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 Placement Service for 2015-2016 will open during the week of August 10, 2015.  Please do not attempt to create an account for the current year until we announce that the Service is available. 

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Thu, 08/06/2015 - 8:36am by Adam Blistein.

The Center for Jewish Studies and the Department of Classics Harvard University invite applications for the 2016-2017 Harry Starr Fellowship in Judaica on the theme “Jews and the Classical World”.  Applications are welcome from candidates across the disciplines treating topics related to the intellectual, cultural, social, and political interactions of Jews and non-Jews in the ancient Mediterranean. Projects may engage with any relevant aspect of the classical, Hellenistic, Roman, and late antique worlds as well as the intellectual history of our modern academic disciplines.

The Starr Fellowship covers travel expenses and a stipend for a group of scholars from around the world to gather at Harvard to engage in full-time research in a designated subject area in Judaica. Junior faculty are especially encouraged to apply, the Ph.D. degree is required and Fellows must be in residence. The stipend is $40,000 for the spring semester or $50,000 for the full year.

For more information please contact:  Harry Starr Fellowship, Center for Jewish Studies, Harvard University, 6 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138, Tel: (617) 495-4326, Fax: (617) 496-8904, Email: cjs@fas.harvard.edu.  Website: http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~cjs/.  Application Deadline: December 1, 2015

View full article. | Posted in Awards and Fellowships on Tue, 08/04/2015 - 12:59pm by Adam Blistein.

This month’s column is the final in my series about how we can apply and see in action the 7 principles of research-based pedagogy described in the excellent book How Learning Works, by Susan Ambrose, et al.  Last time was metacognition.  Before that came mastery, prior knowledge, practice and feedback, motivation, and knowledge organization.  This month’s topic: student development and course climate, ch. 6 of the book.

View full article. | Posted in on Thu, 07/30/2015 - 12:54pm by T. H. M. Gellar-Goad.

Thanks to generous continued funding from the Elios Charitable Foundation and additional funding from the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Foundation, the University Library at California State University, Sacramento is pleased to announce the continuation of the Library Research Fellowship Program to support the use of the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection by fellows for scholarly research in Hellenic studies while in residence in Sacramento. The Program provides a limited number of fellowships ranging from $1,000 to $4,000 to help offset transportation and living expenses incurred during the tenure of the awards and is open to external researchers anywhere in the world at the doctoral through senior scholar levels (including independent scholars) working in fields encompassed by the Collection’s strengths who reside outside a 150-mile radius of Sacramento. The term of fellowships can vary between two weeks and three months, depending on the nature of the research, and for the current cycle will be tenable from Oct. 1, 2015-June 30, 2016. The fellowship application deadline is August 24, 2015. No late applications will be considered.

View full article. | Posted in Awards and Fellowships on Wed, 07/29/2015 - 3:58pm by Adam Blistein.

Solmsen Fellowships for 2016-2017

View full article. | Posted in Awards and Fellowships on Wed, 07/29/2015 - 3:46pm by Adam Blistein.

The PhD School in Humanities of the University of Verona will host a three-day international symposium on the subject INTERFERENCES. The event will take place on 26, 27 and 28 May 2016. The notion of interference as the combination of two or more phenomena and effects pertains as much to the physical sciences as, by extension, to the disciplines of philology, literature, and linguistics. The symposium is addressed to PhD students and Postdocs (within 4 years of conferment of title), and it aims to build up a discussion about different aspects of the idea of interference, from both a synchronic and a diachronic perspective, across the following thematic areas:

  • Theory: interference and its functions
  • Philology: contamination in the manuscript and print traditions
  • Literature: hybridizations among genres, styles, and literary traditions; relationship between orality and writing
  • Linguistics: language contact, influences between L1 and L2, interfaces between levels of analysis

Speakers will have 20 minutes to present their contributions (10 additional minutes are reserved for discussion). Abstracts must be submitted in .pdf format to the e-mail address mailto:interferenze2016@gmail.com by midnight of September 30, 2015. Abstracts should:

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Wed, 07/22/2015 - 9:18am by Adam Blistein.

The American Philosophical Society offers research grants in a number of areas.  Details of its programs can be found here.

View full article. | Posted in Awards and Fellowships on Tue, 07/21/2015 - 3:26pm by Adam Blistein.

I am sorry to report that Prof. Carin M. Green of the University of Iowa died on July 2.  Prof. Green served the Society in a number of ways, including terms on the Development, Translations, and Placement (twice) Committees.  She asked that there be no funeral services, and that memorial notices be as brief as possible.  The Department of Classics at the University of Iowa has set up a memorial fund for their colleague.

View full article. | Posted in In Memoriam on Thu, 07/16/2015 - 8:48am by Adam Blistein.

SCS is a member of the National Committee for Latin and Greek (NCLG), an organization that promotes the study of classical languages at all levels.  Prof. Mary Pendergraft of Wake Forest University, Chair of NCLG, has drawn our attention to a movement to encourage the adoption of “Seals of Biliteracy” for high school graduates.  Below she explains this program and efforts by the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), to which SCS also belongs, to encourage the use of Biliteracy Seals throughout the country.

Adam D. Blistein
Executive Director

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Wed, 07/15/2015 - 12:56pm by Adam Blistein.

As many members know, I intend to retire at the end of June 2016.  The Board of Directors has been working on this transition for over a year.  Last year’s President, Kathryn Gutzwiller, formed a Succession Planning Committee chaired by Past President and current ACLS Delegate Dee Clayman, to recommend criteria and procedures for the selection of the new Executive Director.  The Board reviewed the Committee’s report in September 2014 and, after a meeting of the Cabinet in December 2014 to update our strategic plan, approved the retention of a search firm, Isaacson Miller, to identify candidates for the position and manage the selection process. 

This year’s President, John Marincola, has formed a search committee consisting of himself as Chair, Roger Bagnall, Deborah Boedeker, Toph Marshall, Kathryn Morgan, Barbara Shailor, and Peter Struck.  That committee has approved a call for nominations and applications that appears on the Isaacson Miller web site.  Please review this call and the more detailed job description it provides.  The call also provides links through which you can apply for the position, nominate a candidate, or submit a question to Gregory Gallagher of Isaacson Miller.

Adam D. Blistein
Executive Director

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Thu, 07/09/2015 - 8:47am by Adam Blistein.

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