In the News: Pope Benedict to Open New Latin Academy in the Vatican

From the Guardian (8/31/2012)

Alarmed by a decline in the use of Latin within the Catholic church, Pope Benedict is planning to set up a Vatican academy to breathe new life into the dead language.

Long used by the Vatican as its lingua franca, Latin is currently promoted by a small team within the office of the Holy See's secretary of state, which runs a Latin poetry competition and puts out a magazine.

But Benedict – a staunch traditionalist – is backing a plan for a new academy which would team up with academics to better "promote the knowledge and speaking of Latin, particularly inside the church," Vatican spokesman Fr Ciro Benedettini said on Friday.

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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 .

Click here to read the abstracts of papers to be presented on the SCS Program at the upcoming annual meeting in New Orleans.

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Wed, 12/10/2014 - 4:39pm by Adam Blistein.

In the coming year the National Endowment for the Humanities will mark its 50th anniversary, and the SCS joins the American Council of Learned Societies and other humanities associations in celebrating this milestone.  During the last five decades the NEH has stood as a beacon of our nation’s strong support for sustaining and advancing the humanities through education, research, and public outreach.  Many of our own organization’s most important accomplishments over that half-century were made possible through support from the NEH.

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Wed, 12/03/2014 - 2:34pm by .

The SCS Office will be closed on on November 27 and 28 for the Thanksgiving Holiday. 

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Wed, 11/26/2014 - 2:38pm by Adam Blistein.


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