From the SCS President and Executive Director

We are writing for two reasons. First, we reiterate the statement of 1/6/19, authored and approved by the Board of Directors in San Diego. There is no place for racism in our field and we feel that is important to reissue that statement, given the increasing toxicity of online debate and the intensification of online harassment over the last few days:

“The Board of Directors of the Society for Classical Studies (SCS) condemns the racist acts and speech that occurred at the 2019 SCS annual meeting. The Society’s policy on harassment addresses, among other things, hostility and abuse based on race and ethnicity. There is no place for racism on the part of members, attendees, vendors, and contractors at the meeting.  In addition, the Board reaffirms its statement of November 2016 in which the directors condemned ‘the use of the texts, ideals, and images of the Greek and Roman world to promote racism or a view of the Classical world as the unique inheritance of a falsely-imagined and narrowly-conceived western civilization.’” 

Second, we would like to make a clarification regarding Professor Sarah Bond. After the Future of Classics panel, a number of complaints were brought to the Society’s Committee on Professional Ethics. A member of the SCS filed a formal complaint against Professor Bond. The Committee dismissed this complaint, determining in accordance with our procedures that the complaint was not credible and did not rise to the level of requiring formal investigation. The Committee did not approve or recommend to the Board any formal censure of her. However, the Committee did advise that someone communicate to her informally, on behalf of the Committee, some concerns regarding her behavior at the panel. The subsequent communication with Professor Bond resulted in misunderstandings of the content and intent of the Ethics Committee's concerns, particularly because it was not explicitly stated to Professor Bond that she was not being formally censured as a result of a complaint. We apologize for the great hurt and damage that this has caused to Professor Sarah Bond, our Communications Committee chair and blog editor, who does so much good for the Society.  The President and Executive Director bear the ultimate responsibility for the miscommunication and mishandling of the situation, and the subsequent damage, including the ambiguity of whether she was censured. Together with the Board, we are reviewing our procedures to ensure that what Professor Bond experienced does not happen again.

Mary T. Boatwright, SCS President 2019 

Helen Cullyer, Executive Director 


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We have posted the papers from the panel that the Committee on Ancient History organized for the 2014 annual meeting in Chicago.   Georgia Tsouvala organized the panel entitled History in Classics/Classics in History.

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Thu, 06/12/2014 - 11:24am by Adam Blistein.

The 2013-2014 Placement Service season is about to end; so, the portal is no longer accepting new registrations from candidates.  Please join us in a few weeks for the 2014-2015 Placement Year and for interviewing at the 2015 New Orleans Annual Meeting.  Early next week we will publish the June 2014 issue of Positions for Classicists and Archaeologists.  After that, all positions advertised during the current academic year will be available at this URL

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Thu, 06/12/2014 - 11:07am by Adam Blistein.

The NPR news program, All Things Considered, recently featured an interview with Peter Meineck of the Aquila Theatre Company and the actors he has assembled for a new performance of Philoctetes that casts a woman in the lead role and veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan in the chorus.

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Mon, 06/09/2014 - 4:45pm by Adam Blistein.
As Teaching Classical Languages enters its fifth year of publication and as the standards for online publication metamorphose before our eyes, it seems a good time to take stock of how our readers access the journal. How are your reading habits changing? In what formats do you read academic articles? On what devices do you read the sort of research and practical advice contained in TCL? Please click on https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Z2M75SD and take our brief five-minute survey and let us know how we can redesign TCL to be more responsive to your needs.  
 
Thanks so much,
John Gruber-Miller
Editor
 
View full article. | Posted in General Announcements on Mon, 06/09/2014 - 4:29pm by Adam Blistein.

For the last annual meeting in Chicago, the Committee on Education organized a panel entitled "Classics and Study Abroad".  Click here to read organizer Eric Dugdale's introduction to the panel as well as abstracts of the five talks that cover various aspects of this important aspect of studying Classics.

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Mon, 06/09/2014 - 4:10pm by Adam Blistein.

The summer is in full swing for most of us and those who for whatever personal or institutional reason (try to) maintain a research program are turning our thoughts to what we want to accomplish before classes start again. It’s exciting to be able to devote ourselves more fully to our writing and research, but the summer poses not only that opportunity but its own set of challenges: with so much unstructured time and so many appealing distractions it can easily slip away.

View full article. | Posted in on Fri, 06/06/2014 - 1:35pm by Curtis Dozier.

Two long-time SCS members were among the 33 scholars and leaders in other fields elected this year to membership in the American Philosophical Society, the oldest learned society in the United States.  They are

  • Sarah B. Pomeroy, Distinguished Professor of Classics and History Emerita, City University of New York
  • Richard J. Tarrant, Pope Professor of the Latin Language and Literature, Harvard University

We congratulate Professors Pomeroy and Tarrant on this high honor.

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Wed, 06/04/2014 - 8:45am by Adam Blistein.

In accordance with the Board’s direction, yesterday Executive Director Adam Blistein submitted the filings necessary for the legal change of the Association’s name to Society for Classical Studies.  We are, of course, announcing the advent of this transition first to the membership; but will also distribute a press release to relevant organizations, publications, and individuals within and outside the field of Classical Studies.  We expect to receive confirmation of the name change from the State of Delaware (where we are incorporated) in about a week, and the new name will gradually appear in stationery and our credit card and checking accounts over the coming month.

I am pleased to share with you the new logo in the attached PowerPoint document that shows several versions of the logo as it will appear in various media and on our new stationery.  As directed by the Board, the Name Change Committee began planning for our organizational transition to the Society for Classical Studies and started the process of logo design in October 2013.  We have devoted almost eight months to this effort in order to give the transition the careful deliberation warranted by such a momentous change.

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Thu, 05/29/2014 - 8:59am by .

The Pontificium Institutum Altioris Latinitatis of the Salesian Pontifical University will be organizing an International Conference on the vitality of Latin and the methods to teach and learn it: “Studia Latinitatis provehenda. Vitalità del latino ed esperienze didattiche”.  The conference marks the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Institute and will be held in Rome from 7th to 8th November 2014.  For further information, please write to convegnolatinitas@unisal.it

View full article. | Posted in Conferences, Lectures, and Meetings on Mon, 05/26/2014 - 8:45pm by Adam Blistein.

Hortensii, a new initiative to tackle the problems facing PhDs without permanent academic positions, has been launched as a result of a survey in which many Women’s Classical Caucus members participated. The survey found a serious problem affecting large numbers of people, but also that there are many things that could be done to improve the situation. A full report of the survey results and suggested action plans can be found at http://hortensii.wordpress.com  The project urgently needs volunteers to help implement the suggestions; offers of help will be gratefully received E.Dickey@reading.ac.uk.

View full article. | Posted in General Announcements on Mon, 05/26/2014 - 8:39pm by Adam Blistein.

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