Special Events at the 2018 Annual Meeting

We've put together a list of the special events that will take place at the 2018 Annual Meeting.

Note that, while paper sessions will take place in the Marriott, a large portion of the evening events will be housed in the Westin.

The upcoming December Newsletter from the SCS office will have more information about these and other events at the Annual Meeting.

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April, 2018

Below is a list of the most recent NEH grantees and their Classically-themed projects. The NEH helps fund a number of SCS initiatives, and their support affects the field of Classics at a national and local level.

Grantees

  • Jennifer Ferriss-Hill (University of Miami) - "The Ancient Roman Poet Horace's "Art of Poetry" and the Art of Living"
  • Heidi Morse (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) - "Black Women an the Classical Traditions of Greece and Rome in 19th-Century America"
  • Jenifer Neils (American School of Classical Studies at Athens) - "Long-term Research Fellowships at The American School of Classical Studies at Athens"
  • Dean Smith (Cornell University) - "Humanities Open Book Program - Cornell University III"
  • Peter Meineck (Aquila Theatre Company Inc.) - "Citizen Soldiers: Ancient and Modern Expressions of War"
  • Aaron Johnson (Lee University) - "Philosophy and Tradition in the Contra Julianumby Cyril of Alexandria (c. 375-444)"
  • Jessica Powers (San Antonio Museum of Art) - "Sacred Landscapes: Visions of Nature and Myth in Ancient Rome"
  • Denise McCoskey (Miami University, Oxford) - "Eugenics and Classical Scholarship in Early 20th-Century America"

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View full article. | Posted in Classics in the News on Fri, 04/13/2018 - 9:25am by Erik Shell.

Seminar on Plato at Syracuse

June 4-5, 2018
Sicily Center for International Education, Siracusa

A seminar on Plato at Syracuse will be held in Siracusa, June 4-5, just before the Fourth Interdisciplinary Symposium on the Heritage of Western Greece.  The goal of this project is to understand Plato’s involvement with Syracuse and Southern Italy in a multidisciplinary way and produce a volume which combines a new translation of the Seventh Letter with original essays from scholars of varying disciplines.

Scholars interested in participating in the seminar should contact Heather Reid, fontearetusa1@gmail.com, no later than May 1, 2018.  If you would like to propose a paper for the volume, you must provide a full-text draft (maximum 5,000 words) in Chicago style, prepared for blind review, before the May 1st deadline so we can include it in the seminar book.  You may contribute a paper without participating in the seminar and you may participate in the seminar without contributing a paper.

View full article. | Posted in Conferences, Lectures, and Meetings on Thu, 04/12/2018 - 2:43pm by Erik Shell.

Below are this year's Pedagogy Award winners and their projects.

Michael Okyere Asante (Stellenbosch University and University of Ghana)

  • The award supports travel costs from South Africa to London in order to present at the Classical Association Conference. The research explored two schools in Ghana and their integration of Classics into their curriculum.
Bret Mulligan (Haverford College) and Christopher Francese (Dickinson College)
  • This award supports the work required for the digitization of Index Apuleianus by William Abbott Oldfather. The work will convert it into a fully lemmatized text and database.
T. H. M. Gellar-Goad (Wake Forest University): 
  • With this award Prof. Gellar-Goad will fund approximately 50 students’ travel to perform adaptations of Aristophanes and Plautus for the North Carolina Junior Classical League state convention in April 2019.

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View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Thu, 04/12/2018 - 2:26pm by Erik Shell.

A new Classics program has started up at Southern Virginia University. The university now offers a Major and Minor in Classical Studies, with classes in Greek and Latin as well as history, philosophy, and the arts.

Join us in congratulating them and the expansion of our field!

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View full article. | Posted in Classics in the News on Thu, 04/12/2018 - 8:56am by Erik Shell.
Detail of Thalia from the Sarcophagus of the Muses, late 2nd century CE, Thassian marble, Archaeological Museum of Ostia. Photo taken by Krishni Burns, unpublished.

This blog entry is the first in a new series, Letters from CAMP, that will appear throughout the year and explore the various practicalities and benefits of the performance of ancient drama in its many forms.

Two years ago at the annual meeting of the Society for Classical Studies, a Senior Scholar of great distinction stood in the middle of a room crowded with many of the finest minds in classical scholarship, looked around, and said loudly, “Look at all these f**king a**holes.”  To the best of my knowledge, this was a first. Most scholars have been tempted to say the same when faced with a crowd of SCS conference goers, but most are a bit more circumspect in their language. 

In this instance, context is everything. The lady in question was performing the part of Poseidon, reworked in a modern aesthetic, at a staged reading of Aristophanes’ Birds organized by the Committee on Ancient and Modern Performance (CAMP) in conjunction with Stanford Classics in Theater. Rather than gasping in shock, the audience laughed and applauded.  In the context of comedy, it’s possible to say what everyone might be thinking, with no harm done and no bones broken. 

