Classics at Howard University

Howard University is the only HBCU in the United States with a Classics Department, which has been a part of the institution since its inception in 1867. SCS has recently received the following news from the Department:

"Howard University has decided to close the Department of Classics as part of its prioritization efforts and is currently negotiating with the faculty of Classics and with other units in the College as to how they might best reposition and repurpose our programs and personnel. These discussions have been cordial, and the faculty remains hopeful that the department can be kept intact at some level, with its faculty and programs still in place." 

The Board of Directors of the Society for Classical Studies strongly supports all the faculty, including all non-tenure track faculty, and students in the Department of Classics. The SCS Classics Advisory Service will continue to make itself available to all at Howard in order to advise and support the department, its programs, students, and all faculty.

The SCS Board of Directors, 4/16/21


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The Paideia Institute is happy to announce its spring semester offerings in Telepaideia, our series of online courses in Latin and Ancient Greek. Telepaideia allows you to study Latin and Greek language and literature with expert teachers from the comfort of your own home. All you need is a computer and an internet connection. Courses offered this spring include:

Conversational Latin and Greek:  Courses in conversational Latin and Greek at all levels, including advanced Latin conversation courses.

Intensive Beginning Latin and Greek:  Intensive Latin and Greek courses presents a thorough introduction to grammar and syntax and progresses to reading basic texts.

Reading Courses:  Traditional reading courses this semester include The Gospel of Saint John, De Institutione Puerorum, and more.

Modern Language Courses 'For Classicists':  Courses in German, Italian, French, and Modern Greek taught for classicists by classicists. These intermediate language courses are taught in the target language, allowing students to practice reading and discussing great works of German, Italian, French and Modern Greek literature and scholarship while improving their modern language skills.

View full article. | Posted in Summer Programs on Fri, 04/29/2016 - 4:00pm by Adam Blistein.

The European Institutes for Advanced Study (EURIAS) Fellowship Programme is an international researcher mobility programme offering 10-month residencies in one of the 18 participating Institutes: Aarhus, Amsterdam, Berlin, Bologna, Budapest, Cambridge, Delmenhorst, Edinburgh, Freiburg, Helsinki, Jerusalem, Lyon, Madrid, Marseille, Paris, Uppsala, Vienna, Zürich. The Institutes for Advanced Study support the focused, self-directed work of outstanding researchers. The fellows benefit from the finest intellectual and research conditions and from the stimulating environment of a multi-disciplinary and international community of first-rate scholars.

EURIAS Fellowships are mainly offered in the fields of the humanities and social sciences but may also be granted to scholars in life and exact sciences, provided that their proposed research project does not require laboratory facilities and that it interfaces with humanities and social sciences. The diversity of the 18 participating IAS offers a wide range of possible research contexts in Europe for worldwide scholars. Applicants may select up to three IAS outside their country of nationality or residence as possible host institutions.

View full article. | Posted in Awards and Fellowships on Fri, 04/29/2016 - 3:59pm by Adam Blistein.

The Norwegian Institute in Athens, in collaboration with the Centre for Gender Research at the University of Oslo, would like to announce the call for papers for the interdisciplinary conference “Hierarchy and Equality - Representations of Sex/Gender in the Ancient World.” We invite scholars with a material and/or theoretical interest in sex/gender, or in social structures based on gender distinctions. We hope to explore more broadly what was “before sex”, i.e. the modern reproduction-based two-sex model (Laqueur), and seek possibly even more fruitful ways to approach sex/gender in the ancient world. We encourage contributors to approach a variety of records and explore hypotheses outside of the established scholarly consensus on ancient understandings of sex/gender. We also encourage papers that reflect on the extent to which modern notions of sex/gender affect our reading of the past.

This interdisciplinary conference aims to bring together a wide range of scholars of the ancient Near East and Mediterranean world, and draw on our respective materials to investigate the diversity of ancient conceptions of sex/gender.

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers, Conferences, Lectures, and Meetings on Fri, 04/29/2016 - 3:57pm by Adam Blistein.

The deadline for submission of individual abstracts to the SCS Program Committee for the 2017 annual meeting in Toronto is next Tuesday, April 26, at 11:59 p.m., Eastern TimeYou may create an account on the program submission site and submit an abstract only if you are an SCS member in good standing for 2016.  In addition, you must use the same credentials that you established in our membership database at the Johns Hopkins University Press (JHUP) to create your account on the program submission site.  Visit this page about eligibility to submit an abstract to find links to the Johns Hopkins site where you can retrieve those credentials and your member number.

View full article. | Posted in Conferences, Lectures, and Meetings, SCS Announcements on Wed, 04/20/2016 - 1:36pm by Adam Blistein.

