DEADLINE EXTENDED Call For Papers: Annual Meeting 2017

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The Classical Association of the Atlantic States 

Call for Papers: 2017 Annual Meeting, October 5-7

Marriott East Side, New York City, New York

Deadline extended: all submissions now due March 10, 2017 

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 that aim at maximum audience participation and integrate the concerns of K-12 and college faculty, and that consider ways of communicating about ancient Greece and Rome outside of 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. Our Clack Lecturer will be Gregson Davis of Duke University.

All submitters and all Program participants must be current members of CAAS. Participants in the 2017 Annual Meeting must be members when they submit proposals and must renew their memberships for 2017-2018 (The membership year is September 1-August 31).

All abstracts and proposals must be submitted electronically here

Panels and Workshops

Panel/Workshop submissions: panels or workshops may be 1 ½ or 2 hours in length, depending on the number of presenters. Submissions must be uploaded as a single PDF (.pdf) or Word 97-2003 (.doc) file of no more than 700 words that includes must include:

◾ a description of the proposed panel or workshops and, if appropriate, brief abstracts of the individual presentations. The description and individual abstracts (if any) should be accompanied by, and appropriate to, the panel/workshop topic, by a bibliography of up to ten items (not included in the word limit). The proposal should clearly indicate the thesis and original contribution made by the panel or workshop and situate this contribution in a larger scholarly context (for more information, see Writing an Abstract for Professional Presentation). The proposal must be anonymous. The names of the organizer and presenters should not appear anywhere in this file except when citing a publication by the organizer or presenters.

◾Title of the session and titles of each individual presentation (if appropriate).

◾specific audio-visual needs for the session (please note that CAAS cannot provide laptops or a VCR/DVD player with monitor. All videos must be projected from a laptop).

Include the names of the individual presenters on the panel or workshop as additional authors, adding authors as necessary, with appropriate contact information.

Deadline for panels and workshops: the submission date for panel is March 10, 2017.

Individual Submissions

Individual papers must be no more than 15 minutes in length. Submissions must be a single PDF (.pdf) Word 97-2003 (.doc) file of no more than 300 words that include:

◾ clearly indicated thesis and original contributions made by your presentation and situations this contribution in a larger scholarly context (for more information, see Writing an Abstract for Professional Presentation). This abstract should be accompanied, if appropriate to the paper topic, by a bibliography of up to five items (not included in the word limit) and by a statement of how audiovisual aids will be used (not included in the word limit). The abstract must be anonymous. The author’s name should not appear anywhere in the file except when citing a publication by the author.

◾specific audio-visual needs for your presentation (please note that CAAS cannot provide laptops or a VR/DVD player with monitor: all videos must be projected from a laptop).

If you are an undergraduate, please indicate this by selecting “undergraduate paper” as the submission type, so that undergraduate submissions can be read separately, and in relation to one another.

The deadline for individual submissions is March 10, 2017

All abstracts and proposals must be submitted electronically here

For further information, please contact CAAS Program Coordinator Judith P Hallett (jeph@umd.edu). Please contact Webmaster Jana Soska (webmaster@caas-cw.org) if you experience difficulties with the online forms.

NYU Center for Ancient Studies – Spring 2017 conference

The NYU Center for Ancient Studies and The Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, in conjunction with The Metropolitan Museum of Art, will present a symposium on “The Age of Empires: Comparisons and Interactions between East and West in Antiquity,” on April 6, 7, & 9, 2017.  It will take place in The Met’s Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium.  This program is offered in association with the exhibition, “Age of Empires: Chinese Art of the Qin and Han Dynasties (221 B.C. – A.D. 220),” at The Met. Information for the conference can be found on this poster. The full program may be viewed here:

http://ancientstudies.fas.nyu.edu/object/Spring_2017_Age_of_Empires_Conference.html

The Philadelphia Classical Society 78th Annual Latin Week Contests: The Thin White Duke and the Cross-Dimensional Value of Latin

​In the weeks leading up to the one-year anniversary of the January 10th death of David Bowie, Robert Drake and others of WXPN radio characterized Bowie’s artistry and music as “cross-dimensional.” 

The events, highlights, and interviews of Philadelphia Loves Bowie Week, January 6th-14th, illustrated the various ways in which Bowie crossed dimensions through his dynamism, creativity, and innovation.

As a longtime fan-from-afar of Bowie, I am prompted to apply the concept of cross-dimensionality to my passion for Classical Latin, its richness, and its access to the phenomenal accomplishments of the ancient Romans.

