SCS Members Nancy Sorkin Rabinowitz, Hamilton College, and Fiona McHardy, University of Roehampton, have received the first Teaching Literature Book Award from the Idaho State University Department of English and Philosophy. The Department gave this award, an international prize for the best book-length work on teaching literature at the college level, for the collection of essays edited by Professors Rabinowitz and McHardy: From Abortion to Pederasty: Addressing Difficult Topics in the Classics Classroom, published in 2014 by The Ohio State University Press.
"Latin is a bit like a zombie: dead but still clamoring to get into our brains. In one discipline, however, Latin just got a bit deader. For at least 400 years, botanists across the globe have relied on Latin as their lingua franca, but the ardor has cooled. Scientists say plants will keep their double-barreled Latin names, but they have decided to drop the requirement that new species be described in the classical language. Instead, they have agreed to allow botanists to use English (other languages need not apply). In their scientific papers, they can still describe a newly found species of plant — or algae or fungi — in Latin if they wish, but most probably won’t."
Read more online at The Washington Post.