CAAS President on Classics programs at Canisius and Carthage Colleges

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News has reached CAAS (and many of you will have already heard) that the administrations at two liberal arts colleges—Canisius College in Buffalo, NY, and Carthage College in Kenosha, WI—have proposed to eliminate programs and faculty positions in Classics and other Humanities programs.

Details, and opportunities to register your own protest, can be found here for Canisius College:

https://www.change.org/p/canisius-college-stop-canisius-from-firing-professors?recruiter=61088022&recruited_by_id=d79fb895-1d42-4db4-b52e-01d03969e4ac&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink&utm_campaign=petition_dashboard

And here for Carthage College:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Z5ZIFgweZK58zekHiC9gnoI6J8FL9wNT3A7kQSdBwxQ/edit?usp=sharing

I have sent letters with the endorsement of the CAAS Board’s Executive Committee to administrators and the boards of trustees at each College, registering our alarm at, and strong disapproval of these proposed actions to eliminate their Classics programs.

Ralph M. Rosen

CAAS President

LAURENTIUS ME FECIT: in memoriam CAAS Leader Dr. Lawrence E. Gaichas, emeritus Duquesne University

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Click here to read online obituary published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Please read below tribute written by Henry Bender, CAAS Treasurer

Click here to read tribute in PDF format

On August 7, 2019 Lawrence E. Gaichas passed away. For long time members of CAAS, the mention of his name brings back many decades of Larry’s meticulous and patient work to produce and maintain the Directory of College and University Classicists in the United States and Canada.

The CAAS Directory consisted of four editions. Sponsored by CAAS, each was the product of exhaustive information gathering achieved through the cooperation of Duquesne University.

The first three editions, the third of which appeared in 1992, were published by Classical World and appeared in the normal binding of the Journal.  The thickness of each Directory steadily increased. Their frequent use often led to the breaking of the gum back bindings and pages would inevitably fall out.

While 1992 edition contained about 400 email addresses, under Larry’s direction, registrations utilizing the internet, email, and surface mail, grew exponentially. In four years, the Directory more than doubled reaching a data base of over 2000 classicists.

The 1996 Fourth Edition of 336 pages featured a unique metal comb back binding making the book durable and easy to use. It took its rightful place between the Liddell and Scott and Oxford Latin Dictionary on every Classicist’s desk—a tome of contact information. Proudly on its final page appeared: LAURENTIUS ME FECIT.

Larry was a personable, steady and humorous educator whose close friend and “co-conspirator” was CAAS’ unique Jerry Clack. That duo of Larry and Jerry, the Duquesne Classics core, marked many CAAS Board meetings and social gatherings. My recollections of which go back to 1981. Larry was dependable, patient, and sensible. A gifted airplane pilot, he often flew his plane at fund raising events taking small groups airborne.  He is mourned by his large family and we, his extended CAAS family, remember him with fondness.

Henry V. Bender

St Joseph’s University

 

 

CAAS Board Statement on Anti-Racism – Updated

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Posted: June 15, 2020
Updated: June 29, 2020

Click here to read statement in PDF format

We, the educators and scholars in secondary schools, colleges, and universities who make up the Classical Association of the Atlantic States, condemn the blatant disregard for the lives and dignity of Black people demonstrated most recently in the police murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta, and in countless other instances of systemic racism throughout U.S. history. We stand in unequivocal solidarity with the Black community, with Black Lives Matter and with all who are striving for a more just, anti-racist and humane society. And we affirm our commitment to examine truthfully the deplorable aspects of our discipline’s history.

The Classical Association of the Atlantic States was founded in 1907 to support the teaching and research of the languages and cultures of ancient Greece, Rome and the Mediterranean area in the mid-Atlantic states.  While the study and teaching of Mediterranean antiquity are historical pursuits, they are always tied to the present, conveying, implicitly or explicitly, what we find valuable about this area of study. Along with other organizations that promote the study of Classics in the United States, CAAS recognizes that the discipline of Classical Studies has throughout its history played an outsized role in, and benefitted overtly from, promoting the racist and anti-Black narratives that continue to result in countless acts of violence against African Americans and other People of Color in our society.

