2010 Report of the VP for Professional Matters
The Division of Professional Matters includes under its jurisdiction the Subcommittee on Professional Ethics, the Committee on Placement, the Committee on the Status of Women and Minority Groups, and the Classics Advisory Service. Here follow brief reports from each committee, covering matters that were discussed at the annual APA meeting in San Antonio.
Subcommittee on Professional Ethics. Various questions were presented for consideration by the committee; as always, our deliberations are strictly confidential. The communication of outcomes is still pending in one case that has occupied the committee for the past year.
Professional Matters Committee. The majority of the meeting of the corporate Professional Matters Committee was spent hearing reports from the committees under its purview (see below for details) and discussing more effective methods for data collection. The next version of theAPA Guide to Graduate Programs will be placed online, a move that should greatly increase its availability and use. The next APA census, scheduled for this spring, will be conducted electronically. The online version of the census form should simplify distribution, completion, as well as collection and tally of results. The Committee is hoping that it will also dramatically raise the response rate, which, for the last census, was deplorably low (below 50%). A recommendation was made to appoint ad hoc committees to reconsider in a general and comprehensive way all of our current informational surveys, their methods and purpose.
Committee on Placement(Submitted by Erich Gruen). The Placement Committee received only one seriously troublesome complaint this past year. It involved mutual charges of impropriety between members of the same department regarding the search for a senior appointment. We considered carefully the allegations made, sought additional information from both parties and from the dean, exchanged a number of e-mails, and reached a unanimous conclusion. We sent a letter of disapproval to one of the parties, while cautioning the other against registering grievances against irregularities that could not be established. This may not be altogether Solomonic, but the issue was resolved and both parties acknowledged acceptance of the verdict. The matter did, however, raise larger issues, which the committee continues to pursue. A few other, lesser points of contention or inquiries were settled through correspondence by the chair.
The Committee meeting in San Antonio produced discussion of several items that remain part of our agenda through the coming year: increased automation for scheduling of interviews, new regulations for searches that involve senior candidates, interviewing by Skype, undue pressures on candidates to make early decisions, and the continuing effort to encourage PhDs to consider careers in secondary schools. This last was the subject of our panel in San Antonio. And there is strong sentiment to continue this in another form in the next APA Annual Meeting.
Committee on the Status of Women and Minority Groups (Submitted by Stephen Trzaskoma). At its meeting in San Antonio, the Committee on the Status of Women and Minority Groups chiefly dealt with draft reports on the Placement and Journals Surveys and the Departmental Census, all of which after a delay of some years were very near to completion aside from some minor technical matters. CSWMG members had worked on Placement and Journals with members of the Placement and Publications Committees, respectively, and everyone had been charged with not only the traditional duty of analyzing the data as it had been collected but also evaluating the process from data collection to interpretation. Those who had been directly involved in the process made various recommendations based on their concerns that the bulk of the data had little to do with tracking the status of women and minorities in the profession, that the procedures for collecting data were awkward and inefficient, and that interpretation was hampered by low response rates and lack of methodological rigor.
The new Placement Report benefited greatly from the (pro bono) involvement of an outside professional consultant and points the way toward better methods. Because we will rarely have such unremunerated outside help, it was strongly urged that the APA hire consultants to analyze the data we collect and to make recommendations about what data we ought to be collecting in the first place to answer the questions we would like to have answered. Streamlining the data reporting process should allow CSWMG in the future to return to a greater advocacy role and focus its energies on its immediate charges. To those ends, the committee recommended to the Vice President for Professional Matters that he appoint three ad hoc committees to continue the process of looking into the three areas of reporting and, with input from CSWMG and the other relevant committees, to redesign completely the way in which they are handled.
Classics Advisory Service (Submitted by John F. Miller).
- Since I took over in January of 2010 the CAS has been in contact with thirteen colleges and universities, nine in the US and three in the UK.
- The bulk of the work has been in support of departments and programs in crisis, whether threatened with extinction or otherwise under stress. A letter from the APA President to the authorities in question is almost always part of our response but in some cases other strategies are used. We always take our lead from the wishes of the local department. In some cases a general letter-writing campaign was felt to be counter-productive because it was likely to alienate administrators, but some colleagues found this a productive strategy. Enlisting the aid of parents can be effective in some cases. Different traditions of faculty governance may recommend one or another approach to a dean or provost by the APA. In calendar 2010 we worked on eight cases, with one still ongoing. At issue was (or is) the elimination of positions—in two cases amounting to half the instructors in Classics—the closing of departments, the downgrading of a department to a program, and the cancellation of a flourishing Latin program along with terminating an Associate Professor of 30 years service. A couple of these programs—but (alas) only a couple—managed to stave off the threats.
- The CAS also responded to requests from three colleges and one university for suggestions of suitable evaluators of their programs; two other colleges asked for assistance in developing or creating a Classics program.
- The web page of the Classics Advisory Service will be revised during the present academic year.
- Responses to several threatened programs were profitably coordinated with CAMWS. At the convention in San Antonio the representatives of all the regional and national organizations agreed to pool their resources for this purpose in the future.
James M. May
2010 Report of the VP for Publications
The Division of Publications welcomed the inaugural meeting of theAssociation's first Web Architect, Professor Samuel Huskey of Oklahoma. His presence in all our meetings and his active engagement in the coming years bode very well indeed for the Association and its ability to communicate its business and its mission to many audiences. He will take immediate charge of the Association's website, now empowered by a new "content management system" to be a more flexible and attractive tool for our various communications purposes. In conjunction with VP Hallett of the Division of Outreach, he is already exploring the possibilities of the new social media to our benefit, but he is as well taking a reflective and longer look at the future. He will be engaged during 2011 in various virtual and corporeal meetings and discussions, both within the Association, with other scholars of the ancient world, and with colleagues from the American Council of Learned Societies and its constituent organizations.
One valuable activity at the annual meetings in recent years has been an informal gathering called "the website meeting", when the Executive Director, the sitting Presidents (praesens, quondam, et futurus), and the Vice Presidents meet together with the "website editor" to discuss common issues. This has been chaired by one or another of the sitting officers, but we propose now to regularize the meeting and place it under the chairship of the Information Architect as the place where our Associations' overall communication strategy is reinterpreted, reshaped, and enacted.
The search for an editor of our monographs series has not yetsucceeded; expressions of interest and nominations are still welcome. In the meantime, outgoing editor Kathryn Gutzwiller received the warm thanks of the Committee and the Vice President. She reports that since last year's report, two manuscripts have been published: Bob Kaster, Studies on the Text of Macrobius’ “Saturnalia” (companion piece to his just-published Loeb of the Saturnalia and forthcoming OCT) and Scott Garner, Traditional Elegy: The Interplay of Meter,Tradition, and Context in Early Greek Poetry. One further manuscript has gone into production: Sean Gurd, Work in Progress: LiteraryRevision as Social Performance in Ancient Rome. Of two proposals received, one was accepted and one rejected on the basis of length. One manuscript is currently under review. As Vice President, I will be meeting with OUP representatives in New York in March to discuss the terms of our continued relationship; and will also serve adinterimas editor for all purposes of works in progress, supported by various colleagues.
Professor Katharina Volk is well in to her term as editor of TAPA. In 2010, the journal published two issues, 140.1 (spring; containing an Editor's Note and papers by Ruby Blondell, Victoria Wohl, Edwin Carawan, Rana Saadi Liebert, Kathy L. Gaca, Sara H. Lindheim, and Emma Scioli) and 140.2 (autumn; containing Josiah Ober's Presidential Address and papers by Alex Gottesman, Alex C. Purves, Owen Goslin, José M. González, William Hutton, and Dunstan Lowe). Issue 141.1 (containing papers by James I. Porter, Miguel Herrero de Jáuregui, John Heath, Mary T. Boatwright, Randall J. Pogorzelski, Tim Stover, and Giovanni Ruffini) is currently in press and expected to be published in late spring.
During the year, TAPA received 42 submissions, of which two wereresubmissions. Four were not sent out for review, 17 were rejected, 11 were accepted, four were invited to revise and resubmit, and 6 were still sub iudice at the time of our meetings. Thirty of the items were primarily literary (13 Greek, 17 Latin), seven historical (four Greek, three Roman), 2 archaeological, and 3 from the domains of philosophy and law. 25 were authored by males, 18 by females (one paper co-authored).
Professor Sander Goldberg serves as editor for textbooks, taking anambitious and appropriate view of the need to make each contribution count. He reports that George Sheets' translation of the Hausmaninger-Gamauf Casebook on Roman Property Law is now in production at OUP. In addition, Prof. Sheets has provided extensive supplementary classroom material that will be available on an accompanying website hosted by the press. A commentary on Cicero, Pro Murena is currently out with two referees. Pending submissions to the Textbook Series include Lucian's True History and an anthology of Greek lyric.
Two electronic projects are also in the active planning stage: a self-styled 'multimedia commentary' on Martial's epigrams under the auspices of APA Textbooks and a full-functioned, web-based version of T.R.S. Broughton's Magistrates of the Roman Republic under the auspices of APA Classical Resources.
In the wake of the retreat conducted with members of the PublicationsCommittee, selected VPs and other invitees in Chicago in December 2009, we continue to explore ways in which the Association can best serve the needs of the profession and the Association's members. We are more in consensus now than perhaps before on the value of editorial mentoring that our monograph series provides and have renewed our search for an editor in that spirit; but we are also well aware of ambitions for more transformative change and were glad to welcome to the Committee's meeting former editor and board member Don Mastronarde, who reported on conversations that he has been having about bringing under way a series of "California Classical Monographs". We look forward to discussing further whether and how the Association could participate in that undertaking.
In closing, I can only salute with great warmth and great butinsufficient gratitude the services to the Association of two splendid colleagues. Professor Robin Mitchell-Boyask has served for twelve years as Web Editor, seeing us through from quite primitive times to the successful transformation to "content management" mentioned above. Few members of the Association can have spent anywhere near as much time doing work in itself often repetitive and niggling and yet of the highest value to our ability to operate in a way that serves the profession and our members. I do not know whether to admire more his intelligence or his collegiality, so I will settle by simply thanking him for his friendship.
Professor Kathryn Gutzwiller, meanwhile, steps down as editor formonographs after a term extended by a year for no better reason than because we asked her and she was unaccountably generous with her time and thought. She has been an exemplary model of what an Association editor should be: learned, exacting, kind, patient, collegial -- and ever in cheering good spirits. She too has my warmest thanks.
James J. O’Donnell
2010 Report of the VP for Research
I report first on the existing committees and projects reporting to the division, then on the group of exploratory task forces appointed early in 2010 after the Directors’ approval last year.
1. American Office of L’Année Philologique. Following the discussion at the October board meeting, where concerns were expressed about the methods of producing APh, the large share of the endowment resulting from the capital campaign that will be devoted to maintaining the American Office, and changing patterns of use of APh, a small group met in New York on October 20 (the President, Dee Clayman, the Executive Director, Adam Blistein, the Director of the American Office, Lisa Carson, the director of the APh website, Eric Rebillard, and myself, with Samuel Huskey joining us by phone for part of the meeting as incoming Information Architect). We talked about every aspect of the way APh is produced, how it is made available, how we train students in using bibliographies, and how the Association promotes APh to its membership and the larger community. This discussion continued at the Advisory Committee’s meeting in San Antonio, where Margarethe Billerbeck, president of SIBC, joined us.
In the area of access, APh will now make free trial subscriptions available to both individuals and institutions (the latter has been possible in the past but poorly publicized). The committee has also suggested creating a less expensive lowest-tier institutional subscription for small colleges. The evolution of the APA web site in the coming year, as well as its use of media like Facebook, will aim at much more aggressive promotion of APh, and a display at next year’s Annual Meeting is planned to show off the recently added features of APh, which we believe are poorly known to our constituency. The low levels of subscriptions (< 1000 for institutions and individuals combined) compared to the numbers using resources like the TLG suggests there is much room for improvement.
Discussions about how APh is produced and the costs that result from these methods are at a less conclusive stage, but such obvious moves as using author abstracts from journals rather than redoing them all from scratch are at present not supported by the Paris office. There is still significant work to be done in ensuring that the funds put into APh result in enough value added to justify themselves. There is considerable diversity of opinion about the possibility of crowd-sourcing of part of the content; those inside the project are generally negative. This is not a closed conversation, however. Our committee tends to favor ending production of the now unwieldy print version, which continues to drive many practices that add time and cost to the production of the database but which now generates a minority of the income and is neither the most up-to-date version available at any given moment nor the easiest to use.
We have made still less progress on thinking about derivatives of APh that might offer added value to our membership and be made available on the Web under open access terms. The major difficulty here is simply a lack of practicable suggestions of what might be useful, and we welcome ideas from the Directors and others. We have, however, come up with some suggestions for further enhancements in the use of APh. An underlying question is whether future scholars will actually use it extensively in their research, or whether they will begin with JSTOR or Google. There is much to be said for APh, including its international and multilingual character, and we all probably need to do better at teaching our students that an English-only, online-only approach to scholarship just isn’t acceptable.
The fall meeting also produced the recommendation (acted on at the Directors’ meeting on January 6) for the creation of a position of Chair of the advisory committee, separate from the Vice President. I would be very grateful for suggestions of possible candidates for this office, who should be distinguished and well-known scholars, passionate about bibliography, wise, diplomatic, fond of Paris, and fluent in French.
In conclusion I should say that the American Office has done an excellent job of keeping up with the routine work, with its ever-increasing pace of publication, and even in erasing part of the backlog from multi-author volumes and from Canadian material, a large backlog of which was dropped into their laps unexpectedly when the Canadian Office dematerialized.
2. TLL Fellowship Committee. Not much needs to be said on this subject at present. The committee continues to do its job in an exemplary fashion. Again this year, but in contrast to the situation in the rather recent past, there was a healthy crop of applicants, 16 by the deadline and 3 more after it. Moreover, Anthony Corbeill, the chair, reports that fully eight of the applicants were of a quality that they would cheerfully award them a fellowship.
3. The Task Forces. In October I was able to report on significant work done by some of these. There is now more to be added on some of those and there are reports by some groups we did not hear from in the fall.
There was a full, largely descriptive report in October by this group, chaired by Susanna Braund. I asked the group to think further about what the APA should do, and a follow-up report received just before the meeting recommended five actions.
- Compile as complete as possible a list of translations of classical texts and post this on the APA web site. The Committee on Research endorses this proposal and suggests additionally that the information gathered be added to relevant Wikipedia entries, with links back to the APA site. We believe that an open compilation process, soliciting community contributions, would be desirable.
- Solicit views from the classics community about texts not now available in translation of which translations are needed.
- In particular, identify works susceptible to team translation along the lines of the Suda On Line project and organize editorial boards for these projects. These projects could be hosted in APA webspace.
- Develop a relationship with a print publisher for those translations that would have a print market, or for print-on-demand versions of translations designed for digital existence.
- Digitize out of print classical translations.
It will be evident that the first few tasks are essentially research work and the latter ones essentially publication.
Action item: Create a standing Committee on Translations of Classical Authors, reporting jointly to the Research and Publication Divisions, and charge it with carrying forward the proposals of the task force in cooperation with the respective vice presidents.
3.2. Latin Textual Corpus
There has been no report from this task force, mainly because of the serious illness of the co-chair’s father. We hope in 2011 for more activity here.
3.3. Summer Programs
There was a report in October from this group. I reported back to it the contents of the Directors’ discussion and asked for further consideration. A meeting of this task force was to take place in San Antonio.
3.4. Ancient Biography/Prosopography
There was a report in October from Richard Talbert on behalf of this group, indicating that there was no scope for any APA project in this area at present. That continues to be present, although there have been more recent developments with various of the European projects in the area of prosopography, and Vice President for Publications James O’Donnell reports that a project for turning Broughton’s Magistrates of the Roman Republic into a database is under consideration.
