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The deadline for the submission of applications for the majority of the research fellowships offered by the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is September 24, 2014. Read descriptions of the various ACLS Fellowship programs here.
From January 5-16, 2015, with the kind collaboration of the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican Library, BAV), the American Academy in Rome will offer its first Winter School in Greek Paleography and Codicology. The two curators of Greek manuscripts at the BAV, Dr Timothy Janz and Dr András Németh, will teach the courses and supervise manuscript research. The two-week course will introduce participants to various aspects of manuscript studies and offer an interactive dialogue between theory and practice.
Paleography and codicology seminars in the first week will familiarize the participants with different forms of Greek script through sight-reading practice. As a special strength of this course, extensive library visits at the BAV will enable each student to improve individual research skills according to given criteria, with the aid of the tutors. At the Library, each student will undertake a thorough codicological and paleographical study of a particular manuscript, selected and agreed upon on an individual basis between the participant and the tutors. Discussion sessions will offer a chance to discuss and share research experience within the group and to discuss various problems of theory and practice based on experience at the Vatican Library.
Several evening lectures by specialists will complete the course, including Msgr. Paul Canart of the Vatican Library and Professor Nigel Wilson of Oxford University.
The Stanford Humanities Center provides a collegial environment for faculty who are undertaking innovative projects in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. Fellows participate in the intellectual life of the Humanities Center and the broader Stanford community, sharing ideas and work in progress with a diverse cohort of scholars and benefitting from a wide variety of campus resources. Fellowship term: September 2015 – June 2016. Application deadline: October 1, 2014.
Eligibility: Applicants must have a PhD and be at least three years beyond receipt of the degree by the start of the fellowship term. The Center is open to projects employing information technology in humanities research. For full eligibility requirements, see http://shc.stanford.edu/fellowships/non-stanford-faculty/
How to Apply: Detailed instructions and a link to the online application are available at: http://shc.stanford.edu/fellowships/non-stanford-faculty/. External Faculty inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org. Stanford Humanities Center, 424 Santa Teresa Street, Stanford, CA 94305-4015, email@example.com
Washington University in St. Louis is now accepting applications for a new PhD program in Classical Studies. Building on unique strengths and resources within and beyond the Department of Classics, the program will offer special tracks in ancient performance, Greek and Roman music, ancient history, and ancient philosophy. The department’s terminal MA program will continue.
PhD students receive full tuition remission and a sizable stipend. More information is available on the department’s web site (http://classics.artsci.wustl.edu/graduate), and potential applicants can also contact Cathy Keane, Director of Graduate Studies (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We are pleased to launch the Yearbook of Ancient Greek Epic (YAGE) to be published annually by Brill starting in 2016. The yearbook will cover the entire epic tradition from Homer to Nonnus. With each installment addressing a special topic, YAGE will be a platform for the dissemination of cutting-edge, synthetic research on Ancient Greek epic.
For Volume 1 (2016) and Volume 2 (2017), we invite submissions on any area of Ancient Greek epic, but we are especially interested in submissions on two special topics:
The book review section of the New York Times reviewed a number of apps for students of the ancient world. The article begins with an enthusiastic description of the new app containing the Society's Barrington Atlas of the Ancient World.
preLaw, a publication distributed to undergraduates considering attendance at law schools and their advisors, has just published an article on the connections between college majors and admission to law school. Classics, as usual, does well. SCS member Benjamin Acosta-Hughes of Ohio State and Executive Director Adam Blistein are quoted in the article
The American Classical League invites applications for the position of Editor of The Classical Outlook, one of the most widely circulated Classics journals in North America. The Editor is responsible for the evaluation of materials for publication, with the assistance of an editorial board, and for the production and mailing (via mailing service) of four quarterly issues per annum. The position is not salaried, but a generous travel budget is provided to cover costs of attending the ACL's annual Institute each June as well as a mid-year Executive Committee meeting and other professional meetings. The Editor's home institution (generally a college or university) is expected to provide released time, office space, and/or clerical assistance at a level sufficient to produce high quality camera-ready copy for printing. ACL can cover other expenses in the form of a grant to the host institution. Dossiers, including letter of application, curriculum vitae, and evidence of achievement in scholarship, teaching, and professional service, as well as editorial experience, should be e-mailed by 1 December 2014 to Editor Search Committee of the American Classical League (email@example.com). Inquiries may be directed to the committee at that same e-mail address.
The American Philosophical Society sponsors a number of fellowship programs. Details of all programs are available here.
At the beginning of the summer I wrote about resources that have helped me with my writing and research. Now, as we start thinking about our classes for the Fall, I’d like to mention a book that has helped me understand the value of my work teaching the Classics and taught me to design classes that convey that value to students. My fellow blogger Ted Gellar-Goad recently wrote about the importance, and difficulty, of helping students “see value” in our courses. He rightly calls this “the hardest lever of motivation to pull.” And it’s not just students who need to see value. Amid the almost daily declarations of the death of the humanities (now, thankfully, becoming less frequent), I myself have sometimes had trouble seeing, or at least, articulating the value in what I do. There are no simple solutions but the book I’m going to discuss below and in my next few posts offers many tools to meet this challenge. It is one we need to think about because it is by rising to this challenge that the formal study of the humanities will perpetuate itself.