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In The New York Times on April 5, David Brooks asks a fundamental question: “What is a university for?” (“The Practical University”, http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/05/opinion/Brooks-The-Practical-University.html?ref=davidbrooks&_r=0). In answering, he distinguishes between “two sorts of knowledge, what the philosopher Michael Oakeshott called technical knowledge and practical knowledge”. Basically, “technical knowledge” is “the sort of knowledge you need to understand a task”, “like the recipes in a cookbook”, whereas “practical knowledge” is a kind of “practical moral wisdom”, absorbed rather than memorized, acquired and sustained through practice. According to Brooks, the online revolution in education will have its main effect in the domain of “technical knowledge”, and the real “future of the universities is in practical knowledge”.
The program for the 2013 edition of the Symposium Cumanum (June 25-27) has been set. If you would like to attend please use the link below. One can also send queries to
“Aeneid Six and Its Cultural Reception”
Villa Vergiliana, Cumae and the University of Naples Federico II, Italy
Sponsored by The Vergilian Society, Harry Wilks Study Center, Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici University of Naples Federico II, British Virgil Society, McGill University,
Accademia Virgiliana di Mantova.
Cocktails (7:00pm) and Dinner (7:30pm)
Breakfast (7:30 am)
Greetings and Introduction (9:30-1030)
Session one (10:30-11:45): Pasts of Aeneid Six
The deadline for all submissions to the APA Program Committee except individual abstracts is this Friday, April 12, at 5:00 pm Eastern Time. (The individual abstract deadline is Wednesday, May 1.) To make a submission you must be an APA member in good standing for 2013 and create an account at this year's APA program submission system. Please note these important items.
1. You must create an account on the program submission system. It does not automatically contain an account you may have created on the APA's members' only page or on the placement system site.
2. The program submission system will not permit you to create an account if you are not in good standing. If you have not yet paid dues for 2013, and you want to make a submission by the April 12 deadline, you must pay your dues by the close of business tomorrow, Wednesday, April 10 and then wait until Friday, April 12, to make your program submission.
The New York Times has just published an article on Nuntii Latini the weekly newscast in Latin produced by the Finnish Broadcasting Company.
The International Plutarch Society announces its 10th international congress , to be held on the topic SPACE, TIME AND LANGUAGE IN PLUTARCH’S VISIONS OF GREEK CULTURE: INTROVERSION, IMPERIAL COSMOPOLITANISM AND OTHER FORMS OF INTERACTION WITH THE PAST AND PRESENT. The conference, organized by the University of Patras, will take place at the European Cultural Centre in Delphi, 16-18 May, 2014. For more information contact: Aristoula Georgiadou (University of Patras) firstname.lastname@example.org or Katerina Oikonomopoulou (Humboldt University of Berlin) email@example.com. See the pdf for more information).
On behalf of Ruth Scodel:
With great sadness we announce the untimely death of Kathryn Bosher, from metastatic lung cancer. Kathryn came to Michigan from the University of Toronto in 1998 and finished her PhD in 2006. She was an assistant professor at Northwestern and was going to start a new position at OSU in August 2013.
Kate’s great love was the theater, and the center of her scholarly work was the Greek theater in Sicily and Magna Graecia. In 2012 she published Theatre Outside Athens: drama in South Italy and Sicily, proceedings of a conference she organized at Northwestern. Nobody who saw the production of Aristophanes’ Assemblywomen that she directed for the 2008 Feminism and Classics conference will forget it.
Nobody who had the good fortune to know her will forget her kindness, joy in life, and modesty. She could even seem diffident, but she had the drive to row in national competitions in single sculls, and her scholarly arguments were energetic as well as thoughtful. We will miss her, and we offer our deepest condolences to her husband Dale and her young son Ernest.
APA Member, Christopher B. Krebs, Stanford University, has won Phi Beta Kappa's Christian Gauss Award for his work A Most Dangerous Book: Tacitus’s Germania from the Roman Empire to the Third Reich. Phi Beta Kappa has given the Gauss Award since 1950 for books in the field of literary scholarship and criticism.
Deadline: June 15, 2013
The Department of Classics at the University of California Berkeley reports with sadness the death of Charles Murgia.
There has been a lot of talk in the US recently about the importance of encouraging the study of the so-called STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). In the UK, the civil service has long been advocating such an emphasis on STEM, although it is revealing that in the US people still tend to focus on whether this or that education is a good “investment” for the individual, whereas in Britain the government agencies are more concerned with which education is best for society as a whole (on “investment” as the wrong metaphor in the first place, see Bob Connor’s recent post).