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 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.

The Graduate School Scholarship Program (GSSP) of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers one doctoral scholarship to research and complete a doctorate in the “Ancient Languages and Texts” program at the Berlin Graduate School of Ancient Studies (BerGSAS). We welcome applications from highly qualified graduates from the fields of Greek and Latin philology, Jewish and Hebrew studies, history, theology, religious studies and philosophy.

Candidates must hold a Master's degree, or equivalent degree, in one of the aforementioned subjects or be very close to completion. The scholarship is available from October 2016 for three or four years (subject to a satisfactory annual progress review).  The call is open only to applicants who are not German citizens and who have not resided in Germany continuously for longer than 12 months as of the application deadline.

Details of the scholarship and instructions for submitting applications can be found at this web site.  Applications are due by October 1, 2015.

View full article. | Posted in Awards and Fellowships on Thu, 07/02/2015 - 3:49pm by Adam Blistein.
The American Academy in Berlin invites applications for its residential fellowships for the academic year 2016/2017. The deadline is Wednesday, September 30, 2015 (12 noon EST or 6 pm CET). Applications may be submitted online or mailed to the Berlin office. The Academy welcomes applications from emerging and established scholars, writers, and professionals who wish to engage in independent study in Berlin. Approximately 20 Berlin Prizes are conferred annually. Past recipients have included historians, economists, poets and novelists, journalists, legal scholars, anthropologists, musicologists, and public policy experts, among others.
Fellowships are typically awarded for an academic semester or, on occasion, for an entire academic year. Bosch Fellowships in Public Policy may be awarded for shorter stays of six to eight weeks. Benefits include round-trip airfare, partial board, a $5,000 monthly stipend, and accommodations at the Academy’s lakeside Hans Arnhold Center in the Berlin-Wannsee district.
View full article. | Posted in Awards and Fellowships on Thu, 07/02/2015 - 3:43pm by Adam Blistein.

This conference will take place April 8-9, 2016, at Hamilton College in Clinton, NY.  In July of 1816, that famous European 'year without a summer,' a young British woman vacationing with friends—including Lord Byron, Polidori, and Percy Shelley—wrote a 'ghost story' that would go on to become one of the most important and influential novels of our time. The young woman was Mary Shelley, and the novel of course is Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus. To celebrate the bicentennial of the ghost story challenge that conceived that "hideous progeny," scholars, students, and other readers are invited to a conference on The Modern Prometheus; or, Frankenstein, 8-9 April 2016 at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, USA.

A special focus of the conference is Frankenstein's deep roots in classical traditions. In addition to the Prometheus myth, for example, the text explicitly signals Plutarch and Seneca (in its first edition), and the novel has recently been shown to engage with Lucretius and Lucan. Since Frankenstein is a formative work of modern science fiction, indeed often cited as the starting-point of the genre, it raises the question of further interaction between that most modern genre and materials from classical antiquity. The study of classical receptions in Frankenstein, and in works inspired by it, also bridges the gap between 'canonical' or 'high' literature and more 'popular' fiction.

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Thu, 07/02/2015 - 3:37pm by Adam Blistein.

This Series seeks scholarly works  on  intercultural encounters in literature,  particularly  East‐West precolonial, colonial, or postcolonial contacts that expose, problematize, or re‐create the sense of locality, historicity, and subjectivity. The Series especially welcomes monographs written in English or other languages translated into English. Conference volumes or edited volumes by multiple authors will not be considered at this time. Volumes of essays with a thematic focus written by a single author, however, are welcome. We also encourage the submission of revised doctoral dissertations which employ innovative concepts related to our topics. Suggested topics include but are not limited to the following:

View full article. | Posted in General Announcements on Thu, 07/02/2015 - 3:19pm by Adam Blistein.

The National Humanities Center invites applications for academic-year or one-semester residencies. Fellowship applicants must have a PhD or equivalent scholarly credentials. Mid-career as well as senior scholars from all areas of the humanities are welcome; emerging scholars with a strong record of peer-reviewed work are also encouraged to apply. Located in the progressive Triangle region of North Carolina, the Center affords access to the rich cultural and intellectual communities supported by the area’s research institutes and universities. Fellows have private studies; the library service delivers all research materials. Scholars from all parts of the globe are eligible; travel expenses in addition to a stipend are provided. The deadline for applications is October 15, 2015. For more information, follow this link:

View full article. | Posted in Awards and Fellowships on Thu, 07/02/2015 - 3:12pm by Adam Blistein.

This conference will take place on April 8-9, 2016, at Clemson University in Greenville, SC.  It seeks to connect scholars whose research focuses on monarchy, whether investigating specific rulers, specific dynasties, dynastic transitions, or political theories of royal governance and allegiance.  In particular, we are interested in the theme of “Dynastic Loyalty” and we invite papers from all academic disciplines from diverse chronological eras and geographic regions.

Potential topics for papers or sessions may include, but are not limited to:

  • causes and consequences of disloyalty and faithlessness
  • benefits of remaining loyal to a monarch or to a dynasty
  • explorations of motivation for loyalty (whether among courtiers or within the court of public opinion)
  • roles of propaganda and ritual
  • the limits of loyalty
  • disloyalty within the dynastic family
  • the convergence or divergence of ethnic or nationalist identities and dynastic allegiance
  • loyalty as a philosophical or ideological value

Proposals should include a title, an abstract of c.250 words, institutional affiliation, and a short CV. All papers should be given in English and be 20 minutes long.  Please submit proposals to by September 1, 2015.

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Thu, 07/02/2015 - 3:06pm by Adam Blistein.


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