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 National Committee for Latin and Greek (NCLG) presents a webinar as part of its Tirones Project, which is intended to support new (and not-so-new) Latin teachers.  It will offer end of the year reflections from two master teachers on the general topic of Evaluating this year, planning for the next: Things I wish I’d known in my first years of teaching.

Keely K. Lake grew up in South Dakota and earned her undergraduate degree at the University of S.D.  She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Iowa, and since 2002 has taught at the Wayland Academy in Wisconsin, where she teaches Latin, Greek, and the ancient world, while coaching volleyball and track. She is College Board Liaison to the A.P. Latin Committee, Secretary of the Vergilian Society, and a member of the Board of the Joint National Committee on Languages (JNCL).

Linda Sharrard Montross grew up in Michigan, where she received her undergraduate at Oakland University in 1969.  She subsequently began teaching in Fairfax Country, Virginia, earned a Masters in Education in Latin from the University of Virginia in 1976, and retired in 2000.  She was one of the founding members of the National Latin Exam in 1977 and currently serves as Co-Chair.  She has frequently presented at classical conferences on pedagogy and the NLE. 

View full article. | Posted in Conferences, Lectures, and Meetings on Fri, 04/24/2015 - 3:34pm by Adam Blistein.

From November 23 to December 4, 2015 Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, in cooperation with Venice International University, will offer an advanced seminar on “Literature and Culture in the Ancient Mediterranean: Greece, Rome and the Near East”.  The program is conceived as a two year commitment over two successive years (2015 and 2016). The first session (November 23 – December 4, 2015) will consist of lectures by scholars with a seminar approach on the origins and development of literary genres and literacy in Ancient Greece, Rome and the Near East. Some of the lectures will run simultaneously and will be devoted respectively to the interpretation of specific classical and near eastern texts, with more focus on textual analysis. Two or three evening lectures by special guests are also under consideration.  The lectures will alternate with a series of site visits, for example, to the Marciana Library, the Library of San Lazzaro degli Armeni, and the Basilica of San Marco.

View full article. | Posted in Conferences, Lectures, and Meetings on Fri, 04/24/2015 - 10:32am by Adam Blistein.

Applications are now being accepted for PhD students in Analysis and Management of Cultural Heritage (AMCH) for the 2015/16 PhD program at IMT Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca (www.imtlucca.it).  Highly motivated candidates are invited to apply for one of the 35 fully-funded scholarships of the three-year doctoral program, which is articulated in curricula. The 3 curricula currently offered are field-specific, although in many instances they share a common scientific background.

The AMCH curriculum proposes courses in Management of Cultural Heritage and Cultural Institutions, European and International Legislation on Cultural Heritage and Landscape, Art History, Museology, Technologies applied to the valorization of Cultural Heritage. Both research oriented and practice oriented courses constitute the program, which aims at educating qualified professionals operating in the concrete field of cultural management and academics.  It promotes research offering the students a lively contact with different research approaches and methodologies, through case studies belonging to research fields such as Art History, Classical Archaeology and Museology.

View full article. | Posted in Degree and Certificate Programs on Thu, 04/23/2015 - 1:38pm by Adam Blistein.

The proposed collection of essays, Classical New York: Greece and Rome in New York City’s Art & Architecture, 1830-1940, will fill a notable gap among the many books on New York’s art and architecture. As the quintessentially modern metropolis, New York City is often defined by the skyscrapers that dominate its skyline, a camera-ready subject for myriad trade books. Easily overlooked—and virtually ignored by scholars —is the formative influence of Greco-Roman art and architecture on the buildings and public monuments of New York from the height of the Greek revival style in the 1830s into the 1930s, when, for example, the sculptural program at Rockefeller Center recast classical myth in a notably modern form. During the century or so covered by the volume, New Yorkers repeatedly looked to the classical past for knowledge and inspiration in seeking out new ways to cultivate a civic identity, to design their buildings and monuments, and to structure their public and private spaces. The essays collected here will address discrete aspects of the influence of Greece and Rome on the development of New York City over the course of the nineteenth and into the twentieth century. 

At present, the proposed volume will include the following papers:

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Fri, 04/17/2015 - 11:30am by Information Architect.

California Classical Studies, a peer-reviewed open-access venue for long-format scholarship, is pleased to announce its next two forthcoming volumes and to invite English-language submissions, especially in the areas of papyrology, epigraphy, archaeology, and studies of textual tradition. No affiliation with the University of California is required for publication in the series.

Forthcoming summer 2015: Mark Griffith, Greek Satyr Play: Five Studies [CCS, Number 3]. With a new introduction and some revisions, these essays on Classical Greek satyr plays, originally published in various venues between 2002 and 2010, suggest new critical approaches to this dramatic genre and identify previously neglected dimensions and dynamics in these plays within their original Athenian context.

