient world in order to further our understanding of ancient attitudes toward the nature of transmission and the reception of traditions and texts in the spaces of the dead.
Sing, Muse: Literary, Theoretical, and Historical Approaches to Music in Classical Antiquity
Eleventh Annual Graduate Conference in Classics
Friday, April 13, 2018
The Graduate Center, City University of New York
Keynote Speaker: Timothy Power, Rutgers University
Musical Performance: “Old Songs”
3rd INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON PHARMACY AND MEDICINE IN ANCIENT EGYPT
The organizing committee cordially invites you to attend the 3rd INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON PHARMACY AND MEDICINE IN ANCIENT EGYPT, to be held in Barcelona (Spain) on 25 - 26 October 2018.
The program includes the following speaker’s notes:
Prof. Rosalie David:
“Epidemics and their aftermath in ancient Egypt”
Emeritus Professor of Egyptology at The University of Manchester (UK).
Prof. Salima Ikram:
"Images and analyses: recent Advances in Mummy Studies”
Distinguished Professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo (Egypt) and Invited Professor at Yale University (USA)
Prof. Eva-Maria Geigl:
“An Egyptian cat tale told by ancient DNA?”
Co-director of the Epigenome and paleogenome lab of the Institut Jacques Monod, University Paris-Diderot (Paris 7)/CNRS in Paris (France).
*In recent studies, Prof. Geigl and her team have demonstrated that the Ancient Egyptians were first to domesticate the cats.
Prof. Sahar Saleem:
"Ancient Egyptian medicine and health in the eyes of modern science"
Professor of Radiology at Kasr Al-Ainy Faculty of Medicine of the Cairo University (Egypt). Leading member of Egyptian Mummy Project - Egypt.
Dr. Jesús Herrerín López:
Ex uno nihil fit nisi unum: Greek, Latin, Arabic, and Hebrew Perspectives. (Abstracts due Jan. 22 to Eric Perl <Eric.Perl@lmu.edu>)
Michael Chase <email@example.com>
At the beginning of his Commentary on the Liber De Causis (lib. 1, tract. 1, cap. 16, p. 13, 69-71 Fauser), Albert the Great writes: “This proposition, that from what is one and simple, only what is one can result (ab uno simplici non est nisi unum) is written by Aristotle in a letter which is on the Principle of the Being of the Universe (qui est de principio universi esse), and it is taken up and explained by Al-Farabi, Avicenna and Averroes”.
This is the first of several communications addressing the aftermath of the winter storm that coincided with the start of the Boston meeting. Please be alert for communications later this week about registration refunds. However, this message concerns annual meeting travel stipends.
If you received a stipend and attended the meeting or expended your stipend trying to get to the meeting, then there is nothing that you need to do. Thank you for attending or for trying to get to Boston under very difficult circumstances!
If you received a stipend and did not use the funds to travel (or attempt to travel) to Boston, you have two options:
(a) You may hold you stipend until next year and use it for the 2019 San Diego meeting. If you elect this option, you must inform the Executive Director (firstname.lastname@example.org). You will not be eligible for a new stipend for 2019 if you retain your funding.
(b) If you do not anticipate attending in 2019, or do not want to hold onto the funds, please return the funding by check to the SCS office. Checks should be made payable to the Society for Classical Studies and sent to Society for Classical Studies, 20 Cooper Sq. 2nd Fl., New York, NY 10003
Please see winter and spring deadlines for SCS awards and fellowships:
Nominations for graduate student participants in summer Material Culture seminar at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: January 15, 2018
Coffin Fellowship, for secondary school teachers traveling abroad: February 28, 2018
Zeph Stewart Award, supporting teacher training: March 2, 2018
Pedagogy Award, open to K-12 teachers and college and university faculty: March 2, 2018
Ludwig Koenen Fellowship for summer training in papyrology: March 28, 2018