Valencia College and The Hill School invite applications to the NEH Institute: Timeless Parallels: Veteran Voices & Classical Literature – July 2022

Valencia College and The Hill School invite applications to the NEH Institute: Timeless Parallels: Veteran Voices & Classical Literature

For more information please read below or find here: https://valenciacollege.edu/resources/grants/neh-summer-institute/

Eligibility:

This program is open to all secondary school teachers of Latin, Ancient Greek, English, or History.

Program Description: This Institute will enable secondary school teachers to develop curriculum that draws parallels between the experience of veterans in the modern and ancient worlds, exploring such issues as homecoming and reintegration into civilian life; the treatment of veterans; the problem of war trauma and treatment of PTSD; and, the role of society in sharing the burdens of veteran experiences.

Program Costs: A generous stipend from the National Endowment of The Humanities of $2,850 will be used by participants may be used to cover all program costs, including travel, lodging, and meals.

Core Texts:

  • Homer’s Odyssey
  • Sophocles’ Antigone
  • Vergil’s Aeneid
  • Caesar’s Gallic Wars

Partners:

·     Bryan Doerries, the Artistic Director of Theater of War Productions.

·     Dr. Peter Meineck, founder of Aquila Theatre and Endowed Chair of Classics in the Modern World at NYU.

·       Joe Goodkin, author and performer of a one-man folk-opera interpretation of Homer’s Odyssey.

·     Bassem Chaaban, director of the Peace Institute and Executive Director for American Islam, a National organization focused on helping to dispel stereotypes and misconceptions about Islam and Muslims.

·     Elizabeth Jackson, a U.S. Army Veteran who served in the Iraq War and today works as a Veteran Outreach Program Specialist.

The Institute will also feature a variety of master teachers, from both the college and secondary levels, U.S. combat veterans, and professional actors who will stage a production of Sophocles’ Antigone.

Dates & Locations:

·       The Hill School, Pottstown, PA

o   In-person July 6-20, 2022

o   The Institute will also take place virtually July 5 & July 22-25, 2022

·       Trips:

o   The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City

o   The Penn Museum at The University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia

o   Arts Fest, at Penn State in State College, Pennsylvania

 

To apply now, please click here. Applications are due by March 1, 2022.

 

If you have any questions, please contact Program Director Julie Montione.

CAAS ARC Workshop: Diversity Policies are for Everyone – Saturday, March 19, 2022 11AM EDT (virtual)

The Antiracism Committee of the Classical Association of the Atlantic States is organizing another workshop on diversity policies. Through a series of case studies, this workshop will explore ways to create and improve on diversity policies so that they can be more helpful to BIPOC students and scholars. We’ll be meeting on Saturday, March 19, 2022 at 11am EDT via Zoom. This workshop is free and open to anyone who registers.

If you’d like to register, you can fill out this form:  https://forms.gle/C5KMYK7nB3FQRVXr8

If you have any questions about the workshop, please email David Wright: djwrig85@gmail.com. See also attached flyer (or click on flyer image below) and share widely! Hope to see you there!

CFP: TAPA – Race and Racism: Beyond the Spectacular – Deadline February 18, 2022

Submission deadline: February 18, 2022

As previously announced, Patrice Rankine and Sasha-Mae Eccleston will serve as guest editors of a future issue of TAPA with the theme of race, racism, and Classics (issue 153:1, to appear April 2023). Their detailed call for papers, along with submission instructions, follows.

Covid-19 and the global Movement 4 Black Lives have highlighted the extent to which racism is a public health emergency whose reach extends across the Black Atlantic and far beyond. In light of these deeply imbricated developments, this volume becomes even more timely.

Race and Racism: Beyond the Spectacular

“…the “cultural logic” of lynching enables it to emerge and persist throughout the modern era because its violence “fit” within the broader, national cultural developments. This synchronicity captures why I refer to lynching as “spectacular”: the violence made certain cultural developments and tensions visible for Americans to confront.”

