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Read a review of Jürgen Leonhardt's Latin: Story of a World Language (Harvard University Press) in this week's Chronicle of Higher Education.
The American Philological Association (APA) will present the following awards at the Plenary Session of its 145th Annual Meeting in Chicago. Click on the name of each award winner to read the citation for his or her award.
President's Award (honors an individual, group, or organization outside of the Classics profession that has made significant contributions to advancing public appreciation and awareness of Classical antiquity)
Distinguished Service Awards (awarded occasionally for extraordinary service to the profession of classics and the American Philological Association)
Charles J. Goodwin Award of Merit (for an outstanding contribution to classical scholarship published by a member of the Association within the preceding three years)
Princeton University Press has created an app of the Barrington Atlas of the Ancient World sponsored by the APA and edited by Richard J. A. Talbert. The app is compatible with the iPad 2 and above and is available from iTunes at a price of $19.99. The app contains all the content of the print edition of the Atlas and thus makes this valuable reference work more portable and affordable. Visit the Press' web site for a full description of the app and a link to the iTunes store.
The APA's hard-working Local Arrangements Committee, chaired by Board member Jonathan Mark Hall, has produced a wonderful guide (PDF) to Chicago for members planning to attend the upcoming annual meeting there.
Many thanks to Bob Kaster for sharing this video (http://cdnapi.kaltura.com/index.php/extwidget/openGraph/wid/1_c15snnrq)of excerpts from conversations his colleague Brooke Holmes had with some alumni and alumnae last spring: they represent a wide range of ages and career paths, but they're all united by their love for Classics and their gratitude for the world it opened to them.
Following is the schedule for the APA Office for the next two months. Our regular hours are 8:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.
November 28-December 1, 2013 Office Closed (Thanksgiving Holiday)
December 24-26, 2013 Office Closed (Christmas Holiday)
December 27 and 30, 2013 Office Open (see Note A)
December 28-29, 2013 Office Closed
December 31, 2013-January 6, 2014 Office Closed (see Note B)
January 7-10, 2014 Office Open (see Note C)
January 11-12, 2014 Office Closed
January 13, 2014 Normal Office Operations Resume
January 20, 2014 Office Closed (Martin Luther King Day)
Note A: The building where our offices are located at the University of Pennsylvania (220 S. 40th Street) will be locked, and we will not receive U.S. mail during this period. Courier services may be able to make deliveries, but the best ways of communicating with us will be via telephone and e-mail.
Note B: All staff will be at the annual meeting in Chicago or traveling between Philadelphia and Chicago.
APA panels usually comprise either four 20-minute papers in a two-hour session, or four 20-minute papers plus short introduction and response in a
I want to provide an update on the steps we are taking to implement the change in the name of the Association that the members approved this summer. With the help of incoming President Kathryn Gutzwiller, I formed an ad hoc committee consisting of members who represent various communities in our society to consider issues such as communicating with audiences outside the membership and guiding the graphic designer who is creating a new logo for us.
As part of this process we have learned that taking the legal steps required to change our name is the easiest task ahead of us. We are incorporated in Delaware, and that state requires only that we file a simple form and pay a modest fee. Legally we will become the Society for Classical Studies as soon as we make that filing. Before we take that step, we want to have a logo ready and decide how the new name and its “subtitle” (founded in 1869 as the American Philological Association) will appear on our printed and electronic publications. We also want to identify and prepare communications for all the audiences (both internal and external) who need to know about our change.
California State University Long Beach’s Classics program would like to announce that we are making our upper division Latin reading classes available to students via the web. These are not “online” classes; they are classes conducted with students in real time. People who are interested in joining our classes would attend class sessions virtually through a web interface, and thus anyone who wants to participate would have to be online during the specific class time.
For Spring semester 2014, we are offering two reading courses, Cicero and Caesar. The semester begins on Tuesday, January 21, and concludes on Friday, May 23, with Spring Break during the week of March 21. Each class meets three hours per week and earns a student 3 semester units. The prerequisite for each class is intermediate Latin; i.e., students will be expected to have facility with noun and verb morphology and an introductory knowledge of Latin grammatical constructions.
The Department of Classical Studies at the College of William and Mary is currently accepting applications for its first incoming class of students interested in pursuing a Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Classical Studies. This is a flexible program of study for students who have an undergraduate degree and who wish to pursue an intensive course of study in the Classical languages in preparation for graduate studies, teaching, or personal enrichment. Students in the program take specific courses in Latin, Greek, and classical civilization appropriate to their level of preparation. This program is especially designed for students who wish to:
- pursue graduate study in Classical Studies but do not have enough Latin and Greek to be competitive in applying to Ph.D. programs.
- teach Greek, Latin, or a related field in Classical Studies but have only a limited number of courses in Greek or Latin as an undergraduate student.
- study Latin or Greek (or both) for personal intellectual growth and satisfaction.
A complete program description and application for admission can be found at: www.wm.edu/as/classicalstudies/post-bac-program/index.php. For additional information, please contact: John Donahue, Chair, Department of Classical Studies at email@example.com or at 757-221-1930.