Congratulations to Denis Feeney (President, 2013) and Ralph J. Hexter (Financial Trustee, 2013-2019) who are among the 213 new members elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  The Academy was founded in 1780 and is one of the country’s oldest learned societies and independent policy research centers.  See the entire list of new members here

View full article. | Posted in Member News, SCS Announcements on Wed, 04/20/2016 - 9:02am by Adam Blistein.

The fourth annual conference of the International Society for Late Antique Literary Studies (ISLALS) will convene on the campuses of Bryn Mawr College and Haverford College on October 21–22, 2016. The organizers for this year’s conference, in despair of capturing under a single rubric all the exciting new work being done in late antique literary studies, issue an open call for all papers on late antique literature qua literature. Close analyses of a single textual moment in poetry or prose; sweeping surveys of author, genre, image, or trope; precise detective work on a long nettlesome crux; and paradigm-shifting theoretical diatribe are all encouraged.  

If you would like to participate, please send a brief abstract of your paper via email attachment to Bret Mulligan ( by June 15, 2016. Papers should run no longer than thirty minutes. Also welcome are abstracts for shorter papers and proposals for other forms of scholarly presentations (panels, lightning talks, posters, etc.).

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers, Conferences, Lectures, and Meetings on Tue, 04/12/2016 - 3:32pm by Adam Blistein.

Whether through political structures or interpersonal relationships, exercising and communicating power was a persistent concern for all members of society in the ancient world.  Expressions of power abound in the physical and literary landscape of antiquity, from the occupation of the acropolis in Aristophanes’ Lysistrata to the display of Roman imperialism on the Arch of Titus.  Rhetoric, oratory, and written law were means to exert or possibly resist power.  Questions naturally arise: Who (or what) had power in the ancient world, and how did they demonstrate and maintain it?  How did ancient people navigate between brute expressions of power and more subtle persuasion?  What vulnerabilities came with power, and how did devalued individuals claim significance?

The graduate students of the Department of Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison invite papers from current graduate students for our 7th annual graduate colloquium, “Power and Persuasion in the Ancient World.”  The colloquium will take place on October 21-22, 2016 and will feature a keynote presentation by Professor Josiah Ober of Stanford University. 

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers, Conferences, Lectures, and Meetings on Tue, 04/12/2016 - 3:29pm by Adam Blistein.

In 1820, a writer for the Cincinnati Western Review warned his readers that should the time ever come when Latin and Greek should be banished from our universities and the study of Cicero and Demosthenes, of Homer and Virgil should be considered as unnecessary for the formation of a scholar, we should regard mankind as fast sinking into an absolute barbarism, and the gloom of mental darkness is likely to increase until it should become universal. Almost two hundred years later, Americans are no longer required to learn Greek and Latin, but their necessary connection to antiquity continues in film and television Westerns. John Ford, Raoul Walsh, Howard Hawkes, Budd Boetticher, Anthony Mann, and Sam Peckinpah (to name only a few Western film directors), all have borrowed from the Greats to invent, reinvent, and often reinterpret the American experience on the frontier. The popular Western owes much of its impact to the power of high art, classical, epic, tragic and comic forms which have celebrated, affirmed, and deconstructed the American Character in the Wild West for over a century, transmitting a complicated cultural coding about the nature of westward expansionism, heroism, family life, assimilation and settlement, and American masculinity and femininity. 

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Tue, 04/12/2016 - 3:25pm by Adam Blistein.

This is an area of multiple panels for the 2016 Film & History Conference: "Gods and Heretics: Figures of Power and Subversion in Film and Television". 

Long after their worship ceased, the gods and goddesses of the ancient Mediterranean world have remained potent forces in the modern imaginary. While their traditional names remain the same, modernity's shifting ideological matrices change the signification of these deities. The meaning of worshipers paying homage to them; of priests and prophets claiming to speak on their behalf; and of heroes and rulers challenging their authority or receiving their favor, all change when the moral authority and even existence of these gods and goddesses is no longer a self-evident truth. Technologies for visualizing the divine in e.g. film, television, and video games further complicate the way audiences comprehend deities associated with living cultural traditions but defunct belief systems. Furthermore, viewers may relate very differently to the re-imagining of these ancient Mediterranean gods and goddesses on the modern screen, depending on their various social, cultural, religious, ethnic and/or national identities.

This area invites 20-minute papers (inclusive of visual presentations) considering the motivations, execution, conditions, ramifications, and reaction to representing deities of the ancient Mediterranean world on screen. Topics include, but are not limited to:

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers, Conferences, Lectures, and Meetings on Tue, 04/12/2016 - 11:06am by Adam Blistein.
Case Western Reserve University offers a program for students wishing to strengthen their Greek and Latin skills before pursuing an MA/PhD in Classics or a related field. The application deadline is April 15. Further details are available at
View full article. | Posted in Degree and Certificate Programs on Tue, 03/29/2016 - 9:35am by Adam Blistein.


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