We therefore commit ourselves to the task of recalibrating our scholarship and pedagogy through specific programs of action designed to foster inclusivity and promote racial justice in all learning environments.  This will include augmenting the various programs that CAAS already operates which are directed towards diversity, equity and inclusion, and creating new initiatives.

We also commit ourselves to diversifying the population of students, teachers, and researchers engaging with the Ancient Mediterranean, to promote racial justice in—and equal access to—all learning environments, and to make heard the voices of classicists of color in both research and pedagogy. We pledge to identify, discuss and challenge historical narratives that promulgate white supremacy, whitewash the Mediterranean, promote a false notion of a supposedly superior “Western Civilization,” downplay the brutality of slavery, and obfuscate our own discipline and society’s participation in forms of oppression with roots that frequently reach back to antiquity.  Finally, we commit ourselves to listening to, and learning from, members of CAAS who are Black, Indigenous, or other People of Color. At the same time, we firmly acknowledge the immense burdens placed on our colleagues who are Black, not only, but especially in the present moment when the Covid-19 pandemic is having a disproportionate impact on communities of color as a result of systemic racism.

We are aware that this statement can only be provisional until it includes explicit action points and a clear timeline for their implementation.  The CAAS Board has approved and is in the process of assembling a committee charged with formulating plans for both immediate and long-term actions to address racism and anti-Blackness in our discipline. The committee will reach out to the membership, consult experts, and then present a report to the Board by September, at which point the Board will begin implementing the committee’s recommendations immediately.

Eos Special Session of READS – October 16, 2020

On October 16, 2020, Eos: Africana Receptions of Ancient Greece and Rome, an affiliated group with the Society for Classical Studies, will host a virtual extraordinary session of READS. In keeping with previous sessions, this workshop will gather participants to discuss selections of seminal African diasporic texts. We have chosen selections from “Concerning Violence” in Frantz Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth (1961) and Margo Hendricks’ “Coloring the Past, Rewriting Our Future: RaceB4Race” (2019). However, to attend the workshop you must first organize and participate in a discussion of these texts in your campus or community.

For more information, visit: https://www.eosafricana.org/announcements/eos-reads-special-session

Call for Nominations for CAAS Governance Positions

The 2020 CAAS Nominations Committee welcomes nominations of current CAAS members for the following governance positions with terms beginning after the 2020 business meeting on Saturday, October 10.  Before volunteering or making a nomination, please familiarize yourself with the duties and responsibilities of the following five positions in the Regulations and Operating Procedures:

Second Vice President (2020-2021, eligible for election to succeeding 1-year terms as First Vice President, President, and Officer-at-large). Officers in the cursus are required to either live or work within the geographic area of CAAS.

Four open positions on the Board of Directors (2020-2022, with eligibility for election to a second term). Directors are required to live or work in the area of their respective districts:

  1. New Jersey (South: Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Mercer, Monmouth, Ocean, Salem counties)
  2. Pennsylvania (Eastern: Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Northampton, Pike, Schuylkill, Susquehanna, Wayne, Wyoming counties)
  3. Pennsylvania (Philadelphia: Delaware, Montgomery, Philadelphia counties)
  4. Pennsylvania (Central & Western: Adams, Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Blair, Bradford, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Crawford, Cumberland, Dauphin, Elk, Erie, Forest, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Fayette, Huntingdon, Indiana, Jefferson, Juniata, Lawrence, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Potter, Snyder, Somerset, Sullivan, Tioga, Union, Venango, Warren, Washington, Westmoreland, York counties)

Thank you for your willingness to serve the association by nominating yourself or qualified candidates to the CAAS 2020 Nominations Committee chair, Ann Raia (ann.r.raia@gmail.com), by March 21.