       Jacqueline Goldsby, A Spectacular Secret: Lynching in American Life and Literature

The last few annual meetings of the Society for Classical Studies (SCS) have been the staging ground for long overdue discussions about race and other marginalized identities within the discipline of Classics. These discussions have taken place in spectacular fashion, to borrow from Jacqueline Goldsby’s analysis of the cultural logic of lynching, a violent example of the pervasive yet less visible realities structuring American life. This heightened awareness of race and racism might be a new watershed, but it recalls the polarizing controversies that revolved around Bernal’s Black Athena during the culture wars of the 1980s and 90s. That is, having escaped notice for a time, Classical Studies is once again being made to confront its relationship to broader cultural developments. Through keynotes, presidential panels, award ceremonies, and gatherings of caucus groups, classicists have sought of late to counter the public and blatant acts of racism that have drawn the attention of outlets outside of the regular disciplinary orbit. SCS sessions such as Robin DiAngelo’s “white fragility” workshop have revealed the stability of majoritarian, white supremacist practices, exposing what minoritized members of the field have long known: spectacular acts of bigotry and endangerment are not exceptional, not a blip in the otherwise ‘civilized’ rhythms of scholarly life. They are better publicized iterations of everyday experiences.

For Classical Studies, the spectacular is also prismatic. Modern instantiations of whiteness, race, and racism project back onto the past, so that scholarship regularly and unremarkably advances the cultural logic. This logic likewise recurs in conversations about representational diversity and inclusion. The academy at large has only recently begun to systematically interrogate how professional routines normalize racism and racialize other forms of discrimination.  As a field, the Classics must also imagine a full-throated response to the realities of this discrimination in both its spectacular and mundane manifestations. 

This issue of TAPA intends to be a catalyst for transformative ideas regarding the reality of race and racism within all aspects of Greek and Roman Studies. We seek contributions that analyze and critically engage phenomena which have been considered unrelated to race, have been so familiar as to remain un-critiqued as spectacular, have not yet been brought to light, or that have tended to be avoided for being too disruptive of the disciplinary status quo. Rather than cordon off advances from other branches of scholarship, this issue welcomes reflections on Classical Studies from other disciplines. We remain attentive to the discipline’s self-declared roots in philology. But the scope of this endeavor demands that we also open ourselves up to other models of critique and to the insights that those models produce. To that end, scholars from fields with similar disciplinary trajectories, with research interests that dovetail with Classics, or whose work is assumed to have no relationship to race and/in the Classics are especially encouraged to submit papers.

We offer the following clusters of questions as non-exhaustive entry points into a longer conversation:

What, if any, is the semantic force of the term ‘Classical Studies,’ as opposed to other potential rubrics, e.g., Greek and Roman Studies, Mediterranean Studies, etc.? What is the force of ‘Classical Studies’ in relation to Indigenous Studies, Asian American Studies, Arab American Studies, Latinx Studies and so on?

Are there disciplinary transformations we might use as guides for an anti-racist restructuring of the field?

Though it is often posited as objective and therefore outside of or resistant to so-called ‘cultural difference’, how can philology and other formalisms shed the garb of objectivity to operationalize racial competence?

How has the elasticity of whiteness manifested in periods when the discipline of Classical Studies has been most self-conscious? Has the warm reception of postcolonial studies within the field obscured the relationship between Classical Studies and contemporary forms of imperial conquest, e.g., global markets, philanthropy and humanitarian relief in the Global South, and American educational expansionism?

How can critical approaches to work and other institutions—universities, prisons, the healthcare industry and so on—inform our understanding of the entanglements of our field and its practitioners? What coalitions does such an approach make possible, perhaps at both the local/regional and national levels?

Submission deadlines and instructions:

  • Articles for this issue should be submitted no earlier than August 1, 2021, and no later than February 18, 2022.
  • Submissions should be uploaded via the TAPA online submission system. Please add a note in the title field indicating that you submission is intended for this special issue.
  • Contributors should consult the current Style Sheet for Authors (revised July 13, 2021)
  • All submissions will receive double-blind refereeing as is usual for TAPA.

Digital Ancient Rome: An NEH Summer Seminar for K-12 Educators – July 18-29, 2022

Digital Ancient Rome

An NEH Summer Seminar for K-12 educators

When : July 18-29, 2022

Where: Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minnesota


Digital Ancient Rome is an NEH Summer Seminar for K-12 educators that will give teachers an opportunity to learn about important examples of Roman art, architecture, and archaeology through a broad range of digital resources. One of the most exciting things for students who study ancient Rome is that so many physical aspects of its civilization survive to this day. It is not just an ancient history that we know through texts. The surviving material remains—small artifacts, sculpture, paintings, mosaics, public monuments, neighborhoods, and whole cities—tell a variety of stories about the ancient world, and they bring history to life in a way that students find compelling.  