Action item: Dissolve the Task Force on Ancient Biography and charge the Committee on Research with continued monitoring of this area.
3.5. Biographical Database of Classical Scholars
Ward Briggs has followed up his earlier report with further progress. The template, with model content, is now fully developed, and the project is prepared to start adding significant bodies of material if funding can be found for the clerical and research assistance necessary. It is now the appropriate time to create a formal framework for this project. The Center for Digital Humanities at the University of South Carolina is prepared to be the host for the database, and it seems appropriate, along the lines of previous APA projects, for the USC to be the home of the project under the supervision of an APA committee.
Action item: Turn the task force into a standing Advisory Committee for the Biographical Database of Classical Scholars, and authorize the Executive Director to negotiate an agreement with the Center for Digital Humanities of the University of South Carolina for APA sponsorship of this project under the University’s management.
3.6. Performance Archive
Following the report of this group that I presented in October, a posting on the web site invited proposals to create such an archive. Several preliminary inquiries were received, and one pre-proposal, from the Center for Ancient Studies and the Aquila Theatre at NYU. The task force received this pre-proposal favorably, and the committee now recommends that we solicit definitive proposals for a March 31 deadline, keeping open the possibility that one or more other proposals might emerge in that time.
Action item: Authorize the setting of a March 31, 2011, deadline for receipt of detailed proposals by the Task Force, and authorize the Task Force to accept a proposal and work with an institution to develop a full project based in an institution and sponsored by the APA.
3.7. Research and the Profession
Barbara McManus recruited a task force to be chaired by Michael Gagarin.
3.8. Digital Peer Review and the APA Portal
Just before the meetings I received a detailed and thoughtful report from Cynthia Damon on behalf of this task force. They took up three topics that had been raised at the Research Committee’s retreat in September, 2009.
Should the APA consider ranking scholarly journals, in the manner that has been undertaken in Europe (and elsewhere) by national or international bodies? The task force thought this might be useful, but they did not find it terribly interesting and did not devote much time to it or make any recommendations about it. The Committee on Research thinks that on the whole the European process represents a more centralized approach to the evaluation of research than is characteristic of North America, and thought that it was hard to see how such a ranking would avoid a unidimensional approach to scholarly publishing. The committee therefore favors dropping this subject and indeed would oppose any involvement in such rankings.
How should the APA approach the task of maintaining a list of digital resources as part of its new portal? The committee’s discussions raised a number of concerns, including whether such a list would actually be consulted, and above all the member time that would be consumed in creating it. They asked whether the APA’s site would have enough focus to be of significant use.
The Research Committee shared these concerns, but at the same time took a more optimistic view of the utility of a list if it was accompanied by information like the target audience of web resources and the kinds of uses to which they could be put. It did not feel that any fine-grained ranking would be a good idea, but it did think that some process for deciding what to include was unavoidable. The Executive Director has received a fair number of offers of volunteer services in identifying and describing sites, but the question is who would make the final decisions and on what basis, and what legitimacy such decisions would have.
The Committee suggested for Board discussion a model in which the six elected non-officer directors would serve as a selection panel, the legitimacy and authority of which derives from their election and seems secure. It would be charged with establishing criteria for inclusion. The larger group of volunteers would be asked to identify sites and provide descriptions of them to allow this panel to make decisions. This and other possibilities will be discussed further at the Board’s next meeting.
- The task force’s third question was whether the APA should establish a procedure for reviewing large-scale digital projects, i.e., providing serious peer review for such projects, which one would distinguish from ordinary web sites. The task force thought that such reviews would serve an important purpose in validating such work on digital projects for university promotion and tenure processes. It recognized that there were a number of difficulties to be dealt with, including how to choose what to review, the time involved in carrying out such reviews, the need to keep reviews up to date as projects evolve, and the need to sort out potential conflicts of interest in dealing with APA-sponsored projects. Nonetheless, it thought that this was a promising area and deserved further investigation.
The Research Committee was not entirely of one mind in responding to this part of the report. The most important question, in my view, was whether this was the APA’s concern or belonged in the world of reviewing generally. BMCR’s attempt to do this some years ago was regarded as a failure, mainly for lack of willing reviewers. On the other hand, the world has changed quite a bit since then, and it is not self-evident that an attempt today would meet the same result, especially if it solicited reviewers in an activist fashion. It is possible that this is an area where the APA might collaborate with BMCR, combining capabilities to provide an important service to the profession and to higher education.
Roger S. Bagnall
Highlights of the 142nd Annual Meeting
The APA held its 142nd Annual Meeting in conjunction with the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) in San Antonio, Texas, from January 6-9, 2011. About 2,300 members, guests, and volunteers from both societies registered. Erwin Cook chaired the APA's Local Arrangements Committee, and with his colleagues provided extremely valuable support to the staff and made it possible to carry out the many tasks associated with the meeting.
The APA Program consisted of 58 paper sessions. Twenty-nine of these were developed by the Program Committee from submitted abstracts. Panels proposed by APA committees, affiliated groups, and individual APA members were also presented. APA once again collaborated with AIA in presenting Roundtable Discussion Sessions.
Dee Clayman’s Presidential Panel was entitled, "New Chapters in Recovering Greek and Latin Literature". The following day at the Plenary Session President Clayman gave a Presidential Address entitled "Berenice II, Lady of the Lock". The Plenary Session also featured the presentation in absentia of the APA’s first President’s Award to Garry Wills.
The Committee on Ancient and Modern Performance returned to its practice of offering a staged reading of a play with classical content; this year, under the direction of Bella Vivante, members offered an authentically bawdy version of Aristophanes’ Thesmophoriazusae. Four members won prizes consisting of books donated by exhibitors at the Minority Scholarship Committee's annual raffle.
Once again, the Executive Director's report, normally presented at the annual business meeting, was published in advance of the annual meeting and can be found on the web site and in this Newsletter. The briefer business meeting was devoted to a short report from President Clayman, the announcement of election results (see page 3 of the Summer/Autumn 2010 Newsletter), and a brief report by Executive Director Adam D. Blistein (see next item) acknowledging the contributions of both members and nonmembers to the success of the annual meeting and to the operations of the Association during the past year. The business meeting concluded with the transition of the Presidency from Prof. Clayman to Prof. Kathleen M. Coleman.
As has become traditional, the list of APA members whose deaths were reported to the Association during the past year was read at the Plenary Session. That list was published on page 35 of the Summer/Autumn 2010 Newsletter.
Acknowledgments of Service to the APA
Many people contributed to a very successful 142nd meeting of the Association here in San Antonio, and, in addition, a number of people conclude significant terms of service to the Association at this meeting. We need to thank each one.
Erwin Cook of Trinity University served as Local Arrangements Chair and recruited the volunteers that we need to run the meeting. He also prepared a wonderful guide to the city for us.
The San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter and Riverwalk provided sleeping and meeting rooms and an enthusiastic staff that made us very welcome. The staff of Experient, Inc., Linda Walter and Molly Witges, helped us and the AIA to negotiate contracts for this meeting, and they provided extremely valuable assistance in both making arrangements in advance of the meeting and in handling events here.
Andri Cauldwell, AIA meeting coordinator, successfully managed the book exhibit and organized the opening reception at the San Antonio Museum of Art.
Heather Gasda, as usual, successfully attended to all the details of the meeting.
Renie Plonski made the Placement Service as welcoming as possible in a bad job market and was again able to notify all candidates in advance of the meeting whether any institutions had requested interviews with them.
Julie Carew, our Development Director, was an extra pair of eyes and ears for me here at the meeting and has been essential to the progress we have made in annual giving and the Gateway campaigns.
This year's Program Committee consisted of Robert Kaster, Chair, Elizabeth Asmis, Maud Gleason, Steven Oberhelman, and Jeffrey Rusten. Steve and Jeff complete 3-year terms on the Committee at this meeting, and we appreciate their hard work on the last 3 programs.
Bella Vivante directed the traditional CAMP performance, a reading of her version of Aristophanes' Thesmophoriazusae to an enthusiastic audience.
The Presidential Panel was entitled "New Chapters in Recovering Greek and Latin Literature" Dee invited David Sider, Kathryn Gutzwiller, Richard Janko, and Dirk Obbink to give some valuable updates on their work with both new and familiar texts. Dee's Presidential Address, "Berenike II: Lady of the Lock", took us through all the disciplines available to our field to illuminate the life of a remarkable historical figure and the work of two of our favorite poets.
Two members conclude lengthy terms of dedicated service to the Association's publications program at this meeting. First, Kathryn Gutzwiller has been Editor of our monographs series for the last five years. We appreciate her efforts to produce a number of excellent books and particularly her willingness to stay in this position for an extra year as we sought her successor.
Second, Robin Mitchell-Boyask completes his term as our first Web Editor after an astounding twelve years of service. Up until very recently Robin was the only person able to add material to the site, and we in the office and the members at large owe him much gratitude for keeping the site up to date so conscientiously and for so long.
Finally, a number of officers conclude terms of service on the Board of Directors as this meeting. They are
- Josiah Ober, President (2009)
- Robert A. Kaster, Vice President for Program (2007-2011)
- Barbara Weiden Boyd, Director (2008-2011)
- Alain M. Gowing, Director (2008-2011)
We are grateful to all of them for their dedicated service.
And, thank you all for attending this meeting in a time of reduced support for travel, extreme weather, and unsettling new approaches to airport security. Please join me in thanking the people I have listed for their contributions to this meeting and to the Association.
Adam D. Blistein
Executive Director’s Report for 2010
This is a report on activity in the Association Office during 2010. It is intended to supplement information about Board and committee meetings and especially the reports of our very hard-working vice presidents that appear regularly on the web site and in the Newsletter. The following paragraph appears, with few changes, in each of my annual reports, but it bears repeating at least once a year if not more often.
The APA is ambitious in that it operates programs that are similar to and sometimes even more sophisticated than those of much larger learned societies. If Classics is to continue to be a core discipline of the humanities, we have to do the kinds of things that MLA, AHA, College Art, and Religion do for their fields with a third or a fifth as many members. Volunteer labor, substantial amounts of it, is the only way we can provide the kinds of essential services that our bigger sisters do, and I am grateful to the many APA members who take on our work without compensation and sometimes without reimbursement of expenses.
Financial. Our fiscal year ends on June 30 of each year, and our auditors, Briggs, Bunting and Dougherty of Philadelphia, completed their audit of our financial statements for the 2009 fiscal year last Winter. The Spring Newsletter contained a summary of that report, and you can obtain the complete report on the APA web site or from my office.
Auditors, like Classicists, have their terms of art that may seem opaque at first glance. Once deciphered, however, they can give a good picture of our operations. The three asset categories (unrestricted, temporarily restricted, permanently restricted) are good examples. Permanently restricted assets are gifts that the donor expects us to keep in perpetuity and invest so that we can use the proceeds of that investment for one or more of our programs. Temporarily restricted assets consist of the investment income generated by the permanently restricted assets plus any grants we receive from the NEH or a foundation to carry out a specific project, and unrestricted assets are funds we can use for any Board-approved purpose.
What Page 3 of the 2009 report tells you is that during the 2009 fiscal year we acquired about $676,000 in new permanently restricted assets, all of which consisted of gifts to the new Gateway endowment. In addition, the temporarily restricted column tells you that we acquired about $49,000 in new grant money (this was a grant from the Mellon Foundation to explore improvements to l'Année philologique on the Internet) and spent about $270,000 of previously received grant money or investment income to fund, for example, the American Office of l'Année (still operating on its traditional NEH year-to-year funding through June 2011) or the Pearson Fellowship (investment income from Lionel Pearson's gift). Note that in the Unrestricted column the positive figure in the row "Net Assets Released from Restrictions" equals the negative figure in the Temporarily Restricted column. Once we spend grant money or investment income in accordance with donors' wishes, it becomes ordinary income to pay expenses, and needs to be treated like dues revenue or annual meeting registration fees.
The subsequent rows show the program areas in which we spend our income, and it's no accident that most of those rows correspond to our division names and other major activities. While Page 4 of the report will tell you what we spent in typical expense categories like salaries, travel, and insurance, auditors want in the first place to show the extent to which a not-for-profit organization is using its funds for its programs as opposed to "supporting services" like fund raising, general administration, and member services. In fiscal 2009 supporting services represented about $230,000 out of $1,225,000 in total expenditures, or roughly 19%. Our auditors consider a supporting services percentage of 25% or below to be reasonable and in one year cautioned us when they thought the figure (12%) might be too low.
The expense section needs two more comments. First, as noted, you can connect the expense headings to our regular programs and divisions except that "special projects" will not immediately be clear. We use the special projects line to show expenses from one-time grants to carry out a task over a specific time period. Over the past seven years we have received a number of these grants from the Mellon Foundation and in the 2010 fiscal year, we also received them from the Packard Humanities Institute and the Kress Foundation. All of these grants had something to do with l'Année philologique, and so we might have included the expenditures funded by these grants in the Research Division line where we show, among other things, the ongoing costs of running the American Office of APh. However, the grants come and go, and they generate substantial expenditures in one year and very modest ones in the next. By segregating their expenses into the Special Projects line, we get a truer picture of ongoing operations in the Research Division.
Second, while I am your chief administrator, not all of my salary goes into the three supporting services lines (although some of it does). I estimate how much time I and my colleagues in the APA Office spend on each program area and allocate appropriate percentages of not just our salaries and benefits but items like the rent we pay to the University of Pennsylvania, photocopying expenses, and depreciation of computer equipment to those program areas. I periodically review these allocations with the auditors and the Finance Committee, and any major change in our operations (like hiring Development Director Julie Carew in 2007) generates a complete revision of those allocations. Accounting deals mainly with numbers, and its practitioners (and I consider myself a low-level accounting practitioner) try to be as scientific as possible. Sometimes, however, accounting is an art and not a science.
Because the APA is a not-for-profit organization, our "bottom line" is called "Change in Net Assets", and the way our auditors show these figures is another area where some explanation of terminology would be helpful. First, the auditors provide a figure they call (somewhat opaquely) "Change in Net Assets Before Other Changes", but which you can think of as an individual year's operating budget: i.e., all the income and expenses I have discussed above. The "other changes" to which this heading refers are investment activities in the General Fund. (As previously noted, investment activities in the Coffin, Pearson, and Research and Teaching Funds appear under Temporarily Restricted Net Assets, and when proceeds from those Funds are spent, they appear in the "Net Assets Released from Restrictions" line.) These "other changes" include money drawn down from the General Fund, dividend income, capital gain distributions, actual gains and losses on instruments bought and sold, and, perhaps most important, changes in the value of funds we continue to hold. You can see details of these calculations on pages 10 and 11 of the auditors' report.
In my opinion the section about changes in net assets are some of the most meaningful lines in the financial statements because they give a snapshot of both how we were able to fund our activities from our regular sources of income (Changes . . . before Other Changes) and how much we relied on income from the General Fund (Changes in Net Assets). And please keep in mind that the General Fund was itself produced by an NEH challenge grant campaign in the 1980's overseen by Roger Bagnall.
Of course, June 30, 2009, was just a few months after a very low point for financial markets. Like almost everyone else's, the Association's endowments began to lose value early in 2008 and the declines continued through early 2009 before starting a slow recovery. Therefore, this auditors' report shows a much greater loss than in the previous year (although I am happy to report that a preliminary draft of the 2010 audit shows a recovery of about two thirds of what was lost in 2009). In my previous report I described steps the Finance Committee and Board took in 2009 to reduce expenditures and thereby reduce our draw on the endowments when they were at a low level. We were successful in that regard. During the 2009 fiscal year we drew down only 3.4% of the average value of the General Fund over the previous three years when our general policy is to draw 5%. This left more of the Fund available to participate in the recent recovery, but you should be aware that we draw on these funds even when they are in decline. We can do this without exhausting the fund by limiting our draw to the customary 5% in years when the endowments are appreciating. When there is a positive change in net assets in the Unrestricted column (and I expect to see one in the 2010 auditors' statement), that means that the General Fund has grown in value even after withdrawals from it to pay ongoing expenses.