This epiphany comes as the 78th annual arts and literary contests sponsored by the Philadelphia Classical Society get underway this month.  

It should come as no surprise to readers that nearly every secondary school in the Main Line has a thriving Latin program, with many students engaging in the PCS Latin Week contests.

Traditionally, the study of Latin has been ancillary to building an excellent foundation in English language vocabulary acquisition, grammar understanding, and creative composition.

In addition, the Philadelphia Classical Society arts and literary contests, combined with a rigorous competitive exam, offer cross-dimensionality comparable to Bowie’s lifetime output.

Currently, Latin students from Friends Central to Radnor High School are developing original projects in sketches, paintings, mosaics, costumes, jewelry, military costumes, architectural models, artifacts, and storyboards – all illustrating ancient Latin, and Greek, themes and connections to ancient Mediterranean cultures.

These contests also include many other schools in contiguous counties, Philadelphia, and New Jersey.

Additionally, students are encouraged to compose original prose and poetry in English and Latin, even following ancient meters and illustrating figures of speech.

For students who are eager to demonstrate facility in philology, the competitive exam for advanced students presents various questions based on two sight-unseen original Latin passages in prose and poetry from ancient Classical authors.

In other words, there is something for everyone, a testament to the polyvalency of the Classics.

Take a step back seventy-eight years ago and imagine the remarkable foresight of the PCS officers who planned the first week of contests.  

Surely, cross-dimensional was not a commonly-held term, yet those teachers were making provisions for student projects based on what we now term a diversity of learners.

This collaboration between philology and material culture produces a fabulous, on-the-edge, array of student work which would elicit awe in the Thin White Duke, David Bowie, the man and the artist.

For information about the Philadelphia Classical Society 2017 Latin Week contests, go to philadelphiaclassicalsociety, or email Mary Brown, PCS President, mary.brown@sju.edu. Students may also register independently of their schools for a fee of $5.  The Baldwin School will host the judging day on Saturday, February 25. 

Philadelphia Classical Society Fall Professional Day

  The Philadelphia Classical Society's Fall Professional Day held on Saturday, November 19 at The Baldwin School.  Celebrating the life and accomplishments of Dr. Rudy Masciantonio: (pictured left to right) Dr. Andrew Fenton, The Haverford School and PCS 2nd Vice-President; Kerry Horleman, Haddonfield HS and Program Committee Member of The Classical Association of the Atlantic States; Professor Patrick McGovern, Bio-Molecular Archaeologist at Penn Museum and developer of the ancient recipe for MIDAS TOUCH; Dr. Henry Bender, Saint Joseph's University, Merion Mercy Academy, and CAAS Officer-at-Large.


The Philadelphia Classical Society’s Fall Professional Day held on Saturday, November 19 at The Baldwin School. Celebrating the life and accomplishments of Dr. Rudy Masciantonio: (pictured left to right) Dr. Andrew Fenton, The Haverford School and PCS 2nd Vice-President; Kerry Horleman, Haddonfield HS and Program Committee Member of The Classical Association of the Atlantic States; Professor Patrick McGovern, Bio-Molecular Archaeologist at Penn Museum and developer of the ancient recipe for MIDAS TOUCH; Dr. Henry Bender, Saint Joseph’s University, Merion Mercy Academy, and CAAS Officer-at-Large.

 Midas Touch and Modernity. Enjoying a tasting in honor of Rudy Masciantonio: Karin Suzadail, CAAS President; Dr. Valentina DeNardis, Chair of Classics, Villanova University and PCS Webmaster; Mary Brown, PCS President and CAAS Executive Director; Dr. Patrick McGovern, Penn Museum, developer of ancient brews with Dogfish Head, DE.

Midas Touch and Modernity. Enjoying a tasting in honor of Rudy Masciantonio: Karin Suzadail, CAAS President; Dr. Valentina DeNardis, Chair of Classics, Villanova University and PCS Webmaster; Mary Brown, PCS President and CAAS Executive Director; Dr. Patrick McGovern, Penn Museum, developer of ancient brews with Dogfish Head, DE.

ASCSA Fellowships and Programs

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SALVI 2017 Programs: Registration Now!

Registration for the North American Institute of Living Latin Studies (SALVI) summer Latin immersion programs is now open.  Summer 2017 will feature Rusticatio Tironum (June 30-July 6) led by John Kuhner, Rusticatio Omnibus (July 7-13) led by Nancy Llewellyn, and Rusticatio Veteranorum (July 18-24) led by Justin Bailey.  SALVI is also hosting weekend Latin immersion programs: look for one in your area!  Please visit our event page for more information.