Teachers in this seminar will have an opportunity to explore a broad range of digital resources—from photo archives to immersive augmented reality experiences—about the ancient Roman world. We will learn how to find and access these resources as well as how to assess their reliability. We will also dedicate time each day to reflect on and plan out how we can effectively incorporate these digital resources into our teaching. We will collaboratively design engaging lesson plans and class activities that allow us to effectively take advantage of these digital resources.

Each participant will receive a stipend of $2,200 from the NEH, which will more than cover their travel to and from St. Peter and their living expenses while participating in the seminar—note that each participant is responsible for covering their own travel expenses.

The application deadline is March 1, 2022. More information and application procedures can be found at the seminar website: https://digitalancientrome.blog.gustavus.edu/

The seminar has been organized by Matthew Panciera (Gustavus Adolphus College) and Leigh Anne Lieberman (The Alexandria Archive Institute/Open Context). If you’ve got any questions, please feel free to contact Leigh directly (LeighLieberman@gmail.com).

Nunc Bibendum Est, Latin teachers toast to Rudy Masciantonio’s legacy at ‘Nova’s The Refectory

Villanova’s The Refectory was the November 20th site for the annual Fall Professional Day and Luncheon dedicated to Dr. Rudolph Masciantonio, benefactor of The Philadelphia Classical Society.

Guests from 25 area schools gave a toast “in honorem et in memoriam” Dr. Masciantonio, Philadelphia Classicist and Philanthropist, whose Trust has bequeathed annual distributions to PCS and other non-profits, through The Philadelphia Foundation.

The Refectory located at the intersection of Lancaster and Ithan  avenues is relatively new to the Main Line restaurant scene.

Click here to read the full article by Mary Brown, CAAS Executive Director

Brown: IO Saturnalia! Latin students herald the ancient Roman festival of peace and harmony

During the dark days of December, in many schools throughout the Main Line, students will be heard exclaiming the celebratory “IO SATURNALIA!,” a clarion call throughout the centuries of the Roman festival of the Saturnalia.

The commemoration originated in ancient Rome in honor of an early king-god named Saturnus who was renowned for the goodwill and prosperity of his reign.

According to tradition, the ancient Romans honored Saturnus as the god of seed and sowing, after the autumn planting was completed.

Click here to read the full article by Mary Brown, CAAS Executive Director

ASCSA Advanced Fellowships

Deadline: February 15, 2022

Several fellowships for the full academic year at the School are available to students who plan to stay on or return to the School to pursue independent research, usually for their Ph.D. dissertation. Please note that some fellowships are designated for specific areas of research. Regular Members and Student Associate Members who wish to stay another year in Athens are encouraged to apply for the following fellowships:

The Samuel H. Kress Fellowship in art and architecture of antiquity (stipend $15,000)

The Gorham Phillips Stevens Fellowship in the history of architecture (stipend $11,500)

The Ione Mylonas Shear Fellowship in Mycenaean archaeology or Athenian architecture and/or archaeology (stipend $11,500)

The Homer A. and Dorothy B. Thompson Fellowship in the study of pottery (stipend $11,500)

The Edward Capps Fellowship, the Doreen Canaday Spitzer Fellowship, and the Eugene Vanderpool Fellowship (unrestricted in area of research) (stipend for each is $11,500)

Eligibility: Advanced graduate students in classical studies, ancient Mediterranean studies, post-classical Greek studies, or related fields who have a specific project that requires extended residence in Greece. All applicants must have completed the Regular Program or one full academic year (Sept. – May) as a Student Associate Member. (Regular or Student Associate Members resident in Athens from Sept. 2019 through March 2020 are also eligible to apply).

Terms: Stipend of $11,500 plus room and board (in Loring Hall) and waiver of fees. The Kress Fellowship specifically provides a stipend of $15,000 plus room and board (in Loring Hall) and waiver of fees. A final report is due at the end of the award period, and the ASCSA expects that copies of all publications that result from research conducted as a Fellow of the ASCSA be contributed to the relevant library of the School. Fellows are required to give a public presentation of their research.

