Letter from President Mary T. Boatwright

As some of you witnessed personally and all can now read (see, e.g., The Chronicle), the 150th Annual Meeting of the Society for Classical Studies last weekend in San Diego was disgraced by two shocking incidents. One occurred when an independent scholar attending a panel told Princeton Assistant Professor Dan-el Padilla Peralta that he got his job because he is black. The SCS, after consulting internally and in accordance with our annual meeting harassment policy, notified the scholar that she should no longer attend SCS sessions and events in San Diego. In the other incident, the founders of the Sportula, two students of color, were questioned by a hotel staff member about their presence at the conference. We are in contact with the Marriott. We have reached out to the students to express our support. We also understand that the Marriott has contacted them to better understand their experience and apologize.

But these and other immediate responses, such as the Board statement the SCS passed on the meeting’s last day, by themselves can do little to redress the real and deep-seated problems the incidents disclose about not only US society but also about our field. The events reveal fears, resentments, and anger among our members. Dan-el Padilla Peralta makes the case on Medium that our field “lacks the courage to acknowledge its historical and ongoing inability to value scholars from underrepresented groups.” Other colleagues also express despair at the incidents, which resonate with micro-aggressions, and worse, that they themselves have experienced.

We must confront, meet, and remedy the problems so appallingly revealed in San Diego. It is more than ironic that the accusation of preferential job treatment on the basis of race was made at a special Sesquicentennial panel on “The Future of Classics,” and that the two students representing Sportula had received awards from WCC and LCC for advancing equality and diversity. The future of our discipline depends on expansion and inclusion. Just as importantly, the integrity and value of the Society and of all classicists are inseparable from equity and respect for everyone.

The SCS has been working consciously towards expansion and inclusion since the 1970s, if not before, through changes such as anonymous submissions for the program, the creation of committees to safeguard the rights and promote the interests of specific groups of our members, and the establishment of policies against harassment. There is obviously very much more to be done. I am working with the SCS Past President (2018) and President Elect (2020) Joseph Farrell and Sheila Murnaghan, with the SCS Executive Director Dr. Helen Cullyer, and with the Board of Directors. But everyone must work together and we must listen to one another honestly and openly, for the SCS and our discipline to move forward. In the meantime, we deeply regret the insulting events that occurred at the 2019 SCS annual meeting, and we recommit to effecting change in the field.

Sincerely,  

Mary T. Boatwright, President of the SCS, 2019

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This is a reminder from the SCS Office that the deadline to register at the reduced Early Registration rate for the Annual Meeting in San Diego is next Friday, November 9th.

If you find you are unable to register or in need of any help please contact our registration vendor at aia-scs@showcare.com

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Quintilian

The Paideia Institute has recently lauched "The Quintilian Society," a member/fellowship program to "revitalize the teaching and learning of Latin and ancient Greek in American high schools by supporting PhDs who choose to pursue a career in public secondary education."

"The Quintilian Society exists to foster a community of teacher-scholars with advanced training in the classical languages and the humanities, to celebrate the service of classicists who have felt called to pursue a vocation as public servant, and to provide guidance and mentorship to current graduate students who are considering a career as public high school Classics teachers."

You can read the full announcement here.

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MATERIA III @ISAW
FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2019

Proposals due December 20, 2019

 
Website: http://www.materiaconference.net/

MATERIA: New Approaches to Material Text in the Roman World is a series of workshops presenting new research on books and other media in antiquity, bringing together scholars from a variety of disciplines—history, literature, epigraphy, papyrology, archeology, manuscript studies, etc.. The first two MATERIA meetings, held in 2016 (Columbia University) and 2017 (MIT), pursued a more traditional focus on the book and the literary in order to advance a broader understanding of the history of the book in the Roman world.

With MATERIA III, hosted by NYU’s Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, we hope to extend this discussion further. We invite proposals for papers that consider material text in Greco-Roman antiquity and other ancient civilizations between 500 BCE and 500 CE in terms of, but also beyond, the category of “the book.”

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Dictionaries in the University of Iowa Classics Seminar Room, picture by Lindsay Vella and used by permission.

