SCS Statement on Harassment at the Annual Meeting

The Women's Classical Caucus (WCC) is undertaking a major initiative to address all forms of harassment in the field of Classics.  As part of this initiative, the WCC leadership has begun to collaborate with the SCS Committee on Gender and Sexuality in the Profession, and Vice President for Professional Matters, Barbara Gold.  The first result of this collaboration is the following statement addressing harassment, bullying, and intimidation at the Annual Meeting. This statement has been approved by the SCS Board of Directors. 

Statement on Harassment

The SCS and its members seek to create an atmosphere at their annual conference in which participants may learn, network, and converse with colleagues in an environment of mutual respect.  Everyone who attends the annual meeting is entitled to an experience that is free from harassment, bullying, and intimidation directed towards any attendee.  Harassment includes, but is not limited to, sexual harassment, such as unwelcome sexual advances, or other verbal or physical contact of a sexual nature.  Harassment also pertains to activities/behaviors such as stalking, queer/trans bullying, or hostility or abuse based on age, disability, religion, race or ethnicity.  Such conduct is harmful, disrespectful and unprofessional.  No attendee should under any circumstance engage in harassment, bullying, or intimidation of other attendees either in person or online.  By attending the meeting, all participants accept the obligation to uphold the rights of attendees and treat everyone with respect. The SCS does not seek to limit the areas of inquiry of its members or to curtail robust scholarly debate. Its aim is to promote critical and open inquiry that is free of personal harassment, prejudice and aggression. 

Members should be aware that they are bound by the codes of conduct at their home institutions. The SCS code does not supersede these workplace codes but is intended to reinforce their message.

In the event that a SCS attendee experiences harassment, bullying, or intimidation at the meeting that is inconsistent with the values articulated in the Society’s professional ethics statement, the attendee is encouraged to make a report in writing to the Vice President for Professional Matters.  This report will remain confidential and will be shared only with the Professional Ethics Committee.  The Vice President and the committee will work together to look into the reported behavior, to contact the person who has reported the behavior, and, if warranted, to contact the person about whom the complaint has been made.

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(Originally posted on Facebook by the Vergilian Society by Jim O'Hara)

The Vergilian Society notes with sadness the passing of Professor Eleanor Winsor Leach of the University of Indiana, who served the Society as a trustee in 1978-83 and as second and then first vice-president in 1989-92. Vergilians learned much from her articles on the Eclogues, Georgics, and Aeneid, her landmark 1974 book on the Eclogues, her two major studies on the ties that link Roman literature, art, and society, and her many many articles on Latin poetry and painting and their reception. Both her many students, and all those of us who learned from her writings, will carry on her work and her memory.

(From Matthew Christ)

The Department of Classical Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington, is very sorry to report that Eleanor W. Leach died on Friday, February 16, at the age of 80. Ellie will be sorely missed by all of us; it was characteristic of her strong spirit and commitment that she remained active as teacher and scholar up until the very end. We will circulate information concerning a service in her memory as soon as this is available.

(Update)

The memorial service for Eleanor W. Leach is scheduled for:

Saturday, April 21, 11 a.m.

Trinity Episcopal Church 

View full article. | Posted in In Memoriam on Tue, 02/20/2018 - 1:29pm by Erik Shell.

By Roger Bagnall

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Members can click here to access our online program system for 2019 Annual Meeting submissions, affiliated group charters, and proposals for organizer-refereed panels for 2020.

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Mon, 02/19/2018 - 6:56am by Helen Cullyer.

by  Erich Gruen

What put me on the path to Classics? No single event, no flash of lightning, no sudden illumination. Nor was it a gradual move, an increasing affection for a subject that slowly grew on me as I matured, a route that became more distinct and compelling as years passed. It is easy to construct such a smooth course toward an inevitable outcome in retrospect. But that is not how it happened.

View full article. | Posted in on Thu, 02/15/2018 - 10:10pm by Wells Hansen.
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(From the Cornell Alumni Magazine)

A former translator of the Pope's messages into Latin has joined the Cornell faculty to spread the practice of spoken Latin in the classroom.

"He took students on forays around campus to translate the Latin incorporated in maps and artwork; had them haggle with each other in ersatz marketplaces; studied the Latin mottos on state seals; cast them in a mock trial for shoplifting; and more."