Application: Submit an online application. The application will include the following:

An up-to-date curriculum vitae;

A project statement of no more than three single-spaced pages in length. A bibliography of not more than one page may be submitted along with the project statement;

A list of other fellowships, if any, applied for with dates of notification of these awards;

A letter of reference from your dissertation advisor on the feasibility of your work. Applicants who are not at the School during the current academic year should also obtain a second letter of reference, in addition to the advisor’s letter, from a scholar who can evaluate your academic progress since leaving the School.

Questions? Contact: application@ascsa.org

The awards will be announced by April 1.

Call for Proposals: CAAS 2022 Fall Annual Meeting

Call for Proposals: CAAS 2022 Annual Meeting

The Classical Association of the Atlantic States
Dates: October 6-8, 2022
Venue: HOTEL DU PONT, Wilmington, DE

Deadline for all proposals (individual papers, panels, workshops): (extended) Monday, March 28, 2022.

Click here to read/download CFP in PDF format

Submit here: The CFP is now closed and no longer accepting submissions.

We invite individual paper, panel, and workshop proposals on all aspects of the classical world and its reception, as well as on new strategies and resources for improved teaching.  Especially welcome are presentations that aim at maximum audience participation and integrate the interests of K-12 and college faculty, that consider ways of communicating about ancient Greece and Rome beyond our discipline and profession, and that reflect on the past, present, and future of Classical Studies in the CAAS region.

The meeting will take place at the historic HOTEL DU PONT in Wilmington, Delaware.  When it opened on January 15, 1913, this magnificent 12-story Renaissance-style hotel was one of the most lavish hotels of America’s Gilded Age.  In its first week, 25,000 visitors toured the elegant rooms to see their rich woodwork, terrazzo floors, handcrafted chandeliers, and gilded hallways, which had been created by French and Italian craftsmen.  Breathtaking scenery and a wealth of history and cultural attractions are a short walk from this venue.

The 2022 Jerry Clack Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Emma Dench, McLean Professor of Ancient and Modern History and of the Classics, Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University.  Her lecture is entitled: “Life and Leadership Lessons from Ancient Rome: Reflections on an Experiment in Applied Classics.”

How could ancient Rome possibly help us with our modern-day lives and challenges, with its mad emperors, tight hierarchies and snail-pace communications?  Is it a valid exercise to look to antiquity for lessons, and, if so, what kinds of lessons are worth pursuing?  Emma Dench reflects on a year-long experiment co-teaching an MBA elective course at Harvard Business School with Frances Frei (UPS Professor of Technology and Operations Management), and on the impact that that experience has had on her own life and career.

SUBMISSION DETAILS

Eligibility to submit a proposal:  All submitters must be members of CAAS when they submit their proposal.  The CAAS membership year is January 1-December 31.  Organizers of panels and workshops must verify participants’ membership status before submitting the proposal.  If the submission is accepted for presentation by the Program Committee, prior to the October 2022 meeting all the speakers must register and pay the registration fee.

Single appearance policy:  Each submitter must not submit more than one abstract (whether single- or co-authored).  Authors of individual paper proposals cannot simultaneously submit an abstract as part of a panel or workshop proposal.  Panel and workshop organizers should ensure that participants in their proposed sessions do not appear anywhere else on the program.  Serving as the presider of a paper session appointed by the Program Coordinator is not treated as an appearance on the CAAS Program.

Additional requirements:  All authors of accepted individual papers are required to send a full draft of their presentation and handout or PowerPoint to their presiders by Friday, September 30, 2022.  Submitters of accepted proposals who are unable to attend should inform their presiders as soon as they can and arrange to have their presentations delivered by another CAAS member attending the meeting. 

All authors of proposals that will be accepted by the Program Committee for presentation at the 2022 Annual Meeting are expected to attend the meeting and deliver their presentation in person.  In an emergency, presenters who are unable to attend should inform their presiders as soon as they can and arrange to have their presentations delivered by another CAAS member attending the meeting. 

Due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic and its variants, all meeting participants are, at this time, expected to be flexible in preparing for and adjusting to on-ground, fully virtual, or hybrid meeting in October 2022.  

