Follow SCS News for information about the SCS and all things classical.
We are looking for help in preparing metadata for the Patrologia Graeca (PG) component of what we are calling the Open Migne Project, an attempt to make the most useful possible transcripts of the full Patrologia Graeca and Patrologia Latina freely available. Help can consist of proofreading, additional tagging, and checking the volume/column references to the actual PG. In particular, we would welcome seeing this data converted into a dynamic index into online copies of the PG in Archive.org, the HathiTrust, Google Books, or Europeana. For now, we make the working XML metadata document available on an as-is basis. More info: http://tinyurl.com/p39fx3f
Perseus Project and the Open Philology Project
The University of Leipzig and Tufts University
A new joint grant program by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation seeks to give a second life to outstanding out-of-print books in the humanities by turning them into freely accessible e-books. Over the past 100 years, tens of thousands of academic books have been published in the humanities, including many remarkable works on history, literature, philosophy, art, music, law, and the history and philosophy of science. But the majority of these books are currently out of print and largely out of reach for teachers, students, and the public. The Humanities Open Book pilot grant program aims to “unlock” these books by republishing them as high-quality electronic books that anyone in the world can download and read on computers, tablets, or mobile phones at no charge.
The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) invites applications for the fifth competition of the Public Fellows program. This year, the program will place up to 22 recent PhDs from the humanities and humanistic social sciences in two-year positions at partnering organizations in government and the nonprofit sector. Fellows will participate in the substantive work of these organizations and receive professional mentoring. Fellows receive a stipend of $65,000 per year, as well as individual health insurance.
This initiative, made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, aims to expand the role of doctoral education in the United States by demonstrating that the capacities developed in the advanced study of the humanities have wide application, both within and beyond the academy. The ACLS Public Fellows program allows PhDs to gain valuable, career-building experience in fields such as public policy, international aid, conservation, arts and culture, and digital media.
ACLS seeks applications from recent PhDs who aspire to careers in administration, management, and public service by choice rather than circumstance. Competitive applicants will have been successful in both academic and extra-academic experiences.
October 15-18, 2015, Atlanta, Georgia
We are please to announce the following results from the surveys that were sent to all those who were registered for the recent Annual Meeting in New Orleans on January 9, 10, and 11.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 9
Best session overall:
- Session #5 New Fragments of Sappho
- Session #6 What Can Early Modernity Do for Classics?
- Session #13 The Impact of Moses Finley
- Session #16 Breastfeeding and Wet-Nursing in Antiquity, Organized by the Women's Classical Caucus
- Session #21 Empire and Ideology in the Roman World
Best session chairs:
- Session #6 What Can Early Modernity Do for Classics? Ariane Schwartz, University of California, Los Angeles and Pramit Chaudhuri, Dartmouth College, Organizers
- Session #21 Empire and Ideology in the Roman World
- Session #5 New Fragments of Sappho, André Lardinois, Radboud University Nijmegen, Organizer
- Session #27 Humoerotica, Organized by the Lambda Classical Caucus, Ruby Blondell and Kathryn Topper, University of Washington, Organizers
Best papers, morning sessions:
The Kinfolk Brass Band will play at Thursday's Night's Joint Opening Night Reception in New Orleans. Tickets will be available at the door. See details here.
The AIA-SCS Conference App is now available. For details about downloading and using the app, please visit this page on the AIA web site. As noted there, anyone may download the app or view its contents in an Internet browser, but only conference registrants can sign in and activate its custom scheduling and in-app messaging features. All conference registrants should have received an e-mail providing log-in instructions for those special features. If you have difficulty with the app, send questions to KMullen@aia.bu.edu
In November’s column, I evaluated how the Roman comedy of Plautus and Terence bears out, mutatis mutandis, Harriet Jacobs’ claim in Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl that American slavery “makes the white fathers cruel and sensual; the sons violent and licentious; it contaminates the daughters, and makes the wives wretched.” In this month’s column I trace the path from slavery through citizen cruelty and licentiousness to the central problem of the genre’s plots, the rape of unwed citizen girls.
"Vergilian Society scholarships are available for people who teach some form of classical languages or civilization at the elementary or secondary level as well as those who teach at the college level in an instructor or adjunct position. VS scholarships may provide full or partial tuition support. Applications from those at the adjunct level are particularly encouraged.”
This online course shows how the Latin language and genres of writing such as legends, biographies, letters, and poetry developed during the period 500-1500 CE, following the fall of Rome in 476 CE. Thus it provides continuity from the study of ancient Roman culture, prose, and poetry, which spread throughout the empire, was preserved in manuscripts and printed books, and developed in new forms. The course includes reading and translation, an introduction to paleography or handwriting styles in manuscripts, and lesson plans for teaching. It is designed especially for students planning to teach or teachers seeking certification credits in Latin.
1) Gain understanding of the differences between Classical and Medieval Latin;
2) Expand knowledge of genres of writing and their cultures in the Middle Ages;
3) Practice reading a variety of styles of Medieval Latin;
4) Explore the development of handwriting from Roman capitals to later hands, from inscriptions to manuscripts;
5) Develop lessons for teaching in a high school classroom.
Prerequisites: Latin 201 (Intermediate I) or equivalent.
Dates Offered: Summer 2015, for six weeks, June 8-July 13, as an online course.
Enrollment Limit: 15
Instructor: Elza C. Tiner, Professor of Latin & English, at Lynchburg College.