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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Participants in the 2015 Conventiculum Dickinsoniense at the annual Farm Dinner
The Conventiculum Dickinsoniense is an immersion seminar in active Latin. It is specifically designed for all cultivators of Latin who wish to gain some ability to express themselves ex-tempore in correct Latin. A wide range of people can benefit from the seminar: professors in universities, teachers in secondary schools, graduate students, undergraduates, and other lovers of Latin, provided that anyone who considers applying has a solid understanding of the grammatical essentials of the Latin language. A minimum requirement for participation is knowledge of Latin grammar and the ability to read a Latin text of average complexity, even if using a dictionary often.  But no previous experience in speaking Latin is necessary. Sessions will be aimed at helping participants to increase their ability to use Latin effectively in spoken discourse and to understand others speaking in Latin. After the first evening reception (in which any language may be spoken), Latin will be the language used throughout the seminar. 
View full article. | Posted in Summer Programs on Wed, 01/20/2016 - 2:42am by .
Matt Storey, curator of Bede's World in Jarrow, with a replica of Bede's skull
The Dickinson Summer Latin Workshops are intended for teachers of Latin, as a way to refresh the mind through study of an extended Latin text, and to share experiences and ideas with Latinists and teachers. Sometimes those who are not currently engaged in teaching have participated as well, including retired teachers and those working towards teacher certification.
Moderators:  Rob Hardy (Carleton College) and Christopher Francese (Dickinson College),  
The text for 2016 will be selections from Bede’s Ecclesiastical History of the English People. Bede wrote in simple but nuanced Latin a history of the Christian Churches in England, and of England generally. His history, completed around 731, is the foundation of our knowledge of the early history of England, and contains many fascinating stories. Participants must have a firm grasp of the basics of Latin grammar and a solid working vocabulary. But we aim at a mixture of levels and experience.
View full article. | Posted in Summer Programs on Wed, 01/20/2016 - 2:20am by .

The UCLA Department of Classics is pleased to announce the third and final year of a grant by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the preparation and training of young scholars in post-classical Latin for graduate programs in Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

The post-baccalaureate program in post-classical Latin is intended for students who have completed B.A. degrees and who are intending to pursue Ph.D. programs requiring study and proficiency in late Latin texts and documents. A cohort of four or five students will be chosen by a faculty subcommittee. All university fees and a stipend of $18,000 will be provided to allow the admitted students to spend a year at UCLA participating in the post- classical Latin curriculum as well as taking existing courses in Classical Latin and, more broadly, in undergraduate and graduate courses in Medieval and Renaissance Studies related to their research interests. Participating departments include English, Art History, History, Italian, Philosophy, French and Francophone Studies, and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures.

The program offers a pro-seminar in the Fall Quarter to introduce students to UCLA faculty and to prepare them for successful applications to top-ranked Ph.D. programs.  Students interested in the post-baccalaureate program should submit the following:

View full article. | Posted in Awards and Fellowships, Degree and Certificate Programs on Fri, 01/15/2016 - 3:53pm by Adam Blistein.

The Classical Association of the Pacific Northwest (CAPN) invites papers on any aspect of Graeco-Roman antiquity.  Especially welcome are papers that are likely to be of broad interest and make connections among the different elements of the ancient world. Such connections can be between Greek society and Roman society, between different disciplines such as literature and history, or between different genres of literature. Teachers and students of the Classics at any level of instruction (K-12, college, or university) may submit abstracts; all papers will be judged anonymously by the Program Committee, chaired by CAPN President Ulrike Krotscheck. Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted by email to The extended deadline for submissions is January 31, 2016. You should receive a response by mid-February.  Presented conference papers should be no more than 20 minutes in length.

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers, Conferences, Lectures, and Meetings on Wed, 01/13/2016 - 1:05pm by Adam Blistein.

The Society for Classical Studies is one of the sponsors of National Latin Teacher Recruitment Week (NLTRW).  As described in the recent Amphora article by Ronnie Ancona and Kathleen Durkin, there is a shortage of certified Latin teachers in the United States, and Latin teaching positions at the precollegiate level sometimes cannot be filled for lack of qualified applicants.  NLTRW traditionally is the first week in March, but you can take any day or week to talk to your students about becoming a Latin teacher.  There are many resources to be found at the web site of the National Committee for Latin and Greek, including a mini-grant application.  Grants of up to $200 can be requested every other year by a program and can be put toward receptions, speakers, giveaways, and more. 