Logeion allows searches of a series of Greek and Latin dictionaries and classical reference works. It was developed beginning in 2011 at the University of Chicago by students Josh Goldenberg and Matt Shanahan under the direction of Professor Helma Dik, and regularly adds new features and resources. Inspired by the innovative Dictionnaire vivant de la langue française, also based at the University of Chicago, it began with a nucleus of several reference works originally digitized by Perseus. The current list includes some twenty distinct reference works (full list), including older comprehensive works in the public domain (LSJ, Lewis & Short); some important recent dictionaries (Diccionario Griego-Español Project, The Dictionary of Medieval Latin from British Sources); niche items like Luis Muñoz Delgado’s Léxico de magia y religión en los papiros mágicos griegos (2001); author-specific dictionaries for Homer, Pindar, and Vergil’s Aeneid; and reference works focused on material culture, such as the Princeton Encyclopedia of Classical Sites and Smith’s Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography.

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CAC ANNUAL CONFERENCE MAY 7-9, 2019

FORMAL CALL FOR PAPERS

This is the formal call for papers for the Annual Conference of the Classical Association of Canada.

The organizers of the conference welcome abstracts of a maximum of 300 words on any classical topic. The deadline for all submissions is January 15, 2019.

All abstracts should be submitted as Word files to the conference email address: cac.scec2019@gmail.com. For individual presenters, please include your name and the term “abstract CAC 2019” in the subject heading. In the body of the letter, include your full name, affiliation, contact information and paper title. Do not include your name in the abstract but please make sure that the title of the paper on the abstract and the title on the cover letter are the same.

The conference organizers invite proposals for panels. Panels should consist of three to four papers. The panel organizer should submit all abstracts for the panel together along with a summary of the panel at the same time.

Finally, graduate students should include a letter of support from their supervisors along with the abstract.

Payment of conference and banquet fees can be made starting early in the new year (instructions will follow). Payment will be considered as registration.

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The SCS Teaching Excellence Awards Committee is delighted to announce the 2018 Awards for Excellence in Teaching of the Classics at the College Level.

Please join us in congratulating these excellent educators.

Monessa Cummins, Grinnell College

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Pindar in Sicily
An Academic Conference and Tour of Ancient Sites
 
Exedra Mediterranean Center
Syracuse, Sicily, 14-18 October , 2019
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Symposium Cumanum 2020 ~ Call for proposals from Directors for June 2020 (deadline Thursday January 31, 2019).

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Call for Abstracts
Conference Theme: The Classic in the Modern
Classical Reception
 
Saturday February 23rd 2019
8:30 – ~5:00
St. Paul’s building

Saturday March 2nd 2019 (snow date)

Purpose: Northeast Catholic College is pleased to announce its Spring Conference with a theme of Classical Reception. This conference hopes to further the discussion of how Classical literature and civilization is received by later cultures.

Scope: This conference proposes to discuss the reception of Classical literature and civilization across disciplines. While the conference theme focuses on the reception of Classics today, any paper with the topic of Classical reception will be considered. Presenters should plan for fifteen-twenty minute papers, with a few questions to follow.

This conference is meant especially for Graduate students, but faculty and independent researchers are welcome. Undergraduate students and Highs School students are welcome to submit papers for a “future classicists” panel, papers submitted will require faculty sponsorship.

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Pennsylvania Circle of Ancient Philosophy
Annual Conference
 
Villanova University
Friday March 22 – Sunday March 24, 2019
Call for Papers: Due Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Keynote Speakers: Dr. Aryeh Kosman, Haverford College

Dr. Grace Ledbetter, Swarthmore College  

Scholars, graduate students, and advanced undergraduates are encouraged to submit their work in any area of Ancient Greek and Roman philosophy and cognate fields (e.g., rhetoric, political theory, medicine, history). Special consideration will be given to authors working or living in Pennsylvania. We especially welcome submissions from members of underrepresented populations within philosophy.This year the conference will be hosted at Villanova University.

About PCAP:

The Pennsylvania Circle of Ancient Philosophy (PCAP) aims to foster a community of scholars committed to the study of ancient philosophy. To this end, PCAP provides the opportunity for Pennsylvania graduate students and faculty to meet and present papers at its annual conference. Additionally, PCAP organizes other events throughout the year, including workshops, intensive seminars, and group translation projects.

Guide for the submission abstracts:

There are four types of submissions accepted for this conference: 

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