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 2022 Summer Seminars

The Summer Seminars of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens are 18-day programs that focus on specific cultural themes, historical periods, or geographical regions. The Seminars are led by exceptional scholars of Classics and related fields. Under their direction, participants study texts, visit archaeological sites and museums, and engage with expert guest speakers in order to deepen their understanding of Greece’s landscape, history, literature, and material culture. Past seminars include Greek SculptureMyth on SiteGreek Religion, and Finding the Spartans.

Application Deadline: January 7, 2022

2022 Seminars:

Thanatopsis: Greek Funerary Customs Through the Ages (June 6-24, 2022)

The Northern Aegean: Macedon and Thrace (June 30 – July 18, 2022)

For more information, please refer to the ASCSA Website or Summer Programs flyer (PDF).

CAAS Announces Slate of Candidates

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CAAS ANNOUNCES SLATE OF CANDIDATES November 4, 2021

Click here to view 2021 CAAS Slate of Candidates (PDF)

The Board has approved a slate of candidates for all elective offices and directorships during its recent Fall meeting and subsequently announces the slate on the CAAS website and via the CAAS members listserv. Members may nominate an additional candidate or candidates through a petition signed by at least fifteen CAAS members eligible to vote. The petition must be received by the Executive Director no later than January 15, 2022, and nominees must be CAAS members who reside and/or work in the CAAS region. Nominees with a valid petition will be added to the slate of candidates to be mailed to members along with materials for the reconvened Annual Business Session of the Corporation/Membership to be held at The Heldrich Conference Center, New Brunswick, NJ on April 2, 2022 when candidates’ names will be presented for election in that Business Session.

Click here to view 2021 CAAS Slate of Candidates (PDF)

ASCSA 2022 William Sanders Scarborough Fellowships

DEADLINEJanuary 15, 2022

This fellowship is intended to honor and remember Professor William Sanders Scarborough and to help foster diversity in the fields of Classical and Hellenic Studies and the Humanities more broadly by supporting students and teachers from underrepresented groups in their study and research at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.

William Sanders Scarborough (1852–1926), the son of an enslaved woman and a freedman, was a pathbreaking African American Classical scholar and public intellectual. Scarborough’s scholarship included philological works on Greek and Roman authors, as well as studies of African languages and African American folklore. His First Lessons in Greek (1881) was the first foreign language textbook by an African American author. He taught at Ohio’s Wilberforce University and Payne Theological Seminary, serving as Wilberforce’s president from 1908–1920. At least twice in his life (1886 and 1896), Scarborough hoped to attend the American School, with the encouragement of the School’s Managing Committee. Lack of funding, coupled with his many professional responsibilities, kept Scarborough from realizing his dream of going to Greece. 

Eligibility: Graduate students, faculty members (K-12 and all levels of post-secondary education), and independent scholars residing in the United States or Canada, regardless of citizenship, whose geographic origin, diverse experiences, and socio-economic background are underrepresented at the School (including persons from the Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color communities), and whose studies, research, or teaching would benefit from residency at the School. Fellowship recipients need not be specialists in the field of Classical Studies. The School welcomes applicants from faculty of K-12 schools and from students or faculty from public and private universities, colleges, and community colleges; and encourages applications from Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Terms and Duration: The fellowship supports up to three months in residence at the School to carry out proposed research projects, to join the School’s academic programs (field trips and seminars during the regular academic year or the summer, excavations at the Agora or Corinth, scientific field schools, etc.), and/or to develop knowledge, resources, and collegial networks to enhance their teaching. Applicants interested in using the fellowship to participate in summer programs should also submit separate applications to relevant programs of interest. Applicants to the Scarborough fellowship program wishing to be considered for summer programs in 2022 should contact the ASCSA Programs Administrator at application@ascsa.org for further guidance. Applicants wishing to use the Scarborough fellowship to offset costs of participation in the Regular Member academic program of the School must also apply directly for Regular Membership. The fellowship may not be held concurrently with Regular Member Fellowships.
Awards granted in the January 2022 competition should normally be used between June 1, 2022 and May 30, 2023.

Each of the awards provides for $1500 per month (rounded upwards to the nearest whole month to a maximum of 3 month) as a stipend. The fellowship provides room and 
board at Loring Hall, a waiver of any applicable School fees, and one roundtrip economy-class airfare to Athens. The School intends to make up to four such awards each year. 

