Winners of 2015 Pedagogy Awards

In 2015 the Society for Classical Studies (SCS), founded in 1869 as the American Philological Association, awarded the third set of its Pedagogy Awards to three outstanding classics teachers. One of the major goals of the Society's capital campaign, Gatekeeper to Gateway: The Campaign for Classics in the Twenty-first Century, was to ensure that an inspiring, well trained teacher would be available for every school and college classics classroom. A subcommittee of the Joint Committee on the Classics in American Education, whose membership is selected from both the SCS and the American Classical League, reviewed proposals from classics teachers at all levels requesting funds to support a variety activities that would improve their teaching and their students’ experiences in the classroom. The awards received by the three successful applicants are funded by income derived from the following contributions to the Campaign’s Research and Teaching Endowment: a major gift from an anonymous donor, a contribution from the Classical Association of the Middle West and South (CAMWS), and donations to the Friends of Zeph Stewart Fund.

Ted Gellar-Goad, Wake Forest University, received $650 to support the travel of his students to perform adaptations of Aristophanes and Plautus for the North Carolina Junior Classical League state convention in April 2016.

David C. Noe, Calvin College, received $700 to underwrite a Bidvvm Latinvm Calvinianvm or spoken Latin weekend at his home institution in September 2015. This will be the second such event at Calvin, which hosted the first in the fall of 2013 with more than 60 participants from Michigan and around the country.

Heather F. Sharpe, West Chester University, received $1,050 to work with art students at her institution to design and produce via 3D-printing a series of Greek drinking cups of various shapes and sizes. The group will then conduct experiments to determine the functional qualities of various Greek drinking cups and specifically address the reasons behind the choice of kylix as the preferred symposium cup.

In addition, Patrick Owens, Wyoming Catholic College, has just submitted his report on a Pedagogy Award he received in 2014. 

We are grateful to the selection committee (Keely Lake, Wayland Academy; Sally W.Morris, Phillips Exeter Academy; and Ariana Traill, University of Illinois) for their careful review of the applications. In late 2015 the SCS will publish a call for applications for the 2016 Pedagogy Awards and Zeph Stewart Teacher Training Award. Applications will be due around March 1, 2016.

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Sketchbook: Souvenir of Naples

On a summer night in 64 CE a conflagration that would be remembered as the Great Fire of Rome began somewhere in the tightly-packed shops and streets around the Circus Maximus. “A disaster,” the historian Tacitus called it, “graver and more dreadful than all that have befallen this city by the violence of fire” (Annals 15.38). His account goes on to describe panic and destruction, followed by rumors, resentment, and rebuilding. Ancient responses to disasters like these are the focus of a new first-year studies course at the University of Texas at Austin, for which I am the teaching assistant. The following is a reflection on what we might do as classics and ancient history teachers to aid our students in dealing with 2017’s brutal hurricane season, in this year that Tacitus might have called “rich in catastrophes” (opimum casibus, Histories 1.2).

View full article. | Posted in on Mon, 10/30/2017 - 12:00am by Jane Millar.

Call for Papers

5000 Years of Comments: The Development of Commentary from Ancient Mesopotamia to the Age of Information

August 7-10, 2018

Sponsored and hosted by the Center for Hellenic Studies
Organized by Joel P. Christensen (Brandeis University) and Jacqueline Vayntrub (Brandeis University)

Commentary on the written word is nearly as old as writing itself and has developed alongside scholarship, literature and the writing cultures in critical and influential ways. As an activity, commentary has helped define categories of textuality and literature. As a type of discourse, commentary has been shaped over millennia by emerging technologies, from clay tablets to multi-user digital interfaces.

This two-day conference seeks to bring together specialists and investigators from various fields who are interested in the history of commentary and its study, in its theoretical underpinnings and its effects, and in exploring new forms commentary has taken in the information age. All fields of inquiry are open, but we are particularly interested in assembling papers that draw on the history of philology from the Ancient Near East (Mesopotamia through Biblical philology) through Classical Greece and Rome in antiquity, the middle ages, and reflecting on this history in light of the emergence of modern Digital Humanities. 

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Thu, 10/26/2017 - 8:16am by Erik Shell.

This is a reminder that the deadline for the SCS's TLL Fellowship is November 15

You can read the posting for this fellowship here, and learn more about the program on this page.

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View full article. | Posted in Awards and Fellowships on Wed, 10/25/2017 - 8:44am by Erik Shell.

Vergilian Society Call for Proposals for Symposium Campanum, October 2019.
(deadline Wednesday, March 28, 2018)

This is one of two calls for proposed symposium topics. The Vergilian Society invites proposals for topics for the fourth annual Symposium Campanum, to take place at the Harry Wilks Study Center at the Villa Vergiliana in Cuma, Italy in mid-October, 2019. These October Symposia differ in focus from our summer Symposium Cumanum: we will consider proposals on any aspect of the history, archaeology, art and architecture, and geology of Italy and Sicily from the remotest antiquity to the Renaissance. For information about earlier Symposia Campana, see: http://www.vergiliansociety.org/symposium_cumanum/

Each proposal should be prepared by the person who is intending to direct the symposium, or by the lead person if co-directors are envisioned.  The successful director will have logistical assistance from the Vergilian Society’s Italian staff and from the executive committee; a set of guidelines is available to assist in planning.