Finally, on Page 3 of the auditors' report, please look at the Total Expenses line. For 2008 it was $1,227,000; for 2009 it was $1,225,000; and the preliminary figure for 2010 is $1,250,000. Overall expenses declined slightly from 2008 to 2009 despite the fact that we had $44,000 in special projects expenses in 2009 versus none in 2008. Expenses appear to have increased by $25,000 in 2010, but special projects expenses have grown in that period by $57,000. You can be confident that we are doing our best to find economies wherever possible.
Capital Campaign and Annual Giving. I am very grateful to the members who came forward this year with generous gifts not only to the campaign but also to annual giving. Particularly in difficult financial times it is unpleasant to have to ask you to support two different fund-raising goals, but it is necessary. Annual giving is about our present. Unrestricted gifts reduce the deficit in the "Changes . . . Before Other Changes" figure. The current NEH grants supporting the American Office and the TLL still have matching gift requirements fulfilled by annual giving designations. The Minority Scholarship is particularly dependent on annual giving designations.
The Gateway Campaign is about our future: our ability to maintain the American Office of l'Année philologique after the current (and final) NEH grant expires in June 2011 and to fund new projects that we are only beginning to realize that we need. A few campaign donors have already made gifts designated for the other programs described in the campaign case statement and during the San Antonio meeting the Finance Committee and Board will discuss how soon we can start drawing down income from the Campaign endowment to fund those projects, and the committees that oversee those programs, especially in the Education Division, will start to think about how best to use gifts like Daniel and Joanna Rose's generous donation of $50,000 to enhance our teaching awards program, and an anonymous donor's gift at the same level to support projects to recruit and train the next generation of outstanding Classics teachers.
Also this January Samuel Huskey begins a four-year term as the APA's first Information Architect. The Search Committee that recommended this appointment thought that he would be the appropriate person to coordinate efforts to fulfill the campaign's promise to make the APA a Gateway to the highest quality scholarship about classical antiquity for the widest possible audience in the format appropriate to each segment of that audience. Sam's vision extends beyond our web site, hence the new title, and the good news is that there is much we can do in this area just by incorporating the work of volunteers who have already stepped forward to make the Gateway promise a reality.
Although we needed to ask the NEH for an extension of time to claim challenge grant matching funds.(which request was granted), the campaign has had a number of successes in the past year. These included a number of new gifts in the $40,000-$50,000 range as well as a very successful fund-raising event held at New York University this October that raised over $40,000. Many people served on a committee that contributed to the success of this event, but the real heroes were committee co-chairs Dee Clayman and Matthew Santirocco (and his staff) as well as Peter Meineck and his colleagues at the Aquila Theatre Company. Peter organized a wonderful series of readings from Greek epic and drama around the theme of homecomings for an appreciative audience that did not largely consist of Classicists. The event was a model for both an APA fund-raiser and an APA outreach effort, and we hope to do something similar in other cities during the coming year.
Another effort that has boosted contributions to the campaign were solicitations of gifts by "Friends" of a number of distinguished Classicists. The appeals currently underway honor
The organizers of these groups felt that soliciting gifts to the campaign for our future was an appropriate way to honor these distinguished Classicists who helped the APA to flourish in the past and whose contributions to the field live on today. As you can see in the acknowledgment list published in the annual meeting Program and on the web site, donations of any amount are ascribed both to the individual donor and to the appropriate Friends group. In addition, as is our custom, a donor of $250 or more may choose to add this tribute to the listing of his or her individual gift. (Please note that not all qualifying donors chose to make such a designation.) I encourage members to start new Friends groups, and ask only that they notify me before beginning solicitations.
As a result of these successes, we now need less than $200,000 by July 2011 to claim the final installment of NEH challenge grant matching funds and an additional $500,000 by July 2012 to retain that amount. During the San Antonio meeting the combined Development and Campaign Committees will develop a plan to reach these two goals. The amphora display in the Exhibit Hall that I wrote about last week is a celebration of the fact that we have managed to raise close to $2 million for this effort and a successful end is in sight. Please visit that display and pick up a button to show your support for the campaign. If you have not yet made a pledge or if it has been some time since you last made one, now is a good time to contribute. Pledges to be paid on any schedule through July 2012 will be particularly helpful at this time.
Communication with Members. The Classical Studies Department of the University of Pennsylvania (where we are still housed - at least in spirit and by list serve) regularly brings in speakers from other institutions to give lectures on Thursday afternoon. These speakers are often people whose names I know well from our membership rolls but whom I've never met. Their response when I introduce myself is invariably the same: "Oh, you're the one who sends me all those e-mails." I appreciate that response for several reasons. First, the speaker never seems to be expressing any annoyance (there is even gratitude on occasion), and that reassures me that I'm not abusing the privilege of having your e-mail addresses. More important, it's reassuring to know that in a year when it's been difficult to publish newsletters in a timely fashion and when we've been learning to take advantage of a better but still challenging content management system for our web site, that there is a quick and reliable way for me to get in touch with most of the membership when we need to.
The word "most" appears in boldface above because, in fact, we do not have valid e-mail addresses for about 20% of the members. In some cases these are members without good access to either computer equipment or the internet (or both), and I am committed to keeping them informed as best we can. Particularly in the current financial situation, however, "as best we can" has to be less frequently than before. We obtained much of the expense savings described briefly above and in more detail in this report last year from reducing our printing and postage costs. In the majority of cases, however, we don't have valid e-mail addresses because members do not update them when they move to a different location, or because they are concerned their e-mail addresses will be shared too widely and their spam filters will be overloaded. I want to assure the latter group that the APA never shares e-mail addresses with any other organization, and I limit my e-mails to the membership to one per week, and the frequency is usually much less. It is very easy to add your e-mail address to your membership record. Just send an e-mail to the Johns Hopkins University Press which maintains our membership database (email@example.com).
In 2010 we were scheduled to begin producing four newsletters per year (down from the six that we have had for many years). The Board accepted this recommendation both to save money as described above but also because e-mails and the web site have made us less reliant on the newsletter. Still I apologize for the fact that there has been no Summer or Fall newsletter to date although I expect to publish a combined issue on the web site the week after the annual meeting. I think that, thanks to e-mail, the web site, the blog that Robin Mitchell-Boyask set up last January, and the new Facebook page that Judy Hallett launched this Fall with help from Heather Gasda in my office, we've been able to keep members informed of basic activities like the annual meeting and the placement service, but we have not done such a good job of disseminating other newsletter features like officer reports and lists of future meetings, summer programs, and fellowship opportunities. I look forward to getting back on track with newsletter production in 2011 and to post immediately to the web site and some of these other venues more of the information that used to wait for a newsletter.
On the other hand, during 2010 we successfully carried out a great deal of the Association's business online: our annual elections for the second time and, for the first time, annual meeting submissions, the annual survey of placement service candidates last Summer, and collection of candidates' scheduling information this Fall. Members also are increasingly using our online giving mechanisms to make annual giving and capital campaign donations, and we're acquiring the software necessary to create PDF forms that responders can fill out on their computers. We can and will perform all of these functions more smoothly in the future, but this list demonstrates our commitment to exploiting new technologies and making it easier for members to take advantage of Association programs. In 2011 we plan to publish the next edition of our Guide to Graduate Programs on the web site and to add information and search capabilities to it that have not been available in the printed version.
Membership. As of December 31, 2010, our total membership is almost exactly same as it was on that date last year (3,139 versus 3,140). In fact, the decline in total membership represents a modest increase in individual members because the total figure includes 12 institutional subscribers lost during 2010. This is part of a trend that has been going since the beginning of my tenure in 1999, and is now much less of a concern than it once was because we know from the regular increases in royalties we receive from Project Muse and JSTOR, that a growing number of institutions are subscribing to TAPA in electronic form. Further, the number of lost institutional subscribers in 2010 is about half of the amount we've experienced in other recent years.
However, the essentially static membership figure disguises a lot of activity. In 2010 over 300 new members joined the APA, and over 300 did not renew their memberships. Some of the departures are due to "natural causes" as members leave the field or leave us entirely. But, many of the members we lose are relatively senior Classicists still very much active in the field. One of the documents I prepare annually for the Nominating Committee is a list of members who have served the Association in some way in the past. Each year I have to delete a dozen or so names from this list not because of the natural causes mentioned above but because they have either forgotten to pay dues or have decided not to.
We're working with Johns Hopkins Press to provide additional reminders for those who leave us inadvertently, but I appeal to those who leave us on purpose to reconsider. Your career may no longer depend on the placement service or on making a presentation at the annual meeting, but I think that the information in the e-mails mentioned above and access to the Members Only section of our web site where the directory of members resides and you can obtain several publication discounts still makes membership a worthwhile purchase. More important, the APA needs your knowledge of the field particularly at a time when we are likely to see more questions about the value of studying Classics. As usual this Fall, while the Nominating Committee was doing its work, four of our vice presidents were working with President Dee Clayman to fill 10 to 15 upcoming vacancies in the committees in their divisions. I think that this Fall every one of them wanted to appoint at least one person who turned out not to be a current member. I'm glad to report that in all cases the candidate agreed to rejoin the APA, but in 2011 please consider not only what you can still get from the APA at this stage of your career, but also how you can help the field by participating in our work.
I am very grateful to the 59 departments (up from 45 last year) who participated in our departmental membership program in 2010 (see page 67 of the annual meeting Program or https://classicalstudies.org/about-scs)
Interactions with Other Organizations. I continue to benefit from my participation in the ACLS' Conference of Administrative Officers (CAO) and in the National Humanities Alliance (NHA). Please see the latter organization's web site (http://www.nhalliance.org/events/2011-upcoming-events/index.shtml) to learn about NHA's Humanities Advocacy Day this coming March. This is a program designed to inform members of Congress about the NEH and other issues of importance to the humanities. I regularly participate in this event and find that it is a useful way of simply making sure that members of Congress know that the NEH exists and what it does. The Endowment's budget is, of course, very important to the APA and to many of its members, but it constitutes a minuscule portion of the entire federal budget and could easily be invisible even to a conscientious legislator. With many new members entering Congress this year, this educational function of Humanities Advocacy Day will be particularly important.). At a time when everyone has to institute budget cuts, even the $100 payments from B.A.-granting departments must have been hard to come by. We rely on the income generated by this program that the NEH will match for both the American Office of l'Année and our TLL Fellowship.
Thisyear as usual, Heather Gasda or I attended all of the other Classics meetings that are regularly on our calendar: CAAS in the Fall, CANE and CAMWS in the Spring, and the ACL Institute in early Summer. In addition, I was invited to the Centennial Meeting of the Classical Association of Virginia to bring greetings from the APA. This was extremely pleasant duty and also gave me a chance to hear some talks during the last day of the CAMWS Southern Section meeting, an event I'd never attended before.
Work of the Divisions. As noted at the beginning of this report, the reports of our vice presidents are the best places to read about the APA's many activities. Those of us in the office support that work as appropriate, and this is a brief list of programs in which we were particularly active.
The graphic designer who also prepares each issue of Amphora for us also designed Standards for Latin Teacher Preparation that we developed along with ACL. My office worked on distributing this document to state foreign language supervisors, and in San Antonio our Joint Committee (with ACL) on the Classics in American Education will talk about the best way to get this document in the hands of the right people at various schools of education. Our hope is that these standards will serve as guidelines that academic institutions can use to develop teacher-training programs specifically for Latin teachers. There are many training opportunities for foreign language teachers in general, but the specific needs of Latin teachers are rarely addressed. The lack of such training opportunities makes it harder for would-be Latin teachers to obtain certification for public schools. More training opportunities, however, will support the capital campaign's goal of eliminating the current shortage of high school teachers, and capital campaign funds will serve as a further incentive for the development of such courses by providing scholarships for participants and stipends for master teachers and scholars from outside of the host institution.
As stated last year, for financial reasons we (I hope temporarily) published only one issue of Amphora in 2010 and will do the same in the coming year. Look for that issue in late Winter or early Spring. My role in the publication is to give a quick read to all articles (as a Classicist who was out of the field for twenty years, I have some characteristics in common with the publication's ideal reader) and to work with the designer and printer. Although nonmember subscriptions remain low, discussions I have had, particularly at other Classics meetings, have convinced me that Amphora has an enthusiastic audience, mainly on the web. It was our Gateway effort before we had a Gateway Campaign, and demonstrates that the APA cares about the field beyond basic scholarship and its own membership,
The other significant work I did with the Outreach Division this year was to publicize various calls for experts. First of all we are again working with Peter Meineck and the Aquila Theatre Company to find APA members who can lead public programs held in conjunction with Company performances. Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives is the much larger follow-up to From Page to Stage: The Power of the Iliad Today. At the San Antonio meeting Peter will be conducting a roundtable discussion session about this program on January 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the back of the Exhibit Hall. Visit him there for more information. In addition, the Division is compiling lists of Classicists who are available for consultation about issues relating to performances of Classical texts and the use of Classical themes in music.
An ongoing concern of the Professional Matters Division for many years has been the treatment of adjunct faculty in academia. During his Vice Presidency in the late 1990's Erich Gruen organized an annual meeting session on this topic and initiated APA participation in the Coalition on the Academic Workforce (CAW) (www.academicworkforce.org) which was formed at that time. CAW regularly seeks to collect useful data about the conditions in which adjuncts do their work, and we joined other learned societies in encouraging our members to complete a survey it conducted this Fall. Visit the URL in this paragraph later this Winter to see results of that survey which closed in late November.
Early in the coming year our Professional Matters Division will again conduct its triennial census of enrollments and staffing in classics departments. Current Professional Matters Vice President Jim May expects to make it possible for you to submit responses online which should make this task easier. Please make sure your department completes this census. When programs are threatened, our Classics Advisory Service, currently and ably led by John Miller, can be especially helpful if it can provide staffing and enrollment levels for a large number of departments at comparable institutions. We provide this data only in aggregates; no specific programs are ever named. Still, the more data we have, the better case we can make.
Last year I reported on the work of Eric Rebillard, Editor of the online version l'Année philologique, on a planning grant funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to consider ways to improve APh Online's search interface and to link its citations to both ancient texts and modern scholarship. You have likely already used that new interface, and during 2010 the Mellon Foundation provided a much larger grant of $215,000 that will enable Eric to carry out the work of linking citations and texts. This is another example of APA's long-standing role as an important generator of improvements in the most important bibliography in the field. Please keep this in mind when you consider the major Gateway Campaign goal of building an endowment for the American Office of l'Année. Through its oversight of the Office, the APA not only puts most of the work produced by its members into the field's major bibliography, it is in a position to seek funding from foundations like Mellon and to bring innovative ideas to the Société Internationale de Bibliographie Classique, the governing body for APh.
My principal role on the Mellon grant as well as the grants we receive from other foundations and the NEH is to be the responsible administrator, and this year, that task included working with Tony Corbeill, Chair of the Selection Committee to submit an application to renew the NEH grant that supports our TLL Fellowship. We will learn in March whether we will again be able to offer this stipend for the academic years beginning in Fall 2012, 2013, and 2014.
While I was discussing financial matters, I referred to the "art" of estimating staff time on each of the Association's program areas. The allocation of my own time is pretty uniform across the divisions, but there is a blip upwards at the Program Division both because of the three full days I spend each year at Program Committee meetings and because of all the work that goes into preparing calls for abstracts, processing submissions, generating Program and Abstract Book copy, and dealing with meeting logistics. As a result, I get to know Program Vice Presidents pretty well, and I assure you that you have been very fortunate to have Bob Kaster in that position for the last four years. During his tenure he combined a deep and wide knowledge of our field with a commitment to both sound scholarship and broad access to the meeting program. In his final year he helped us to implement online submissions and even - because he was faster to act - did some work we in the office should have done when the "back end" of the submissions process didn't serve the Program Committee well. It has been a great pleasure to work with Bob for the last four years.
