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Fidelity of Fides: Authenticity in the Classical World
October 13th-14th, 2017
University of Toronto, Department of Classics
Graduate Student Conference
James Porter (University of California, Berkeley)
Erik Gunderson (University of Toronto)
The deadline for the SCS Koenen Fellowship for Training in Papyrology has been extended to April 15, 2017.
You can go here to read more about the program and see if you're eligible.
"Teaching Classics in Prisons: Humanism, Identity, and the Building of Civic Bridges."
Rutgers Classicist, Emily Allen-Hornblower, will be sharing her experience bringing ancient Greek and Latin texts into America's prisons, testimony to the vitality of the classics in the most unexpected places. The presentation will take place on Thursday, April 6, @ 5:30pm on Fordham's Rose Hill campus (Duane Library 351). All are welcome to attend. Contact Professor Matthew McGowan, Chair of Classics: firstname.lastname@example.org
The North American Workshop in Platonic Philosophy announces a call for abstracts for a 3-day workshop on Plato and Platonism, including ancient, medieval (Latin, Byzantine, Arabic, and Judaic), and modern philosophers working in the Platonic tradition, at Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota, August 8-10, 2017.
Lloyd Gerson (University of Toronto)
Sarah Klitenic-Wear (Franciscan University)
Please send abstracts of 250-450 words to co-organizers Danielle Layne (email@example.com) and Gary Gabor (firstname.lastname@example.org) by May 31; notification by June 8. Accepted participants will be expected to attend all sessions; papers will be made available to participants August 5.
Subsidized low-cost on campus lodging available; financial assistance available. If interested, please contact workshop organizers as early as possible. Workshop fee of $45.
Questions, please contact Gary Gabor (email@example.com).
A corpus and usage-based approach to Ancient Greek:
from the Archaic period until the Koiné
(Riga, University of Latvia, April 12-14, 2018)
Invited speakers (alphabetically):
Klaas Bentein (Ghent University)
Guiseppe Celano (Leipzig University)
James Clackson (University of Cambridge)
José Luis García Ramón (Center for Hellenic Studies, Washington, Harvard University)
Chiara Gianollo (University of Bologna)
Dag Haug (University of Oslo)
Geoffrey Horrocks (University of Cambrigde)
Daniel Kölligan (University of Cologne)
Martti Leiwo, Sonja Dahlgren & Marja Vierros (University of Helsinki)
Amalia Moser (University of Athens)
Paul Widmer & Florian Sommer (University of Zürich)
Milman Parry’s theory that the Homeric poems are the result of oral-formulaic composition, is central to the study of ancient epic. It can also be difficult to explain to students or non-Classicist friends, since the Iliad and Odyssey are now consumed primarily as books, not oral poems. Most oral traditions are at the tail end of their existence and most members of contemporary, literate societies have little experience with them. There is little to be done about the first of these issues, but we can address the second. While we may not have access to a significant body of oral composition, there are art forms created in the moment of performance that can be quite helpful in explaining how the Homeric epics were created and consumed by audiences. The most notable of these is professional wrestling.
Congratulations to Sarah Ahbel-Rappe (University of Michigan), Mary Bachvarova (Willamette University), and Megan Nutzman (Old Dominion University) for their 2017 ACLS Fellowships!
You can read the full list of 2017 recipients on the ACLS website.
Note: We've added Megan Nutzman as of April 3, 2017. We failed to mention her in the first version of the story as she was listed as being in a History department, not Classics.
The draft budget proposed by President Trump's White House seems unlikely to be adopted. Many believe it is simply an habitual negotiator's opening salvo, intended more to "start the bidding" than to be taken seriously at face value.
However, it is serious, because of the strong statement of values that it represents. Along with the decimation or elimination of many critical programs that foster the health of our polity and our planet, Trump's budget, by proposing to eliminate the NEH and the NEA, asserts that the United States has no national interest in the support of the humanities or the arts.
As educators, we join with many fellow scholars, represented by the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), to protest and reject this vision of our nation, as a society with no investment in research, scholarship, history, philosophy, religion, language, literature, or creative arts. The SCS will continue to join with advocacy organizations, including the National Humanities Alliance and the ACLS, to register our views as an organization.
But we urge members to also engage in "grassroots" participation, mindful of the dictum that "all politics is local." In the current political milieu, the most effective action is for constituents to communicate their views to their local representatives in Congress. Here are some ways to contact your representatives:
Dear SCS Members,
As you know, we are now accepting submissions for the 2018 Annual Meeting in Boston. The deadline for submitting all proposals and reports except individual abstracts is 11:59 pm, Eastern Time, on April 7, 2017.
The deadline for individual abstracts is 11:59 pm, Eastern Time, on April 26, 2017.
You can access the program submission system at the following link:
We also have one fellowship deadline approaching. Applications for the Ludwig Koenen Fellowship for Training in Papyrology should be received in the SCS office by April 4.