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Applications are now being accepted for PhD students in Analysis and Management of Cultural Heritage for the 2014/15 PhD program at IMT Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca (www.imtlucca.it). The three year doctoral program is articulated in curricula. The 8 curricula currently offered are field-specific, although in many instances they share a common scientific background. The Analysis and Management of Cultural Heritage curriculum proposes courses in Management of Cultural Heritage and Cultural Institutions, European and International Legislation on Cultural Heritage and Art History/Museology. Among the multidisciplinary research units at IMT, the research unit LYNX (Center for the Interdisciplinary Analysis of Images, http://lynx.imtlucca.it/) will be the primary contributor to the curriculum.
In particular, the curriculum promotes research offering the students a lively contact with different research approaches and methodologies applied in the research fields related to cultural heritage and art history. Graduates will be able to pursue an academic career in Art History or appointments within public and private institutions dealing with the concrete management of Cultural Heritage, the promotion of culture, the organization of cultural events; or the diffusion and teaching of culture.
Harriet Jacobs, born in Edenton, North Carolina, in 1813, was the first formerly enslaved woman to write a narrative of freedom: Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Written by Herself, first published in 1861, now widely recognized as a masterpiece and a seminal part of the genre of 19th-century African American narratives of freedom. Incidents pseudonymously details Jacobs’ early life in slavery, her exposure to grievous harm and sexual violence at the hands of a cruel master, her marriage to and bearing of children by a different white man, her efforts to get her children out of the South, and her own flight from slavery — first hiding locally for seven years in her grandmother’s attic, and then fleeing to New York and eventual, hard-bought freedom.
The By-Laws of our organization, as written at its founding 145 years ago, specify that “any lover of philological studies may become a member of the Association” (article 18). Since that nineteenth-century statement was penned, much has changed for our organization. Early on, scholars of other languages decamped to form their own learned societies. As a result, the term “philological studies” gradually acquired a specialized reference to ancient Greek and Latin, and then over time to the expanded study of the Greeks and Romans in terms of literature, history, philosophy, and culture. Our impending name change to Society for Classical Studies aims to encode more accurately the current character of our organization, though always with recognition of our long history as the American Philological Association. What I want to point out, however, is that as the APA became increasingly a professional organization for academic classicists, one thing largely lost was the idea that its members were to be not just scholars of classical philology but more broadly its lovers. Plato might have called such people ἐρασταὶ τῆς φιλολογίας, but in searching for a twenty-first century equivalent of “lovers” the best terms I have found are “enthusiasts” or “friends.” It is to recapture these enthusiasts as members that, upon my proposal, the Board has created an associate membership known as Friends of Classics.
For the 2014-2015 academic year, the Academy Vivarium Novum in Rome is offering ten full tuition scholarships for high school students (16-18 years old) and ten full tuition scholarships for University students (18-24 years old) of any part of the world. The scholarships will cover all of the costs of room, board, teaching and didactic materials for courses to be held from October 6, 2014 until June 13, 2015 on the grounds of the Academy’s campus at Rome. The goal of the Academy is to achieve a perfect command of both Latin and Greek through a total immersion in the two languages in order to master without any hindrances the texts and concepts which have been handed down from the ancient times, middle ages, the Renaissance period and modern era, and to cultivate the humanities in a manner similar to the Renaissance humanists. All the classes will be conducted in Latin, except for Greek classes which will be conducted in ancient Greek.
Application letters must be sent by June 30, 2014 in order to receive consideration. Application instructions appear here.
The APA has awarded its first Zeph Stewart Latin Teacher Training Awards. Four students currently enrolled in courses leading to their certification as Latin teachers will receive grants that will offset a portion of their tuition payments. To fund this program the Association uses income derived from contributions from the Friends of Zeph Stewart and matching gifts from the National Endowment for the Humanities to the Research and Teaching Endowment established by its Gateway Campaign for Classics in the 21st Century. Professor Stewart taught at Harvard for several decades, served the APA in many capacities including terms as President and Financial Trustee, and was a passionate supporter of the work of primary and secondary school teachers.
The four winners were chosen from fourteen applications reviewed by a subcommittee of the Association’s Joint Committee (with ACL) on the Classics in American Education. We are grateful to John Gruber-Miller, Keely Lake, and Sally W. Morris for their hard work on this program.
The names of the winners and the schools they are attending are
- Brandi Boseovski (University of Washington)
- Stephanie Marie Hutchings (University of Arizona)
- Hannah M. Moore (Bowling Green State University)
- Wesley Joseph Wood (Miami University of Ohio)
A call for applications for the 2015 Stewart Awards will appear in late 2014. The tentative application deadline is March 1, 2015.
Virginia Tech has recognized three APA members for their service to the university. Terry Papillon, Professor of classics and Director of the University Honors Program, has received the university's 2014 Provost’s Award for Excellence in Advising. Andrew Becker, Associate Professor of Latin and Ancient Greek Languages, Literatures, and Cultures in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, and Trudy Harrington Becker, Senior Instructor in the Department of History, both in the Classical Studies Program in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, will share the university's 2014 Alumni Award for Excellence in International Education.
Haun Saussy, University of Chicago, has received a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation for his project Translation as Citation, or Zhuangzi Inside Out.
We have posted texts of the talks given at the Presidential Panel organized by Denis Feeney in Chicago. The title of the Panel was What Is the Future of Liberal Arts Education?. We are grateful to Teresa Sullivan, President of the University of Virginia, and to APA members Bob Connor and Peter Struck for providing their texts.
The UCLA Division of Humanities, the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CMRS), and the Department of Classics are pleased to announce the award of a three-year grant by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the preparation and training of young scholars in post-classical Latin for graduate programs in Medieval and Renaissance Studies.
The post-baccalaureate program in Latin is intended for students who have completed B.A. degrees and who wish to pursue Ph.D. programs requiring study and proficiency in post-classical Latin. A cohort of up to five students will be chosen each year by an international application process. All fees and a stipend of $18,000 will be provided to allow the admitted students to spend a year at UCLA participating in the post-classical Latin curriculum as well as taking existing courses in Classical Latin and, more broadly, in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. The program is intended to prepare students for successful applications to top-ranked Ph.D. programs.
The Department intends to offer a full year of coursework in post-classical Latin at the undergraduate level in 2014-15, in addition to graduate seminars in related areas of Medieval and Renaissance Studies.
Inquiries should be addressed to Professor Robert Gurval, Director of the Mellon initiative (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Here is a perhaps unfinished poem I wrote today about Helen, partly inspired by reading Ruby Blondell's great book on the character; partly by trying to come up with a translation of Euripides' "Helen" that gets the tone right; and partly by life.
I am the woman with the golden hair.
The one you're looking at -- but I'm not there.
You think I'm not quite human. Maybe not --
you don't know who I am or what I want.
I'm wanted. But it seems like an excuse.
She wanted something else, and so did Zeus.
I'm staring in my mirrors. What I see
is beauty, but no truth. It isn't me.
I like the clever ones. Odysseus
is absent, just like me and just like you.