Theognis and the Theognidea Conference – Hunter College (CUNY) – May 1st, 2020

The Classics Program of Hunter College (CUNY) announces a conference on Theognis and the Theognidea on May 1st, 2020 from 9 AM-7 PM.

This event will be the first large scale gathering in nearly 40 years on Theognis, the archaic Greek poet of Megara, and the Theognidea, the fascinating and enigmatic collection of elegy that bears his name.  It brings together a diverse group of scholars who are working directly or indirectly on the Theognidea, or in related areas that have the potential to shed light on the corpus.  The conference is an opportunity to move beyond traditional questions of the origins, authenticity, and authority of the Theognidea.  Rather, we will consider how the Theognidea functions as a collection of poetry, and how this collection has been received and responded to over time.  We want to foster a dialogue that broadens our approaches to this collection, complicates our understanding of it as archaic, elegiac poetry, and explores its position in the wider scope of Greek and Latin literature.

Date: Friday, May 1, 2020

Time: 9AM-7PM

Location: Faculty Dining Hall, Hunter College, West Building 8th floor, 68th Street and Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10065

Informationlawrence.kowerski@hunter.cuny.edu

Participants:  Ewen Bowie (Oxford), Giulio Colesanti (Rome), Federico Condello (Bologna), Thomas Figueira (Rutgers), Barbara Graziosi (Princeton), Gregory Nagy (Harvard / CHS), Andrej Petrovic (Virginia), Michael Tueller (Arizona), Kathryn Topper (Washington).

Click here to view/download conference flyer

No registration is required.  Entry to the building will be easier if you provide advance notice of your attendance

81st Annual Latin Week contests – February 22, 2020

Main Line and Metropolitan Philadelphia currently-enrolled Latin students are invited to participate in the 81st Annual Latin Week contests sponsored by the Philadelphia Classical Society based at The Baldwin School.

For information regarding participation in the 2020 contests to be held at The Baldwin School on Saturday, February 22, contact PCS President Mary Brown (mbrown@sju.edu).

Click here to read the article by Executive Director, Mary Brown, and to also view some of the the winning entries from 2019. 

ROMAN DAILY LIFE IN PETRONIUS AND POMPEII Summer Seminar

ROMAN DAILY LIFE IN PETRONIUS AND POMPEII

An NEH Summer Seminar for Pre-Collegiate Teachers (July 13-31, 2020)

In the summer of 2020 (July 13-31), there will be an NEH Summer Seminar for pre-collegiate teachers (K-12) on the topic of Roman Daily Life. This seminar is an opportunity to read Petronius and graffiti in Latin and look at Pompeian archaeology for various topics of Roman daily life. The Petronius reading forms a central core of the seminar, and thus an intermediate level of Latin proficiency (1 year of college level Latin) is required. The seminar will be held in St. Peter, Minnesota (1 hour from Minneapolis) on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College. The NEH pays each person $2700 to participate, which will more than cover the living and food expenses (approximately $1500) – each participant is responsible for their own travel expenses. The seminar has been organized by Matthew Panciera (Gustavus Adolphus) and will be co-taught by him, Beth Severy-Hoven (Macalester), Jeremy Hartnett (Wabash), and Rebecca Benefiel (Washington and Lee).

The application deadline is March 1. More information and directions on applying can be found at the seminar website https://gustavus.edu/events/romandailylife/. Note that this is the LAST time that we will be offering this seminar, so if you are interested, please apply.

If you have any questions, write me (Matthew Panciera), the director of the seminar, at panciera@gustavus.edu.

Hahn Scholarship for Rome/Greece Study 2020

In honor of E. Adelaide Hahn, two awards of up to $7000 will be made toward the cost of study at the summer session of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA) or the American Academy in Rome (AAR). Applicants must be current CAAS members at the time of application. Preference will be given to members with longevity, pre-college teachers, graduate students, and those who have not previously received this award, with priority given to those who live and work in the CAAS region.

Deadline for applications: February 15, 2020.

Click here for further details on the Hahn Rome/Greece Study Scholarship