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'Addressing the Divide' is a new series of columns that looks at the ways in which the modern field of Classics was constructed and then explores ways to identify, modify, or simply abolish the lines between fields in order to embrace broader ideas of what Classics was, is, and could be. This month, Sarah Bond discusses the partition between Biblical Studies and the field of Classics.
The index and all the published volumes of the Thesaurus Linguae Latinae (A–M, O–P, and Onomasticon C–D) are now available as open access pdfs from the Bavarian Academy:
Please note that the pdfs may currently be slow to load.
Registration is now open for the international symposium ‘Power & Knowledge in Plato and the Platonic Tradition', which will take place at the department of philosophy at Uppsala University on the 22nd-24th of May 2019. The program is included below. For more information about the symposium and what we hope to achieve, see: http://
DEADLINE for abstracts: 1 June 2019
Invention has fascinated audiences at least since the god Hephaestus created self-locomoting robot-women as workshop assistants—and Prometheus’ theft of fire allowed humans to develop their own technology. From Méliès’ re-creation of Lucian’s trip to the moon, to myriad takes on Pygmalion fabricating the “perfect woman,” to Hypatia’s fatal scientific inquiry in Amenábar’s Agora, on-screen depictions of invention and technology in the ancient Mediterranean world and the classical tradition have dramatized their potential to delight, empower, and enlighten—as well as the ethical and moral concerns they stimulate.
Those who will submit Individual Abstracts for the 2020 Annual Meeting in Washington D.C. should sign up for their SCS memberships by this Friday, April 11th, as memberships take a couple days to process and all submissions must come from SCS Members.
You can renew or sign up for SCS membership here: https://scs.press.jhu.edu/membership/join
We would like to remind SCS members who are considering submitting for the 2020 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., that the Lightning Talk format - launched this year at our Sesquicentennial - is returning for 2020 as well.
Members who have a topic about which they are passionate and can speak succinctly are encouraged to apply.
Please note these important upcoming deadlines:
1. The deadline for submission of the following is 11.59pm EDT, Monday April 8:
- Panel, seminar, workshop, and roundtable proposals for the 2020 Annual Meeting
- Affiliated group and organizer-refereed panel reports for the 2020 Annual Meeting
- Applications for renewed or new charters for affiliated groups
- Applications for organizer-refereed panels for the 2021 Annual Meeting
2. The deadline for submission of individual abstracts for paper and poster presentations and of short abstracts for lightning talks is 11.59pm EDT, Monday April 15.
Thursday, May 2
5:00 PM Reception
Friday, May 3
1:00 – 1:50 “The ‘Gender Turn’ in Classics,” Eva Stehle, University of Maryland, Emerita
1:50 – 2:00 Break
2:00 – 3:30 Paper session
2:00 “The Value of Latin in the Liberal Arts Curriculum,” Norman Austin, University of Arizona, Emeritus
2:30 “Vergil’s Aeneid and Twenty-first Century Immigration,” Christopher Nappa, University of Minnesota
3:00 “A Latin Curriculum Set in Africa Proconsularis,” Holly Sypniewski, Millsaps College, Jackson, Mississippi; Kenneth Morrell, Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee; and Lindsay Samson, Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia
3:30 – 4:00 Break
4:00 – 5:00 Workshop: “Confronting Sexual Violence in the Secondary Latin Classroom,” Danielle Bostick, John Handley High School, Winchester, Virginia
Saturday, May 4
10:00 - 12:00 Paper session
A Day in the Life of A Classicist is a monthly column on the SCS blog, celebrating the working lives of classicists. This month, we look at the life of Classics graduate student Jordan Johansen.
I typically wake up early, around 5:30 am. I never considered myself a morning person until I got to graduate school, but I got in the habit from taking Greek & Latin survey classes. I found that I couldn’t read Greek and Latin as clearly, efficiently, or quickly late at night, so I started working in the morning. Now that I’m done with surveys, I’ve kept up with the habit. I like that I can get a lot done before I start my day on campus. There are also usually not very many emails coming in that early, so it’s easier to keep from being distracted.
Below is a list of the most recent NEH grantees and their Classically-themed projects. The NEH helps fund a number of SCS initiatives, and their support affects the field of Classics at a national and local level.
- Brenda Longfellow (University of Iowa) - "Women in Public in Ancient Pompeii"
- Mont Allen (Southern Illinois University) - "Ancient Practices: An Interdisciplinary Minor"
- Peter Meineck (Aquila Theatre Company Inc.) - "The Warrior Chorus: American Odyssey"
- Alex Gottesman (Temple University) - "Freedom of Speech in Ancient Athens"
- Danielle St. Hilaire (Duquesne University) - "The Art of Compassion: Aesthetics, Ethics, and Pity in Early Modern English Literature"
- Michelle McMahon (American Research Center in Egypt) - "Sharing 7,000 Years of Egyptian Culture with the American Research Center in Egypt's Open Access Conservation Archive"
- Laura McClure (University of Wisconsin, Madison) - "Reimagining the Chorus: Modern American Poety Hilda Doolittle (known as H.D.) and Greek Tragedy"
(Photo: "Logo of the United States National Endowment for the Humanities" by National Endowment for the Humanities, public domain, edited to fit thumbnail template)