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The summer is in full swing for most of us and those who for whatever personal or institutional reason (try to) maintain a research program are turning our thoughts to what we want to accomplish before classes start again. It’s exciting to be able to devote ourselves more fully to our writing and research, but the summer poses not only that opportunity but its own set of challenges: with so much unstructured time and so many appealing distractions it can easily slip away.
Two long-time SCS members were among the 33 scholars and leaders in other fields elected this year to membership in the American Philosophical Society, the oldest learned society in the United States. They are
- Sarah B. Pomeroy, Distinguished Professor of Classics and History Emerita, City University of New York
- Richard J. Tarrant, Pope Professor of the Latin Language and Literature, Harvard University
We congratulate Professors Pomeroy and Tarrant on this high honor.
In accordance with the Board’s direction, yesterday Executive Director Adam Blistein submitted the filings necessary for the legal change of the Association’s name to Society for Classical Studies. We are, of course, announcing the advent of this transition first to the membership; but will also distribute a press release to relevant organizations, publications, and individuals within and outside the field of Classical Studies. We expect to receive confirmation of the name change from the State of Delaware (where we are incorporated) in about a week, and the new name will gradually appear in stationery and our credit card and checking accounts over the coming month.
I am pleased to share with you the new logo in the attached PowerPoint document that shows several versions of the logo as it will appear in various media and on our new stationery. As directed by the Board, the Name Change Committee began planning for our organizational transition to the Society for Classical Studies and started the process of logo design in October 2013. We have devoted almost eight months to this effort in order to give the transition the careful deliberation warranted by such a momentous change.
The Pontificium Institutum Altioris Latinitatis of the Salesian Pontifical University will be organizing an International Conference on the vitality of Latin and the methods to teach and learn it: “Studia Latinitatis provehenda. Vitalità del latino ed esperienze didattiche”. The conference marks the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Institute and will be held in Rome from 7th to 8th November 2014. For further information, please write to email@example.com
Hortensii, a new initiative to tackle the problems facing PhDs without permanent academic positions, has been launched as a result of a survey in which many Women’s Classical Caucus members participated. The survey found a serious problem affecting large numbers of people, but also that there are many things that could be done to improve the situation. A full report of the survey results and suggested action plans can be found at http://hortensii.wordpress.com The project urgently needs volunteers to help implement the suggestions; offers of help will be gratefully received E.Dickey@reading.ac.uk.
As I try to wrap up a busy year in the dean's office, I want to post the graduation address I delivered last week to the NYU College of Arts and Sciences. This was a chance to try to usethe Roman world to get people thinking afresh about liberal arts education. How can we create more such moments (that don't rely on graduation ceremonies)? What would you say to audiences outside of academia? How can I improve my own argument? (Do keep in mind that I had less than ten minutes to address a body of parents, graduates,and faculty, and it's a celebratory event.)
Deputy President Yu, Dean Starr, my distinguished faculty colleagues, students of the great Class of 2014, and finally an audience I am especially pleased to address, our students' parents, family members, and friends: thank you. It is a great honor and a frank pleasure to speak to you on this day of celebration.
This workshop will take place at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung and Topoi), 6-8 October, 2014. The workshop is free to attend, but registration is required for organisational purposes, and in order to gain access to the material for discussion. For registration please email our administrator, Dr Friederike Herklotz (firstname.lastname@example.org). Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the workshop organiser, Chiara Thumiger (email@example.com).
This conference will take place at the University of Hamburg, 27–29 November 2014. Increasingly, cultural studies focus on stories and the narration of stories as important catalysts for the constitution, confirmation, and modification of cultural identities. Not only in times of what seems like floods of images but since images are made a large part of these stories and narratives is communicated by visual media. Constantly it can be observed that elaborate iconographic programs are developed to establish specific meanings more or less successfully as essential elements of cultural identities.
To analyse and interpret visual media from such a perspective it is, on the one hand, necessary to develop categories to describe their narrative aspect. The current state of research is heterogeneous: On narratology of film and graphic literature there are rich discussions and developed methods and theories whilst research in the field of single and static images is quite fragmentary. On the other hand methods have to be explored which facilitate cultural interpretations of visual narratives and which may decode the deeper meanings transmitted – also from times and epochs long gone. Finally, it has to be considered how narrative contents participate in the construction of cultural identities.
Basic questions for the conference could be:
By which means may the narrative aspects of visual media be described?
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.