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I recently sat down with John Ochsendorf, the new Director of the American Academy in Rome to discuss Classics, the American Academy in Rome, and his own work in historical preservation. He is the Class of 1942 Professor of Architecture and Civil and Environmental Engineering at MIT, was a Rome Prize Fellow in Historic Preservation in 2007-2008, and was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2008.
CB: You’ve just begun your time at the American Academy in Rome, which has such a rich history for the study of Classics. Can you speak about Classics and Ancient Studies at the Academy?
JO: For myself and many others at the American Academy in Rome, Classics is really at the heart of why we are here in Rome. Classics and Ancient Studies continue to speak to all of the fields that we have under our roof. The Academy offers programs in Classics every year such as the Classical Summer School, the Summer School in Latin Epigraphy, and the Winter School in Latin Paleography and Codicology.
We're pleased to announce this year's winners of the following SCS Awards:
- Charles Kuper
- Philip Murray Wilson
- Sneha Adusumilli
- Lokukalafi Ahomana
- Zaidimary Barreto
- Daphne Bissette
- Sallie Blanks
Congratulations to these exemplary Classicists for all their excellent work!
The Harvard Classics Department, Harvard Classics Club, and Office for hte Arts at Harvard are presenting Antigone at the Harvard Stadium at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 29th.
This event is free to the public, and is directed by Mitchell Polonsky and produced by Ben Roy.
As the name suggests, the Digital Fragmenta Historicorum Graecorum (DFHG) is an online edition of Karl Müller’s Fragmenta Historicorum Graecorum (1841–1873). Müller’s work was a five-volume collection of fragmentary Greek historians, to which were added (in Latin) overviews of each author (with embedded testimonia), translation of fragments, and, often, brief commentary. Its online successor is elegantly presented, meticulously cross-referenced and admirably accessible— if somewhat quixotic. I will begin with an overview of what the FHG contains, describe the DFHG’s interface and features, and then offer some thoughts about the usefulness of the project in a context where Jacoby Online (recently reviewed in this forum by Matt Simonton) already exists.
CALL FOR PAPERS
LECTIO DOCTORAL SEMINAR “THE HUMANIST AS PHILOSOPHER AND THE PHILOSOPHER AS HUMANIST”
Leuven, 17 May 2018
A Day in the Life of a Classicist is a monthly column on the SCS blog written by Prof. Ayelet Haimson Lushkov celebrating the working lives of classicists. If you’d like to share your day, let us know here.
Hellen Cullyer is Executive Director of SCS.
There are days when I am traveling, days when I spend hours in front of my computer because of a looming deadline, and days when I am on the phone / email / Skype most of the day dealing with a crisis. However, a typical day is something like the following on Monday-Thursday. Friday is different, as I explain below. On the average Monday-Thursday, I wake up early and have a quick breakfast before running out of the house to get my train. My work day starts as soon as I sit down on the train. I look at the to-do list that I have written the night before, and take stock of the whole state of the organization and figure out if there is anything crucial that I am forgetting to do. I also catch up on email during this time. Emails may be from members, directors, officers, committee members. At the moment, I have multiple email threads with President Joe Farrell in any given day. For his sake, I hope things will calm down a bit soon.
The deadline for the SCS's Ludwig Koenen Fellowship for Training in Papyrology is March 28th, 2018.
The competition is open to graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and untenured faculty. Applicants must be SCS members, and the selection committee will make awards of at least $600 but no more than $1,800. The application should consist of:
- One-page single-spaced typed narrative description of the training to be undertaken and the funding amount requested.
- Current curriculum vitae.
- One letter of recommendation from someone who can address the importance of the training in papyrology for furthering your current research.
- A list of any other sources of funding applied for with amounts requested.
Applications must be submitted as e-mail attachments to Executive Director Helen Cullyer at email@example.com.
HIPPOCRATES AND HIS MEDICAL SCHOOL: Tracing the roots of Bioethics back to the ancient Philosophers -Physicians
Call for Abstracts and Papers
Hippocrates is most remembered today for his famous Oath, which set high ethical standards for the practice of medicine. The congress invites scientists, scholars and researchers to discuss Hippocrates’ revolutionary foundation in a multidisciplinary way and/or present relevant workshops.
We welcome submissions from a wide range of disciplines, including bioethics, biotechnology, politics, health and life sciences, law and philosophy as well as philosophy and fine arts, and/or other relevant disciplines and fields. Comparative studies (submissions) on the ancient Philosophers-Physicians before and after Hippocrates will be highly appreciated.
The conference aims at providing a platform for in-depth analysis and discussion of all above related areas.
Suggested Thematic Units:
- Hippocrates Medical School applications
- Ancient Philosophers –Physicians background
- Fine arts therapeutic impact
April 30, 2018: Abstract is due (300-500 words)
Authors: Celia E. Schultz (University of Michigan), Carole E. Newlands (University of Colorado), Ruth R. Caston (University of Michigan)
One night over dinner at the SCS in Toronto (2017), conversation turned to one of the more frustrating parts of standard graduate programs in Classics: the surveys of Greek and Latin literature. Students see these courses as great hurdles to leap over, and faculty (well, at least we) felt that their necessarily selective approach is undesireable and that the courses cannot possibly do justice to all the important goals set for them: improving students’ command of the languages and their speed in reading, preparing students for exams, giving students a sense of the chronological development of the classical literary tradition, and introducing them to important trends in scholarship. Perhaps spurred on by the wine, we decided to see if anyone else felt the same way and to see if we could get a conversation started about how to improve the experience of survey for everyone.
The deadline for submitting:
- All proposals for panels, workshops, seminars, and roundtable discussions.
- Reports from organizers of committee, organizer-refereed, and affiliated group panels who have issued their own CFPs.
- Proposals for organizer-refereed panels for 2020.
- Applications for new affiliated group charters and for renewals of current charters.
is April 9th, one month from today. Individual abstracts are due April 25th.
Anyone hoping to submit an abstract or another proposal can do so on our program submission website.