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Mon, 10/23/2017 - 11:32am by Erik Shell.

Vergilian Society Call for Proposals for Symposium Cumanum, June 2019.
(deadline Wednesday January 31, 2018)

This one of two calls for proposed symposium topics. The Vergilian Society is soliciting proposals for the twenty-fifth  annual Symposium Cumanum, to take place at the Harry Wilkes Study Center at the Villa Vergiliana in Cuma at the end of June, 2019.  We will consider a proposal on any theme pertaining to Vergil and his times, although preference may be given to a subject that has not been treated recently.  Descriptions of previous symposia can be found on the Vergilian Society website, at http://www.vergiliansociety.org/symposium_cumanum/

Each proposal should be prepared by the person who is intending to direct the symposium, or by the lead person if co-directors are envisioned.  The successful director will have logistical assistance from the Vergilian Society’s Italian staff and from the executive committee; a set of guidelines is available to assist in planning.

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Mon, 10/23/2017 - 11:30am by Erik Shell.

Ovid’s Metamorphoses has fared better than other Latin epic poems in modern Chinese reception. It has been rendered into Chinese twice: first, selected parts (about three-fifths) were translated in the 1950s by the renowned scholar of English literature, Yang Zhouhan (1915–1989), who supplemented the rest and published the complete translation in 1984; second, a Taiwanese man of letters, Lü Jianzhong, published a version of the entire epic in 2008. Each translation has its own merits: Yang’s version reads fluently and his style is natural, with tinges of archaic feeling, aimed at easy and pleasant reading. Lü’s version is more colorful and playful, more elegant in its choice of words and expressions. Both translators used F.J. Miller’s Loeb edition as the basic text, consulting the facing English translation and whatever other English versions each could get hold of. More importantly, both (like Miller) opted for prose, though neither explains this decision in the translator’s preface. Yang seems to take it for granted that prose was the only option for the Chinese version.

View full article. | Posted in on Mon, 10/23/2017 - 12:00am by Wei Zhang.

Call for Papers: Southern Association for the History of Medicine and Science (SAHMS) Twentieth Annual Meeting, at Augusta University in Augusta, Georgia, February 15-17, 2018

Deadline for paper abstracts, panel submissions, and student travel grants is: November 1st, 2017. The Program Committee will notify you as to whether or not your paper is accepted no later than November 16th, 2017.

Submissions for individual papers and panels can be made online at the SAHMS website, at http://www.sahms.net/call-for-papers.html.

SAHMS is seeking paper submissions from students (including undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and medical and health sciences professional students), professors, medical and legal professionals, and independent scholars with an academic interest in the history of science or medicine.

SAHMS welcomes papers that discuss the history of medicine and/or science. This is broadly construed to encompass all fields and subfields historical, literary, anthropological, philosophical, legal, and sociological related to the historical understanding of any aspect of science, medicine, health care, and the medical and health science professions, as well as closely related topics, including issues related to science or medicine involving race, disabilities, sustainability, environment, technology, and gender studies.

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Wed, 10/18/2017 - 2:15pm by Erik Shell.

Statement from the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA), American Alliance of Museums (AAM), American Anthropological Association (AAA), American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR), Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD), Society for Classical Studies (SCS), and U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield (USCBS) Regarding the United States of America’s Intention to Withdraw from UNESCO.

On October 12, 2017, the United States announced its decision to withdraw from the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2018. A founding member of the Organization in 1945, the United States has benefited from UNESCO’s guiding precepts and principles in its efforts to preserve humanity’s shared heritage.

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Wed, 10/18/2017 - 9:01am by Erik Shell.

(From John Finamore, University of Iowa)

Dear ISNS Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce the call for panels for the 16th annual ISNS conference, to be held in Los Angeles on June 13-16, 2018, in conjunction with Loyola Marymount University.

Anyone interested in organizing a panel at the conference should send a brief description of the panel along with its title and the name(s) and email address(es) of the contact person(s) to the conference organizers:

Panel descriptions are due to us by January 22, 2018.  I will email the list of proposed panels to the ISNS membership before February 5. Panel organizers are responsible for choosing and collecting abstracts for their panels. They should notify the organizers of their decisions by February 26.  Abstracts should be no more than one page, single spaced.

We also welcome individual abstracts for papers that do not fall under any of the announced panels.  Please send those abstracts (again, one-page maximum) to the four conference organizers above.

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Mon, 10/16/2017 - 9:11am by Erik Shell.

Roman Inscriptions of Britain is a digitally-enhanced version of R.G. Collingwood and R.P. Wright’s Roman Inscriptions of Britain, vol. 1 (1965), and its 2,400 inscriptions. It includes all subsequent Addenda and Corrigenda to volume 1. Volumes 2 (1990–1995, instrumentum domesticum) and 3 (2009, more recent finds) are not yet available online, but all the major Roman inscriptions of Britain are included here. Since the work of editing, preparing, and composing commentary for the inscriptions had already been done, the site’s creator, Scott Vanderbilt, could focus the interface, and on applying TEI and EpiDoc markups. The result is a rich, interactive website: a powerful tool for scholars and students, and a delight to even casual visitors.

View full article. | Posted in on Mon, 10/16/2017 - 12:00am by Rebecca R. Benefiel.

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