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 Society is pleased to announce a new fellowship competition supported by contributions to the Gateway Campaign for Classics by the Friends of Ludwig Koenen and matching funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities.  The Koenen Fellowships will support training in papyrology for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and untenured faculty.  Awards in 2016 will be a minimum of $600 and a maximum of $1,800.  See instructions for applications - which are due on April 1, 2016, here.

View full article. | Posted in Awards and Fellowships, SCS Announcements on Thu, 01/28/2016 - 10:00am by Adam Blistein.

Professor Craig Gibson has indicated his intention to complete his term as Editor of TAPA at the 2018 Annual Meeting.  The Society for Classical Studies, therefore, invites applications and nominations of scholars for this position.  The Editor, who must be a member in good standing of the Society, is initially appointed for four years, with the possibility of extension for a maximum of two additional years.   The new editor's term officially begins in January 2018 and will cover volumes 148-151 and the years 2018-2021.  As Editor Designate, however, the new editor will begin to receive submissions in early 2017 and spend the summer and fall of that year preparing the 2018 issues for the press.  Professor Gibson will complete the two issues for the year 2017.

The editor of TAPA has sole responsibility for editorial content, and must acknowledge submissions, select referees, and inform authors whether submissions have been accepted.  In addition, the editor must work closely with the journals division of Johns Hopkins University Press, which typesets, produces and distributes each issue.  A lively interest in the future of scholarly publishing in the digital age will be a welcome qualification.

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Thu, 01/28/2016 - 9:12am by Adam Blistein.

I am delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Helen Cullyer as the next Executive Director of the Society for Classical Studies. She is a classicist, with special interest in classical philosophy, educated at Oxford and Yale, where she received her doctorate in 1999. She taught at Evergreen State College and the University of Pittsburgh before moving in 2008 to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, where she is currently Program Officer in the Scholarly Communications Program. Many members will know her work in that role, where she has been involved in working with scholars and institutions in developing many initiatives in scholarly publishing, preservation, and access to digital resources. She thus brings to the SCS a broad background in scholarship, teaching, and administration, as well as an exceptionally wide perspective on developments in digital humanities and the funding possibilities for the classics.

View full article. | Posted in Presidential Letters, SCS Announcements on Tue, 01/26/2016 - 10:06am by Adam Blistein.

In its most literal sense, "displacement" refers to the act of moving or being put out of the usual or original place. As such, displacement may be perceived as voluntary or involuntary and can take many forms, depending on the contextual circumstances in which it happens. Migration, desertion, exile, diaspora, exodus, eviction, banishment, travel, discovery, imprisonment, escape, among others, are all different forms of "displacement" and, as such, these conditions might share many traits. Displacement frequently forces subjects to confront a sense of loss, alienation, and disorientation, but it may also lead displaced subjects to experiment a taste of newly gained power and freedom. In any case, the displaced undergo a process of transformation and renewal that involves a (collected or distraught) re-fashioning of identity. As a metaphor, displacement can also describe a wide range of phenomena, from social mobility to imperialistic conquest, intellectual retreat, marginalization, and gender crossing.

The 2016 Classical & Modern Languages and Literatures Symposium focuses on the topic of displacement, in all of its potential manifestations. We welcome submissions (in English and in Spanish) that explore displacement from various disciplinary or interdisciplinary angles. Topics might include, but are not limited to:

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers, Conferences, Lectures, and Meetings on Sat, 01/23/2016 - 1:20pm by Adam Blistein.

Anton Powell (Classical Press of Wales) and Nandini Pandey (University of Wisconsin-Madison) invite proposals for papers (of 35 minutes each) on coinage as contemporary evidence for the Roman revolutionary age (49 BC - AD 14). It is hoped that papers will serve, collectively, to show the diversity of personal and factional approaches to warfare, politics and ideals over this period of over 60 years. In particular, the choice of ideals advertised on coins may, it is hoped, serve to characterize not only warlords and factions, but the desires, expectations and fears of the wider populations to which these messages in metal were directed. The organizers of the panel believe that contemporary coins form a uniquely rich, but undervalued, source for mentalities over the period. Far more thoroughly than literature after 43 BC, coins of Republican inspiration escaped the retrospective viewpoints of the Augustan regime. Seen in their diversity, the coins – eminently forward-looking in their themes – variously challenge and illuminate narratives of an inevitable rise of Julian rule. Here were numerous individuals and groups who still saw other possible outcomes. And their views, however ephemeral, help to explain how the faction that was ultimately victorious contrived the policies and propaganda that it did.

