New Editor and Assistant Editor of Amphora

The American Philological Association is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Ellen Bauerle of the University of Michigan Press as Editor, and Dr. Wells Hansen of Milton Academy as Assistant Editor, of Amphora, its Outreach publication, effective January 2012.

Ellen has for several years worked as the editor for classics and archaeology at the University of Michigan Press. She also oversees book production for the not-for-profit Michigan Classical Press, and in the past has created and sold ebooks on the web.  Recipient of a BA in Greek and English from Oberlin College, and an MA and PhD in Classics from the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, she has been an Eric P. Newman Fellow at the American Numismatic Society and Seymour Fellow at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens.  Ellen is delighted that Amphora is evolving to include the latest technologies, as additional ways of reaching its key constituencies among interested nonspecialists, scholars, teachers and students at the secondary level, and administrators.  

In addition to his role as housemaster at Milton Academy outside of Boston, where he manages the academic and social programs of about 40 students each year, Wells teaches in Milton's classics department. He also works with university partners and private clients in Asia to promote talent identification and development, especially in math and science. After earning his BA in classics from Boston College, and his MA in classics at the University of Chicago, Wells received his doctorate in education at the University of Massachusetts at Boston. A longstanding APA member, he has published numerous journal articles about classical topics, especially Roman poetry. Wells has a particular interest in developing the visibility of Amphora in social media and in social aspects of the web.

Many thanks to the members of the Amphora Editor Search Committee for their efforts in identifying and selecting these two talented colleagues: Adam Blistein (ex officio); Barbara Weiden Boyd, Bowdoin College; Matthew Dillon, Loyola Marymount College; John Gruber-Miller, Cornell College; Davina McClain, Louisiana Scholars' College (ex officio), Kathryn Morgan, University of California  at Los Angeles.

Judith P. Hallett
University of Maryland, College Park, Vice-President for Outreach


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The discounted convention rate is no longer available at either of the annual meeting venues (the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel and the New Orleans Marriott); however we have secured additional discounted rooms at Marriott’s AC Hotel New Orleans which is located at 221 Carondelet Street, New Orleans, LA 70130 (a five-minute walk from the main hotels).  The hotel will also offer our same discounted group rate of $159 per night, plus taxes for a single (one bed) or double (two beds) hotel room.  The rate includes complimentary in room high speed Internet.  The deadline to reserve your rooms at the discounted rate is January 3, 2015. You can make a reservation directly with the Hotel by calling 1-800-228-9290 and using the group code ASAC or by requesting the AIA and SCS Joint Annual Meeting Discounted Room Block. You can also book via the hotel’s online system

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Fri, 12/26/2014 - 10:12pm by Adam Blistein.

Before everyone goes off line for the holidays, I wanted to call attention to a couple of the new features that will be in effect for the program of the upcoming Annual Meeting next month in NOLA.

The first thing is that, for the first time — ever? in a long while, anyway — the SCS and the AIA are using the same session grid. That means that, instead of (e.g.) SCS afternoon sessions starting at 1:30 and the analogous AIA sessions starting at 2:45 (as they did last year), all of the afternoon sessions will start at 1:45.

The final proofs of the paper program are being checked right now. But, in addition to the paper versions, we expect to launch a program app that will work on iOS and Android mobile devices, as well as a web-based, platform-independent version. The last information I had was that we were waiting for approval from Apple before we could make the app public, so I hope it will be available very soon, if not quite in time to put it under the tree. More news as it becomes available!


View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Tue, 12/23/2014 - 7:01pm by .

The other day I ran across a program that was new to me. It's called "Classics in Communities," and its purpose is to support Greek and Latin teaching by offering workshops for secondary school teachers. It looks like it could be an effective form of outreach. From a conversation on Facebook, I learned about a some similar efforts in the US at the local and regional level, but I wonder whether it would make sense to try this at the national level here as well? Is that a good or a bad idea? What would it take to make it happen?

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Thu, 12/18/2014 - 11:08am by .