View full article. | Posted in Classics in the News, SCS Announcements on Wed, 01/13/2016 - 1:00pm by Adam Blistein.

The Philology Institute in Wilmore, KY will offer intensive, six-week summer courses in Latin, Greek, and biblical Hebrew from July 5 to August 12, 2016. The cost is only $2,500 for the equivalent of two semesters of regular coursework, and we offer a limited number of $500 scholarships. The course enrollment is capped at 12 students, and we are already accepting applications. More information at

View full article. | Posted in Summer Programs on Wed, 01/13/2016 - 12:46pm by Adam Blistein.
The ACLS is pleased to announce the roster of host organizations for the sixth annual ACLS Public Fellows competition. In 2016, the program will place up to 21 recent humanities PhDs in two-year positions at the nonprofits and government agencies listed below. Public Fellows will participate in the core work of these partner organizations while benefiting from professional mentoring and other career building opportunities. The fellowship carries a stipend of $65,000 per year, as well as individual health insurance and $3,000 toward professional development activities.
This year’s Public Fellows will take up positions in the fields of program evaluation, digital strategy, political advocacy, public policy, and impact analysis (among many others) and will work on issues such as immigration and migration, affordable housing, civil rights, environmental conservation, anti-proliferation, and cultural preservation. The placements are located in New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Atlanta, Montgomery, Chicago, Minneapolis, Austin, Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Seattle.
The 2016 hosting organizations and positions are:
1.   American Friends Service Committee – Communications Analyst
2.   American Public Media Group – Senior Research Analyst, Engagement & Inclusion
View full article. | Posted in Awards and Fellowships on Tue, 01/12/2016 - 3:45pm by Adam Blistein.

We invite individual and group proposals on all aspects of the Classical World and Classical reception, and on new strategies and resources for improved teaching. Especially welcome are presentations which aim at maximum audience participation and integrate the interests of K-12 and college faculty, and which consider ways of communicating about ancient Greece and Rome outside of our discipline and profession. We are hoping to include an undergraduate research session featuring presentations based on outstanding term papers, senior theses, or other scholarly projects.

All submitters and all Program participants must be current members of CAAS. Participants in the 2016 Annual Fall Meeting must be members when they submit proposals and must renew their memberships for 2016-2017 (The membership year is September 1-August 31).

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers, Conferences, Lectures, and Meetings on Tue, 01/12/2016 - 2:35pm by Adam Blistein.

Proposals are hereby solicited for papers on the conference theme which intends to explore the fascination of Greco-Roman antiquity with personal detail, and how this came to be packaged in written forms. The organisers are interested not only in biography as a separate genre, but also in other and smaller formats which divulge information on individual lives. We will be looking to include a broad spectrum of interests in the conference programme: from epic to historiography, scholia to epigrams, inscriptions to fictional letters, oratory to gospels.

Please submit titles and abstracts of approximately 300 words to Philip Bosman at, as soon as possible. All proposals are carefully considered, but bear in mind that slots are limited.

Deadline for proposals: 15 June 2016.

Convening in 2016 for the 17th time, the Unisa Classics Colloquium combines stimulating scholarship with a pleasant and intimate atmosphere. Over two and a half days, approximately 20 scholarly contributions from around the world are to be presented. The 40 minute slots provide ample time for discussion and valuable feedback. Parallel sessions are avoided in order to promote unity of focus in the conference, and delegates get to know each other properly. Information on previous conferences may be found at:

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers, Conferences, Lectures, and Meetings on Tue, 01/12/2016 - 10:59am by Adam Blistein.

If you’re new to academic conferences, or to the joint annual meeting of the SCS/AIA, you may be thinking that the Exhibit Hall is mostly for buying books. And if you’re at the start of your career and/or on a modest budget, you may think that there’s nothing for you in the Exhibit Hall as a result.  Au contraire!  Here’s a short list of things you can do there—completely aside from buying books—that can be beneficial to your career, fun, interesting, worthwhile, and generally good things to do. The Exhibit Hall is generally open about nine hours a day for the two full days of the conference, plus a half day on either side, so there’s plenty of time to try these in small bits.  As a press exhibitor myself (full disclosure) I spend many hours in the hall, so I have a chance to see the variety of exhibitors who transport their materials or goods or information to the conference, often from international origins, in hopes they’ll have an opportunity to talk with you.

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Wed, 01/06/2016 - 10:49am by .


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