Board Letter to the Paideia Institute (2019), with update in March 2021

Update, March 29, 2021

In October 2019, the SCS Board announced below a hiatus on funding for Programs offered by the Paideia Institute pending assurance that the Institute had investigated and addressed credible public allegations concerning unprofessional and discriminatory behavior in a number of its Programs. The Paideia Institute has now submitted to the Society documentation of its internal investigations and its new policies and procedures. This documentation was reviewed by a board sub-committee, which then reported to the full board. In addition, the Paideia Institute has added material concerning diversity, equity, and inclusion to its website.  As a result, the board has ended the hiatus, and funding obtained through the Snowden Scholarships, the Coffin Fellowships, the Ancient Worlds, Modern Communities micro-grants, and other SCS initiatives can now be used for Programs offered by Paideia.  

On October 13, 2019, the SCS Board of Directors approved the following letter addressed to the Board of Directors of the Paideia Institute for Humanistic Study, Inc.

"The Society for Classical Studies joins the American Classical League in expressing deep concern in response to recent public statements regarding the Paideia Institute. Some of those statements are authored by individuals who have been closely associated with Paideia in various capacities and who have now resigned from the Institute.  Some of the published allegations are more generally about the Institute’s cultural climate, while others concern specific incidents. All the allegations are serious.

Accordingly, the SCS board of directors has approved a temporary hiatus on new funding for Paideia programs, including but not limited to support via the SCS Minority Scholarships, Coffin Fellowships, and Classics Everywhere micro-grants.

The directors of the Society for Classical Studies admire the innovative pedagogy and broadly inclusive mission that marked the foundation of the Paideia Institute. Many directors have heard first-hand testimony about the love of the ancient languages that Paideia programs have inspired and the strong bonds that have formed among students, interns, and volunteers participating in the Institute’s programs in the US and abroad. Further, the SCS board of directors recognizes that many classicists who have worked and volunteered for Paideia have striven to create and sustain innovative programs that are both welcoming and inclusive.

In our view, however, it is incumbent upon all Classics organizations to create environments that are diverse and inclusive across all areas of their programs and operations; further, it is incumbent upon all to combat racism, sexism, and discrimination against LBGTQ+ and other marginalized individuals. The SCS board therefore expects that the board of the Paideia Institute will address the public allegations that have been made and describe in detail measures which the organization has taken, is taking, and will take to address its climate, culture, and handling of human resources issues, expanding upon Jason Pedicone’s email of October 2 to the Paideia community. We realize that addressing these issues thoroughly may take some time. The SCS board will evaluate whether to resume funding when we receive an update from Paideia; this should reach us by April 10, 2020. We look forward to hearing from you."

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Header image: Gold death-mask, known as the ‘mask of Agamemnon’. Mycenae, Grave Circle A, Grave V, 16th cent. BC. National Archaeological Museum of Athens.

The Classics Everywhere initiative, launched by the SCS in 2019, in March 2021 has been renamed and reimagined as the Ancient Worlds, Modern Communities initiative. Ancient Worlds, Modern Communities supports projects that seek to engage broader publics—individuals, groups, and communities—in critical discussion of and creative expression related to the ancient Mediterranean, the global reception of Greek and Roman culture, and the history of teaching and scholarship in the field of classical studies. As part of this initiative, the SCS has funded 98 projects ranging from school programming to reading groups, prison programs, public talks and conferences, digital projects, and collaborations with artists in theater, opera, music, dance, and the visual arts. Awardees are selected by the SCS Committee on Classics in the Community.

View full article. | Posted in on Fri, 03/26/2021 - 10:01am by .

Last week, several members of the SCS Board of Directors participated in a powerful and important solidarity event organized by the Women’s Classical Caucus (WCC) and Asian and Asian American Classical Caucus (AAACC) after the shootings in Atlanta that resulted in the deaths of eight individuals, six of whom were Asian women. After this event, we reached out to AAACC to ask what actions SCS could meaningfully take to support the AAACC community and AAPI communities more broadly. As a result, the SCS Board of Directors has approved donations to the Asian Counseling and Referring Service and Asian Americans Advancing Justice. SCS will also be working with AAACC on data collection in order to understand better the demographics and needs of Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander classicists.

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Fri, 03/26/2021 - 8:45am by Helen Cullyer.

Awards and Fellowships: Spring 2021

We congratulate the following award and fellowship winners for 2021:

Frank M. Snowden Scholarships

  • Cayle Diefenbach
  • Maia Lee-Chin
  • Niles Marthone
  • Luis Rodriguez Perez
  • Coffin Fellowship
  • Robert Amstutz

Pearson Fellowship

  • Uwade Akhere

TLL Fellowship

  • Adam Trettel

Ancient Worlds, Modern Communities Awards (formerly Classics Everywhere)

  • New Atlantis: A Journey into the Classicism of W.E.B. Du Bois – Pennsylvania

                Divya Nair

  • Classics as Pedagogical Tool: An Interactive/Multimedia E-Book – online

                Marcus Bell and Nancy Rabinowitz

  • A Musical Adaptation of The Bacchae – online

                J. Landon Marcus

  • All BAME Medea: A Short Film – U.K.

