By Ellen A. Bauerle
As learned societies have become aware that for the sake of survival they must communicate their larger purposes to their constituents and to yet-larger audiences, the APA has made wise and useful choices about the breadth and diversity of its outreach program. Under the auspices of its Vice President for Outreach, numerous initiatives, including print and web-based, are being deployed to make clear for a wider audience what they gain by having the APA, and its constituents, in their midst.
By Andrew Szegedy-Maszak
Distance learning has undergone an enormous change with the advent of MOOC’s – Massive Open Online Courses – that are offered by consortia of colleges and universities, such as Coursera, EdX, and Udacity. I was asked to give such a course on Greek History for Coursera, and I will discuss the process of putting the course together, from formulating the initial outline to recording the lectures to launching the class and responding to its students.
By Roberta L. Stewart
In this paper I present my experience as an academic directing a weekly reading group in which combat veterans read Homer’s Odyssey and Iliad, summarizing and assessing the course and suggesting next steps.
By Jennifer A. Rea
This paper will discuss The Big Read, a program sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, which fosters community participation in revitalization of reading, encourages appreciation of literature, and sparks dialogue about how reading for pleasure and enlightenment can benefit our communities. I will talk about the critical need for more classicists to be involved in events such as this as a way of establishing and maintaining a two-way dialogue in our communities about the value of the past.
My paper will consist of the following sections: