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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Michele Renee Salzman has posted a message for members about submission of proposals and individual abstracts on the page of our web site devoted to the 2017 Annual Meeting. 

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Mon, 03/28/2016 - 1:00pm by Adam Blistein.

Texts and Contexts is an annual conference held on the campus of the Ohio State University devoted to Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, incunables and early printed texts in Latin and the vernacular languages. The conference solicits papers particularly in the general discipline of manuscript studies, including palaeography, codicology, reception and text history. In addition to the general papers (of roughly 20 minutes), the conference also hosts the Virginia Brown Memorial Lecture, established in memory of the late Virginia Brown, who taught paleography at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies for some 40 years.  We also welcome proposals for sessions of two to three papers which might treat a more focused topic.

Please send abstracts to  Deadline for abstracts: August 15, 2016.

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers, Conferences, Lectures, and Meetings on Mon, 03/28/2016 - 12:52pm by Adam Blistein.

Ave Maria University and the Polis Institute will again offer intensive summer immersion courses in beginning and intermediate Latin and Greek, teaching students to read as well as speak Greek or Classical Latin. Participants learn to read and analyze complex texts, speak and compose basic sentences, and build a 1,000-word vocabulary of the most frequent vocabulary. Immersion classes meet, on average, six hours per day and will run for a total of eight weeks, from May 16 to July 8. The program will provide the equivalent of four or more semesters of elementary and intermediate Latin or Greek and lead to fluency in reading the ancient languages through immersion and intensive study in an exciting and academically rigorous environment.

The immersion courses are taught at Ave Maria University in southwest Florida.  You can visit our site to apply or learn more, or contact us directly at for more information.

View full article. | Posted in Summer Programs on Mon, 03/28/2016 - 12:50pm by Adam Blistein.

Aquila/NYU is offering discounted tickets for Philoctetes, being presented in Brooklyn in April as part of its NEH veterans program. Tickets can be ordered here and $50 tickets can be purchased for $35 by entering the code SCS35. For group rates (10 or more) contact

View full article. | Posted in Performances, SCS Announcements on Mon, 03/28/2016 - 12:36pm by Adam Blistein.

I am very sorry to report the death of David H. Porter, with whom I worked very closely for almost my entire term as Executive Director.  He served as Chair of our Development Committee from its revival in 2000 until this past January.  In that role he led an effort that tripled the number of members who made annual giving donations and more than quadrupled the amount raised.  He was also an active member of the Steering Committee for the Gateway Campaign.  This citation for the Distinguished Service Award that the Society awarded to David in 2013 describes the many ways in which he advanced our field and our organization.  The current President of Skidmore College, which David led from 1987 to 1999, has issued this moving statement about David's contributions to that institution.

View full article. | Posted in In Memoriam, SCS Announcements on Sat, 03/26/2016 - 9:27pm by Adam Blistein.

SHAW 37.1 (to be published in June 2017) will be a theme volume devoted to “Shaw and Classical Literature,” with Gustavo A. Rodríguez Martín (Universidad de Extremadura, Spain) as guest editor. Classical elements in Shaw’s works abound. They include plays set in the classical period (Caesar and Cleopatra, Androcles and the Lion), reincarnations of classical mythology (Pygmalion), characters defined by their relation to classical scholarship (Adolphus Cusins), even dramatic devices from the classical period borrowed and adapted (Senecan sententiae in The Revolutionist’s Handbook; chorus-like characters such as the Courtiers or Guardsmen in Caesar and Cleopatra). Shaw’s non- dramatic writings also evince Shaw’s familiarity with the classical tradition: classical rhetoric underlies some of his speeches and essays; Greek and Roman philosophers influenced his thinking; and classical sources helped shape his sense of history. Very few studies – Gilbert Norwood’s 1912 lecture “Euripides and Mr. Bernard Shaw,” Michael von Albrecht’s “Bernard Shaw and the classics” in Classical and Modern Literature (1987), and Sidney P. Albert’s recent book, Shaw, Plato, and Euripides: classical currents in ‘Major Barbara’ (2012) – survey this neglected area of research.

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Fri, 03/25/2016 - 10:44am by Adam Blistein.

The American Classical League (ACL) hosts a Latin and Greek teacher placement service which focuses on available jobs in K-12 schools, although there are also jobs listed at colleges and universities, as well as private tutoring opportunities and positions for administrators at classical schools.

Employers may list jobs at no charge by following the link. ACL members may list a resume on the site which employers can then search.

As of March 23, 2016, there were 81 jobs listed on the site.  Many more job listings will be posted at the end of April and into May, when administrators make hiring decisions and retirements are announced. There are likely to be over 200 job listings by the end of May. Each listing shows the anticipated start date for the position as well as the date on which the listing was posted.

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Wed, 03/23/2016 - 9:31am by Adam Blistein.

Alan Lindley Boegehold, Professor Emeritus of Classics at Brown University, died on October 28, 2015 at his home in South Dartmouth, Massachusetts, in the presence of his wife of 61 years, Julie, and other members of his family. Alan was born in Detroit, Michigan, on March 21, 1927; his father, a scientist, was a personal adviser to the president of General Motors. Alan graduated from the Detroit Country Day School in 1944. He had enlisted in a program run by the army, the Army Specialized Training Reserve Program, which during the second war sent men, normally of 17,  to college campuses in the army Reserve to study engineering. Alan and I were in this program and were stationed at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. We met on our first day in the program and formed a friendship at once, partly because we had both studied Latin in school. This friendship became our closest one in classics and endured until his death.

View full article. | Posted in In Memoriam on Sat, 03/19/2016 - 11:42am by Adam Blistein.

Learn Classical Greek this summer online at the Erasmus Academy. This 8-week course provides the equivalent of one year of college Attic Greek and will prepare students to reach an intermediate reading level in the language.

The course is in real time: Students log in at specific times (Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:15 pm - 9:15 pm EST) and interact directly with the instructor and other classmates. Graduate students in the Arts & Sciences, any motivated college or high school student, or other adult desiring to read Classical Greek are all welcome.

The application deadline is May 1, 2016 and the course fee is $950.

For more information, go to

Or contact the instructor or the Erasmus Academy office:
Kristina Chew:
Erasmus Academy:

View full article. | Posted in Summer Programs on Tue, 03/15/2016 - 3:53pm by Adam Blistein.

As a peer-reviewed scholarly journal, CADMO – Revista de História Antiga publishes original studies and findings, as well as relevant “state of the art” essays, on Ancient History and the study of Ancient cultures. Furthermore, it aims to promote debate and discussion on a wide variety of subjects relating to Ancient History. It welcomes contributions related to the Ancient Near-Eastern World (Egypt, Mesopotamia, Persia, Syro-Palestinian area and Anatolia) and to the Classical World (Greece, Rome and the Ancient Mediterranean, including Late Antiquity). Studies on the reception of Antiquity and its cultural productions, historiography of the Ancient World, as well as submissions focusing on other Ancient societies (such as the Indian, Asian or Mesoamerican cultures) are also accepted. This journal does not consider “Antiquity” to be a notion restricted to Western civilization and its heritage, rather an essential historiographical construct for our understanding of Global History. Critical reviews of recently published works (up to two years) and relevant notes and news on the aforementioned subjects are also published.

Editor-in-chief: Nuno Simões Rodrigues (University of Lisbon).  Co-editors: Luís Manuel de Araújo (University of Lisbon); Amílcar Guerra (University of Lisbon).

Annual deadline for proposals: December 31st.

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Tue, 03/15/2016 - 3:50pm by Adam Blistein.


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