Forthcoming late 2015: Mirjam Kotwick, Alexander of Aphrodisias and the Text of Aristotle’s Metaphysics [CCS, Number 4]. Based on the author’s 2014 Munich dissertation, this study offers a new appraisal of the ancient tradition of the Metaphysics, demonstrating what uses can be made of Alexander’s commentary to learn about that tradition and how the commentary may have influenced the tradition of the philosophical text itself.

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Fri, 04/17/2015 - 11:04am by Information Architect.

Hans Beck, McGill University, has won the Anneliese Maier Research Award 2015. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation has selected eleven researchers from outside of Germany to receive this year’s prize. Each award is valued at 250,000 Euros and is granted annually to outstanding humanities scholars and social scientists. It is designated to finance research collaboration over a period of up to five years with specialist colleagues in Germany. The 11 award winners were selected from a total of 72 nominees from 22 countries.

D. Mark Possanza, University of Pittsburgh, will be the 2015-16 Frank H. Kenan Fellow at the National Humanities Center; his project is Fragmentary Republican Latin, vol. VIII, “Lyric, Elegiac and Hexameter Poetry” which will be published in the Loeb Classical Library.

View full article. | Posted in Awards and Fellowships on Thu, 04/16/2015 - 2:53pm by Adam Blistein.

The Department of Classical Studies at the University of Missouri invites abstract submissions for a conference on sound and auditory culture in Greco-Roman antiquity to be held in Columbia, MO on April 1-2, 2016. Keynote addresses will be delivered by Pauline LeVen (Yale), Shane Butler (Johns Hopkins), and Timothy Power (Rutgers).

This conference aims to convene a community of scholars with active or nascent interests in sound and auditory culture in antiquity, in order to document current work and explore avenues for future research. To that end, we welcome proposals for 20-30 minute presentation reporting on research relating to sound, auditory culture, or auditory experience in all aspects of the ancient Greek and Roman culture.

Submissions, comprising a 200-350 word abstract and a CV, should be sent to gurds@missouri.edu by July 1, 2015.

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Wed, 04/15/2015 - 4:42pm by Adam Blistein.

The University of Crete will host the conference, The Emotion of Hope in Ancient Literature, History and Art on December 11-13, 2015. This conference seeks to shed light on the complex emotion of hope in ancient Greek and Latin literature, history, and art and trace the development of its ambiguous nature across different times, cultural contexts and genres. At the same time, the conference seeks to raise questions concerning the place of hope in the history of emotions. Please submit abstracts (300-350 words) to both George Kazantzidis (kazanbile@gmail.com) and Dimos Spatharas (spatharasd@gmail.com) by May 25, 2015.

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Wed, 04/15/2015 - 4:39pm by Adam Blistein.

The Interdisciplinary Center for Aristotle Studies of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki will hold the World Congress “Aristotle 2400 Years” in celebration of the 2400th anniversary of Aristotle’s birth on May 23-28, 2016.  Scholars interested in presenting a paper at the Conference are invited to submit their paper in English (3.500 words (footnotes and bibliography not included) and an abstract (200 words) in English by September 15, 2015.

Technical details for submission of papers will be provided soon on the website of the Congress:  http://aristotleworldcongress2016.web.auth.gr/?q=el Papers may be presented either in English or in Greek.

It would be very helpful if those who intend to submit a paper could let us know in advance (up to May 31, 2015) the tentative title of their paper and to which thematic area they intend to address. Please send this information to Professor Demetra Sfendoni-Mentzou: sfendoni@edlit.auth.gr

Applicants will be informed by December 31, 2015 about their acceptance. The most challenging papers will be considered for one of the Plenary Sessions.
There will be a conference fee (to be announced), and attendants are encouraged to find financial support from their own institutions. Early subscription will be possible until January 31, 2016.

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Wed, 04/15/2015 - 4:37pm by Adam Blistein.

Dear Colleagues,

In this, my first presidential letter, I want to begin by acknowledging the singular honor of being elected to this office by you, the members. My predecessors have set a high standard and I hope not to fall short of their distinguished example. I thank especially my immediate predecessors, Denis Feeney and Kathryn Gutzwiller, for all the help they have given me as I assume this role, and for the leadership they have shown as the Society has moved forward to take on new roles and new challenges.

In this context, I write to inform you of an exciting new initiative by the Board and to encourage those of you who are interested to volunteer for service.

In an effort to be in better communication with members and to hear the interests and concerns of members less well represented in the past, the Society is creating four new advisory groups: one for non-tenure track faculty, including adjuncts, part-timers, and those with temporary appointments; one for primary and secondary school teachers; one for independent scholars; and one for graduate students. A member of the Board of Directors will coordinate the efforts of each group but the Board member’s task will be simply to facilitate communication with the Board; the coordinator will neither set an agenda nor direct the discussion. It is our hope that these groups will help the Society to represent better all of its members.

View full article. | Posted in Presidential Letters on Fri, 04/10/2015 - 2:47pm by .

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