The American School of Classical Studies at Athens is pleased to announce the academic programs and fellowships for the 2019-2020 academic year at the Gennadius Library. Opened in 1926 with 26,000 volumes from diplomat and bibliophile, Joannes Gennadius, the Gennadius Library now holds a richly diverse collection of over 140,000 books and rare bindings, archives, manuscripts, and works of art illuminating the Hellenic tradition and neighboring cultures. The Library has become an internationally renowned center for the study of Greek history, literature, and art, especially from the Byzantine period to modern times.
The following fellowships are available
THE M. ALISON FRANTZ FELLOWSHIP (deadline January 15, 2020)
COTSEN TRAVELING FELLOWSHIP FOR RESEARCH IN GREECE (deadline January 15, 2020)
THE GEORGE PAPAIOANNOU FELLOWSHIP (deadline January 15, 2020)
NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES (NEH) FELLOWSHIPS (deadline October 31, 2019)
The CAAS Board of Directors has approved the following letter to the Board of Directors of The Paideia Institute:
We, the Board of the Classical Association of the Atlantic States, are profoundly disturbed by the multiple recent allegations concerning the Paideia Institute. These allegations describe institutional behavior and practices that are discriminatory and exploitative, especially to students, workers and interns.
While we have always supported the Paideia Institute’s energetic promotion of Classical Studies, these narratives describe an environment that we cannot endorse. At this time, we are unable to continue our support of Paideia’s programs and activities in any way.
The American School of Classical Studies at Athens was founded in 1881 to provide American graduate students and scholars a base for their studies in the history and civilization of the Greek world. Today it is still a teaching institution, providing graduate students a unique opportunity to study firsthand the sites and monuments of Greece. The School is also a superb resource for students and senior scholars pursuing research in many fields ranging from prehistoric to modern Greece, thanks to its internationally renowned libraries, the Blegen, focusing on all aspects of Greece from its earliest prehistory to late antiquity, and the Gennadius, which concentrates on the medieval to modern Greek world, as well as the Malcolm H. Wiener Laboratory for Archaeological Sciences.
On behalf of all members of the Classical Association of the Atlantic States, I ask you to join our board and leadership in congratulating CAAS Past President, Shelley Haley, the Edward North Chair of Classics and Professor of Classics and Africana Studies at Hamilton College, New York.
Professor Haley was announced last week as the next President-Elect of the Society for Classical Studies. In January 2020, she will begin a three-year term of service, including her presidency in 2021. We look forward to sharing with her in the leadership initiatives she introduces and directs for the advancement of academic studies in ancient Mediterranean languages, cultures, and civilizations.
Please also see her home institution’s recognition of her outstanding achievement here:
If you are interested in including more Africana receptions of the Classics in your teaching and scholarship, please consider joining us at the annual meeting of the Classical Association of the Atlantic States (CAAS) for our second “Eos READS” event (October 12, 2019 at 2:30pm).
“Eos: Africana Receptions of Ancient Greece and Rome” (eosafricana.org) is a scholarly society that exists to create a supportive, dedicated community for studying Africana receptions of ancient Greece & Rome and to foster collaborative research and pedagogy between Classics and other disciplines. The READS series introduces Classicists to seminal works from the African diaspora so that they may be incorporated into course curricula. Each year READS features one work or a related set of texts for discussion at the invitation of institutions and as recurring programming at national and regional conferences.
The focus, this year, will be on Wole Soyinka (winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1986) and his play The Bacchae of Euripides: A Communion Rite (1973). To facilitate engagement with the play, the format will mimic an advanced seminar in which CAAS members are invited to participate. We encourage you to register in advance at the link provided below so that you can receive the text and discussion questions ahead of the workshop, but all of the necessary materials will also be provided on site.
The 37th Classical Association of New England Summer Institute will take place July 13-18, 2020 at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. The theme will be “The Empire and the Individual.”
The organizers of the CANE Summer Institute invite you to join them for a weeklong examination of peoples and cultures that comprised the Classical Greek and Roman worlds. They will consider what it meant to be (but) an individual amid the greater whole of an empire and what that can tell us about living in today’s world.
