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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Brown University is hosting the 2015 CANE Summer Institute, Exegi Monumentum: Creating the Everlasting in the Ancient World, on July 13-18, 2015. Whether you are a middle school, high school or college teacher of Latin, Greek, English, History, or related disciplines, an undergraduate, graduate student, or a devoted lifelong learner, you will enjoy an enriching educational experience that includes a wide variety of mini courses, lectures, workshops, and special events celebrating the ancient Greek and Roman achievements of monumenta, while also offering ample opportunity for collegial interaction between participants.

The deadline for registration is May 15, 2015. A $100 deposit (non-refundable) is due with the registration. For any inquiries, please contact the CSI Director, C. Emil Peñarubia:

View full article. | Posted in Summer Programs on Thu, 04/02/2015 - 4:32pm by Adam Blistein.

The Société d'Etudes Platoniciennes (SEP) will hold the SEP WORKSHOP 2015 on June, 25th and 26th at the University of Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense. This event, open to the public, is dedicated to the presentation of ongoing research, unpublished, on Plato and the platonic tradition, before the members of the Société d'Etudes Platoniciennes. The Workshop is open to confirmed scholars as well as PHD students, for contributions in French, Italian, Spanish, German and English.

UPDATE (April 8, 2015): A technical accident has occurred : the address did not safely record all submissions sent for the SEP WORKSHOP 2015. Would all applicants please accept our apologies and resend their abstracts to ? The deadline is now April 22

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Thu, 04/02/2015 - 4:29pm by Adam Blistein.

The UCLA Department of Classics is delighted to announce the award of a $700,000 grant by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to the Division of the Humanities to support the preparation and training of young scholars in post-classical Latin for graduate programs in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. The program has been funded for three years and will have a post-baccalaureate and graduate fellowship component. The administrative Director of the UCLA Mellon Program in Post-Classical Latin will be Professor Robert Gurval.

The post-baccalaureate program in post-classical Latin is intended for students who have completed B.A. degrees and who seek to pursue Ph.D. programs requiring study and proficiency in late Latin texts and documents. A cohort of up to four students will be chosen each year 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. Participating departments include English, History, Art 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.

View full article. | Posted in Awards and Fellowships on Wed, 04/01/2015 - 2:51pm by Adam Blistein.

I have noticed a troubling pattern in some recent English-language cinematic and television productions that adapt written texts.  In these adaptations, the movie or TV show changes its source material in order to heighten the violence against women depicted in the original or to add in such violence not previously present.  In my view, each of the works that fit this pattern (including Fifty Shades of Grey, The Hunger Games, Game of Thrones, and 300: Rise of an Empire — spoiler alert!) do so not for the purposes of genuine social critique or commentary but for mere sensationalism and enhanced titillation for certain viewers.  And so I term it “sinister adaptation.”  These sinister adaptations stand in marked contrast to some ancient Roman adaptations of Greek drama, including Terence’s Hecyra and Eunuchus and Seneca’s Hercules Furens, whose heightened violence against women highlights the adaptors’ criticisms of their societies.

View full article. | Posted in on Tue, 03/31/2015 - 1:29pm by T. H. M. Gellar-Goad.

You are invited to participate in a study into the research practices of humanities scholars in North American and European research libraries, and how you find and retrieve resources in both open and closed stack libraries.  This survey is intended for faculty, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows or other researchers in the Humanities, who have done research in both open and closed stacks research libraries.

To be a part of this study, please complete a 10-minute web-based survey. On any computer that can access the Internet, please click on this link to enter the study website:

Please contact the Principal Student Investigator, Marisa Ruccolo,, (514) 402-3275, her faculty advisor Professor Joan Bartlett,, (514) 398-6976 at any time, with any questions, concerns or comments about this research. 

Marisa Ruccolo
MLIS Candidate, 2015
School of Information Studies
McGill University

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Mon, 03/30/2015 - 11:23am by Adam Blistein.