Placement Service. We again have about 40 institutions interviewing at this year's annual meeting. This number is probably the best indicator of the job market at this time of the year because it can be compared to the same number last year. (In the Spring, near the end of the academic year, I think it makes sense to compare the number of jobs posted from one year to another.). This figure is, of course, far lower than the numbers just a few years ago (over 70 in 2007 and over 80 in 2008), but at least it has not declined significantly from last year. As noted earlier, we took some first steps into making the service more electronic in the current year by issuing both registration forms and scheduling forms as PDFs that could be completed on a computer. In the process we found that we need to update our software because not everyone could use the "fill-in" feature, and we will take care of this during the next few months.
We appreciate your patience as we automate the service in small steps. Doing so presents a special challenge because it is a joint service with AIA, and only members of one or the other society can register as candidates. (Institutions posting jobs do not need to show membership so that we can make members aware of the largest possible number of opportunities.) In addition, we continue to think that the actual interview scheduling process has to be done by a human being, in large part to keep candidates and institutions from having too many interviews in a row or too close together in too distant places but also to handle special situations that might require negotiating with search committees or candidates to modify their schedules. Placement Director Renie Plonski looks out for the kinds of conflicts that might not be apparent to a computer program and works with candidates who might have interviews scheduled at both APA and AHA and - now that MLA has moved into our dates - that society as well.
Finally on this topic, I want to make my annual appeal that members look past the conventional wisdom about the placement service. The convention wisdom states that the Service only posts jobs on the web site and schedules interviews. In fact, the service sends information about those jobs to registered candidates before they are posted on the site, does all the careful scheduling described just above, and gathers data that the joint APA/AIA Placement Committee can use to monitor trends in the field and serve as a recourse if either candidates or institutions feel that they are being treated unfairly.
Annual Meeting. The meeting in San Antonio will probably attract just over 2,000 paid registrants and be a slightly larger meeting than the one we had last year in Anaheim. This is about the attendance we were expecting in light of cutbacks in travel funds, increases in airfares, and the continued low number of institutions interviewing. We appreciated members' acceptance last year of the one major cost savings we have instituted that did not involved printing or postage: to offer only minimal food service and no complimentary beverage at the President's Reception. The same policy will be in effect this year, and we are looking forward to good attendance at that event and at the preceding Plenary Session with a streamlined awards ceremony, the traditional Presidential Address, and the chance to win copies of John Miller's Goodwin Prize winning book, Apollo, Augustus, and the Muses. We have just learned that, unfortunately, Garry Wills will not be able to attend the meeting to accept the first APA President's Award, but we look forward to honoring him in absentia.
Heather Gasda and I are extremely grateful to Erwin Cook of the Trinity University who chaired the Local Arrangements Committee. Erwin's guide to San Antonio has been posted on the web site for a few weeks, and will also be available at the meeting.
Next year's meeting will take place in Philadelphia. In addition, we have done a lot of work with AIA over the last half of this year to select future meeting sites, and I can now announce the following locations that - in three cases - have always been popular with our members and in one case is a city we have long tried to put on our schedule. Those cities are Seattle (2013), Chicago (2014), New Orleans (2015), and San Diego (2016). I hope to have news about 2017 and 2018 before this Summer.
University of Pennsylvania. As members know, after several false alarms we finally did move our offices this past Summer. An association can hardly complain when its host institution is so successful that it needs its space back, and that is exactly what happened in the Penn Classical Studies Department. We owe the Department a great debt, not only for hosting us in its midst for eleven years but, especially in the last few years, for the extent to which its senior faculty shared and switched offices while one or another was on leave so that we could stay in place.
We are, of course, still at Penn, and only five blocks away from Claudia Cohen Hall. It is therefore easy for me to attend the weekly lectures as described above and to make my annual presentations about the APA and the state of affairs for Classics in American academia to the entering graduate students and postbaccalaureate students in the Department. The new space on 40th Street is - except for the lack of windows - almost ideally designed for us. The space in Cohen Hall was excellent from the point of view of being right in the Classical Studies Department, but anyone who visited us knows how tightly we were crammed in. Our new offices are much easier to work in, and we have found some friendly new neighbors, particularly in Penn's Offices of Equity and Access, who share their copier and are currently taking in our mail while we are in San Antonio.
The new offices, as predicted, come at a higher cost, and not just because they are larger. However, the rent is lower than I had anticipated, and I think it will be possible to sustain the expense of having our offices there for several more years.
Few members are likely aware that one of the many lasting benefits the APA derived from having Roger Bagnall as Secretary-Treasurer in the 1980's is that at the end of his term he set up our archives in the Columbia University Rare Book Room. However, nothing has been added to those archives since 1986, and when I became Executive Director I inherited files belonging to all my intervening predecessors. In 2009 therefore the Board set up an Ad Hoc Committee on Archives to determine what we should retain and where and in what format retained materials should be kept (in my office or in the archive). Ruth Scodel has ably chaired this Committee which met by conference call a number of times during 2010. Having preliminary guidance from the Committee about what we needed to keep was invaluable as I packed up documents for the move this Summer, and we hope that Committee members will be able to come to Philadelphia on several occasions in early 2011 to gather the material that needs to go to Columbia.
Conclusion. I want to conclude by thanking all members, especially those on committees and the Board, for their support of my office's efforts. I look forward to welcoming many of you to San Antonio this week, and I urge you to let me know if you have any questions or suggestions about Association operations.
Adam D. Blistein
January 5, 2011
Call for Volunteers for 2012 Annual Meeting
Members are invited to serve as volunteers at the 143rd Annual Meeting of the Association in Philadelphia, PA this coming January. Assignments include assistance in the Registration Area, monitoring session rooms, and supporting the Placement Service. Interested members should contact Heather Gasda in the Association Office by July 11, 2011. The Chair of the Local Arrangements Committee will develop a schedule of volunteer activity in late Fall.
In exchange for eight hours of service (either in one continuous or in two 4-hour assignments), volunteers receive a waiver of their annual meeting registration fees. It is not necessary to be an APA member to volunteer.
Individual Subscriptions to ACLS Humanities E-Books
The ACLS Humanities E-Book series is offering individual subscriptions to its digital collection of over 3,300 full-text, cross-searchable titles in the Humanities to members of any one of the 70 constituent societies of the American Council of Learned Societies, including the American Philological Association. While some members will have access to this important series at their home institutions, we believe that others will find it helpful to purchase annual individual subscriptions for $35. Titles in the series were produced as long ago as the 1880s and as recently as the present and have been selected for their continuing importance to students and scholars. A complete title list is available at http://www.humanitiesebook.org/titlelist.html. ACLS Humanities E-Book continues to expand, adding approximately 500 titles per year.
To subscribe, simply visit www.humanitiesebook.org/sub-ind.html, choose the ACLS constituent society of which you are a member, and indicate your membership number in the online purchase form. For inquiries about HEB, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winter 2010 Announcements
Literature and Culture in the Ancient Mediterranean: Greece, Rome, and the Near East, November 2011 and October 2012
Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, in cooperation with Venice International University, will offer this advanced seminar for 20 fellows who will be either in an advanced stage of doctoral research, or recently completed Ph.D.s. The program is conceived as a two-year commitment. The first session (November 2011) will consist of lectures by scholars with a seminar approach on the origins and development of literary genres and literacy in Ancient Greece, Rome and the Near East. Some of the lectures will run simultaneously and will be devoted respectively to the interpretation of specific classical and near eastern texts, with more focus on textual analysis.
The aim of the program is firstly to investigate the relationship between themes, motifs and structures of the texts, starting with the early examples of epic poetry and of wisdom and didactic literature; secondly, to examine the processes involved in their transmission and preservation in both oral and written forms. A variety of issues concerning the history of literate cultures will also be reviewed, such as, for example, the textual traditions, the creation and organization of libraries, the classification of genres, and the relationship between literature and politics.
During the first session the fellows will identify a research project according to their own scholarly interests and under the supervision of one of the faculty. The research project will be presented in the form of an essay of about 20 pages in the second session of the seminar, which will be held in October 2012. Knowledge of Greek and Latin, and/or of some of the ancient Near Eastern languages, is expected. Lectures will be in English. A good knowledge of spoken and written English is also a prerequisite. Further information is available at http://www.univiu.org/component/content/article/58-shssnews/460-advanced-seminar-in-the-humanities, and the application deadline: April 15, 2011.
Institute For Advanced Study, School of Historical Studies, Opportunities for Scholars 2012-2013
The Institute is an independent private institution founded in 1930 to create a community of scholars focused on intellectual inquiry, free from teaching and other university obligations. Scholars from around the world come to the Institute to pursue their own research. Candidates of any nationality may apply for a single term or a full academic year. Scholars may apply for a stipend, but those with sabbatical funding, other grants, retirement funding or other means are also invited to apply for a non-stipendiary membership. Some short-term visitorships (for less than a full term, and without stipend) are also available on an ad-hoc basis. Open to all fields of historical research, the School of Historical Studies’ principal interests are the history of western, near eastern and Asian civilizations, with particular emphasis upon Greek and Roman civilization, the history of Europe (medieval, early modern, and modern), the Islamic world, East Asian studies, the history of art, the history of science, philosophy, modern international relations, and music studies. Residence in Princeton during term time is required. The only other obligation of Members is to pursue their own research. The Ph.D. (or equivalent) and substantial publications are required. Information and application forms may be found on the School's web site, www.hs.ias.edu, or contact the School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Einstein Dr., Princeton, N.J. 08540 (E-mail address: email@example.com). Deadline: November 1 2011.
2010 Winter Announcements of Meetings
Nonnus of Panopolis in Context. Poetry and Cultural Milieu in Late Antiquity Rethymno, Crete, 13-15 May 2011
The Department of Philology of the University of Crete, Greece presents the first international conference on the late antique poet Nonnus of Panopolis. There will be nine sessions: 1. Nonnus and Late Antique Paideia (esp. rhetoric, philosophy), 2. Nonnus and Christianity, 3. Nonnus and the Literary Past (esp. Homer, Hellenistic poets, Quintus of Smyrna, Oracles, Orphic Literature), 4. Nonnus and Visual Arts, 5. The Style of Nonnus (metre, language), 6. Nonnus and Latin literature, 7. The 'School' of Nonnus (esp. John of Gaza, the Orphic Argonautica and Paulus Silentiarius), 8. Nonnus' Afterlife (esp. Simone Weil), 9. Nonnus and Contemporary Society. The Conference will pay equal attention to the Dionysiaca and the Paraphrasis of the Gospel of St. John. New readings of key-passages in both poems will be presented, novel approaches to Nonnus’ relationship with earlier and contemporary literature, new insights into the reception of Nonnus by later poets as well as an attempt to redefine the notion of the Nonnian ‘School’. The conference rather than seeing Nonnus as a ‘follower’ or ‘imitator’ explores what he has to say as an erudite late antique poet who absorbs and transforms a long and varied literary and philosophical past. Further information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Music in Aristotle Politics Book VIII, Corfu, 4-10 July 2011
The eighth Seminar for Ancient Greek and Roman Music in the Music Department of the Ionian University at Corfu will take place this summer, 4 to 10 July 2011. This year’s proceedings will focus on Book VIII of Aristotle’s Politics, a fundamental text for our understanding of Greek views on music and education. In the course of the week, seminars on this text will be conducted by three well-known specialists in ancient musicology: Andrew Barker, Egert Pöhlmann, and Eleonora Rocconi. For those who need them there will also be preliminary classes on 3 July, designed to introduce students to relevant musical technicalities; and for Greek students there will be additional classes in the course of the week, focusing on the translation of the texts. In the evenings there will be lectures on a variety of topics connected with the music of the ancient world.
The seminar sessions will take place at the magnificent historical locations of the Mon Repos
Villa and the Ionian Academy. Participation fees amount to € 200. Student accommodation at a very low cost will be provided in the university dormitories; the number of places is limited, so booking in advance to secure participation is crucial (the deadline is the 1st of May 2011). The full program will be announced in due course. For more information contact Secretary George Fragiskos [George@ionio.gr] or the organizers: Dr Petros Andriotis [email@example.com] and Prof Panos Vlagopoulos [firstname.lastname@example.org].
Anatolian Society Joint Conference, July 11-12, 2011, Ioannou School, Oxford
The Lexicon of Greek Personal Names and Monumenta Asia Minoris Antiqua Projects are holding a joint conference/ The theme on July 11 will be “Naming in Anatolia” and on July 12, “Roman Phrygia”. See the conference webpage on which titles of papers will be posted as they are confirmed at http://mama.csad.ox.ac.uk. Anyone interested is most welcome to attend; nearer the time we will ask to know who will be coming as a control on numbers. There will be no registration fee. Some graduate bursaries for travel and accommodation will be offered: details of how to apply will be posted and circulated in May.
Texts and Contexts, The Ohio State University, October 7-8, 2011
The Center for Epigraphical and Palaeographical Studies is sponsoring this conference seeks to investigate the textual traditions of various texts and genres, including texts in classical Latin, mediaeval Latin, Anglo-Saxon, Middle English, and the vernaculars. Preference will be given to those abstracts which deal with newly discovered texts and their manuscript settings, or which present new perspectives on established textual traditions. We encourage graduate students and newly established scholars to submit their work. The Virginia Brown Memorial Lecture will be given by Susan L’Engle, Vatican Film Library, Saint Louis University Email abstracts to email@example.com or send them to Professor Frank T. Coulson, Center for Epigraphical and Palaeographical Studies, 190 Pressey Hall, 1070 Carmack Road, Columbus, OH 43210. Deadline for submission: August 1, 2011.
Alexander the Great and Egypt: History, Art, Tradition, University of Wroclaw, Poland, 18-19 November 2011
This is a workshop organized by Krzysztof Nawotka (University of Wroclaw, Poland), Volker Grieb (Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg, Germany) with Agnieszka Wojciechowska (University of Wroclaw, Poland) as the organizing committee secretary. The aim of this workshop is to examine both the Macedonian conquest of Egypt, its consequences and its reflection in literature and art. An area of particular importance is attitudes of the local population to Alexander. The organizing committee looks forward in particular to contributions making use of both classical and Egyptian sources and to those uniting multidisciplinary approach to the sources material and research questions.
We invite papers suitable for delivery in 20-30 minutes. Please send abstracts of 300 words or less as an attachment to Agnieszka Wojciechowska (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 30 May 2011. The publication of a volume containing a selection of revised conference papers is being planned.
The Reception of Rome and the Construction of Western Homosexual Identities, Durham University, 17th-18th April 2012
This conference will analyze the importance of ancient Rome in constructing Western homosexual identities. Much scholarship exists on the contribution of ancient Greek culture and literature to discourses of homosexuality, but the originary contribution of Rome has been overlooked. It matters, however, not least because of its impact and presence during the 'Latin Middle Ages' and beyond. Latin literature provides the best known versions of homosexual myths such as Orpheus, Narcissus, Iphis and Ianthe (collected in that mythological compendium, Ovid's Metamorphoses) and explores distinctively Roman homosexual relationships (for instance, Virgil's Nisus and Euryalus), to which a multitude of later artists have responded. Conversely, authors such as Juvenal and Martial censure homosexual behavior. There have also been many influential instances of homosexuality from Roman history, from allegations that the youthful Julius Caesar was the 'queen of Bithynia' to the celebrated relationship between the emperor Hadrian and Antinous.