Award decisions will be announced in March 2022.

For further information about a fellowship or application:

Download PDF: Click here to download PDF flyer with more information

Website: https://www.ascsa.edu.gr/fellowships-and-grants

Contact: application@ascsa.org

FELLOWSHIPS FOR RESEARCH AND STUDY AT THE GENNADIUS LIBRARY 2022-2023

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The American School of Classical Studies at Athens is pleased to announce the academic programs and fellowships for the 2022-2023 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 146,000 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.

COTSEN TRAVELING FELLOWSHIP FOR RESEARCH IN GREECE: Short-term travel award of $2,000 for senior scholars and graduate students, for work at the Gennadius Library. Open to all nationalities. At least one month of residency required. School fees are waived for a maximum of two months.
DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2022.

KATHRYN AND PETER YATRAKIS FELLOWSHIP: Ph.D. candidates and recent Ph.D.s (within the last 5 years), of any nationality, for work in the Gennadius Library for the full academic year. Stipend of $11,500 plus room and board at Loring Hall, and waiver of School fees. 
DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2022.

THE M. ALISON FRANTZ FELLOWSHIP: Ph.D. candidates and recent Ph.D.s from colleges or universities in the U.S. or Canada, for work in the Gennadius Library for the full academic year. Stipend of $11,500 plus room and board at Loring Hall, and waiver of School fees.
DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2022.

SCHWARZ FELLOWSHIP AT THE GENNADIUS LIBRARY FOR RESEARCH ON MUSIC: Career musicians, or researchers who are either currently Ph.D. candidates or have received their Ph.D. within the last 5 years, of any nationality, engaged in research on music that focuses on cultural interactions in the Mediterranean world broadly defined. Stipend of $11,500 plus room and board at Loring Hall, and waiver of School fees.
DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2022.

SCHWARZ FELLOWSHIP AT THE GENNADIUS LIBRARY FOR RESEARCH ON URBAN ARCHITECTURE: Ph.D. candidates or recent Ph.D.s (within the last 5 years), of any nationality, engaged in research on architecture, urban planning, and the history of the built environment in Greece from 1821 to the present. Stipend of $11,500 plus room and board at Loring Hall, and waiver of School fees.
DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2022.

MEDIEVAL GREEK SUMMER SESSION AT THE GENNADIUS LIBRARY, SUMMER 2023: Graduate students and university professors in any field of late antique, post-antique, Byzantine or medieval studies at any university worldwide. Month-long program in intermediate level Medieval Greek language and philology at the Gennadius Library, with site and museum trips. Up to twelve scholarships available. DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2023. Runs every other summer.

Please forward this announcement to eligible students or colleagues you may know who are working on a project in post-classical studies and encourage them to apply. 

For further information, consult the ASCSA website at: https://www.ascsa.edu.gr/research/gennadius-library/educational-programs/fellowships  

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national or ethnic origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation when considering admission to any form of membership or application for employment.


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Email: programs@ascsa.org
Website: https://www.ascsa.edu.gr 
*PLEASE NOTE WE HAVE MOVED, EFFECTIVE JULY 1ST.*

The 2021 Fall Virtual Annual Meeting of the Classical Association of the Atlantic States

Registration and access to virtual program and recordings is now closed.

When: Thursday, October 14 to Saturday, October 16

Where:  Virtual – Zoom – details TBD

Program: Click here to download the Program for 2021 Annual Meeting (updated October 13, 2021)

Letter from CAAS President: Click here to read/download the President’s Letter (dated October 8, 2021)

Letter from CAAS Executive DirectorClick here to read/download the Executive Director’s Letter (dated October 5, 2021)

Election/Ballot Form: Click here for update on elections

Exhibitors and Vendors: 

  • Click here to register for meeting via JHUP
  • Click here to email for addition to Virtual Exhibit Hall

Fall 2021 Registration Form (register online):

  • Click here to register for meeting via JHUP

We look forward to seeing you virtually!

