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 SCS is a member of the National Humanities Alliance (NHA), a coalition dedicated to the advancement of humanities education, research, preservation, and public programs. Today is Humanities Advocacy Day (#humanitiesadvocacy16) on Capitol Hill, an annual event organized by NHA. Humanities advocates from around the country will be meeting with their Members of Congress to make the case for humanities funding. In addition to scheduling these meetings, the NHA has provided mechanisms for those who could not travel to Washington to show their support for humanities funding by email and Twitter.

Even if you are not in Washington, you can participate in this activity by clicking here to send messages to your Members of Congress asking them to support the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Department of Education’s international education programs.

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Tue, 03/15/2016 - 10:28am by Adam Blistein.

Members who use the TLG should be aware that there is now a new TLG web site. It’s noted on the old page but you could easily miss it. Users will have to switch to the new site, which will require a login. If you normally access the TLG through your institution, you can create an account (user name and password) for free, but you must have an account and log in to use the full resources.

Michael Gagarin
Vice President for Publications and Research

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements, Websites and Resources on Mon, 03/14/2016 - 9:33am by Adam Blistein.

As a result of armed conflict, war, looting, natural disasters, economic development, poor management, and tourism, humanity’s cultural legacy is under increasing duress.  In recognition of this multifaceted problem, NEH encourages projects that conduct research and develop resources for the study, documentation, and presentation of imperiled cultural heritage materials, including, but not limited to, the

View full article. | Posted in Awards and Fellowships on Thu, 03/10/2016 - 4:51pm by Adam Blistein.

For forty years, UT's Intensive Summer Greek program has been giving students of diverse backgrounds and interests a rapid and deep understanding of the Greek language and a love of Greek prose and poetry.  No previous knowledge of Greek is necessary, however if you have had a semester or two before, the special approach taken in this course will strengthen your grasp of how the language works and why it is so subtle a vehicle for expression.  Students in many other subjects find that Greek also enriches their study of those fields.
The language saturation approach taken in the course consistently achieves an enthusiasm that promotes an unusually rich learning experience.  We use our own textbook and reader: Lexis, designed by the late Gareth Morgan, former UT Professor of Classics.  All of its exercises are based on extended passages of unaltered classical Greek.  In the first segment of the course (GK W804), readings drawn from Herodotus make you alert to word formation, which enables you to build vocabulary swiftly.  His Ionic dialect, which is the backbone to earlier poetry and later Greek alike, prepares you to move easily backward to Homeric poetry and forward to Attic authors and Biblical Greek.  In the second half of the course (GK W412), along with ample grammar review, we read Book 9 of Homer's Odyssey, Euripides' Medea, Plato's Apology, and some supplementary readings.

View full article. | Posted in Summer Programs on Thu, 03/10/2016 - 4:25pm by Adam Blistein.

In recent years, scholars in the humanities and social sciences have turned to animals and ecologies in their research. The Tellus panel of the Ara Pacis Augustae  shows the intersection between the artistic depiction of animals and plants on the one hand, and the material culture and politics of the Augustan period on the other. Plants and animals play a pervasive role in metaphor and myth in classical literature from Homer onwards and in ancient conceptual frameworks. Contemporary theory is also indebted to this trend. Gilles Deleuze, for example, writes: “Thought is not arborescent, and the brain is not a rooted or ramified matter.

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers, Conferences, Lectures, and Meetings on Mon, 03/07/2016 - 9:23am by Adam Blistein.

The Ancient World Mapping Center at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill will host this conference, which is free and open to the public.  It will feature a variety of presentations applying the techniques of digital mapping to the challenges of ancient Greek and Roman history and archaeology.  Tom Elliott of New York University, managing editor of the Pleiades project, will deliver a keynote address entitled "Stable Orbits or Clear Air Turbulence: Capacity, Scale, and Use Cases in Geospatial Antiquity."  For more information, visit

Contact:  919-962-0502

View full article. | Posted in Conferences, Lectures, and Meetings on Fri, 03/04/2016 - 3:55pm by Adam Blistein.

Heckman Stipends, made possible by the A.A. Heckman Endowed Fund, are awarded semi-annually. Up to 10 stipends in amounts up to $2,000 are available each year. Funds may be applied toward travel to and from Collegeville, housing and meals at Saint John’s University, and costs related to duplication of HMML’s microfilm or digital resources. The Stipend may be supplemented by other sources of funding but may not be held simultaneously with another HMML Stipend or Fellowship. Holders of the Stipend must wait at least two years before applying again.

The program is specifically intended to help scholars who have not yet established themselves professionally and whose research cannot progress satisfactorily without consulting materials to be found in the collections of the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library.

Applications must be submitted by April 15 for residencies between July and December of the same year, or by November 15 for residencies between January and June of the following year.

Applicants are asked to provide:

View full article. | Posted in Awards and Fellowships on Fri, 03/04/2016 - 3:22pm by Adam Blistein.

Organized by the Institute of Greece, Rome and the Classical Tradition, University of Bristol

View full article. | Posted in Conferences, Lectures, and Meetings on Fri, 03/04/2016 - 1:33pm by Adam Blistein.

NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication seek to encourage scholars engaged in humanities research that requires digital formats and digital publication. Eligible projects must be conceived as digital because the nature of the research and the topics addressed demand presentation beyond traditional print publication. For example, for scholarship in fields like art history, musicology, or media studies, an interactive digital publication may allow the author to use multimedia to make arguments or illustrate critical points that would be otherwise difficult or impossible in traditional print formats.

View full article. | Posted in Awards and Fellowships on Fri, 03/04/2016 - 1:29pm by Adam Blistein.

The workshop aims to investigate archaeological evidence and textual sources in a comparative way to unearth the multiplicity and richness with which divine agency is depicted in narratives, religious practices and ideas, as well as in iconographical evidence. It engages closely with an extensive methodological and thematic agenda that focuses on all aspects of the materiality of divine agency in Classical antiquity. More specifically, this year’s postgraduate workshop sets out to explore processes of embodying, objectifying, portraying physically and, more generally, grounding the divine and its agency in our rather limited sensual perception. Following in the steps of recent scholarly studies on the iconicity, aniconicity and hybridity of the divine in the classical world, the workshop casts its net wider so as to include religious action taking place in the so-called margins of urban religious activities, such as magic and healing. Moreover, ritual action focused on statues and material objects (votives, amulets, defixiones) and other processes that ensure a successful communication with the divine will receive extra attention in our discussions.

View full article. | Posted in Conferences, Lectures, and Meetings on Fri, 03/04/2016 - 1:23pm by Adam Blistein.


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