The Society for Classical Studies (SCS), founded in 1869 as the American Philological Association, seeks proposals from academic institutions interested in hosting a six-week seminar in the Summer of 2017 during which ten graduate students enrolled in programs in classical philology or ancient history will increase and improve their ability to use the art and material culture of the ancient Mediterranean world in their scholarship and teaching.  This seminar has been funded by generous grants from the Samuel H. Kress and Henry Luce Foundations and will take place over dates to be selected by the host institution in the summer of 2017.  SCS will also sponsor a seminar of this nature in the Summers of 2016 and 2018.  The 2016 seminar will be funded by the Getty Foundation and will take place at the Getty Villa.  In 2016 the SCS will issue another call for proposals to organize the 2018 seminar, which will be supported by the Leon Levy Foundation.

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Tue, 03/24/2015 - 3:02pm by Adam Blistein.

As described here, the SCS Board asked Past President Jenny Strauss Clay to represent the Society at a meeting convened by several French classics organizations.  Prof. Clay has now submitted her report on this meeting.

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Fri, 03/20/2015 - 1:07pm by Adam Blistein.

On November 6-7, 2015 the Department of Classics at Florida State University, Tallahassee, will host a Langford Conference on the topic:


Participants and topics covered will include:

  • Prof. Cynthia Damon (University of Pennsylvania): Suetonius
  • Dr Flore Kimmel-Clauzet (Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3): Greek poetic biography
  • Prof. Federicomaria Muccioli (Università di Bologna): Ruler cult and ancient biography
  • Prof. Stefan Schorn (KU Leuven): Nicolaus of Damascus
  • Prof. Rex Stem (University of California, Davis): Cornelius Nepos
  • Dr Alexei V. Zadorozhnyi (University of Liverpool): Plutarch

We invite junior faculty to submit brief proposals (300 words) for 20 minute supplementary papers. The department will be able to provide two nights of hotel accommodation and meals for those whose proposals are accepted.

The Langford Seminars and Conferences have been regular events at Florida State University for over two decades. Among the contents of PLLS volumes 11-15 are revised papers first presented at these events.

Papers presented at the Langford Conference of November 2015 will (after revision) be considered for inclusion in PLLS 17.

For further information about previous Langford events, go to:

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Thu, 03/12/2015 - 10:21am by Information Architect.

This is an academic program organized by the University of Pisa in collaboration with /Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici/ /dell’Abruzzo/ (central Italy).  The aim of our course is to increase awareness and competencies about archaeological and methodological issues through an intensive four weeks program of lectures, laboratory experience and field activity.

School activities will  be carried out in Abruzzo, one of the most beautiful region in central Italy, from July 12th to August 9th, 2015.  Field activities will take place in two important sites: S. Stefano (Neolithic period) and Alba Fucens (Roman site), in order to furnish a transversal and complete knowledge in archaeology.

To register complete and send the application form (downloadable from the website) by the deadline of May 12, 2015

View full article. | Posted in Summer Programs on Wed, 03/11/2015 - 12:26pm by Adam Blistein.

Each year the Department of Classics at the University of Virginia takes part in the Summer Language Institute, putting on a Latin intensive that covers four semesters of study—the equivalent of the beginning and intermediate year (12 units)—in eight weeks.  Students spend the first month learning morphology and syntax, while beginning to acquire reading skills through copious translation exercises.  Original Latin texts are introduced very early, with selections that start small and grow into substantial passages of poetry and prose.  During the second month, the focus shifts entirely to reading ancient Latin.  We will spend one week each on continuous excerpts from Cicero, Vergil, Livy, and Ovid, supplementing these with shorter passages that will provide insight into the context and significance of the main reading. 

Throughout, our explicit emphasis will be on the skills of independent sight reading, in order to facilitate success in advanced classes, on competency exams, or in research.  Students at any level are welcome to apply and no prior experience is required, though the course can also serve as an excellent refresher for anyone returning to Latin after a long hiatus.  More information can be found here:  Please send any questions to the director, Jennifer LaFleur, at

View full article. | Posted in Summer Programs on Fri, 03/06/2015 - 4:10pm by Adam Blistein.


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