SCS Coffin Fellowship for Secondary School Teachers

The David D. and Rosemary H. Coffin Fellowship, offered by the Society for Classical Studies, provides funding to secondary school teachers so that they can travel abroad.  Funding can be used as partial support for many different summer programs.  This year’s deadline for applications is February 28.  For more details, see:

All secondary teachers considering summer travel are encouraged to apply.

In Memoriam: Robert Boughner

The Department of Classics, Philosophy, and Religion at the University of Mary Washington is saddened to announce the passing of Robert F. Boughner on August 30, at the age of 71.

Bob did his undergraduate studies in Classics at Duke, and his M.A. and Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins. His favorite author to teach was Catullus.  He taught for several years at University of Maryland and worked as a Humanities administrator at the NEH before joining the Mary Washington faculty in 1983.  He was a highly popular and engaging lecturer, and taught a wide range of courses in Classical Civilization, Latin, and Greek. 

Bob served as chair of the Department of Classics, Philosophy, and Religion from 1990 to 1996, when he left to become Dean of the American College in Athens. He returned to the United States as Dean of the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, from which he recently retired, moving to Takoma Park, MD.  We learned of his death from a friend and former student who relayed to us that it was unexpected.  Bob specified that he wanted no memorial or service, but we remember him with great fondness in CPR.


In Memoriam: Bill Mayer

Hunter College mourns the loss of William J. Mayer, professor of Classical and Oriental Studies, who died on Thursday, April 27. Professor Mayer came to Hunter in 1971, and in addition to playing a vital role here, was an eminent leader in his discipline. He served as president of both the Classical Association of the Empire State and the Classical Association of the Atlantic States, and chaired the State Council on Languages. For more than 30 years, his brilliant presentations and workshops assisted teachers throughout the U.S., and in 2003, he received the Meritus Award “for distinguished service to the American Classical League and to the Classics Profession.” He retired from Hunter in 2012.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 15. For details, contact Ronnie Ancona, Acting Classics Program Head, at

To learn more about Bill’s legacy, we invite you to read these heartfelt tributes:

2017 Annual Meeting

The 2017 Annual Meeting of The Classical Association of the Atlantic States

Where: Marriott New York East Side

When: Thursday, October 5 to Saturday, October 7.

Program: Click here to download the Program for the 2017 Annual Meeting (updated Oct 4, 2017)

Letter from CAAS President: Letter from CAAS President Karin Suzadail (July 31, 2017)

Letter from CAAS Executive DirectorLetter from Mary Brown, Executive Director (Aug 1, 2017)

Proxy Ballot: Proxy Ballot for Business Meeting Oct. 7, 2017


Registration and Accommodations:

We look forward to seeing you in October!

Job Opportunity: ASCSA Programs Assistant


Full-time Programs Assistant

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA), a non-profit overseas research institution, is seeking a qualified individual to work in the U.S. administrative office of the School in Princeton, NJ. The ASCSA offers a pleasant, energetic environment with dedicated professionals. Position is full time, 35 hours per week beginning June 1, 2017.

The principal duties will involve general clerical support, including the preparation of meeting materials, mailings, general correspondence, support for communications related to Committee work, database entry as needed (Raiser’s Edge), as well as other office duties. S/he will report to the Programs Administrator.

Qualifications: B.A. or Associate’s degree. Excellent computer, word processing, and spreadsheet skills (Microsoft Office). Excellent communications skills and administrative support experience in an office setting.

Annual salary of $30,000, plus benefits.
The American School of Classical Studies is an EO/AA employer.
To apply, submit a CV or resume, and names of two recommenders. A cover letter is optional and highly recommended. Applications for the position should be submitted via the online form at:

Applications will be received until May 15, 2017.

Job Opening Available: Seton Hall University 

Seton Hall University seeks applicants for a one-year term faculty appointment at the rank of assistant professor in Classical Studies for the 2017-2018 academic year.  The position will be in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures of the College of Arts and Sciences. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Teaching responsibilities will include Latin language and literature at all levels, and Classical literature, civilization, and culture courses in translation. 
  • We are looking for an outstanding teacher who will engage undergraduate students in creative and disciplined intellectual challenges. 
  • The teaching load is four courses per semester. 

Required Qualifications:

  • The preferred candidate will have a Ph. D in Classics no later than October 2017 and a commitment to undergraduate teaching and learning. 

Special Instructions to Applicants:

  • Please send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, and three letters of reference to the Search Committee Chair: Dr. Frederick J. Booth (, Director, Classical Studies Program.  All materials should be submitted electronically.  The deadline for applications is April 13, 2017.

Seton Hall, the oldest Catholic diocesan university in the US, is located 14 miles west of Manhattan, in South Orange, New Jersey and has an enrollment of approximately 10,000 students.  Candidates should be supportive of the Catholic mission of the university. SHU is committed to programs of equal employment opportunity and affirmative action (EEO/AA) to achieve our objectives of creating and supporting a diverse racial, ethnic and cultural community.

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:

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, 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.