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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
In the thirteen years I have been active as an independent scholar, I have learned that the independent scholar is in effect the mirror of an independent scholarly readership composed of individuals who are dedicated consumers of scholastic literature without being either presently matriculated students or academics themselves. I have come to believe that we cannot speak of the genuine flourishing of independent scholarship without taking this into account.
SCS is calling for members to volunteer for SCS committees and leadership positions.
These positions include many current SCS committees as well as the newly-formed Graduate Student Committee which will make recommendations about issues that concern graduate students, including the curriculum and preparation for a variety of teaching, research, and other careers. Descriptions of various positions and offices can be found here.
To volunteer, you can fill out the form linked on the Members Only page of our website. You must log in to the site to access this page. The deadline to apply for the Graduate Student Committee is April 12. All other volunteer deadlines are May 2. The graduate student committee will start work as soon as all members appointed. Other appointed committee members will begin their terms in 2019. Most elected offices will begin in 2020.
If you have any questions about what might be expected of you feel free to email email@example.com and we can put you in touch with the relevant committee chair or Vice President.
Call for Contributors: Tacitus Encyclopedia
Prof. Victoria Pagán, in contract with Wiley-Blackwell Press, is seeking contributors for an encyclopedic volume on Tacitus.
"Entries offer in-depth treatment of the content and contexts of Tacitus’ history and reception from antiquity to the 21st century. The Tacitus Encyclopedia will be published in two volumes in print and also online. It will comprise approximately 1,000 entries."
You can find a full description of the program here.
Congratulations to Melissa Y. Mueller (Associate Professor of Classics, University of Massachusetts Amherst) for winning the ACLS's Burkhardt Residential Fellowship for Recently Tenured Scholars.
Her project is "Sappho and Homer: A Reparative Reading" and will take place at the National Humanities Center in 2019-2020.
The full list of Fellowship recipients and their projects can be seen here.
By Andaleeb Badiee Banta (Curator of European and American Art, Allen Memorial Art Museum, firstname.lastname@example.org) and Christopher Trinacty (Associate Professor of Classics at Oberlin College, email@example.com)
Campus museums can help professors not only to teach about the ancient world, but also to explore connections between different civilizations, time periods, and media. At Oberlin College, professors engage with the collection at the Allen Memorial Art Museum to teach a variety of topics – from philosophy to cinema studies, from anthropology to book studies. This collaboration between professors and the museum’s curators creates evocative and unexpected links for both students and professors, aiding in the interdisciplinary exploration of material.