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From http://blackamericaweb.com/

William S. Scarborough was born a slave in Georgia, but went on to become one of the nation’s leading scholars in Greek and Latin literature.

In fact, many consider Scarborough to be the first African-American classical scholar. Born in February 16, 1852, in Macon, Georgia, Scarborough’s father was a freed slave but his mother was still enslaved, thus he inherited her status. Although educating slaves was against the law, Scarborough was secretly taught how to read and write in the classical languages.

He later went on to serve as an apprentice shoemaker, and then worked as a secretary at a well-known Black association because of his studies. Scarborough attended college at Atlanta University before heading to Oberlin where he graduated with honors in 1875.

Read more, or listen to the audio file at http://blackamericaweb.com/2014/07/01/little-known-black-history-fact-william-s-scarborough/

View full article. | Posted in Classics in the News on Sun, 07/13/2014 - 5:43pm by Information Architect.

This month’s column is the first part in a series I’ll post every other month or so about how we can apply and see in action the 7 principles of research-based pedagogy described in the excellent book How Learning Works, by Susan Ambrose, et al.  This month’s topic: knowledge organization, ch. 2 of the book.

Diagram visualizing novice vs. expert knowledge structuresExperts and novices mentally organize their knowledge in profoundly different ways.  By and large, even when we as students or teachers explicitly discuss and consciously implement knowledge acquisition processes — like flashcards, or declension drills — our mental systems of organizing the knowledge acquired are generally implicit and subconscious.  But the difference between expert and novice knowledge organizations has substantial consequences for effective ancient-language instruction.

View full article. | Posted in on Wed, 06/25/2014 - 8:39am by T. H. M. Gellar-Goad.

The Society for Classical Studies (SCS) seeks proposals from academic institutions interested in hosting a six-week seminar in the Summer of 2015 during which ten graduate students enrolled in programs in classical philology or ancient history will increase and improve their ability to use the art and material culture of the ancient Mediterranean world in their scholarship and teaching.  This seminar has been funded by a generous grant from the Leon Levy Foundation and will take place over dates to be selected by the host institution in the summer of 2015.  SCS will also sponsor a seminar of this nature in the Summers of 2016 and 2017.  The 2016 seminar will be funded by the Getty Foundation and will take place at the Getty Villa.  In 2016 the SCS will issue another call for proposals to organize the 2017 seminar, which will be supported by the Samuel H. Kress and Henry Luce Foundations.

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Fri, 06/20/2014 - 10:12am by Adam Blistein.

The American Academy in Berlin invites applications for its residential fellowships for 2015/2016, as well as early applications for the academic years 2016/2017 and 2017/2018. The deadline is Monday, September 29, 2014 (12 pm EST or 6 pm CET). Applications may be submitted online or mailed to the Berlin office.
The Academy welcomes applications from emerging and established scholars and from writers and professionals who wish to engage in independent study in Berlin. Approximately 25 Berlin Prizes are conferred annually. Past recipients have included historians, economists, poets and novelists, journalists, legal scholars, anthropologists, musicologists, and public policy experts, among others. The Academy does not award fellowships in the natural sciences.

View full article. | Posted in Awards and Fellowships on Wed, 06/18/2014 - 1:31pm by Adam Blistein.

The Department of Classical Studies at Duke University regrets to announce the sudden passing of its esteemed and beloved friend and colleague, Diskin Clay.  An obituary is posted here

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Mon, 06/16/2014 - 9:01am by Adam Blistein.

The SCS Committee on Ancient and Modern Performance (CAMP) seeks participants for its performance at the SCS/AIA Annual Meeting in New Orleans (January 8-11, 2015).  This year’s play is Wealth, an adaptation of Aristophanes’ Plutus, written by Karen Rosenbecker, and directed by Artemis Preeshl. With one foot in ancient Athens and the other in modern New Orleans, Wealth takes on the timeless topic of income inequality and shows us what happens when the poor are given a chance to remake their world. Here is a brief overview of the roles.

We will need actors, stage crew, and helpers for this limited-rehearsal, staged reading. In the spirit of laissez le bon temps rouler, we welcome veterans and newcomers alike, and we embrace cross-gender casting. Rehearsals will begin on Tuesday afternoon (01/06), with subsequent rehearsals on Wednesday afternoon and evening (01/07), on Thursday afternoon (01/08), and one Friday rehearsal (01/09), as schedules permit; the performance will take place on Friday evening (01/09; 7 pm curtain).  Send an e-mail describing your interests and talents to karenrosenbecker@gmail.com and aspreesh@loyno.edu, by September 1, 2014. 

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Thu, 06/12/2014 - 4:12pm by Adam Blistein.

The National Humanities Center offers up to 40 residential fellowships for advanced study in the humanities for academic-year or semester-long residencies.  In addition to scholars from all fields of the humanities, the Center welcomes individuals from the natural and social sciences, the arts, the professions, and public life who are engaged in humanistic projects.  The Center is international and gladly accepts applications from scholars outside the United States.  Most of the Center's fellowships are unrestricted. Several, however, are designated for particular areas of research, including:

  • Philosophy
  • Environmental Studies
  • English Literature
  • Art  History
  • Asian Studies
  • Theology

Located in the progressive Triangle region of North Carolina, the Center affords access to the rich cultural and intellectual communities supported by the area's many research institutes and universities. The Center's home in Research Triangle Park fosters individual research and the exchange of ideas.

View full article. | Posted in Awards and Fellowships on Thu, 06/12/2014 - 4:01pm by Adam Blistein.

We have posted the papers from the panel that the Committee on Ancient History organized for the 2014 annual meeting in Chicago.   Georgia Tsouvala organized the panel entitled History in Classics/Classics in History.

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Thu, 06/12/2014 - 11:24am by Adam Blistein.

The 2013-2014 Placement Service season is about to end; so, the portal is no longer accepting new registrations from candidates.  Please join us in a few weeks for the 2014-2015 Placement Year and for interviewing at the 2015 New Orleans Annual Meeting.  Early next week we will publish the June 2014 issue of Positions for Classicists and Archaeologists.  After that, all positions advertised during the current academic year will be available at this URL

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Thu, 06/12/2014 - 11:07am by Adam Blistein.

The NPR news program, All Things Considered, recently featured an interview with Peter Meineck of the Aquila Theatre Company and the actors he has assembled for a new performance of Philoctetes that casts a woman in the lead role and veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan in the chorus.

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Mon, 06/09/2014 - 4:45pm by Adam Blistein.

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