This one-off international conference aims to bring together scholars working in a range of fields (Classics, Reception Studies, Queer Studies, Modern Languages, Comparative Literature, Art History) to assess the broad impact of Roman culture on the construction of Western homosexual identities. Exploring this previously neglected area will afford scholarship a better understanding of the ways in which the reception of Roman and Greek culture are different and the importance of Rome as a model for later artists with homosexual leanings and, conversely, the attempted erasure of Roman homosexuality in societies where Rome is idealized. It is hoped that a wide variety of media, approaches, and research interests will be represented, particularly from those working outside the discipline of Classics, and that contributions will result in a substantial publication.
Proposals for papers of 30 minutes should include a title and an abstract of no more than 500 words, and should be received by 20 May 2011; submissions from postgraduate students are particularly welcome. Proposals for papers and further enquiries should be sent to Dr. Jennifer Ingleheart (email@example.com), Department of Classics and Ancient History, 38 North Bailey, Durham University, Durham, UNITED KINGDOM, DH1 3EU.
2010 Winter Announcements of Funding Opportunities
American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Public Fellows Program. ACLS is a private, nonprofit federation of 70 national scholarly organizations. It is the preeminent representative of American scholarship in the humanities and related social sciences. In 2010, ACLS awarded over $15 million to more than 380 U.S.-based and international scholars. www.acls.org
ACLS announces the inaugural competition of its Public Fellows program. In 2011 the program will place eight recent Ph.D.s in two-year staff positions at partnering agencies in government and the non-profit sector, beginning as early as September 2011. Fellows will participate in the substantive work of these agencies and receive professional mentoring. Compensation will be at the same level as new professional employees of the agency with similar experience.
This program, made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, aims to demonstrate the value of employing skilled and accomplished young scholars in a variety of capacities, thereby broadening the academy’s conventional ideas of the Ph.D. career path. The “crisis” in academic employment has been well discussed and is to many as much a besetting condition as an urgent crisis. Validating extra-academic employment could be a significant element of constructive change. Thus ACLS has partnered with the following agencies to offer these positions (detailed descriptions are available at www.acls.org/programs/publicfellows):
- Association of American Universities (AAU), Policy Analyst
- Council on Foundations, Leadership Development Officer
- Institute for International Education (IIE), Program Officer, Scholar Rescue Fund
- National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE), Program Officer
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs,
- Cultural Programs Specialist
- Cultural Communications Specialist
U.S. Department of State
- A variety of positions in different bureaus are available
ACLS seeks applications from recent Ph.D.s who wish to begin careers in administration, management, and public service by choice rather than circumstance. Competitive applicants will have been successful in both academic and extra-academic experiences. Applicants may apply to only one position and must fulfill the following eligibility requirements: possess U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status; have received a Ph.D. in the humanities or related social sciences between January 2008 and March 2011; and not have applied to any other ACLS fellowship programs in the 2010-11 competition cycle. All applications must be submitted through the ACLS Online Fellowship Application system by Monday, May 16, 3pm EDT. (http://www.acls.org/programs/publicfellows/). Submitted applications will undergo ACLS’ standard rigorous peer review process, which may include interviews by ACLS reviewers and by the hosting agency.
Officers, Directors, and Committee Members for 2011
|President:||Kathleen M. Coleman|
|Immediate Past President:||Dee L. Clayman|
Bruce Frier (2010-2016)
S. Georgia Nugent (2007-2013)
|Executive Director:||Adam D. Blistein (1999-2012)|
DIVISION VICE PRESIDENTS
|Education:||Ronnie Ancona (2010-2014)|
|Outreach:||Judith P. Hallett (2008-2012)|
|Professional Matters:||James M. May (2009-2013)|
|Program:||Joseph Farrell (2011-2015)|
|Publications:||James J. O'Donnell (2008-2012)|
|Research:||Roger S. Bagnall (2009-2013)|
(in addition to the above)
- Peter Bing (2010-2013)
- Jonathan Mark Hall (2011-2014)
- Kathryn A. Morgan (2011-2014)
- John Marincola (2009-2012)
- Carole E. Newlands (2009-2012)
- Ann Vasaly (2010-2013)
COMMITTEES ON GOVERNANCE AND ADMINISTRATION
- Kathleen M. Coleman, Chair
- Roger S. Bagnall
- Adam D. Blistein
- Dee L. Clayman
- Jonathan Mark Hall
- Jeffrey Henderson
- S. Georgia Nugent
CAPITAL CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE
- Ward W. Briggs, Co-Chair *
- Senator Peter G. Fitzgerald, Co-Chair*
- Senator Paul and Christine† Sarbanes, Co-Chairs*
- Michael C. J. Putnam, Co-Chair*
- Michael Arnush
- Victor Bers
- Deborah Boedeker
- Robert F. Boughner
- Christopher M. Brunelle
- Jenny Strauss Clay*
- Dee L. Clayman*
- Edward E. Cohen
- Kathleen M. Coleman*
- W. Robert Connor
- P. E. Easterling
- R. Elaine Fantham
- Bruce W. Frier
- Carin M. Green
- Judith P. Hallett
- Jeffrey Henderson*
- W. Gerald Heverly
- J. Samuel Houser
- G. Ronald Kastner
- David Konstan
- Eleanor Winsor Leach
- Mary R. Lefkowitz*
- Sherwin Little
- Richard P. Martin
- Matthew M. McGowan
- Helen North
- S. Georgia Nugent
- Josiah Ober*
- James J. O'Donnell
- Eric Orlin
- Lee T. Pearcy
- Christopher Pelling
- David H. Porter*
- Kurt A. Raaflaub *
- Joanna S. Rose
- Matthew S. Santirocco
- Ruth Scodel*
- Zeph Stewart†
- Allen M. Ward
- Nancy Wilkie
Honorary Advisory Committee
- Garrison Keillor
- Erich Segal†
- Leonard E. Slatkin
- Garry Wills
*Member of Campaign Steering Committee
- David H. Porter (2001-2013), Chair
- Michael Arnush (2007-2013)
- Deborah Boedeker (2011-2014)
- Christopher M. Brunelle (2009-2012)
- Carin M. Green (2011-2014)
- Jeffrey Henderson (2009-2012)
- J. Samuel Houser (2006-2012)
- Mary R. Lefkowitz (2001-2012)
- Matthew M. McGowan (2011-2014)
- Bruce W. Frier, ex officio
- Adam D. Blistein, ex officio
- S. Georgia Nugent, Chair, ex officio
- Adam D. Blistein, ex officio
- Bruce W. Frier, ex officio
- Niall W. Slater (2011-2014)
C.J. GOODWIN AWARD OF MERIT COMMITTEE
- David Sider (2009-2012), Chair
- Christina S. Kraus (2010-2013)
- James E. G. Zetzel (2011-2014)
- Laura McClure (2009-2012), Co-Chair
- Peter W. Rose (2009-2012), Co-Chair
- Richard P. Martin (2010-2013)
- Paul Allen Miller (2010-2013)
- Dee L. Clayman ex officio
- Two additional members to be elected in Summer 2011
OUTREACH PRIZE COMMITTEE
- C. W. Marshall (2009-2012), Chair
- Nancy Rabinowitz (2011-2014)
- Thomas J. Sienkewicz (2010-2013)
PEARSON FELLOWSHIP COMMITTEE
- Lesley Dean-Jones (2009-2012), Chair
- Sarah Nooter (2010-2013)
- Kirk Ormand (2010-2013)
- Dylan Sailor (2011-2014)
- Mira Seo (2011-2014)
AD HOC COMMITTEE ON ARCHIVES
- Ruth Scodel, Chair
- Roger S. Bagnall
- Ward W. Briggs
- Carin M. Green
- W. Gerald Heverly
- John F. Miller
- Michele V. Ronnick
- Daniel P. Tompkins
- Ronnie Ancona, Chair, ex officio
- Stanley M. Burstein (2009-2013)
- Eric K. Dugdale (2010-2014)
- Jeanne M. Neumann (2008-2012)
- Nigel Nicholson (2011-2015)
- Jeffrey Henderson ex officio
- John F. Miller, ex officio
- Adam D. Blistein, ex officio
- Christopher M. Saunders, AIA Representative
ANCIENT HISTORY COMMITTEE
- Georgia Tsouvala (2010-2013), Chair
- William S. Bubelis (2011-2014)
- Carlin Barton (2009-2012)
- Serena Connolly (2009-2012)
- Emily Mackil (2010-2013)
COFFIN TRAVELING FELLOWSHIP COMMITTEE
- Eric K. Dugdale (2009-2012), Chair
- Greta Ham (2010-2013)
- Bronwen Wickkiser (2011-2014)
JOINT COMMITTEE (WITH ACL) ON THE CLASSICS IN AMERICAN EDUCATION
- Ronnie Ancona (2010-2014), Co-Chair
- StanleyM. Burstein (2009-2013)
- Eric K. Dugdale (2010-2014)
- Jeanne M. Neumann (2008-2012)
- Nigel Nicholson (2011-2015)
- Peter Howard, Co-Chair
- Robin Boots-Ebenfield
- Edmund F. DeHoratius
- Nathalie Roy
- One additional member to be appointed
COMMITTEE ON MINORITY STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS
- Sanjaya Thakur (2009-2012), Co-Chair
- Susann Lusnia (2009-2012), Co-Chair
- Kristopher Fletcher (2011-2014)
- Chris Ann Matteo (2009-2012)
- Lisa Mignone (2009-2012)
- Mira Seo (2010-2013)
TEACHING EXCELLENCE AWARDS COMMITTEE
- Elizabeth Vandiver (2009-2012), Chair
- Gregory S. Aldrete (2011-2014)
- Mary C. English (2010-2013)
- Judith P. Hallett, Chair ex officio
- Ward W. Briggs (2010-2013)
- Mary-Kay Gamel (2009-2012)
- Luca Grillo (2011-2014)
- Clara Hardy (2010-2013)
- Keely Lake (2009-2012)
- Jennifer A. Rea (2011-2014)
- Jeffrey Henderson, ex officio
- Samuel Huskey, ex officio
- T. Davina McClain, ex officio
- Niall W. Slater, ex officio
- Adam D. Blistein, ex officio
ANCIENT AND MODERN PERFORMANCE COMMITTEE
- Dorota Dutsch (2009-2012), Chair
- Ruby Blondell (2011-2014)
- Amy R. Cohen (2011-2014)
- Alison Futrell (2010-2013)
- George W. M. Harrison (2009-2012)
- Elizabeth Scharffenberger (2007-2013)
- Andrew Simpson (2011-2014)
CLASSICAL TRADITION AND RECEPTION COMMITTEE
- Thomas E. Jenkins (2009-2012), Chair
- Madeleine Henry (2011-2013)
- Paul Kimball (2010-2013)
- Konstantinos P. Nikoloutsos (2011-2014)
- Yopie Prins (2009-2012)
- J. H. David Scourfield (2011-2014)
PROFESSIONAL MATTERS DIVISION
PROFESSIONAL MATTERS COMMITTEE
The first six members of this Committee constitute the Subcommittee on Professional Ethics, which considers grievances and complaints pertinent to the APA Statement on Professional Ethics.
- James M. May, Chair ex officio
- Mary T. Boatwright (2011-2014)
- Carolyn Dewald (2009-2012)
- Sheila Murnaghan (2009-2012)
- Ralph M. Rosen (2010-2013)
- Jeffrey Henderson, ex officio
- Joy Connolly, ex officio
- Erich Gruen, ex officio
- John F. Miller, ex officio
- Adam D. Blistein, ex officio
JOINT COMMITTEE (WITH AIA) ON PLACEMENT
- Erich Gruen (2009-2012), Chair
- Michael Lippman (2010-2013)
- Ilaria Marchesi (2010-2013)
- David S. Potter (2011-2014)
- Pamela Vaughn (2011-2014)
- Joy Connolly, ex officio
- Barbara Barletta (2009-2012)
- Betsey Robinson (2010-2013)
COMMITTEE ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN AND MINORITY GROUPS
- Joy Connolly (2009-2012), Chair
- Paolo Asso (2011-2014)
- Jeri DeBrohun (2009-2012)
- Julia Hejduk (2010-2013)
- Helen Morales (2009-2012)
- Anatole Mori (2011-2014)
- Alex Purves (2011-2014)
- William G. Thalmann (2010-2103)
- Nancy Worman (2010-2013)
DIRECTOR OF THE CLASSICS ADVISORY SERVICE
- John F. Miller (2010-2013)
- Joseph Farrell, Chair, ex officio
- Elizabeth Asmis (2009-2012)
- Kirk Freudenburg (2011-2014)
- Maud Gleason (2010-2013)
- Corinne O. Pache (2011-2014)
- Adam D. Blistein, ex officio
- Heather Hartz Gasda, ex officio
LOCAL ARRANGEMENTS COMMITTEE
- Jeremy McInerney
- James J. O'Donnell, Chair, ex officio
- John Bodel (2011-2015)
- Raffaella Cribiore (2009-2013)
- Noel E. Lenski (2010-2014)
- David Levene (2008-2012)
- Jeffrey Henderson, ex officio
- Samuel Huskey, ex officio
- Sander Μ. Goldberg, ex officio
- Katharina Volk, ex officio
- Adam D. Blistein, ex officio
COMMITTEE ON TRANSLATIONS OF CLASSICAL AUTHORS
- Jeffrey Henderson (2011-2014), Chair
- Carin M. Green (2011-2014)
- Anne Mahoney (2011-2014)
- Donald J. Mastronarde (2011-2014)
- Danuta Shanzer (2011-2014)
EDITOR OF TAPA
- Katharina Volk (2010-2014)
EDITOR OF THE APA MONOGRAPHS SERIES
- To be appointed
EDITOR OF THE APA TEXTBOOK SERIES
- Sander M. Goldberg (2009-2013)
- Samuel Huskey (2011-2015)
- Roger S. Bagnall, Chair, ex officio
- Martha Malamud (2008-2012)
- S. Douglas Olson (2011-2015)
- Barbara A. Shailor (2009-2013)
- Ineke Sluiter (2010-2014)
- Lisa D. Carson, ex officio
- Anthony P. Corbeill, ex officio
- Jeffrey Henderson, ex officio
- Maria Pantelia, ex officio
- Richard J. A. Talbert, ex officio
- Adam D. Blistein, ex officio
ADVISORY BOARD TO AMERICAN OFFICE OF L'ANNÉE PHILOLOGIQUE
- Chair to be appointed
- Kathryn S. Chew (2010-2013)
- Jeffrey Henderson (2009-2012)
- Jacquelene Riley (2011-2014)
- Roger S. Bagnall, ex officio
- Lisa D. Carson, ex officio
- William H. Johnson, ex officio
- Eric Rebillard, ex officio
- Adam D. Blistein, ex officio
TLL FELLOWSHIP COMMITTEE
- Anthony P. Corbeill (2006-2012), Chair
- Barbara K. Gold (2010-2013)
- Frances Hickson Hahn (2010-2013)
- Brian Krostenko (2010-2012)
- Matthew M. McGowan (2009-2012)
- Christopher S. van den Berg (2011-2014)
- J. Clare Woods (2011-2014)
REPRESENTATIVES AND DELEGATES
TO THE AMERICAN CLASSICAL LEAGUE
- Terence Tunberg (2011-2014)
TO THE ANCIENT WORLD MAPPING CENTER
- Mary T. Boatwright
- William A. Johnson
TO THE MODERN LANGUAGE ASSOCIATION
- Barbara Weiden Boyd
TO THE TLL
- Kathleen M. Coleman
TO THE ADVISORY BOARD OF THE TLG
- Dee L. Clayman
- Donald J. Mastronarde
- Jenny Strauss Clay (2008-2011)
- Kurt A. Raaflaub, Delegate (2007-2012)
- Ruth Scodel, Associate Delegate (2007-2012)
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Important Dates For APA Members
(All deadlines are receipt deadlines unless otherwise indicated.)