View full article. | Posted in on Wed, 04/11/2018 - 4:25pm by Krishni Burns.

Medea on the Contemporary Stage and Screen

Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA)
Nov. 9-11, 2018, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA

In recent years, the afterlives of Greek tragedy have received special attention in the rapidly expanding field of classical reception studies. With reincarnations ranging from Japanese Noh theater to the Mexican screen, Euripides’ Medea is now more than ever a truly global “classic.” The time is ripe for dedicated focus on Medea and its traditions in contemporary theater and film.

The panel organizers (Zina Giannopoulou, University of California, Irvine; Jesse Weiner, Hamilton College) invite proposals for papers on receptions of Euripides’ Medea on the contemporary stage and screen, to be presented at the annual meeting of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association. The conference will take place Nov. 9-11, 2018 at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. Questions papers might address include but are not limited to:

  • Medea assumes many roles in Euripides’ play, from abject suppliant to dea ex machina. How do recent adaptations of Medea portray Medea’s inherent theatricality?

  • How have different translations of Medea affected the performance of the play?

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Wed, 04/11/2018 - 11:06am by Erik Shell.

I Congreso Internacional Inovação Docente – Instrumentos e Ferramentas na Investigação das Línguas Clássicas / Inovación docente. Instrumentos y herramientas en la investigación de las Lenguas Clásicas

Centro de Estudos Clássicos (CEC-FLUL)
Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa (Portugal)
3 y 4 de diciembre 2018

En la mayor parte de los países occidentales los Estudios Clásicos se encuentran hoy en una prolongada crisis que ha significado la reducción, más o menos drástica, del número de alumnos tanto en la Enseñanza Secundaria como en la Superior. En este contexto urge repensar los procesos de enseñanza y aprendizaje y para este fin se convoca el I Congreso Innovación Docente – Instrumentos y Herramientas en la Investigación de las Lenguas Clásicas, encuentro científico que pretende clarificar el estado de la cuestión pero también estimular y divulgar nuevos abordajes de la enseñanza de las lenguas y culturas clásicas.

Organizado por el "Centro de Estudos Clássicos" de la Facultad de Letras de la Universidad de Lisboa, este congreso se realiza en colaboración con varias universidades ibéricas, a saber:

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Wed, 04/11/2018 - 10:13am by Erik Shell.

SCS Member Scott Johnson has received a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. 

"Johnson’s Guggenheim project is a cultural biography of the language of Syriac. This will be the first book of its kind in English. It attempts to trace the origins, flourishing, and legacy of Syriac as an actor between empires in the late ancient and early medieval worlds."

You can read the full press release here.

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View full article. | Posted in Classics in the News on Wed, 04/11/2018 - 9:43am by Erik Shell.
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SCS has received a grant in the amount of $157,200 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support the TLL Fellowship program for three years, from academic year 2019-20 through 2021-22. The program, administered by the SCS, provides a one-year research fellowship to a scholar to work on the Thesaurus Linguae Latinae in Munich, Germany.

We are extremely pleased by this news and hope members will benefit from this program for years to come.

Yelena Baraz, Project Director

Helen Cullyer, Executive Director, SCS

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View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Mon, 04/09/2018 - 11:16am by Erik Shell.
Dancers and musicians, tomb of the leopards, Monterozzi necropolis, Tarquinia, Italy. UNESCO World Heritage Site. Fresco a secco. Height (of the wall): 1.70 m. 475 BCE. from Le Musée absolu, Phaidon, 10-2012, photographer Yann Forget. CC By 1.0.

In the third post in our independent scholars series, Ann Patty discusses her late in life discovery of Latin and her love of learning, teaching, and promoting Classics. 

I began to learn Latin as I approached the age of 60. After the recession of 2008 my highly leveraged company forced me into early retirement. I had been an editor and publisher for thirty-five years, an all-consuming career that kept my mind engaged and provided me with a community, a passionate purpose and a strong identity. Suddenly all those things were taken away. I retreated full-time to my country house, also forfeiting my identity as a New Yorker. I became an exile. I had participated in the chattering classes my entire adult life. On my rural plot of land in the Hudson Valley, the only chattering to be heard was that of chipmunks and squirrels. I needed words.

Words were my first and perennial friends. I’ve kept word lists since I was a child, and I still do. When I discover a new word, I feel a surge of delight. Soon after my retirement I discovered the word concinnity—the harmonious arrangements of parts, especially in writing, an expression so beautiful it rises to the level of music. I knew Latin was behind that word, as it is behind two-thirds of our English words. Latin is the home base of English words and grammar. If words were my first love, grammar was my second, a stern mistress whom I had served happily for all my years as an editor.

View full article. | Posted in on Wed, 04/04/2018 - 4:37pm by Ann Patty.

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