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The Institute for Advanced Study offers opportunities for scholars for 2015-2016.  School of Historical Studies, Opportunities for Scholars 2015-2016.  The Institute is an independent private institution founded in 1930 to create a community of scholars focused on intellectual inquiry, free from teaching and other university obligations.  Scholars from around the world come to the Institute to pursue their own research.  Candidates of any nationality may apply for a single term or a full academic year.  Scholars may apply for a stipend, but those with sabbatical funding, other grants, retirement funding or other means are also invited to apply for a non-stipendiary membership.  Some short-term visitorships (for less than a full term, and without stipend) are also available on an ad-hoc basis.  Open to all fields of historical research, the School of Historical Studies’ principal interests are the history of western, near eastern and Asian civilizations, with particular emphasis upon Greek and Roman civilization, the history of Europe (medieval, early modern, and modern), the Islamic world, East Asian studies, art history, the history of science and philosophy, modern international relations, and music studies.  Residence in Princeton during term time is required.  The only other obligation of Members is to pursue their own research.  The Ph.D.

View full article. | Posted in Awards and Fellowships on Thu, 04/10/2014 - 3:06pm by Adam Blistein.

Derek T. Muller, a law professor at Pepperdine University, has analyzed data from the Law School Admissions Council and has concluded that "the best prospective law students read Homer." 

View full article. | Posted in Classics in the News on Wed, 04/09/2014 - 2:32pm by Adam Blistein.

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) has announced the results of its 2013-2014 Fellowship competition, and three APA members are among the 65 recipients of these awards this year.  ACLS Fellowships provide salary replacement for scholars who are embarking on six to 12 months of full-time research and writing.  The APA member awardees and the titles of their projects are as follows:

  • John P. Bodel, Brown University, The Ancient Roman Funeral
  • Ari Z. Bryen, West Virginia University, Law and the Boundaries of Authority in the Roman World
  • Robert A. Kaster, Princeton University, A New Critical Edition of Suetonius’s Lives of the Caesars
View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Wed, 04/09/2014 - 1:25pm by Adam Blistein.

The APA has published a new issue of its outreach publication, Amphora (Spring 2014, Volume 11, Issue 1).  A PDF of the issue is posted here.  Members who requested print copies of Amphora when they paid dues in either 2013 or 2014 will receive those copies shortly as will nonmember subscribers.  Editor Ellen Bauerle and Assistant Editor Wells Hansen welcome your submissions for future issues.

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Tue, 04/08/2014 - 4:13pm by Adam Blistein.

In 2014 the Society for Classical Studies (SCS), founded in 1869 as the American Philological Association, awarded the second set of its Pedagogy Awards to three outstanding classics teachers. One of the major goals of the Society's recently and successfully completed capital campaign, Gatekeeper to Gateway: The Campaign for Classics in the Twenty-first Century, was to ensure that an inspiring, well trained teacher would be available for every school and college classics classroom. A subcommittee of the Joint Committee on the Classics in American Education, whose membership is selected from both the SCS and the American Classical League, reviewed thirteen applications requesting funds to support a variety activities that would improve their teaching and their students’ experiences in the classroom. The awards received by the three successful applicants are funded by income derived from the following contributions to the Campaign’s Research and Teaching Endowment: a major gift from an anonymous donor, a contribution from the Classical Association of the Middle West and South (CAMWS), and donations to the Friends of Zeph Stewart Fund.

View full article. | Posted in Awards and Fellowships on Thu, 04/03/2014 - 11:26am by Adam Blistein.

The fifteenth annual classics institute of the Wyoming Humanities Council will run from June 15-20, 2014 and is entitled "The Emperor and the Philosopher: Nero, Seneca, and Their World."  The institute will help participants gain knowledge of Roman history, culture, and society and will focus on the reign of Nero (A.D. 54-68) which has gone down in history as a time of lurid palace intrigues, a paranoid emperor who freely put his enemies to death, and heroic resistance to imperial power by a valiant few—particularly Stoics, who needed their stiff-upperlip philosophy to face the emperor’s deadly caprices, and Christians, who never forgot that Nero was the first of a long line of Roman persecutors of their faith. Yet despite dysfunctions at the top, it was also an age of power and prosperity throughout the empire (somebody was doing something right), with some strange and new literary developments, along with religious and philosophical ferment. Gracious (and some not-so-gracious) living flourished in Pompeii, wiped out by the famous eruption of Vesuvius after the death of Nero. This year’s institute will explore all these developments, and more, with an experienced and distinguished team of faculty. The institute will include four minicourses, (each participant will select two courses to attend) a daily seminar for group discussions, and a daily public lecture series.