                Shivaike Shah

  • The Ozymandias Project: A New Podcast – Illinois, online

                Lexie Henning

  • The Laodamiad at the Center for Hellenic Studies – Washington, DC, online

                Chas LiBretto

  • Society for Ancient Medicine Blog Series: “The Best Doctor is also a Historian” – online

                Colin Webster

View full article. | Posted in Awards and Fellowships on Tue, 03/23/2021 - 11:26am by Erik Shell.

The Inaugural SAIG/GSC Dissertation Lecture

The AIA’s Student Affairs Interest Group (SAIG) and SCS’s Graduate Student Committee (GSC) are pleased to announce the 2021 SAIG/GSC Dissertation Lecture! This annual talk is a collaborative effort intended to highlight the work of a senior doctoral candidate whose research features interdisciplinary work between the fields of archaeology and classical philology, and to support the student networks between these related fields.

As the first SAIG/GSC Dissertation Lecturer, Elizabeth Heintges, doctoral candidate at Columbia University, will present “Forgetting Sextus Pompey: the bellum Siculum and Vergil’s Aeneid,” integrating both literary and material evidence into an analysis of two major moments in Roman Republican history. Please see the poster and abstract below for more details.

The lecture will be held virtually on Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 5:00 pm EST.
Please register here in advance of this Zoom webinar.
Any questions? Please don’t hesitate to reach out via email (studentaffairsaia@gmail.com).

View full article. | Posted in Conferences, Lectures, and Meetings on Tue, 03/23/2021 - 10:50am by Erik Shell.

The past few weeks, and indeed the past few months and the past year, have been incredibly difficult in so many ways. The pandemic, the increasingly uncertain financial state of higher education and the humanities in particular, and the persistence of hate and racism are resulting in serious practical and emotional impacts. As SCS strives to address all these challenges and to serve its members, we are introducing a new experimental program of "office hours" that will provide members with short confidential Zoom appointments with the Executive Director to air concerns and make requests. At the current time, appointments are limited to members who are students, contingent faculty, and anyone with precarious or no employment. You can find the link to schedule an appointment in the body of the March email newsletter and on our Members Only page accessible via our Membership menu (login is required to access that page).

View full article. | Posted in Executive Director Letters on Mon, 03/22/2021 - 11:38am by Helen Cullyer.
Pleiades front page.

Pleiades is an online database of spatial information modeled on the long tradition of gazetteers. It is most useful to people interested in Greek and Roman material but also includes a growing amount of information concerning other ancient cultures.

The user interface is simple and intuitive. First, type the name of a place into the search bar. Then, if Pleiades recognizes the name, it provides a selection of peer-reviewed information about that place: for example, alternate names, relevant citations, and chronological periods during which the place was active.

View full article. | Posted in on Fri, 03/12/2021 - 10:01am by .

A message from the National Humanities Alliance:

"Advocates from all 50 states and Washington D.C. will be meeting virtually with their Members of Congress and congressional staff to discuss federal funding for the humanities. They will be thanking Members of Congress for the funding in the American Rescue Plan and pushing for increased funding for a wide range of humanities programs in FY 2022!

Help bolster their efforts by writing to your Members of Congress today!

We’ve won incremental increases for the NEH in each of the past 6 years, but given the needs of the humanities community and the crucial role they have to play in the current moment, we are urging a far more robust increase this year. Take action for the NEH!

View full article. | Posted in General Announcements on Wed, 03/10/2021 - 9:14am by Helen Cullyer.
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In Part 3 of our guest series for the SCS Blog, the Women’s Classical Caucus (WCC) invites you to celebrate the winner of its 2020-21 Public Scholarship Award: Peopling the Past, a grassroots group of Canadian archaeologists and art historians of the ancient Mediterranean who have created resources accessible to audiences of all ages.

View full article. | Posted in on Tue, 03/09/2021 - 2:08pm by Caroline Cheung.

Gorgias/Gorgias

The Sicilian Orator and the Platonic Dialogue

Exedra Mediterranean Center

Syracuse, Sicily, 23-26 November, 2021

with a pre-conference seminar on selections of his writings in Greek (November 22-23) and an excursion to the archaeological site and museum of Leontini, November 27.

View full article. | Posted in Conferences, Lectures, and Meetings on Tue, 03/09/2021 - 1:49pm by Erik Shell.

Sex, Rage, & Change:Feminist Adaptation of Ovid’s Metamorphoses

a public conversation with Nina MacLaughlin, Paisley Rekdal, and Stephanie McCarter

4 p.m. CST Thursday, April 8, 2021

View full article. | Posted in Conferences, Lectures, and Meetings on Tue, 03/09/2021 - 1:39pm by Erik Shell.

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