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The past few weeks, and indeed the past few months and the past year, have been incredibly difficult in so many ways. The pandemic, the increasingly uncertain financial state of higher education and the humanities in particular, and the persistence of hate and racism are resulting in serious practical and emotional impacts. As SCS strives to address all these challenges and to serve its members, we are introducing a new experimental program of "office hours" that will provide members with short confidential Zoom appointments with the Executive Director to air concerns and make requests. At the current time, appointments are limited to members who are students, contingent faculty, and anyone with precarious or no employment. You can find the link to schedule an appointment in the body of the March email newsletter and on our Members Only page accessible via our Membership menu (login is required to access that page).
Pleiades is an online database of spatial information modeled on the long tradition of gazetteers. It is most useful to people interested in Greek and Roman material but also includes a growing amount of information concerning other ancient cultures.
The user interface is simple and intuitive. First, type the name of a place into the search bar. Then, if Pleiades recognizes the name, it provides a selection of peer-reviewed information about that place: for example, alternate names, relevant citations, and chronological periods during which the place was active.
A message from the National Humanities Alliance:
"Advocates from all 50 states and Washington D.C. will be meeting virtually with their Members of Congress and congressional staff to discuss federal funding for the humanities. They will be thanking Members of Congress for the funding in the American Rescue Plan and pushing for increased funding for a wide range of humanities programs in FY 2022!
Help bolster their efforts by writing to your Members of Congress today!
We’ve won incremental increases for the NEH in each of the past 6 years, but given the needs of the humanities community and the crucial role they have to play in the current moment, we are urging a far more robust increase this year. Take action for the NEH!
In Part 3 of our guest series for the SCS Blog, the Women’s Classical Caucus (WCC) invites you to celebrate the winner of its 2020-21 Public Scholarship Award: Peopling the Past, a grassroots group of Canadian archaeologists and art historians of the ancient Mediterranean who have created resources accessible to audiences of all ages.
The Sicilian Orator and the Platonic Dialogue
Exedra Mediterranean Center
Syracuse, Sicily, 23-26 November, 2021
with a pre-conference seminar on selections of his writings in Greek (November 22-23) and an excursion to the archaeological site and museum of Leontini, November 27.
Sex, Rage, & Change:Feminist Adaptation of Ovid’s Metamorphoses
a public conversation with Nina MacLaughlin, Paisley Rekdal, and Stephanie McCarter
4 p.m. CST Thursday, April 8, 2021
Society for Ancient Mediterranean Religions
SPRING LECTURE SERIES 2021
Après le deluge: plagues, propaganda, and the mobility of the divine
Please join SAMR members in a lecture series this Spring devoted to the exploration of ancient ritual responses to questions that have filled our minds, hearts and news feeds over an extraordinary year. Four speakers have will explore contemporary issues, including disease, identity, mobility and disempowered cultural groups through the lenses of ancient ritual practice. All are welcome -mark your calendars!
All sessions will be held at this Zoom address: https://pugetsound-edu.zoom.us/j/93329292263
March 11, at 12 noon EST
“Osor-Hapi: North African Cult Paradigms during the Hellenistic and Roman Periods.”
Dr. Vivian A. Laughlin
The Perception of Climate and Nature in Ancient Societies
International Online Conference
14th May 2021
Organised by Classical Students Association of the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin
Call for Papers
The Classics Everywhere initiative, launched by the SCS in 2019, supports projects that seek to engage communities worldwide with the study of Greek and Roman antiquity in new and meaningful ways. Most of the projects funded take place in the US and Canada, though the initiative is growing and has funded projects in the UK, Italy, Greece, Belgium, Ghana, and Puerto Rico. This post highlights projects that foster engagement and education for school-aged children and young adults from California to Canada, Chicago to New York.