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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This month’s column is the fifth part in a series I’m posting every other month 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 prior knowledge.  Before that came practice and feedback, motivation, and knowledge organization.  This month’s topic: mastery, ch. 4 of the book.

View full article. | Posted in on Sun, 02/01/2015 - 10:12pm by .

Board of Directors Minutes

Reports of Vice Presidents

Audited Financial Statements

Revised Policy Statements

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Wed, 01/28/2015 - 3:29pm by Adam Blistein.

Various French organizations involved in Greco-Roman Antiquity have launched Les États généraux de l’Antiquité to engage in a discussion concerning the future of classical studies; they have been joined by a great many, mainly European, organizations involved with the study of Classics and Ancient History.  I felt it was crucial for us to be part of this initiative despite – or because of – the differences in our educational systems. Nevertheless, all of us, in our different ways, recognize that we are at a critical juncture. We can both learn and usefully contribute to an international dialogue concerning the future of our field with colleagues in Europe and elsewhere. 

The SCS Board has agreed that we should join this effort, and on February 28th I will represent our organization in Paris where three plenary round tables are planned: 1. Classical Antiquity and Education; 2. Antiquity and European Culture; and 3) Classical Antiquity and Research. 

The organizers are urging participants to pose questions in the three areas listed above, and I encourage the membership of the SCS to forward to me questions and ideas that I can contribute to the discussion.  I will of course report on the meeting upon my return and envision an ongoing relationship with our colleagues abroad.

View full article. | Posted in Conferences, Lectures, and Meetings on Wed, 01/28/2015 - 3:22pm by Adam Blistein.

The 2016 Annual Meeting will take place at the San Francisco Hilton Hotel from Wednesday through Saturday, January 6-9.  Please note the submission deadlines for proposals and abstracts which are somewhat earlier than they have been in the last few years. 

Monday, April 27 is the deadline for the submission of individual abstracts.

Wednesday, April 8 is the deadline for submission of materials for panels, i.e.,

2016 Annual Meeting: Proposals for

  • At-Large Panels
  • Committee Panels
  • Workshops
  • Seminars
  • Roundtable Discussion Sessions

2016 Annual Meeting:  Reports of 

  • Organizer-Refereed Panels
  • Affiliated Group Panels

2017 Annual Meeting and Beyond:  Proposals to Receive Charters for

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Mon, 01/26/2015 - 1:17pm by Adam Blistein.

We are looking for help in preparing metadata for the Patrologia Graeca (PG) component of what we are calling the Open Migne Project, an attempt to make the most useful possible transcripts of the full Patrologia Graeca and Patrologia Latina freely available. Help can consist of proofreading, additional tagging, and checking the volume/column references to the actual PG. In particular, we would welcome seeing this data converted into a dynamic index into online copies of the PG in, the HathiTrust, Google Books, or Europeana. For now, we make the working XML metadata document available on an as-is basis. More info:

Gregory Crane

Perseus Project and the Open Philology Project
The University of Leipzig and Tufts University

View full article. | Posted in General Announcements on Wed, 01/21/2015 - 9:13pm by Information Architect.

A new joint grant program by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation seeks to give a second life to outstanding out-of-print books in the humanities by turning them into freely accessible e-books.  Over the past 100 years, tens of thousands of academic books have been published in the humanities, including many remarkable works on history, literature, philosophy, art, music, law, and the history and philosophy of science. But the majority of these books are currently out of print and largely out of reach for teachers, students, and the public. The Humanities Open Book pilot grant program aims to “unlock” these books by republishing them as high-quality electronic books that anyone in the world can download and read on computers, tablets, or mobile phones at no charge.

View full article. | Posted in Awards and Fellowships on Wed, 01/21/2015 - 12:43pm by Adam Blistein.

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) invites applications for the fifth competition of the Public Fellows program. This year, the program will place up to 22 recent PhDs from the humanities and humanistic social sciences in two-year positions at partnering organizations in government and the nonprofit sector. Fellows will participate in the substantive work of these organizations and receive professional mentoring. Fellows receive a stipend of $65,000 per year, as well as individual health insurance.

This initiative, made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, aims to expand the role of doctoral education in the United States by demonstrating that the capacities developed in the advanced study of the humanities have wide application, both within and beyond the academy. The ACLS Public Fellows program allows PhDs to gain valuable, career-building experience in fields such as public policy, international aid, conservation, arts and culture, and digital media.

ACLS seeks applications from recent PhDs who aspire to careers in administration, management, and public service by choice rather than circumstance. Competitive applicants will have been successful in both academic and extra-academic experiences.

Applicants must:

View full article. | Posted in Awards and Fellowships on Wed, 01/14/2015 - 3:52pm by Adam Blistein.

October 15-18, 2015, Atlanta, Georgia

View full article. | Posted in Conferences, Lectures, and Meetings on Tue, 01/13/2015 - 11:00am by Information Architect.

We are please to announce the following results from the surveys that were sent to all those who were registered for the recent Annual Meeting in New Orleans on January 9, 10, and 11.


Best session overall:

  • Session #5 New Fragments of Sappho

Honorable mention

  • Session #6 What Can Early Modernity Do for Classics?
  • Session #13 The Impact of Moses Finley
  • Session #16 Breastfeeding and Wet-Nursing in Antiquity,
 Organized by the Women's Classical Caucus
  • Session #21 Empire and Ideology in the Roman World

Best session chairs:

  • Session #6 What Can Early Modernity Do for Classics? Ariane Schwartz, University of California, Los Angeles and Pramit Chaudhuri, Dartmouth College, Organizers
  • Session #21 Empire and Ideology in the Roman World

Honorable mention

  • Session #5 New Fragments of Sappho, André Lardinois, Radboud University Nijmegen, Organizer
  • Session #27 Humoerotica, 
Organized by the Lambda Classical Caucus, Ruby Blondell and Kathryn Topper, University of Washington, Organizers

Best papers, morning sessions:

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Mon, 01/12/2015 - 9:34pm by .

The Kinfolk Brass Band will play at Thursday's Night's Joint Opening Night Reception in New Orleans.  Tickets will be available at the door.  See details here.

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Wed, 01/07/2015 - 10:06am by Adam Blistein.


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