April 15, 2011
Petitions to Nominate Alternate Candidates for Association Offices (see page XX)
May 13, 2011
Nominations for Goodwin Award (see page XX)
May 18, 2011
Nominations for Collegiate Teaching Awards (see page XX)
May 18, 2011
Individual Abstracts for 2012 Annual Meeting
June 1, 2011
Nominations for APA President's Award (see page XX)
June 3, 2011
Submission of Books for Goodwin Award (see page XX)
July 11, 2011
Nominations for Outreach Prize (see page XX)
July 30, 2011
Responses to Officer/Committee Survey (see page XX)
September 16, 2011
Nominations for Precollegiate Teaching Awards (see page XX)
January 5-8, 2012
143rd Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA
January 3-6, 2013
144th Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA
January 2-5, 2014
145th Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL
January 8-11, 2015
146th Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA
Capital Campaign News
To date over 750 donors have pledged $1,950,000 to the APA’s Campaign for Classics for the 21st Century. When this amount is combined with the $41,000 net proceeds from a fund-raising event at New York University last October, we are very close to a total of $2 million raised in the Gateway campaign and to the amount necessary for the next deadline for claiming NEH matching funds: $2,090,000 by July 31, 2011. Pledges of support are sufficient to meet this deadline, but all existing and new pledges must be paid, and the APA must raise an additional $500,000 (for the total of $2,600,000) by July 31, 2012, if it is to retain the matching funds it has claimed.
We are particularly grateful to Stephen Kidd for volunteering to write the Association’s most recent communication to members about the Campaign. He and his fellow graduate students in a number of different institutions have also made contributions in the last two months with the result that we can now report that more than 20% of all APA members have made a gift to the Campaign. Because the Campaign seeks to build an endowment for the future of Classics, it is very gratifying to see this participation by the future leaders of our field, and we hope all members will join them by sending in a contribution or making a gift online (https://app.etapestry.com/hosted/AmericanPhilologicalAssociat/OnlineDonation.html).
- Bolchazy-Carducci: Latin for the New Millennium
- Bolchazy-Carducci: Transitional Readers
- Bolchazy-Carducci: A Livy Reader
- Bolchazy-Carducci: A Suetonius Reader
- Cambridge University Press: Outstanding Scholarship from Cambridge, pt.1
- Cambridge University Press: Outstanding Scholarship from Cambridge, pt. 2
- Letter from the President
- Slate of Candidates for Summer 2011 Elections
- APA Responses to Threats to Ancient Sites
- Board Meeting Minutes
- Reports of Vice Presidents (January 2011)
- APA President's Award
- C. J. Goodwin Award of Merit
- Outreach Prize
- 142nd Annual Meeting Report
- Acknowledgments of Service to the APA
- Executive Director’s Report
- Volunteers for 2012 Annual Meeting
- Individual Subscriptions to ACLS E-books
- Winter 2010 Announcements
- Funding Opportunities
- APA Office Publications Order Form
- Officers, Directors, and Committee Members for 2011
- Newsletter Editorial Policies
- Important Deadlines
- Capital Campaign News
- Officer/Committee Survey
- Bolchazy-Carducci: Latin for the New Millennium
- Bolchazy-Carducci: Transitional Readers
- Bolchazy-Carducci: A Livy Reader
- Bolchazy-Carducci: A Suetonius Reader
- Cambridge University Press: Outstanding Scholarship from Cambridge, pt.1
- Cambridge University Press: Outstanding Scholarship from Cambridge, pt. 2
Letter from the President (Winter 2011)
Doing things at night in the ancient world meant doing them in private, so that nobody else would know. Nicarchus (AP 11.74) appeals for help in getting rid of a deaf old slave-woman who, instead of τυροί (cheese), brings him πυροί (wheat); instead of πήγανον (rue—for his headache), τήγανον (a frying-pan); instead of λάχανον (greens), λάσανον (a potty); etc. To make himself heard in her presence, Nicarchus does not want to have to develop the lungs of a towncrier, which would require him to get up at night in order to practice outside. The same motif is anthropomorphically transferable: according to Plutarch, an elephant that was constantly being punished for forgetting its moves in a dressage routine could be seen rehearsing all by itself in the moonlight (Moralia 968C); it cloaked its shame in darkness.
Doing by night what there was no reason to avoid doing by day was, correspondingly, both pretentious and perverted, at least in terms of the Stoic code of living in accordance with nature, as expressed by the younger Seneca. As he puts it, sunt qui officia lucis noctisque peruerterint nec ante diducant oculos hesterna graues crapula quam adpetere nox coepit, “There are people who invert the activities proper to day and night, and don’t open their eyes, bleary with yesterday’s binge-drinking, until night has started to come on” (Epist. 122.2). Quoting the disapproval of Cato the moralist, Seneca has a term for these people: antipodes. He harnesses the power of anaphora to emphasize a series of forceful rhetorical questions (non uiuunt contra naturam qui . . . ?), putting those who exchange day for night in the same category as transvestites, eunuchs, and people who force roses and lilies in winter, or grow trees on their roofs, or so design their seaside homes that the foundations for their hot baths are actually sunk into the sea.
Mr. Edison blurred the boundary between day and night. The electric light made it possible to treat night as day. It would be harder for Seneca to make his point, now that it is not just unreformed party-goers who are up all night, but also conscientious students and professors, toiling away at their papers and reports and letters of recommendation. Martial could suggest that even the workaholic Pliny would put down his pen late in the evening to receive a visit from the Muse of light verse (Epigr. 10.20 (19)); Pliny evidently took this as a compliment, since he quotes it in the letter marking Martial’s death (Epist. 3.21). His even more workaholic uncle, whose motto was uita uigilia est (NH praef. 18), admittedly used to start work long before it was light (a nocte multa), but he left the dinner-table before nightfall in summer or just as night fell in winter, presumably to go straight to bed; he had to be up before dawn to call on Vespasian, who also “made use of the night” (nam ille quoque noctibus utebatur, Plin. Epist. 3.5.9).
We may feel nostalgic about those simpler days, when the rhythms of the seasons constrained human activity, and the inadequacy of lamplight kept all but the most conscientious imperial servants or obsessive-compulsive authors from working after dark. But, of course, the modern transformation of night into day has given us a freedom to arrange our lives that in Antiquity would have seemed so contrary as to amount to perversion. It may be harder to do things unnoticed, when the cover of darkness is inconveniently illuminated by electricity; the owner of Plutarch’s elephant would now set up a searchlight outside the tent and a two-way mirror, and charge a fee for the public to watch the poor beast lumbering around, conscious of its own inadequacy. But, if privacy needed darkness as its guarantor in Antiquity, it can be secured by other means today, at least in the West, where having one’s own room is no longer a guilty ambition or an impossible dream.
The hardest part about access to perpetual illumination is exercising the self-control to switch off the computer and go to bed; if Mr. Edison blurred the boundary between night and day, Mr. Gates, assisted latterly by Mr. Zuckerberg, has erased it altogether. Seneca would have reveled in the moral lessons he could draw from the ubiquity of temptations to keep us from admitting that we are creatures of the animal kingdom ruled, ultimately, not by technological advances but, simply, biology. I don’t long to be transported to Pliny’s smelly, dangerous, hierarchical Rome, where I would probably have been his slave and would have spilt oil on my tunic fetching the master another lamp and had to endure hours of boredom waiting behind his couch while he caroused decorously with the Muses. But I do sometimes wish that the modern city would settle into darkness for eight hours a night and remove the element of choice from the patterning of our daily lives.
Kathleen M. Coleman
Slate of Candidates for Summer 2011 Elections
- Denis Feeney
- Sheila H. Murnaghan
Vice President for Outreach
- Mary-Kay Gamel
- C. W. Marshall
Vice President for Publications
- Michael Gagarin
- Sander M. Goldberg
Board of Directors
- Sara Forsdyke
- Robert Morstein-Marx
- Charles Pazdernik
- Alex Purves
- Matthew B. Roller
- Mary C. English
- Ariana Traill
Goodwin Award Committee
- Ineke Sluiter
- Peter T. Struck
- Antonios Augoustakis
- Donald J. Mastronarde
- Ruth Scodel
- Nancy Worman
Professional Matters Committee
- Lillian Doherty
- Barbara K. Gold
- Thomas Habinek
- Robert D. Lamberton
- Christopher A. Faraone
- Victoria Wohl
- James I. Porter
- Andrew M. Riggsby
Members are reminded that it is possible to nominate additional candidates by petition. Nominations of candidates not proposed by the Nominating Committee shall require the signature of twenty members in good standing (2011 dues must be paid) and must be reported to the Executive Director by April 15, 2011. A current curriculum vitae of the candidate, who must also be a member in good standing, should be submitted by the same deadline.
APA Responses to Threats to Ancient Sites
The APA has responded in several ways to recent events in Mediterranean countries that have posed threats to important ancient sites. In late January, at the invitation of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) and with the approval of our Board of Directors, President Kathleen Coleman signed a statement calling on Egyptian authorities to protect their antiquities (http://www.archaeological.org/news/aianews/3936). She also signed a subsequent letter, circulated by the Capitol Archaeology Institute at George Washington University, asking other organizations around the world to take action as well: http://archaeology.columbian.gwu.edu/home/call-for-action-to-protect-egyptian-antiquities/. In addition, we now have on our web site a link to a Pleiades Project map of important ancient sites in Libya: http://tinyurl.com/4jlcl96.
Visit the web site regularly for new information about APA efforts concerning ancient sites.
2010 Board Meeting Minutes
The Board of Directors of the American Philological Association met at the Radisson Plaza – Warwick Hotel, Philadelphia, PA, on October 1, 2010. Those present were Profs. Dee L. Clayman, President, Ronnie Ancona, Roger S. Bagnall, and Peter Bing, Dr. Adam D. Blistein, Profs. Barbara Weiden Boyd, Kathleen Mary Coleman, Bruce W. Frier, Alain M. Gowing, Judith P. Hallett, Robert A. Kaster, John Marincola, James M. May, Carole E. Newlands, Josiah Ober, and Ann Vasaly. Profs. S. Georgia Nugent, and James J. O’Donnell were absent.
Prof. Clayman called the meeting to order at 8:15 p.m. She asked Directors to discuss the current academic job market and actions the APA could take to assist Classics Ph.D.’s who do not obtain tenure-track teaching positions. The Placement Service had provided statistics that appeared to show that there were about four candidates for every teaching job available, and the number was considerably higher when only tenure-track jobs were counted.
Directors discussed the possible alternative career paths for classics Ph.D.’s and the drawbacks to each of them. Postdoctoral fellowships offered the chance to conduct scholarship while building up teaching credentials, but colleges were less able to host fellows during the current economic crisis and the fellowships that did exist might become substitutes for tenure-track jobs. At a minimum, the Association needed to develop a better list of the existing postdoctoral fellowship opportunities.
There were numerous opportunities for classics Ph.D.’s to teach at the K-12 level, but the individual candidate had to be comfortable working in that environment and had to be willing to secure the additional training necessary to do so. Classics Ph.D.’s regularly secured careers in academic administration and in some areas completely outside of academia, but it would take considerable research to identify promising areas and many institutions would be reluctant to encourage their graduate students to seek such career paths. The APA should obtain information about the programs sponsored by the Modern Language Association in the 1970’s to direct humanities Ph.D.’s to nonacademic jobs.
Action: In the Winter and Spring the APA should survey Placement Service candidates from the five previous academic years and ask them the following questions:
- Did you receive a Ph.D.?
- If you did receive a Ph.D., from what institution?
- What kind of job do you have now?
- Where is that job?
The goal of the survey would be to determine the number of Ph.D.’s the field had produced, how many had failed to obtain the doctorate after advancing far enough in graduate study to enter the job market, and where this cohort of graduate students was now working.
Action: The Association should revise its Careers for Classicists pamphlet and publish it on the web site.
The Board then adjourned for the evening at 9:50 p.m.
The Board resumed its meeting on October 2, 2010. Prof. Clayman called the meeting to order at 8:35 a.m. All Directors present on the previous evening plus Prof. Nugent were in attendance. In addition, Mr. Carl Hogan, of Briggs, Bunting & Dougherty, the Association’s auditors, was present by invitation. The Board had received an agenda for the meeting as well as minutes of its conference call of June 10, 2010.
Action: The Board approved the agenda for the meeting.
Action: The Board approved the minutes of its conference call on June 10, 2010.
The Directors had received the report of Briggs, Bunting & Dougherty, the Association’s auditors, for the fiscal year that ended on June 30, 2009. Mr. Hogan reported that he had met with the Finance Committee in May and had reviewed the report in detail. That discussion had included a review of the financial controls which the Association had in place, controls with which the auditors were satisfied.
Turning to the report, Mr. Hogan pointed to language stating that the auditors had reasonable although not complete assurance that the financial statements developed by APA staff were accurate. This was the highest level of assurance that the audit process could provide, and the Briggs firm had had to make no significant corrections to the figures provided by staff, had not needed to issue any letter describing deficiencies in financial controls, and had received good cooperation from staff.
Mr. Hogan described the changes that had taken place in the Association’s assets during the fiscal year. He noted that as a result of declines in the value of investments, several funds had fallen below the levels that were considered permanently restricted. For the purposes of the financial statements, however, the permanently restricted value did not change, but the level of unrestricted assets fell by the amount of the loss.
Action: The Board asked Dr. Blistein to consult with the Association’s attorney to determine whether the APA needed to keep permanently restricted assets at a fixed amount even if the endowments in which they were invested fell below this level.
Mr. Hogan compared income and expenses for the 2009 and 2008 fiscal years and pointed out that while income levels changed significantly because of different amounts of grants and contributions received, expenses were very similar for the two years. The investment losses that the APA had suffered during the fall of financial markets in late 2008 and early 2009 were similar to those at comparable organizations. Mr. Hogan also reviewed the way in which the statements showed the division of the Association’s expenses into its various program areas as well as the assumptions that staff used to make those divisions.
Mr. Hogan then absented himself from the meeting.
Directors had received a report showing the performance of investments during the fiscal year that had ended on June 30, 2010. Each of the four funds had grown between 9% and 12% during the year. Prof. Nugent noted that the portfolio had made a modest recovery and that the Finance Committee was satisfied with the work of the investment advisors managing the portfolio.
Preliminary Financial Statement for 2010 Fiscal Year
Dr. Blistein had distributed to Directors a preliminary financial statement for the fiscal year that anticipated a final deficit of about $42,000. The Association had not been able to claim the final installment of matching funds from its NEH Challenge Grant, $80,000 of which it had planned to retain to offset fund-raising expenses. In addition, legal expenses had been higher than expected because of a case in which the Subcommittee on Professional Ethics had recommended a public statement.
Budget for 2011 Fiscal Year
During their conference call in June 2010 the Directors had approved a budget for the current year. Dr. Blistein had updated this document to reflect any changes in the underlying assumptions produced by better data from the previous fiscal year and the results of the move of the Association Office. Dr. Nugent noted the budget’s provision for a $15,000 set-aside to improve the APA’s web site. It was not yet clear whether these funds were still required, or, if they were required, how best to sequester them. Dr. Blistein described the financial implications of moving the office out of the Penn Classical Studies Department but still into a University of Pennsylvania building. The Directors also discussed the calculation of salaries for Association staff and of course release funding for the Editor of Transactions.
The Directors had received a statement comparing annual giving results for the 2009 and 2010 fiscal years. Although the number of donors was about the same in each year, the total amount given had decreased by $7,000, possibly because members were being asked to contribute to both annual giving and the capital campaign.
A capital campaign statement showed that the Association had received almost $1.9 million in pledges from 635 donors, and that almost $1.6 million of that amount had been received. The statement also showed the amounts received in each of the “Friends” campaigns soliciting contributions from the students of a specific teacher. Directors put forward the names of other teachers who might be the focus of such campaigns and suggested that nominators of teaching award recipients be asked to suggest the names of at least five students to whom appeals could be made.