You can read the full article here.

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View full article. | Posted in Classics in the News on Thu, 02/15/2018 - 11:04am by Erik Shell.
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Content Warning: The following post discusses classical narratives about sexual assault. Please note that the thoughts and opinions of SCS blog contributors are their own. 

Classics graduate student Sara L. Hales (University of Iowa) and Assistant Professor of Classics Arum Park (University of Arizona) explore how we read, discuss, and teach classical rape narratives in the midst of the #metoo movement.

Arum: Sara and I started writing on this topic independently and were brought together by our mutual friend Sarah Bond, who noted the common thread in our essays and encouraged us to collaborate. We found ourselves among those in the (fortunate? unfortunate?) position of reading classical rape narratives in the midst of a loud and persistent cultural conversation about sexual assault.

View full article. | Posted in on Wed, 02/14/2018 - 5:21pm by Sara L. Hales.

The Classical Association of the Atlantic States (CAAS) is seeking applications for two key positions: Treasurer and Annual Meeting Program Coordinator. Job description(s) and application information is on the main page of the CAAS website: http://caas-cw.org/wp/.

The deadline has been extended to March 2, 2018.

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View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Wed, 02/14/2018 - 8:47am by Erik Shell.

The SCS is a member of the National Humanities Alliance (NHA), a national advocacy organization for the humanities.  The NHA has issued the following information regarding the administration’s budget proposal for fiscal year 19:

“President Trump released his Presidential Budget Request for FY 2019, which again calls for the elimination of the National Endowment for the Humanities along with the National Endowment for the Arts, the Department of Education’s International Education Programs, the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, and the Institute for Museums and Library Services. The request also calls for the elimination of federal funding for the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars.

This is an assault on humanities research, education, and programming - all of which are essential to the cultivation of our national heritage and civic culture.

Congress will ultimately be responsible for writing the bills that fund the federal government.

Last year, we sent a forceful message to Congress that we oppose the administration’s efforts to eliminate humanities funding. While the appropriations process for FY 2018 has not yet been completed, Congress has rejected Trump’s proposals at every turn.”

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Tue, 02/13/2018 - 9:53am by Helen Cullyer.

The Society for Classical Studies strongly supports the American Historical Association's statement condemning the Polish law criminalizing discussion of Polish complicity in Nazi war crimes during World War II. Open discussion of the events of the past is our own Society's raison d'être. Such discussion cannot be limited to events of which we are proud, nor can we permit those of which we are ashamed to be forgotten. These principles must apply to the study of all periods of history. Our Society's interest in this particular question involves a growing integration between what were once regarded as discrete areas in the study of Mediterranean antiquity, including Greek and Roman studies, Ancient Near Eastern studies, Jewish studies, and other related areas. In addition, we remember the many Jewish scholars of Classics and Ancient History who migrated from eastern Europe to Great Britain and North America, fleeing persecution by the Nazis and their sympathizers. The impact of these scholars on their new countries and on our field as a whole was both great and very positive, but it came with enormous human cost, and it is essential that we remember these facts.

View full article. | Posted in Public Statements on Tue, 02/13/2018 - 9:19am by Helen Cullyer.

The 15th International FIEC Congress will be held in London, 4-8 July, 2019, hosted by the Classical Association, the Hellenic Society and the Roman Society, in collaboration with the Institute of Classical Studies, London, UCL, KCL, Birkbeck College, Royal Holloway University of London and Roehampton University. 

The Congress will take place at the Institute of Education (University College London) in Bloomsbury, close to the British Museum, British Library, and the University of London’s Senate House. 

The FIEC AGM and Bureau Meetings will take place on Thursday 4 July. The Congress will begin on Friday 5 July and end on Monday 8 July. There will be three different types of paper: plenary papers delivered by invited speakers; panels consisting of four papers; and posters. A call for panels, papers and posters will be issued in May, with a deadline for submission of 1 July. There will be a drinks reception, a flying buffet, excursions, workshops and various cultural activities taking place throughout the Congress. 

View full article. | Posted in Conferences, Lectures, and Meetings on Tue, 02/13/2018 - 7:37am by Erik Shell.

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