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With great sadness, the members of the Department of Classics at Grand Valley State University mourn the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Barbara Flaschenriem.
Barbara passed away on August 15, 2013, at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan, following a long illness. Initially appointed in the Department of English in 1998, she became a founding member of the Department of Classics in 2000.
Professor Flaschenriem held the Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of California at Berkeley. Prior to joining Grand Valley, she held faculty appointments at Seton Hall University and Yale University. Her teaching and scholarship were informed by aspects of feminist theory focusing upon representations of women in Roman literature and society. Her writing was marked by great subtlety and intellectual grace. Colleagues and students cherished her unassuming but wry demeanor and her intense passion in the classroom. Prof. Flaschenriem was at work on a monumental study of the Roman poet Propertius that was left uncompleted at her death.
A memorial gathering was held at the Alumni House on GVSU's Allendale campus on Sunday, September 8.
It is with deep regret that the Department of Classics and Mediterranean Studies at the University of Illinois Chicago announces the death of our former colleague Alexander MacGregor, retired associate professor of Classics specializing in Latin poetry. He passed away peacefully at his home in Chicago on August 8, 2013, after a brief but severe illness. He was a distinguished scholar and his love of teaching made him a gifted mentor, much admired by his students. A memorial service will be held at 10AM, on Saturday, September 14th at St. Ignatius Church in the Rogers Park neighborhood near Loyola. The service will be followed by a gathering of friends and family in the parish hall.
Congratulations to Antony Augoustakis, one of ten faculty members at the University of Illinois to be named a Centennial Scholar in honor of the 100th anniversary of the creation of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: http://www.las.illinois.edu/news/2013/centennialscholars/.
At the Joint Annual Meeting in Seattle in January 2013 the Placement Committee organized a panel on nonacademic employment opportunities for Ph.D.s in Classics and Archaeology. Follow this link (https://placement.apaclassics.org/alternative-employment) to read about the panel, hear audio clips of the presentations, and see a list of resources discussed at the panel.
We are very grateful to Committee Chair, David Potter, and his colleagues Betsey Robinson and Mike Lippman for their work in organizing this session. Thanks are also due to the seven speakers who gave us permission to offer their talks online.
The automated system for the 2013-2014 APA Placement Service is now open and accepting registrations by candidates, subscribers, and institutions. As was the case last year, registrants will need to create an account and then purchase the service(s) they wish. Registrants who used the Service last year may (but are not required to) adopt the same username and password as before; however, they will still need to create a new account.
Please read these detailed instructions for registering for the service and taking advantage of its features.
Please note the following important changes in the service this year.
The members of the Department of Classical Studies at Duke University regret to announce the passing of their colleague, Lawrence Richardson, Jr. at the age of 92. An obituary appeared on July 25, 2013, in the Raleigh News and Observer.
8th Trends in Classics
Thessaloniki International Conference on Roman Drama
May 29-June 1, 2014
(To be held in Auditorium I,
Aristotle University, Research Dissemination Center
September 3rd Avenue, University Campus
Roman Drama and its Contexts
Scholarship, especially in the past, has been reading Roman drama from the perspective of its relation to Greek and Roman prototypes, and its historical context and evolution. Contemporary readings, following recent groundbreaking work based on intertextual, dramatological, performative, psychoanalytical, feminist, gender oriented approaches, philosophical analysis and aesthetics, etc., offer new valuable insights into Roman drama’s poetics and cultural impact.
The conference aims at focusing on the interpretation of Roman comedy, tragedy and the fragments on the basis of such diverse approaches, as mentioned above. By highlighting the various aesthetic, social and historical parameters, the papers are expected to explore ways in which Roman comic and tragic texts fit into their narrower and/or broader textual and cultural contexts.
The APA is a member of the National Humanities Alliance (NHA), a consortium of over a hundred scholarly and professional associations; higher education associations; organizations of museums, libraries, historical societies and state humanities councils; university-based and independent humanities research centers; and colleges and universities. NHA monitors national legislation and policy affecting the humanities and informed us this week that the Appropriations Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives has recommended that the 2014 fiscal year appropriation for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) be $79 million, a 49% reduction from its 2013 appropriation of $154.3 million.
The NHA’s web site contains more information about this recommendation as well as a mechanism that APA members can use to write to their Representatives about a level of funding that would seriously reduce the NEH’s ability to support research in the humanities and share the work of humanities scholars with a wider public.
We are posting a call for signatures to a petition launched by our colleagues in Bern, Switzerland, and circulated by Prof. Thomas Späth, the President of the Swiss Association of Classical Philologists. As you will see from the message, the canton of Bern is proposing to abolish the study of Greek (and Russian) in high schools. This is a bad enough step in itself, but if successful it may start a domino effect and make the other cantons consider the abolition of Greek as well. We thought this was an important petition to draw to your attention, and we urge members to read the message and to consider signing the petition.
Jennifer Ebbler, Associate Professor at UT Austin, in The Chronicle (http://chronicle.com/article/Introduction-to-Ancient/140475/)
"I spent last year "flipping" my 400-student "Introduction to Ancient Rome" course. For those unfamiliar with the term, "flipping a class" means that students watch lectures online outside of class and then spend class time participating in discussions and working on problems.
"It's a concept that has gotten an undeservedly bad name because supporters of so-called disruptive education have tied it to the controversial massive-open-online-course movement, which says students are served just as well, if not better, by an absent "star" professor than by faculty members employed by their university."