Prof. Clayman described the good progress being made on the organization of a fund-raising event to take place at the end of October at New York University. The University was providing a great deal of assistance to the Association, and it seemed likely that the event would generate a significant surplus for the campaign.
The Board also reviewed the case statement for the campaign that had been approved in 2006. It felt that the Association should revise this document in early 2011 once it had developed more programs to implement the Gateway concept. In particular, the statement needed to make a better connection between the continued operation of the American Office of l’Année philologique and the Gateway effort.
National Research Council Report on Graduate Programs
The Directors discussed the report of the National Research Council that had just been published. Because of a change in the inclusion criteria established by the Council, a number of doctoral programs in classics had been excluded from the report. The Education and Professional Matters Divisions were already working on a proposal to collect and publish more detailed information on doctoral programs in the field and were planning to publish this data on the Association’s web site without creating any rankings.
Reports of the Vice Presidents
The Board discussed the recommendation of the Subcommittee on Professional Ethics that it issue a public statement about a specific matter. It also discussed a memorandum by the Association’s attorney about the matter.
Action: The Board approved several disciplinary steps to be taken against one of the persons involved in the matter reviewed by the Subcommittee on Professional Ethics and then agreed on several steps that Prof. May, as Vice President for Professional Matters, should take in communicating this decision to the parties involved. Dr. Blistein was also asked to raise some relevant issue with the APA’s attorneys.
Prof. May reported to the Board about the successful resolution of another case that the Subcommittee had reviewed. He stated that the Committee on the Status of Women and Minority Groups (CSWMG) expected to produce draft reports for placement and journals by the time of the San Antonio meeting although it was encountering some difficulties with slow responses to the latter survey.
Action: The Board did not accept the suggestion of the Subcommittee on Professional Ethics for a change in the language about reviewers of manuscripts in the Statement on Professional Ethics.
Prof. Kaster noted that the number of individual abstracts submitted to the Program Committee had increased by 30% over the previous year. He felt that the new online submission system was responsible for some of this growth. The system had presented some difficulties to the Committee and to the office staff but had clearly not deterred presenters. At its April meeting the Committee had discussed at the Board’s request possible changes to the format of the Plenary Session designed to increase attendance.
Action: The Board enthusiastically approved the Committee’s recommendations for changes in the format of the Plenary Session. It agreed that award decisions and citations should be published in advance of the annual meeting so that full citations did not need to be read at the Session. Staff was asked to solicit copies of the book being recognized by the Goodwin Award to be used as door prizes and to make a cash bar available at the back of the session room.
The Board reviewed a written report submitted by Prof. O’Donnell.
Action: The Board approved the appointment of Samuel Huskey to be the Association’s Information Architect for a four-year term beginning in January 2011. Prof. Huskey would oversee the Association’s web site and its other efforts to publicize its activities via the internet. The Board expressed its profound gratitude to Prof. Robin Mitchell-Boyask for his service as Editor of the Web Site from 1998 to 2011.
The Directors discussed with Prof. Bagnall the work of the eight task forces that had been formed after a Research Division retreat in September 2009. The report of one of those groups, on performance archives, required immediate action by the Board.
Action: The Board approved the publication of the report of the Task Force on Performance Archives which included a request for proposals by institutions interested in hosting such an archive. The Task Force was authorized to evaluate proposals received.
Prof. Ancona described the distribution and discussion of the new Standards for Latin Teacher Preparation which the APA had issued in collaboration with the American Classical League. She also described material on Caesar that had been posted on the APA web site that would help secondary school teachers to incorporate that author into the forthcoming advanced placement curriculum. Prof. Vasaly described her work as a liaison to the advanced placement committee preparing that new curriculum. Prof. Ancona also reported that Hunter College had funded the work of two of her students to update the links on the APA web site to teacher certification criteria in individual states.
Prof. Hallett described the Division’s efforts to help Prof. Peter Meineck of the Aquila Theatre Company to recruit scholars for its new Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives program. During the Fall the Committee on Outreach wanted to develop a Facebook page for the Association.
Action: The Board approved the establishment of a Facebook page for the Association.
Executive Director's Report
Dr. Blistein reviewed the complicated series of events that led to the identification of very suitable office space four days before the APA was scheduled to leave Cohen Hall. The rent for the space was considerably higher than the amount it currently paid but lower than had been anticipated. He reported that staff was settling into its new offices after some delays in installing phones and building shelves. APA had been welcomed to the building by tenants of other offices, one of which had provided access to its high-speed copy machine at a very reasonable cost.
The total number of members was at about the same level (3,100) as it had been the previous October. It was not yet clear whether the increased dues for 2011 would have any impact on membership.
Information on hotel reservations for the 2011 meeting in San Antonio had been posted on the APA web site in mid September. APA and AIA were using a new registration firm for the 2011 meeting, and online registration had been made available earlier in the week. The 2012 annual meeting would again take place in Philadelphia.
APA and AIA were in the process of negotiating contracts for meetings to take place in 2013 and beyond. Dr. Blistein reported that hotels were offering better proposals than he had expected, and some of those proposals included possible support for meeting planning help that would need to be retained because the societies were no longer using an outside firm to negotiate the contracts. Not having the outside firm increased the staff time needed to review proposals which always required several revisions. The societies had just signed contracts to hold the 2013 meeting in Seattle and the 2014 meeting in Chicago. There were promising negotiations taking place in attractive cities for the years 2015-2018.
Staff had become more familiar with the new content management system the APA had purchased earlier in the year. This increasing expertise at handling routine work on the site would allow the new Information Architect to spend time on higher level work on other initiatives.
A service offering online voting (Vote Now) was again conducting the Association’s election. The APA’s attorney had expressed an opinion that the Association could notify members about the Summer’s election by e-mail provided that it sent ballots by regular mail to members without valid e-mail addresses. Also, members who received electronic notices could request paper ballots. Because of the APA’s uncertainty about its new office address, the initial mailing and e-mailing of the ballot did not take place until August 30. The response deadline was therefore made October 8 rather than the customary October 1. With polls open for another week, overall participation was down about 250 from last year’s total, and almost 500 fewer members had gone on to the second page of the online ballot to make choices on the three slates (Board of Directors and Nominating and Program Committees) being decided by preferential ballots instead of a simple choice of one of two candidates. On the other hand, the response to date was still almost twice as high as when the Association offered only paper ballots. [The final participation figures showed a decline of 100 members overall and of 400 preferential ballots cast.] Directors discussed ways to improve the presentation of ballot so that more members would vote in all contests.
Survey on Adjunct Faculty
Dr. Blistein described for the Board an online survey of conditions experienced by adjunct faculty that would be conducted during the Fall by the Coalition on the Academic Workforce. He would notify APA members about this survey.
During the Summer the Board had approved by mail ballot the Executive Committee’s recommendation that Prof. Garry Wills receive the first APA President’s Award. Dr. Blistein reported on the choice of the Goodwin Award Committee and had circulated to the Directors the report of the Outreach Prize Committee.
Action: The Board approved awarding the 2010 Outreach Prize to Peter Meineck of the Aquila Theatre Company for the Company’s program, Page and Stage: The Power of the Iliad Today.
Future Board Meetings
Dr. Blistein stated that the Board would meet next in San Antonio on January 6, 2011, from 3:30-6:30 p.m. and on January 9, 2011, from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. [The closing time of the latter meeting was subsequently changed to 3:00 p.m.]
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 3:35 p.m.
2010 Report of the VP for Education
The Division of Education has been quite busy. In a variety of ways, the Division has been supporting classics education through its awards, through its panels and workshops, and through additional projects. Before outlining those activities, let me thank those divisional committee members who are completing their terms and welcome those who are starting to serve. Thank you to retiring committee members Martha Davis (Education), Jackie Murray (Minority Scholarship), Celia Schultz (Ancient History), Henry Bender (Coffin Fellowship), Kathryn Morgan (Teaching Awards). Welcome to new members Nigel Nicholson (Education), Kristopher Fletcher (Minority Scholarship), William Bubelis (Ancient History), Bronwen Wickkiser (Coffin Fellowship), Gregory Aldrete (Teaching Awards). Georgia Tsouvala takes over as Chair for Ancient History, replacing Carlin Barton; Eric Dugdale takes over from Henry Bender as Chair for Coffin Scholarship; Sanjaya Thakur remains APA Co-Chair for Minority Scholarship; Elizabeth Vandiver replaces Kathryn Morgan as Chair for Teaching Awards. The Division appreciate the hard work of the outgoing Chairs and welcomes the new and continuing ones. In addition, I would like to thank Adam Blistein and the entire APA staff for the many ways they continually make our work so much easier.
The new Ancient History Committee Chair kindly agreed to step in as chair a few months early at the request of the outgoing chair and the Education VP. The Committee co-sponsored a panel, “What Became of Lily Ross Taylor? Women and Ancient History in North America, at APA in San Antonio with the Women’s Classical Caucus. Organizers were Celia Schultz and Michele Salzman. Speakers were: Celia Schultz, Nathan Rosenstein, Elizabeth Carney, Sara Forsdyke, and Ellen Bauerle. The panel was very well attended and the papers sparked lively discussion. Papers will be posted on the APA website. There was consensus that acquiring better data on women and ancient history in terms of graduation, promotion, tenure, and publication rates would be very useful. Ancient history statistics can be difficult to obtain because training may be in history or classics and jobs may be in either as well. The panel for APA 2012 will be organized by Celia Schultz and Serena Connolly and the topic will be Teaching Ancient Law. The panel will be dedicated to the late Ernst Badian. The Committee has lined up an excellent group of speakers. Tentative topic for the panel at APA 2013 is epigraphy and history. The committee is continuing discussions about the best ways it can serve the APA in terms of addressing issues related to ancient history. There have been renewed talks with the Association of Ancient Historians (AAH) and the American Historical Association (AHA) in an effort to address the fact that some ancient historians feel marginalized. The Committee plans to contact the APA Program Committee to address the breakdown into subfields for abstract submissions to APA in an effort to increase the categories that include ancient history and to recognize such subfields as the study of women in history and literature. The Committee also plans to update its presence on the APA website.
The Joint Committee (with AIA) on Minority Student Scholarships will be able to fund two winners this year, thanks to additional support from the Delmas Foundation, for which the Committee is very grateful. The Committee held its annual Raffle to help raise additional monies. The Committee is very appreciative of those organizations that donate materials for the raffle. The total of the two awards together this year will be $6500. The Committee has been very eager to have more funding available because summer programs tend to be very expensive and even this higher amount typically would not cover all of a student’s expenses; in some cases, it may be only about half. There was continued discussion about how to publicize the scholarships. It was decided that Committee members writing to people they knew in the profession might generate more applications than the regular official announcements do alone. In addition, the APA VP for Education said she could blog about the scholarships as well on the APA blog. The Committee’s handsome booklet has been produced in recent years by Tulane University, for which APA offers thanks. AIA has kindly offered to take over this task now from Tulane.
The APA Education Committee and Joint Committee on Classics in American Education met jointly at APA since many of their interests and concerns overlap. (The JCCAE consists of the APA Education Committee plus the ACL President and four ACL-appointed members.)
Update on Standards for Latin Teacher Preparation. The APA Education Committee sponsored a workshop at APA in San Antonio on the Standards for Latin Teacher Preparation, organized by Lee Pearcy, former APA Vice President for Education and Co-Chair of the joint APA-ACL Task Force that wrote the Standards. Speakers were John Gruber-Miller, Ronnie Ancona, Sherwin Little, Susan Shelmerdine, and Lee Pearcy, all members of the Task Force. Each speaker provided a brief provocative comment on one aspect of the Standards before taking questions. The session was very well attended and lively discussion took place after each presentation and at the panel’s conclusion. The purpose of the panel was to educate APA members about the Standards and to discuss ways in which the Standards could and/or should affect the teaching of Latin and the training of Latin teachers at all levels.
Plans for further dissemination of Standards. The Committee decided that renting the AACTE (American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education) mailing list and having a work-study student in the APA office cross check it against schools that offer Latin and Latin teacher certification could pare the number down to the best target group for further dissemination of hard copies. It was thought that copies should also be sent to all Classics Ph.D. programs and to all Classics terminal M.A. programs as well as to the Modern Language Association.
The updated state-by-state information on Latin Teacher certification will appear on the APA website sometime this winter. A short description of college teaching careers vs. pre-collegiate teaching careers and the typical pathways to each will also be posted.
The committee discussed how it would like to spend the funds from the APA Gateway Campaign for Teaching Awards (college and pre-collegiate) and other pedagogical awards, including Teacher Training and Certification Awards (as follow-up to the Standards). With the new funding available from the gift of Daniel and Joanna Rose, the Teaching Award amounts (for both college level and pre-collegiate) will be raised for 2011 to $500 per award, with an addition $200 for the winner’s institution for materials to be chosen by the winner. This is a considerable jump from the current level of $300 per winner with no added institution funding. The Committee is very grateful to the Roses for their generous support. We hope in the future to provide more information about the award winners on the APA website, to include links with their institutions, pictures, etc. in an effort to have both outreach to winners’ institutions and links back to APA.
The committee suggested a new award category of funding be set up for pedagogy development, open to both college and pre-collegiate teachers. Funding would ideally be a minimum of $500 and a maximum of $2500, depending on the nature of the project to be funded. A second new award category proposed would be used for Latin teacher training leading towards certification. A possible funding level of up to $1500 was discussed. Necessary funding would have to be in place for these awards to be initiated and amounts for awards would depend upon specific monies available.
A Committee sponsored panel or workshop for APA 2012 in Philadelphia will be submitted to the Program Committee. Eric Dugdale and Ronnie Ancona will be co-organizers and the topic will be Teaching about Pedagogy for the 21st Century. The focus of the panel or workshop will be what students and teachers of classics should know about pedagogy. This will be a useful follow-up to the committee-sponsored APA San Antonio workshop on the Standards. Issues to address will include what is currently done to train students to teach and what kinds of basic information about methodologies, textbooks, etc. for classics courses should be known to teachers and potential teachers.
As a follow-up to a letter received by the APA VP for Education, the committee discussed ways to encourage cross-level classics activities, such as Latin Days for high school students at college campuses. In addition, we hope that the APA website may be able to create an interactive map with links to allow people to click on a particular geographical area for relevant classics information. This would be a particularly useful form of outreach and education for those who may not attend annual meetings and may be looking for more local classical connections.
A response written by Ronnie Ancona, Lee Pearcy, and Sherwin Little was posted to Latinteach. The response emphasized APA’s interest in teachers at the secondary school level, in general, and within the Capital Campaign, in particular.
The value of undergraduate peer teaching, in which undergraduate students attend a professor’s course and do some of the work one would typically have a teaching assistant do in a graduate program, is something for colleges to consider as a way to generate interest in teaching among our undergraduates.
The APA VP for Education was pleased to attend the panel on APA’s opening night, sponsored by the APA Placement Committee and organized by Matthew Roller, whose topic was Classics Ph.D.s and Secondary Teaching: Challenges and Opportunities. Excellent information was presented from a variety of perspectives. The Education Division is delighted to see other parts of APA addressing issues of education and, in particular, diverse career choices, especially in a time when the secondary school job market offers more jobs than the college one.
This year’s Teaching Awards were presented at the Plenary Session at APA in San Antonio. For the first time, winners were announced before APA so that colleagues, friends, or family could share in this knowledge ahead of time and could plan to come to the Plenary Session. Full citations about the winners were available in print format and brief remarks were made about the winners. The winners of the 2010 Awards for Excellence in Teaching at the College Level were Peter Anderson of Grand Valley State University and Nita Krevans, of University of Minnesota, both of whom were present at the Plenary. The 2010 Award for Excellence in Teaching at the Precollegiate Level went to Max Gabrielson of Wilton High School. The Precollegiate Award winner will receive his award at the Annual Institute of the American Classical League, the alternative occasion at which that award may be presented. Citations for the winners can be read on the APA website.