Main Line Latin and Greek students win laurels in 82nd annual PCS contests

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On Saturday, May 22, there was a palpable sense of triumph at the 82nd Annual Latin Week Awards Luncheon held at The Drexelbrook in Drexel Hill. The exhibiting of entries in seventeen categories has usually taken place in February at The Baldwin School. This year, with the invaluable technology orchestration by Traci Dougherty of Sandy Run Middle School, all entries were uploaded to flipgrid, and data-based into google notes.

The annual contests are open to all students of Latin and/or Greek.

The 17 categories included: 3-D Printing, Comic Storyboard, Computer Art, Costume, Military Costume, Jewelry, Models, Mosaic, Needlework, Painting, Sculpture & Pottery, Sketches & Drawings, Prose in Latin and English, Poetry in Latin and English, plus a trial category, Minecraft.

In addition to Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, and Cum Laude awards, students’ entries could be selected as Best In Category. From those entries, PCS Officers and Judges selected the Best In Show.

Click here to read entire article (including laurel winners) by CAAS Executive Director Mary Brown

Theognis and the Theognidea Virtual Conference – April 28-30, 2021

“The Classics Program of Hunter College (CUNY) announces the rescheduled conference on Theognis and the Theognidea. The conference will now be virtual. It will run from April 28th (Wednesday) through April 30th (Friday) from 12-3:30 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. 

Registration is open for the virtual conference on Theognis and the Theognidea hosted by the Classics Program of Hunter College (CUNY) from April 28th (Wednesday) through April 30th (Friday) from 12-3:30 PM. (NB, the first day starts at 11:45AM and the last day runs to 4PM.) The conference is open and free. Registration is required. The link provided by registration can be used for each day.

You can register here:

https://huntercollege.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYqcOuvrDovGtPgUT-9VMyxnFZbkPXcBO1m

 A website for the conference, with an updated schedule, titles, and abstracts (coming soon), can be found here:   https://theognidea.wordpress.com/

 Date: Wednesday, April 28th – Friday, April, 30.

Time: 12-3:30 PM (EST; New York)

Location: Zoom Meeting (TBA)

Participants:  Sebastian Anderson (Brooklyn-CUNY), Ewen Bowie (Oxford), Federico Condello (Bologna), Thomas Figueira (Rutgers), Barbara Graziosi (Princeton), Laura Lulli (L’Aquila), Gregory Nagy (Harvard / CHS), Andrej Petrovic (Virginia), Michael Tueller (Arizona), Kathryn Topper (Washington).

For more information, contact Lawrence Kowerski, Hunter College (CUNY): lawrence.kowerski@hunter.cuny.edu.

POSITION OPENING: ASSISTANT EDITOR, HESPERIA (ASCSA PUBLICATIONS OFFICE)

POSITION OPENING: ASSISTANT EDITOR, HESPERIA (ASCSA PUBLICATIONS OFFICE)


The Publications Office of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, in Princeton, NJ, has a full-time vacancy, beginning in July for a well-organized and highly motivated individual to support the Editor of Hesperia in all stages of production for the ASCSA’s award-winning journal on Greek archaeology and material culture. 

The Assistant Editor will be part of a small, friendly department that works closely with authors to produce scholarly publications of the highest quality. The successful candidate will coordinate the peer-review process, review permissions, conduct bibliographic research, typeset, proofread, and take on any other production tasks as requested by the Editor.
 

Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Archaeology, Classics, or a related field
  • At least two years of experience as a production, manuscript, or project editor
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work under pressure of publication deadlines while retaining close attention to detail 
  • Ability to prioritize, organize, and accomplish work while managing multiple projects in various stages simultaneously
  • Familiarity with applying author and style guidelines (e.g., the Chicago Manual of Style)
  • Proficiency in Ancient Greek (minimum three semesters)
  • Computer literacy and the ability to work in an electronic workflow

Preferred:

  • Proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite, particularly InDesign and Photoshop

Excellent benefits, pleasant working conditions, salary commensurate with experience. Prospective applicants should submit a cover letter, resume (in PDF format), and the names of two individuals willing to serve as references. Applications for the position should be submitted via the online form at: https://ascsa.submittable.com/submit/656006a2-2e28-45cd-b7bc-5dc62bb67715/assistant-editor-for-hesperia

The closing date for applications is Friday, April 2, 2021. The position begins July 1, 2021.

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