Dr. Sarah Lepinski, Program Officer in the Division of Preservation and Access at the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), will be at the meeting in New Orleans and would be happy to meet with prospective applicants to any NEH funding program  -- especially those in Preservation and Access, Digital Humanities, Education, and Research. The link below provides details about setting up an appointment with her.

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Wed, 12/17/2014 - 9:01am by Adam Blistein.

Following is the schedule for the SCS Office for the next month.  Our regular hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.

December 24, 2014                                        Office Closes at 1:00 p.m.
December 25-28, 2014                                   Office Closed
December 29-30, 2014                                   Office Open (see Note A)
December 31, 2014                                        Office Closes at 1:00 p.m. (also see Note A)
January 1-4, 2015                                           Office Closed
January 5, 2015                                              Office Open
January 6-12, 2015                                         Office Closed (see Note B)
January 13-16, 2015                                       Office Open (see Note C)
January 17-18, 2015                                       Office Closed
January 19, 2015                                            Office Closed (Martin Luther King Day)
January 20, 2015                                            Normal Operations Resume

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Tue, 12/16/2014 - 11:00am by Adam Blistein.

If you use Twitter and intend to share comments about the upcoming joint annual meeting in New Orleans, please use the hashtag


We have consulted with our colleagues at the AIA, and they have agreed to recommend its use to their members as well.  Please note that because of the new name of the Society, this is a different hashtag from the one in use in previous years.

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Fri, 12/12/2014 - 2:21pm by Adam Blistein.

Our discounted group rate of $159 has sold out at both of the annual meeting venues, the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel and the New Orleans Marriott.  Rooms at this convention rate may become available later due to cancelations; so, click on the URLs above periodically to see if this has occurred. You may also check the Sheraton or Marriott through their regular hotel web sites to see if rooms are available at a non-discounted rate.  In addition, AIA and SCS are seeking to book rooms at a reduced rate at a nearby hotel and will post relevant information as soon as it becomes available.

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Fri, 12/12/2014 - 2:01pm by Adam Blistein.

From Inside Higher Ed:

As many humanities programs struggle to avoid cuts or face tough questions about job prospects for graduates, Washington University in St. Louis will launch a doctoral degree program this fall to cater to aspiring academics with interests in specific components of classical studies.

Classics department faculty members at Washington University say the program is intended to offer classics training with a twist that students can’t find elsewhere. And with two slots per year, the program won’t flood the already-tight job market with new Ph.D.-holders, said Timothy Moore, the department chair.

The university has long had a successful master’s degree program -- which will continue – in the classics, and with the addition of some new hires and new library resources acquired a couple years ago, the department started talking in 2012 about the future of its graduate program, said Moore, the John and Penelope Biggs Distinguished Professor of Classics.


View full article. | Posted in Classics in the News on Fri, 12/12/2014 - 9:06am by Information Architect.

The Society for Classical Studies will present the following awards at the Plenary Session of its 146th Annual Meeting in New Orleans. Click on the link in each winner’s name or project to read the award citations. 

Charles J. Goodwin Award of Merit (for three outstanding contributions to classical scholarship published by members of the Association within the preceding three years)

Robert L. Fowler, University of Bristol, Early Greek Mythography. Vol. 2: Commentary. Oxford University Press, 2013.

Edith Hall, King’s College London, Adventures with Iphigenia in Tauris: A Cultural History of Euripides’ Black Sea Tragedy. Oxford University Press, 2013.

Tim Whitmarsh, University of Cambridge, Beyond the Second Sophistic: Adventures in Greek Postclassicism.  University of California Press, 2013.

Outreach Prize (for outstanding projects or events by an APA member or members that make an aspect of classical antiquity available and attractive to an audience other than classics scholars or students in their courses)

View full article. | Posted in Awards and Fellowships on Thu, 12/11/2014 - 9:47am by Adam Blistein.

This month’s column is the fourth part in a series I’m posting every other month or so about how we can apply and see in action the 7 principles of research-based pedagogy described in the excellent book How Learning Works, by Susan Ambrose, et al.  Last time was practice and feedback.  Before that came motivation and knowledge organization.  This month’s topic: students’ prior knowledge, ch. 1 of the book.

View full article. | Posted in on Thu, 12/11/2014 - 8:24am by .


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