2010 Report of the VP for Outreach
The 2011 APA meeting in San Antonio afforded the Division of Outreach many opportunities to fulfill its mission of expanding the study of classics beyond traditional confines, and of representing classical antiquity to a wide and diverse audience. They included its committee meetings and committee-sponsored panels, a live (and lively) performance of an adapted Aristophanic comedy, and organizational gatherings of program scholars chosen for a new public humanities initiative funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Outreach publicized not only its own activities but also the annual meeting itself through a newly launched Facebook page as well as through more established channels. Soon after the meeting, the APA posted rosters of “musical classicists” and “performance classicists” —established by Outreach in 2010—on its website, and began the search for an Editor and Assistant Editor of Amphora, which is published under the Outreach aegis.
I am deeply grateful for the expertise and enthusiasm of my colleagues who lend their time to Outreach initiatives. Some serve on the Outreach Committee itself; others on what has heretofore been called the Committee on the Classical Tradition (COCT), and on the Committee on Ancient and Modern Performance (CAMP). Some edit and advise the APA Outreach publication Amphora, chief among them T. Davina McClain, of Louisiana Scholars’ College at Northwestern State University, its Editor, and Diane Johnson, of Western Washington University, its Assistant Editor, and the Amphora editorial board. Special thanks go to APA Executive Director Adam Blistein, Heather Hartz Gasda of the APA Office, our outgoing webmaster Robin Mitchell-Boyask of Temple University and our new information architect Samuel Huskey of the University of Oklahoma.
NEH Grant of $800,000 for Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives. As reported in the last newsletter, Peter Meineck, Artistic Director of the Aquila Theatre Company and clinical professor at New York University’s Center for Ancient Studies, has received a Chairman’s Special Award of $800,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The award is funding “Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives”, a major national humanities program slated to travel to one hundred public libraries and arts centers across the USA. Meineck is overseeing this program in conjunction with the American Philological Association, the Urban Library Council, Harvard University’s Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C. and New York University’s Center for Ancient Studies.
“Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives” will focus on the staging of scenes from the Homeric epics and Athenian tragedy that treat themes of special relevance to modern Americans, and in particular address issues faced by military veterans and their families. CAMP, chaired through the 2011 annual meeting by Nancy Sorkin Rabinowitz of Hamilton College, helped to recruit 31 program scholars so far to present lectures, coordinate reading groups, and chair discussions at 41 venues. These program scholars, solicited by a widely circulated call for self-nomination, were selected on the basis of such criteria as area of academic specialization, teaching experience, record of involvement in public outreach, and geographic proximity to program sites. There will be another call in the spring of 2011.
The list of those chosen as program-scholars so far is: Jana Adamitis, Christopher Newport University; James Andrews, Ohio University; Randall Childree, Union College; Dorota Dutsch, University of California, Santa Barbara; Jaclyn Dudek, Wayne State University; Eric Dugdale, Gustavus Adolphus College; Anne Duncan, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Emily Fairey, Queens College; Mary-Kay Gamel, University of California, Santa Cruz; Judith P. Hallett, University of Maryland, College Park; Daniel B. Levine, University of Arkansas; Mike Lippman, University of Arizona; Sally MacEwen, Agnes Scott College; Laura McClure, University of Wisconsin, Madison; Robin Mitchell-Boyask, Temple University; Timothy Moore, University of Texas, Austin; Corinne Ondine Pache, Trinity University; Nancy Sorkin Rabinowitz, Hamilton College; Patrice Rankine, Purdue University; Diane Rayor Grand Valley State University; Brett Michael Rogers, Gettysburg College; David Schenker, University of Missouri; Niall Slater, Emory University; Nancy Sultan, Illinois Wesleyan University; James Svendsen, University of Utah; Gonda Van Steen, University of Florida; Timothy Wutrich, Case Western Reserve University.
Those selected as program scholars underwent training at the 2011 APA annual meeting and through a web tutorial. They are receiving a $2000 stipend, which includes a subvention to assist with travel to San Antonio. The program consultants have also produced and distributed a scholars’ guide. In their own communities, program scholars will work closely with both the sponsoring libraries and the program directors on developing and implementing this ground breaking new public program in classics. I myself look forward to my assignments with the Washington, DC Public Library and the Public Library of Prince George’s County, Maryland.
Congratulations are in order for Peter Meineck, winner of the 2011 APA Scholarly Outreach Award. Thanks are in order to Peter and Aquila as well: the performance of scenes from Greek epic and tragedy by Aquila actors made the fundraising event for the APA Campaign for Classics, held at NYU in October, what is called—in theatrical parlance— a smashing commercial and critical success.
Classics and Social Media. In early December, owing to the creativity and labors of Heather Hartz Gasda and Samuel Huskey, Outreach launched an APA Facebook page. I have asked several Outreach Committee members, the APA Vice-Presidents, and the Amphora editors to work with us in supplying and posting information for the page on a regular basis. The description of the APA posted on the page is based on a Wikipedia article written by Ruth Scodel, University of Michigan, with the approval of the APA Board, during her APA presidency. We have nearly 600 daily post views, and over 200 Facebook users who “like” the page.
Speakers’ Bureau; Musical and Performance Classicists Rosters. I will be updating the Outreach Speakers’ Bureau over the next few months. Meanwhile, Outreach has launched two, ever-expanding rosters, both on the APA website, which the APA Executive Director announced to the membership in mid-January: a roster of classicists with backgrounds in musical performance and the history of music; and a roster of classicists with backgrounds in theatrical performance and in classical performance receptions. The roster of “musical classicists” includes colleagues willing to share their knowledge of both music and classical antiquity with individuals writing or performing works that are set in the ancient Greco-Roman world, draw on ancient Greek and Latin literary texts, or feature classical figures and themes.
The roster of “performance classicists” lists colleagues willing to share their knowledge of classical antiquity and performance with individuals who are considering staging works that are set in the Greco-Roman world, draw on Greek or Latin literary texts, and/or feature classical figures and themes, in the areas of drama, music and dance. I am indebted to Ted Gellar-Goad, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, for helping conceptualize, publicize and coordinate these two new rosters.
Programmatic Outgrowth of Outreach. The organizers of the 2011 Outreach panel on the musical reception of classical texts—Robert Ketterer, University of Iowa, and Andrew Simpson, Catholic University of America—are holding a conference at the University of Iowa from October 27-29, 2011. Entitled “Re-creation: Music and the Reception of Classical Antiquity,” the conference will explore the reception of Greco-Roman and other ancient literature, theory and culture in musical works composed for various venues, among them silent film scores, the musical stage (as operas, operettas, oratorios, and “musical comedies”), instrumental pieces, and pop music in a general, inclusive sense. A concert by the Center for New Music will open the conference; a concert staging the first extant opera, Jacopo Peri’s Euridice, based on the Orpheus legend, will be the central conference event. Simpson will also compose and perform new music to accompany the showing of one or more Italian silent films on classical topics. The call for papers was issued in early January; the organizers are working with Outreach to plan the selection process. Invited speakers so far include Many Kay Gamel; Wendy Heller; Simon Goldhill, University of Cambridge; Jon Solomon, University of Illinois; and Reinhard Strohm, Oxford University.
Amphora. Amphora, which will publish its next issue this coming spring, is seeking a new Editor and Assistant Editor, to assume their positions in January 2012. Advertisements for these positions were posted on the APA website and Facebook page, and on various email lists (Classics, Women’s Classical Caucus, LatinTeach) at the end of January; applications are due on March 15.
I am chairing the Search Committee; Adam Blistein and T. Davina McClain are members ex officio. Two of the members—Barbara Weiden Boyd of Bowdoin College and Kathryn Morgan of the University of California at Los Angeles—were chosen from the past and current APA Board of Directors; Two—Matthew Dillon of Loyola-Marymount University and John Gruber-Miller, Cornell College—come from the Amphora Editorial Board.
Committees. At the San Antonio meeting, the three committees in the Outreach division bade farewell to their outgoing members. Judith Sebesta, University of South Dakota, and Benjamin Stevens, Bard College, are leaving the Committee on Outreach. Nancy Rabinowitz, the committee chair, Kathryn Bosher, Northwestern University and Wilfred Major, Louisiana State University, have completed their terms on CAMP. Dirk Held, Connecticut College, the committee chair, and Caroline Winterer, Stanford University, are stepping down from COCT. I would like to express my appreciation for their efforts, ideas and above all patience and good humor.
The Committee on Outreach has welcomed two new members: Luca Grillo, Amherst College, and Jenifer Rea, University of Florida. Madeleine Henry, Iowa State University, will replace Barbara McManus, College of New Rochelle, who has resigned from what has been known as COCT. Konstantinos Nikoloutsos, St. Joseph’s University, and David Scourfield, National University of Ireland at Maynooth, have joined COCT as well,. Finally, the three new CAMP members are Ruby Blondell, University of Washington; Amy Cohen, Randolph College; and Andrew Simpson.
Each of the three committees presented a panel in San Antonio, and is planning another for 2012 in Philadelphia. Each, moreover, has other activities to report.
Outreach Committee. The Committee on Outreach sponsored a panel, organized by Robert Ketterer and Andrew Simpson, on “The Children of Orpheus: How Composers Receive Ancient Texts.” It featured the following papers:
- Schubert’s Greek Lyrics: Epic Heroes in Romantic Lieder: Peter Burian, Duke University
- Xenakis’ Estranged Kassandra: Emily Pillinger, Bristol University
- “Un dardo pungente”: Taming the Epic Hero in Cavalli’s Giasone Wendy Heller, Princeton University
As the author of the fourth paper selected, on Mendelssohn, was unable to attend at the last minute, Andrew Simpson provided a response instead.
The topic of the Outreach panel for the 2010 APA meeting in Philadelphia will be “Black Classicism”, organized by Kenneth Goings, Ohio State University; Denise McCoskey, Miami University; and Eugene O’Connor, Ohio State University Press..
Committee on Ancient and Modern Performance. Dorota Dutsch has succeeded Nancy Sorkin Rabinowitz as chair. The 2011 panel, organized by Dutsch and Rabinowitz, was entitled “Democratic Inflections”. It sought to engage in the international debate on the notion of a “Democratic Turn” in classical reception. In their view, the word “democratic” draws attention to the ways in which performances of classical texts have been appropriated by diverse cultural groups and segments of society, both those in dominant positions but more particularly those that define themselves as disenfranchished. It featured an international panel of presentations and speakers.
- Aristophanes Goes to the Park: Elizabeth Scharffenberger, Columbia University
- An AfricanPloutos, A Community Theatre, A “Democratic Experiment”: Martina Treu, Libera Universita di Lingue e Comunicazione, Milano (read by Mary Kay Gamel)
- This Is My Town, This Was My Life: An Asylum Seeker Watches the ColombianOedipus: Trish Thomas, Independent Scholar
- The Power of Medea: Cherrie Moraga’sThe Hungry Woman: Kate Billotte, Royal Holloway College, University of London
- The Chorus and Democracy in Caryl Churchill’sA Mouthful of Birds: Melinda Powers, John Jay College, City University of New York
A call for papers for the CAMP panel at the 2012 APA meeting in Philadelphia, on traveling performances, was issued in December. Andrew Simpson will coordinate the 2013 panel, which will have a musical focus. Randolph College is now hosting the journal Didaskalia, an online publication about ancient Greek and Roman drama, dance and music as they are performed today. An informal organizational meeting of prospective contributors took place at the APA. It is hoped that an official affiliation with CAMP can be forged over the coming year.
Following up on a roundtable, attended by several CAMP members, about assessing performance work as research in connection with tenure and promotion reviews, CAMP is investigating criteria applied in the fields of theater, music and dance to evaluate faculty members involved in staging productions of classical drama on and beyond their campuses. It hopes to collaborate with the APA Division of Research, and with a North American Performance Archive under consideration by a Research subcommittee, in adopting and promulgating guidelines for evaluations of this kind. The topic will be discussed further at a “satellite” CAMP discussion during the 2012 meeting.
Members are eager to see the new rosters of “musical” and “performance” classicists shared widely with the academic and non-academic theater communities. They also hope it will be possible to consider replicating, for North American classicists at all stages of their careers, a newly funded British public engagement training program designed for classics doctoral students. The program features sessions on print, broadcast and digital media; public programs at museums and in the heritage sector; schools and the creative industry.
This year’s CAMP production featured a dramatic reading of Aristophanes’ Thesmophoriazusae, as translated, adapted and directed by Bella Vivante of the University of Arizona. Like all CAMP productions, the cast included classics faculty and students from across North America as the performers, who were, in the director’s words, eager “to entertain APA-AIA conference-goers with a lively, comedic romp”. In her words as well, the performance involved “pratfalls, slapstick, stock jokes about chicks, dudes, sex, and drinking, singing, dancing, celebrity impressions, cinematic parodies, good shticks, bad puns and more.” Finally, to reproduce this play’s Old Comedy features within the constraints of modern society, its APA performance was “for Mature Audiences only.”
The members of the cast were Krishni Burns, Amy Cohen, Justin Dwyer, Alison Futrell (doing a brilliant imitation of television personality Barbara Walters), John Given, Emily Jusino, Mike Lippman, Wilfred Major, Catie Mihalopoulos, Sara Saenz, Eiizabeth Scharffenberger, Andrew Simpson (piano accompanist), David J. White and Timothy Wutrich; Andrew Reinhard was the musical consultant.
Members requested that the APA program in future try to schedule the play before the CAMP panel, so that the panel might offer those who performed and attended a chance to share feedback about the production and to participate in the program. CAMP is also greatly appreciative of the efforts by the APA office to integrate the play into the complex annual meeting program; it will work closely with the office to insure adequate rehearsal time and appropriate space for the 2012 production, when Amy Cohen will be the director.
Committee on the Classical Tradition. Thomas Jenkins, Trinity University, has succeeded Dirk Held as chair. At the 2011 meeting COCT sponsored a panel entitled “New World Classics: Receptions of Antiquity for Modern Children.” Organized by Sheila Murnaghan, University of Pennsylvania, and Deborah Roberts, Haverford College, the panel addressed American versions of antiquity from Hawthorne to the present day. The papers and presenters were:
- Painting the Statues: Subversion and Authority in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Wonder Book: Rebecca Resinski, Hendrix College
- Empire as Frontier: Antiquity in Historical Fiction for American Children: Deborah Roberts.
- Education for Citizenship in the Imperium: National Anxiety in Rick Riordan: Anne Morey and Claudia Nelson, Texas A and M University
- Eurydice in Play: Reception of the Orpheus Myth in Terry Cavanagh’s Don’t Look Back: Mary McMenomy
The 2012 panel, organized by Thomas Jenkins, will explore the significance and implications of the terms “tradition” and “reception,” for the study of the influence of, and later responses to, works from classical antiquity. The 2013 panel, organized by Paul Kimball, Bilkent University, will be on Classics and Islam.
In response to a request by Barbara Weiden Boyd, the APA liaison with the Modern Language Association, the committee will explore allied status with the MLA, since affiliate status, which the APA currently holds, is being phased out. The committee is eager to remain allied with the MLA, even though the MLA and APA now meet at the same time, making it difficult for the APA to organize sessions at the annual MLA meeting.
Finally, I am pleased to announce a development to which I alluded earlier in my report. In response to requests by members of the Outreach Committee as well as the COCT Committee itself, committee members discussed the importance of including the word “Reception” as well as “Tradition” in its name. They seek to recognize the important body of research being presented and published under this rubric, inter alia at the annual APA meeting itself. It was voted to change the name of the Committee on the Classical Tradition to the Committee on Classical Tradition and Reception; the APA Board of Directors approved this change at its meeting on January 9, 2011.
Judith P. Hallett