View full article. | Posted in Summer Programs on Mon, 03/31/2014 - 4:37pm by Adam Blistein.

Der Karl-Christ-Preis ist dem Andenken an den Marburger Althistoriker Karl Christ gewidmet (1923 – 2008). Mit dem Preis werden herausragende wissenschaftliche Leistungen auf dem Gebiet der Alten Geschichte und ihrer Nachbardisziplinen sowie der Wissenschafts- und Rezeptionsgeschichte des Altertums ausgezeichnet. Der Preis ist mit 25.000 Euro dotiert und wird im zweijährigen Turnus verliehen. Vorschlagsrecht haben Mitglieder und Angehörige von Universitäten und Akademien sowie Fachverbände und wissenschaftliche Vereinigungen. Eine Selbstnomination ist nicht möglich. Stimmberechtigte Mitglieder der für die Verleihung des Preises verantwortlichen Kommission sind Prof. Dr. Stefan Rebenich (Vorsitzender, Universität Bern), Prof. Dr. Hartmut Leppin (Universität Frankfurt) und Prof. Dr. Andreas Rödder (Universität Mainz). Der Preis wird im Wechsel Frankfurt a.M. / Bern verliehen. Die zweite Verleihung erfolgt am 17. April 2015 an der Universität Bern.
Vorschläge mit einem curriculum vitae, einer Publikationsliste und einer eingehenden Würdigung (drei bis fünf Seiten) der wissenschaftlichen Leistung und Laufbahn der bzw. des Vorgeschlagenen sind bis zum 31. Oktober 2014 an den Vorsitzenden der Kommission, Prof. Dr. Stefan Rebenich, Lehrstuhl für Alte Geschichte, Universität Bern, Länggassstr. 49, CH – 3005 Bern (stefan.rebenich@hist.unibe.ch) zu senden.

View full article. | Posted in Awards and Fellowships on Mon, 03/31/2014 - 4:16pm by Adam Blistein.

The APA has received an invitation from a ministry in the Italian government to respond to a survey about visits to Hadrian’s Villa.  The ministry is looking into the possible impact of a housing development on the Villa.  If you would like to respond to the survey, visit this web site.  Although the first page of the survey states that the deadline for responses is March 10, the deadline has been extended to March 31, 2014.

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Thu, 03/27/2014 - 10:32am by Adam Blistein.

The APA is a member of the National Humanities Alliance, a consortium of learned societies and other institutions that advocates for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and other relevant agencies.  Thanks to the efforts of the Alliance, several members of Congress, Representatives David Price (D-NC) and Thomas Petri (R-WI) and Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) are circulating “Dear Colleague” letters in their respective chambers that support funding for the NEH.  “Dear Colleague” letters are a way for members of Congress to express their backing of legislation in advance of a vote on the relevant bill. 

You can assist in this work by urging your representative and your senators to sign these letters.  The Alliance has set up an electronic form that you can use to send your message.  Once you provide some basic contact information that will direct your message to the correct members of Congress, you will have access to a template that describes the importance of humanities funding and provides contact information for the Congressional staff members gathering signatures for these letters.  You should feel free to add to this template examples of how you have used federal funding to reach audiences both on your campus and off it or of effects you have observed of recent cuts in federal funding for the humanities. 

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Tue, 03/25/2014 - 4:16pm by Adam Blistein.

It seems to be, first of all, from what I understand from doctors, it’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut the whole thing down.

So ended Missouri Republican Todd Akin’s chances of unseating Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill in the 2012 U.S. election.  Discussing pregnancy resulting from rape (timeline of the comments here), Akin was defending his belief that anti-abortion laws shouldn’t include exemptions for victims of rape.  Akin’s words are a now-classic example of a “Kinsley gaffe,” when a politician slips up and says what s/he actually thinks—classic enough that the term “Akinize” now describes the tactic whereby a Democrat compares a Republican opponent’s words to Akin’s “legitimate rape” comments.

Akin was expressing a factually baseless belief that’s not a new idea, and was part of such a trend of election-cycle “rape and pregnancy controversies” that Wikipedia has a page devoted to it.  He also was participating in a tradition dating back at least to the 1st/2nd-century CE Greek medical writer Soranus of Ephesus, whose treatise on gynecology is filled with quack-science gems akin to Akin’s.  Yet there’s a key difference of opinion between Akin and Soranus, as we’ll see, that makes Akin’s comments more sinister by contrast.

View full article. | Posted in on Fri, 03/14/2014 - 4:00pm by T. H. M. Gellar-Goad.

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