Individual Paper Proposals must be no more than 15 minutes in length.  Submissions must be uploaded as a single PDF (.pdf) file of no more than 300 words and must:

  • Include a clearly indicated thesis and original contribution(s) made by the presentation, situating it in a larger scholarly context.  The Program Committee expects to see this in the introductory paragraph.
  • Be accompanied by a bibliography of up to five items (not included in the word limit).  The expectation of the Program Committee is that submitters incorporate these references into the abstract (using parenthetical citations) in order to build the argument, rather just listing them at the end of the abstract.  
  • Be anonymous. The author’s name should not appear anywhere in the submission except when citing a publication by the author, which should be done in the third person.  Abstracts that include the names and/or institutional affiliations of their authors will be rejected automatically.   
  • Indicate specific audio-visual needs for the presentation. CAAS is able to supply only a screen and a digital light projector (presenters will need to bring their special adapter plug to connect to the projector).  DVDs can be played only from your laptop.  Be advised that sound played from a laptop without special speakers may not be audible in the room.

If you are an undergraduate student, 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.

For further guidelines, please see: https://classicalstudies.org/annual-meeting/suggestions-authors-abstracts-program-committee and https://classicalstudies.org/annual-meeting/guidelines-authors-abstracts 

Panel and Workshop Proposals may be 1 ½ or 2 hours in length, depending on the number of speakers.  Submissions must be uploaded as a single PDF (.pdf) file of no more than 700 words and must include:

  • The title of the session and titles of each individual presentation.
  • A description that clearly indicates the thesis and original contribution made by the panel or workshop, situating the proposal in a larger scholarly context.
  • Brief abstracts of the individual presentations.
  • A bibliography of up to five items (not included in the word limit) following each of the abstracts included in the proposal.  The expectation of the Program Committee is that participants in the panel or workshop proposal incorporate these references into their abstract (using parenthetical citations) in order to build the argument, rather just listing them at the end of their abstract.
  • Specific audio-visual needs for the session.  CAAS is able to supply only a screen and a digital light projector (presenters will need to bring their special adapter plug to connect to the projector).  DVDs can be played only from your laptop.  Be advised that sound played from a laptop without special speakers may not be audible in the room.

Panel and workshop proposals must be anonymous.  The names of those involved in the proposal — organizer, presenters, and respondent (if any) — must not appear anywhere in the submission except when citing a publication by them, which should be done in the third person.  Abstracts including the names and/or institutional affiliations of the organizer, presenters, and respondent will be rejected automatically.

For further guidelines, please see: https://classicalstudies.org/annual-meeting/suggestions-authors-abstracts-program-committee and https://classicalstudies.org/annual-meeting/guidelines-authors-abstracts 

All authors of paper and panel presentations, presiders/co-presiders are advised to read the CAAS Anti-Racism Committee statement on condemning the use of the texts, ideals, and images of the Greek and Roman world to promote hateful ideology, as follows:

The Classical Association of the Atlantic States is committed to fighting against all forms of racism and bigotry, including anti-Blackness, anti-Semitism, sexism, anti-LGBTQ+ sentiment, ableism, and all other kinds of bias, in order to make our discipline fairer and more inclusive for all, as we strengthen the position of Classics through the development of better methods of teaching and the fostering of public support of the Classics. In addition, CAAS expects that all Annual Meeting participants treat each other with respect and afford everyone the dignity of being included in presentations and public discussions and not target, disrespect, or exclude anyone. The Program Committee therefore asks authors to be mindful of the language used in preparing abstracts and papers and to edit for biased phrasing and diction that are discriminatory or harmful tohistorically marginalized groups — be they racial, class, ethnic, financial, gendered, religious, or social. We call to the attention of all authors CAAS’s statement on anti-racism; the Society for Classical Studies’ statement on systemic racism, which CAAS also endorses; and the Principles of Antiracist Teaching and Reflection curated by the Multiculturalism, Race and Ethnicity in Classics Consortium (MRECC), which offers pathways for educators to advance learning and scholarship while building equity and inclusivity for historically marginalized groups in furtherance of the mission of the Classical Association of the Atlantic States. Abstracts and proposals that run counter to these values will not be accepted. Authors seeking additional information about language of equity in their submissions are invited to contact the Program Coordinator.

Submit here: The CFP is now closed and no longer accepting submissions.

For academic questions, please contact CAAS Program Coordinator Konstantinos P. Nikoloutsos (knikolou@sju.edu).  Please contact Webmaster Jennifer Ranck (webmaster@caas-cw.org) with technical questions regarding submission.

CAAS Travel Subsidies: CAAS offers generous travel subsidies (up to $600) to successful submitters who can demonstrate a need for funds. Call for applications will be announced in late Spring.

Click here to read/download CFP in PDF format