Click the link below to read the opinion article, on the study of Classical Latin at the high school and college levels, in the King of Prussia Courier [mainlinemedianews.com] written by Mary Brown, Executive Director of CAAS:
The Philadelphia Classical Society held the 80th Annual Latin Week Awards Luncheon on Saturday, April 6, 2019, in Drexel Hill, PA to laud the efforts of nearly 750 entrants. Thirty-three teachers of Latin – and Greek – from twenty-six different … Continue reading →
Each year at its annual meeting the Classical Association of the Atlantic States presents ovationes to members 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 a plenary luncheon, 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 2020 CAAS ovationes, to be presented at the 2020 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 at http://caas-cw.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/CAAS-award-nomination-form-rev-0316.doc, and procure a copy of your nominee’s CV or resume.
Please send your completed nomination form and your nominee’s CV or resume as email attachments to the Chair of the Awards Committee, Sarah Ferrario (email@example.com) by July 1, 2019.
Thank you very much for assisting the committee in its work.
2018-2019 Awards Committee: Sarah Ferrario, Chair (2015-2017, 2017-2019); Shelley Haley (2017-2019); Timothy Renner (2018-2020); Maria Marsilio, Program Coordinator, liaison.
The Classical Association of the Atlantic States is seeking applications for the position of Webmaster. The Webmaster will serve a three-year term, with the first term beginning immediately after the 2019 CAAS Board Meeting on Saturday, April 13 and running through the end of the Fall 2021 Annual Meeting. The position carries a stipend of $3,000 per annum, and may be renewed for more than one term. Time commitment will vary during the year but may be up to 7.5 hours per week during peak times.
The general responsibilities of the Webmaster according to the CAAS Bylaws:
The Webmaster shall maintain and update the Corporation’s website and manage all on-line functions associated with the website.
A more detailed description of the responsibilities are listed in the CAAS Regulations and Operating procedures. The applicable functions are:
The Webmaster, a Board-appointed officer serving a three-year renewable term, shall:
maintain a standards-compliant website for CAAS
post information on the web as requested by the President, Program Coordinator, CW Editor, and other CAAS officers, including current Bylaws, Regulations, annual meeting programs, list of board members, etc.
present a written report at the spring and fall meetings of the Board on all web-related activities
manage all interaction with the Association’s web service provider, including the CAAS website, listserv, and submission database
periodically update the listserv with new members; unsubscribe members who request
this; change email addresses when requested
manage all web-related functions for the annual meeting:
post the annual call for papers including online submission forms for individual
abstracts and panel/workshop proposals
when submission deadlines have passed, use the annual submission database to
prepare evaluation forms for Program Committee members
when the program has been decided, use the annual submission database to
prepare for the Program Coordinator a contact list of all presenters that includes
full names, institutional affiliation, mailing address, email address, and phone
numbers for all submitters and names, institutional affiliation, and email address
for additional panel/workshop presenters.
when the program has been decided, use the annual submission database to
prepare for the Executive Director a list of all audio-visual equipment requested
for each presentation
when the program has been finalized, create and post an html version and keep
this updated with any changes; also prepare and post a one-page synopsis of the
after the annual meeting, make any corrections to the web program to reflect the
program as it actually occurred (e.g., presenter who could not attend, or papers
read by another), post this on the web, and give a printed copy to the archivist
Please note the following points of information:
1) Applicants must work or reside in the CAAS Region, i.e. New York, New Jersey,
Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and District of Columbia.
2) If the applicant is a current CAAS member, membership must be maintained throughout the term. If the applicant is not a current CAAS member, then membership must be initiated at the start of the term and then maintained throughout the term.
3) The successful candidate will be expected to communicate with the current webmaster in the period after their acceptance of the position through their official start at the April 13, 2019 board meeting to facilitate their assumption of the position.
Please send applications to Nominations Committee Chair Karin Suzadail
firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications should include a letter of interest, the
names and contact information of three references, and a current curriculum vitae.