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Dear friends, sympathizers and fellow classicists,
In 2012, the Faculty of Arts decided to gradually cut down Latin as a major subject. However, the detailed budget plan now anticipates the abandonment of all Latin courses, as well as the introductory courses of Ancient Greek and most subjects relating to classical culture. By this radical cutting off of the classical roots, the faculty loses an essential component to the understanding of western philosophy, art, history, language and literature.
By this petition, we ask the preservation in the long term of one Latin professorship at the Free University of Brussels. We are convinced that such position can serve the purpose of not only the faculty of arts, but also the entire university community.
"Qui tacet, consentire videtur".
Steven Perkins, Latin teacher since 1998 at North Central High School in Indianapolis, has been named Teacher of the Year by the Indianapolis Department of Education.
The following members were chosen in the elections held this Summer. They take office on January 5, 2014, except for the two new members of the Nominating Committee who take office immediately.
The Vergilian Society has posted two calls for proposals, one for Tour Directors for 2015 and beyond, and the other for Directors of the Symposium Cumanum for 2015. These calls invite applications to become involved in the Society’s future programming.
From The Economist:
"WHEN Pope Benedict XVI resigned in February he used Latin, giving a scoop to Giovanna Chirri, the only journalist present who understood his words. That was a timely reminder of Latin’s unlikely survival—and revival—as a living language. Radio Bremen, a German station, has broadcast a weekly news roundup called Nuntii Latini Septimanales since 2001. Finland’s YLE Radio 1 has run a similar show since 1989, with listeners in over 80 countries.
"Twitter’s 140-character epigraphs and aphorisms are ideal for Latin: five words can often say more than ten English ones, notes David Butterfield, a Latinist at the University of Cambridge. Tweets also leave no room for troublesome long subordinate clauses. The Pontifex Latin account has gained 132,000 followers since Benedict XVI started it in January. It is run by the Vatican’s Office of Latin Letters—perhaps the only modern workplace where the language of Virgil is still the lingua franca."
The Department of Classics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, with the support of the UMass College of Humanities and Fine Arts and the Departments of Classics of Amherst College, Mt. Holyoke College, and Smith College, will host a one-day colloquium on the theme "Speaking of the Republic: Lucilius and his Contexts," Friday, October 25, 2013. Speakers are Anna Chahoud (Trinity College Dublin), "Colloquial Registers and Generic Stylization in Lucilius"; Sander Goldberg (UCLA), "Lucilius and the poetarum seniorum turba"; Angelo Mercado (Grinnell College), "Notes on Meter and Language in Lucilius"; and Brian Breed (UMass Amherst), "Lucilius' Books."
The full conference program can be viewed at http://umass.academia.edu/BrianWBreed/Events.
A registration fee of $20 includes lunch and refreshments. Dinner is also available for an additional cost.
At the Joint Annual Meeting in Seattle in January 2013 the Placement Committee organized a panel on nonacademic employment opportunities for Ph.D.s in Classics and Archaeology. Follow this link (https://placement.apaclassics.org/alternative-employment) to read about the panel, hear audio clips of the presentations, and see a list of resources discussed at the panel.
We are very grateful to Committee Chair, David Potter, and his colleagues Betsey Robinson and Mike Lippman for their work in organizing this session. Thanks are also due to the seven speakers who gave us permission to offer their talks online.
The automated system for the 2013-2014 APA Placement Service is now open and accepting registrations by candidates, subscribers, and institutions. As was the case last year, registrants will need to create an account and then purchase the service(s) they wish. Registrants who used the Service last year may (but are not required to) adopt the same username and password as before; however, they will still need to create a new account.
Please read these detailed instructions for registering for the service and taking advantage of its features.
Please note the following important changes in the service this year.
In the recent election, the members voted to accept the recommendation of the Board of Directors that we should change the name of our organization to “Society for Classical Studies”, with “Founded in 1869 as the American Philological Association” as a permanent subtitle. In keeping with the truly remarkable dedication and commitment of our membership, 43% of our members voted in this election, at a time when other learned societies report that only 10-15% of their members typically vote in online elections and ballots. This is the highest participation rate that our Executive Director, Adam Blistein, has seen in the fourteen years of his tenure, and it is probably the highest ever.
With great sadness, the members of the Department of Classics at Grand Valley State University mourn the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Barbara Flaschenriem.
Barbara passed away on August 15, 2013, at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan, following a long illness. Initially appointed in the Department of English in 1998, she became a founding member of the Department of Classics in 2000.
Professor Flaschenriem held the Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of California at Berkeley. Prior to joining Grand Valley, she held faculty appointments at Seton Hall University and Yale University. Her teaching and scholarship were informed by aspects of feminist theory focusing upon representations of women in Roman literature and society. Her writing was marked by great subtlety and intellectual grace. Colleagues and students cherished her unassuming but wry demeanor and her intense passion in the classroom. Prof. Flaschenriem was at work on a monumental study of the Roman poet Propertius that was left uncompleted at her death.
A memorial gathering was held at the Alumni House on GVSU's Allendale campus on Sunday, September 8.