2015 Annual Meeting


The 2015 CAAS Annual Meeting will be held at the Hotel Du Pont in Wilmington, DE on October 8-10, 2015. More details and the call for papers will be announced shortly.

Washington Ancient Mediterranean Seminar May 8

Please join us on Friday, May 8th from 3-5 PM To launch the Washington, DC Ancient Mediterranean Studies Initiative at a reception featuring a panel discussion on Faculty Career Development in Classics: Distinctive Challenges. Panelists will include:

W. Robert Connor, Teagle Foundation

Margaret Mullett, Dumbarton Oaks

S. Georgia Nugent, Kenyon College

Victoria Pedrick, Georgetown University

Patrice Rankine, Hope College

In Room C, Pryzbyla Center, The Catholic University of America. Please rsvp by May 5th to Sarah Brown Ferrario ferrario@cua.edu or Judith P. Hallett jeph@umd.edu “WAMS” is funded by a Leadership Initiative Grant from the Classical Association of the Atlantic States.

ACTFL survey on language enrollments

The American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) has asked us to encourage all of our members who are teaching at the primary or secondary levels to complete a survey it is conducting on enrollment in foreign language classes.  This survey complements the one recently conducted by the Modern Language Association concerning enrollments at the college and university level.  In addition, SCS will soon be publishing results of its census of classics departments conducted this Fall.

Respondents can complete the ACTFL survey online or upload a document containing information on foreign language programs in their school or district. The questionnaire may be completed by anyone in the individual school or school district who is familiar with the language course offerings and enrollment figures. The data should be for the 2014-15 school year.  The survey is available at http://www.americancouncils.org/ForeignLanguageSurvey.

Integrating Judaism and Christianity into the Study of the Ancient World

Ranieri Colloquium on Ancient Studies at NYU’s Center for Ancient Studies is organizing a conference  for Thursday and Friday, March 26-27, 2015.  The conference is entitled, “Integrating Judaism and Christianity into the Study of the Ancient World.”  The event is presented by Center for Ancient Studies in conjunction with the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, the Global Network for Advanced Research in Jewish Studies, the Religious Studies Program, the Department of Classics, the Department of History, the Dean of the College of Arts and Science, and the Dean for the Humanities. It is free and open to the public.

Professor Mary Yossi of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece will be delivering a Public Lecture titled ‘Human Rights’ and Greek Tragedy

Professor Mary Yossi of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece will be delivering a Public Lecture titled ” ‘Human Rights’ and Greek Tragedy” on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia.  The talk will begin at 3:30 pm and extend to 5 pm and will be held in the North Lounge of the Campion Student Center.  Professor Yossi’s visit is sponsored by the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation (USA) and the University Seminars Program.  Inquiries can be directed to Dr. Konstantinos P. Nikoloutsos [knikolou@sju.edu].”


Deadline Extended: Directors of the ASCSA Summer Sessions

Two Positions
Deadline extended: February 28

Term: Summer 2016.

Eligibility: Former membership in the School and at least two years of teaching in a post-secondary educational institution. Qualified applicants in all areas of classical studies, including history, art history, languages, and archaeology, are encouraged to apply. Some knowledge of modern Greek. Stamina, good health and a sense of humor.  See more information about the ASCSA Summer Sessions at http://www.ascsa.edu.gr/index.php/programs/Summer.

Duties: Plan the six-week itinerary, in consultation with the staff in Athens, at least six months prior to the session; collaborate with the Committee on the Summer Sessions in the selection of participants; correspond with participants concerning travel, equipment, academic requirements, etc.; supervise all aspects of the program in Greece, including teaching, coordinating with on-site expert lecturers, keeping a detailed log of the sessions, and submitting a report to the Director.

Compensation: Stipend commensurate with rank, ranging from $7,365 to $9,064, pending available funding, plus travel and expenses, housing for eight weeks total as available June 1 to August 15 and as defined in the attached policy.

Application: A letter of application, a curriculum vitae and three letters of support should be sent to:
Committee on the Summer Sessions
E-mail: ssapplication@ascsa.org

Call for Ovationes 2016

Each year at its annual meeting the Association presents ovationes to members          who have been selected by the Awards Committee for their significant service to the discipline and the organization. The ovatio  is read in Latin by a colleague close to the honoree at the banquet, while copies of the ovatio in Latin and English are distributed to attendees.

The ovatio recognizes long and distinguished service to CAAS and/or to the classics  community by those in the CAAS region, especially by those retiring or concluding a long term of service.

The Awards Committee is now accepting nominations for 2016 CAAS Ovationes,          to be presented at the 2016 October annual meeting. Nominees and nominators need to be CAAS members in good standing. To nominate a candidate to the Awards Committee for an ovatio, please download and complete the nomination form. Please click here to download the form. Send your completed nomination form as an email attachment to the Chair of the  Awards Committee by March 1, 2015. Thank you for assisting the committee in its work.

2014-2015 Awards Committee: Ann Raia (araia@cnr.edu); Nathan Costa (2013-2015), Sarah Ferrario (2014-2016), Judith P. Hallett, Program Coordinator, liaison.

Cornell University’s Scholar-Author Barry Strauss To Visit the Philadelphia-Main Line Area, March 6-7: The Death of Caesar and the Facts Behind the Legend

Gladiators, Cleopatra,  King Herod.  A murder orchestrated with military precision; a forgotten conspirator who held the key to the plot; soldiers willing to be bought by the highest bidder; barbarians, cutthroats, and a political wife who was the brains behind Mark Antony’s “Friends, Romans, Countrymen” speech.  None of these is found in Shakespeare’s reception of the Ides of March, yet they are all part of the real story of history’s most famous assassination.  Historian and Classicist Barry Strauss, the Bryce and Edith M. Bowmar Professor of Humanistic Studies at Cornell and author of the new book, The Death of Caesar (Simon & Schuster), offers a new and unexpected look at one of history’s pivotal events.

Several organizations and academic institutions are “partnering” to welcome Professor Barry Strauss to Valley Forge Military Academy and College and to The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

Along with those two hosting institutions, Classics Department Chairs Valentina DeNardis (Villanova University), Maria Marsilio (Saint Joseph’s University), and Radcliffe Edmonds (Bryn Mawr College), as well as Robert Sutton (President of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America), and Mary Brown (President of The Philadelphia Classical Society) are involved in promoting Dr. Strauss’ two talks and book-signing events.

On Friday, March 6, 2015, beginning at 7:30 pm, VFMAC is hosting a reception, book-signing, and lecture in Eisenhower Hall on campus.  Dogfish Head Brewery of Rohobeth Beach, DE is providing a “tasting” of Etrusca and Midas’ Touch, both craft brews designed according to ancient recipes by Penn Museum’s biomolecular archaeologist Patrick McGovern.

On Saturday, March 7, at The Penn Museum, from 2 pm-4pm, Professor Strauss will conduct a meet-and-greet and book-signing, followed by his lecture and a Q&A period.

Both events are open to the public, based on space availability.   The event at VFMAC is free; the Penn Museum event is free with Museum Admission.  To register for a seat at either event, contact Mary Brown [mbrown@vfmac.edu].  Also, Professor Strauss’ new book The Death of Caesar, hardcover edition published by Simon & Schuster, is now available at a premiere price of $15.  To purchase a copy, order through Mary Brown.  Pick-up will be set up at both book-signing lecture venues.

AAR/ASCSA Broneer Fellowship


Deadline: March 15, 2015

The American Academy in Rome and the American School of Classical Studies at Athens award the Oscar Broneer Traveling Fellowship to encourage the study of the Greco-Roman world.

full details here