Search for CAAS Webmaster


The Classical Association of the Atlantic States seeks a Webmaster to work jointly with our current Webmaster beginning on or about June 1, 2014, and to assume full responsibility beginning October 11, 2014. The position has a three-year, renewable term, subject to annual review by the CAAS Board of Directors. The annual stipend will be $4,000, subject to approval by the Board.

The Webmaster will manage the online process of submitting and evaluating abstracts to support the Program Committee; maintain the platforms supporting the organization’s work (e.g. WordPress, Google Apps, Insightly) and identify new platforms as needed; facilitate document-sharing for Board meetings; manage email aliases for Board members, and so forth.

In consultation with CAAS senior officers, the Webmaster will have editorial oversight of articles posted on the website and will have responsibility for publishing announcements to the CAAS community online and via email. The Webmaster also will guide CAAS in implementing and overseeing social media in support of our mission.

Applicants should send a cover letter and a curriculum vitae by April 1, 2014, to the chair of the search committee: Professor Janet M. Martin, CAAS President, by email at <>.

CANE Summer Institute 2014

The Classical Association of New England Summer Institute 2014
July 14-19, 2014
Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island

“On the Shoulders of Giants”:
Greco-Roman Giants and their Modern Emulators

Employing an aphorism traceable in thought and language back to at least the twelfth century (nanos gigantum humeris insidentes, “dwarfs standing on the shoulders of giants,”), Sir Isaac Newton famously stated, “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” As the Romans felt themselves intellectually to toil under the shadow of the Greeks, so have moderns since at least the Renaissance been keenly conscious of the magnitude and grandeur of the Greco-Roman achievement.

The organizers of the 2014 C.A.N.E. Summer Institute invite you to join us this summer as we examine some of the striking examples of the vitality and adaptability of the ancient models from the fields of literature, history, art and science; we will see that those who stand on such shoulders, though thereby “seeing further,” have often proven themselves to be a great deal more than “dwarfs.” Whether you are a middle school, high school or college teacher of Latin and/or Greek, English, History, or other related disciplines, an undergraduate or graduate student, or a devoted lifelong learner, you will enjoy an enriching educational experience that includes a wide variety of mini-courses, lectures, workshops, and special events while also offering ample opportunity for collegial interaction between participants.

A direct link from this e-mail to the CSI section on the CANE website is included here:
From that page you can also reach the registration brochure, and more detailed information on course readings, etc. will be added there in the coming weeks.

Scholarships are available.

If you have questions or want more information, please e-mail CSI 2014 Director Jeri DeBrohun:

21st Century Technology in the Latin Classroom

July 21-25, 2012 at the Taft Educational Center, the Taft School, Watertown, Connecticut.

Integrating technology in the Latin classroom is a powerful way to increase student achievement and augment engagement.  This weeklong workshop will address the many ways that current technology can enhance and enliven the Latin classroom.  Participants will have the opportunity to explore a variety of technologies that are valuable additions to both the elementary and advanced Latin curriculum. The workshop will address methods and tools for building vocabulary, teaching language skills, and integrating history and culture.  The focus will be on using free or inexpensive web-based tools that work on various computing platforms to create media-rich lessons.  Participants will come away understanding both the important role that technology can play in the classroom and how to integrate it effectively.  In addition to having multiple lesson plans to take back home, they will come away with a clear understanding of how to construct a technology-rich curriculum for their Latin classes.  Participants should be comfortable with basic computing skills and must bring their own laptop for use throughout the week.

Instructor: Lynne West, Bellarmine College Preparatory, San Jose, CA

“The Gods of Olympus: Travel and Transformation” at NYU

The NYU Center for Ancient Studies, the Department of Classics, and the Dean for the Humanities present
The Gods of Olympus: Travel and Transformation
A talk by Barbara Graziosi (Durham University) derived from her new book, The Gods of Olympus: A History (Metropolitan Books)

Thursday, March 27, 2014, at 5:00pm
Jurow Lecture Hall, Silver Center for Arts and Science
32 Waverly Place or 31 Washington Place (wheelchair access)
Book-signing and reception to follow.

Barbara Graziosi was born in Trieste, Italy, and studied in Oxford and Cambridge. She is Professor of Classics at Durham University and Director, for the Arts and Humanities, of its Institute of Advanced Study. She has published widely on classical literature and its reception, and regularly contributes to radio and TV programs on the arts.

This lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the Center for Ancient Studies at 212.992.7978 or at

“The Sophistic Practice” at NYU

The NYU Center for Ancient Studies, the Department of Comparative Literature and the American Comparative Literature Association present
The Sophistic Practice

A plenary panel session; part of the ACLA’s 2014 Annual Meeting taking place at NYU, March 20-23, 2014.

Emanuela Bianchi (NYU)

Sophistics or How to Really Do Things with Words
Barbara Cassin (CNRS/Paris Sorbonne/ENS Ulm)
Euripides: Sophistic Gods Playing with Their Traditional Images
Pietro Pucci (Cornell University)
(White) Lies of Their Times: Sophistic Rhetoric in Heliodorus’ Aithiopika
Susan Jarratt (University of California, Irvine)

Friday, March 21, 2014, 2:20pm-4:10pm
Jurow Lecture Hall, Silver Center for Arts and Science
32 Waverly Place or 31 Washington Place (wheelchair access)

This lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the Center for Ancient Studies at 212.992.7978 or at

Book Review Editor of Classical World

Classical World is happy to announce that Gareth Williams, Violin Family Professor of Classics at Columbia University, will become Book Review Editor beginning with volume 108.1.  Professor Williams’ scholarly work has centered on Augustan poetry, especially Ovid’s exilic writings, and on Seneca’s prose writings; he has also served as chair of the Department of Classics and Chair Literature Humanities in the Columbia College core curriculum.

Williams succeeds David Sider, professor of Classics at New York University, who has served as Book Review Editor since 1998.  CAAS and the co-editors of CW offer their thanks to Prof. Sider for his distinguished service and welcome Prof. Williams to the editorial board.

Call for papers: 2014 meeting

2014 Annual Meeting, October 9-11
The Washington Marriott at Metro Center, Washington DC
775 12th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20005

We invite individual and group proposals on all aspects of the Classical World and Classical Reception, and on new strategies and resources for improved teaching. Especially welcome are presentations which aim at maximum audience participation and integrate the concerns of K-12 and college faculty, and which consider ways of “communicating” about ancient Greece and Rome beyond our discipline and profession.  We are hoping to include an undergraduate research session featuring presentations based on outstanding term papers, senior theses, or other scholarly projects.  All proposals must be submitted via the online form available at the CAAS-CW website.

Please note that current membership in CAAS is required in order to submit proposals and to present papers or preside over sessions. The submission deadline is April 7, 2014. For more detailed information, and to enter a submission, please visit questions may also be sent to the program coordinator, Judith P. Hallett,


UMD Department of Classics awarded $500K NIAF Pellegri Grant

The grant will expand classical studies and focus on historical ties between the U.S. capital and the Roman Empire.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – A $500,000 grant from the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) will fund new research at the University of Maryland on the legacy of ancient Rome as reflected in the architecture and art in the United States’ capital and in the nation’s system of governance.

The foundation awarded the $500,000 NIAF Ernest L. Pellegri Grant, named in honor of a foundation donor, to the university’s Department of Classics in the College of Arts and Humanities (ARHU) to expand the study of Latin language and ancient Roman culture, as well as the opportunities for students to study abroad and conduct research in the United States and Italy.

This is the largest single grant awarded to an educational institution in the foundation’s history, said Anita Bevacqua McBride, chair of NIAF’s Education and Scholarship Committee. “Through this partnership we will help connect the ancient remains of the Roman past found in Italy to the formation of our American identity,” she said.

Maryland was selected from a pool of 25 American and Italian universities because of the project’s compatibility with NIAF’s mission, the expertise of the faculty and the impact on students and the larger university community. The principal investigators for the grant are Jorge Bravo, Lillian Doherty and Judith P. Hallett from the Department of Classics.

“This generous grant exemplifies the expertise of classics faculty and allows us to capitalize on our proximity to Washington, D.C.,” said ARHU Dean Bonnie Thornton Dill. “This partnership is a logical extension and complement to the ways the faculty blend scholarship, teaching and community engagement to strengthen the study of Latin and promote its relevance to our modern lives.”

Examples of this influence include the classical design of the Capitol building, the mural in its dome painted by Constantino Brumidi showing classical gods surrounding George Washington as he helped create America, and a semi-nude sculpture of Washington that was created for—but not installed in—the Rotunda.

Most of the five-year grant will fund scholarships for undergraduate student education abroad, alternate spring breaks and summer research, and provide graduate student fellowships to support research by master’s-level candidates in classics and related fields of study.

“Many of our alumni are highly regarded teachers of Latin and classical culture,” said Lillian Doherty, chair of the Department of Classics. “Through our students the legacy of Roman culture will be passed on to future generations.”