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers, Conferences, Lectures, and Meetings on Sat, 01/23/2016 - 1:14pm by Adam Blistein.

In Summer 2016 the Latin/Greek Institute will once again offer highly intensive ten-week Basic programs in Latin and Greek, which cover more than four semesters of work in a single summer (June 6-August 16, 2016).  The Institute will also offer a seven-week Upper Level program in Latin (June 6-July 26, 2016). All classes are team-taught, and faculty are available by phone around the clock to assist students.

The Institute is a joint collaborative effort of Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.  Classes meet all day, five days a week at the Graduate Center in midtown Manhattan. 

The Upper Level Latin program offers qualified students the opportunity to read a substantial body of literature (200 or more lines per night) at a high level of grammatical precision. The first week is devoted to a systematic review of morphology and syntax; the remaining six weeks are spent in a close reading of selections of the following texts: Suetonius, Caligula; Tacitus, Annales 4-6, 14-16; Lucretius, De Rerum Natura, 1 and 5; Seneca, Thyestes (complete). The course carries 8 undergraduate credits at Brooklyn College.

View full article. | Posted in Summer Programs on Sat, 01/23/2016 - 1:07pm by Adam Blistein.

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 75-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 July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017. The fellowship application deadline is February 26, 2016. No late applications will be considered.

View full article. | Posted in Awards and Fellowships on Sat, 01/23/2016 - 1:00pm by Adam Blistein.

The communities of the ancient Mediterranean may seem, in comparison with our modern, globalized society, somewhat less reliant on the close cultural and economic ties that we take for granted. Yet, from Homer to Virgil, from Herodotus to Julius Caesar, from the Greek colonization of Southern Italy to the campaigns of Alexander, we are constantly reminded of the vital interchange of ideas and materials that took place between ancient cultures. This conference aims to explore the role of travel in creating and maintaining these connections, whether in the spheres of archaeology, economics, philosophy or literature.

We thus invite submissions for papers related to the theme of travel in the ancient world. Relevant issues for discussion may include (but are certainly not limited to):

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers, Conferences, Lectures, and Meetings on Sat, 01/23/2016 - 12:57pm by Adam Blistein.

The origins of western science and philosophy are customarily traced to 6th century B.C.E. Ionia, to Thales of Miletos and the school he founded, whose famous pupils included not only the Milesians Anaximander and Anaximenes, but also Pythagoras of Samos, Bias of Priene, Xenophanes of Kolophon, and Herakleitos of Ephesos among others.  Our conference seeks to identify the defining marks of this new scientific and philosophical tradition, to compare and contrast them, and in light of them to explore what kinds of knowledge formed the background against which these new origins represent a meaningful departure. What counted as ‘knowledge’, ‘wisdom’, ‘truth’ and ‘fallacy’ in Archaic Greece?  This background includes ‒ but is not limited to ‒ ‘knowledge’ in crafts, politics, architecture and building, military, agriculture, and of course, religion.

Our conference and the anticipated volume of essays we hope to publish proposes to address the preconditions of this historical phenomenon, as well as its development until the Early Classical era, the beginning 5th century B.C.E. Why did it take place in Ionia, and not in Sparta, or Corinth, or Athens? What role(s) did the oriental cultures play in developing disciplines like cosmology, astronomy, geometry, cartography? How did the Ionians develop their methods of scientific thought? And how did they teach, preserve and disseminate their new knowledge?

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers, Conferences, Lectures, and Meetings on Sat, 01/23/2016 - 12:55pm by Adam Blistein.

Mark Vessey, Edward Slingerland, and Stephen Wittek are organizing an intensive two-day conference/meditation on the theoretical and technical challenges pertaining to macro-scale textual analysis, to be held at at the University of British Columbia. How to Do Things With Millions of Words will bring together an interdisciplinary group of researchers at all levels of technical experience. The list of contributors already slated to join includes Ted Underwood (University of Illinois), Paul Yachnin (McGill), Ray Siemens (UVIC), Edward Slingerland (UBC), and Stéfan Sinclair (McGill). For more information, and to download the full CfP see

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Thu, 01/21/2016 - 8:49am by .


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