2020 SCS Awards for Excellence in Teaching Nominations

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Please see below for 2020 SCS Awards for Excellence in Teaching award nominations and deadlines for submission:

Precollegiate Level: The Joint Committee on the Classics in American Education invites nominations for the 2020 SCS Awards for Excellence in Teaching at the Precollegiate Level – deadline is October 15,2020. Click on this link for details: https://classicalstudies.org/awards-and-fellowships/scs-awards-excellence-teaching-precollegiate-level

College Level: 2020 SCS Awards for Excellence in the Teaching of Classics at the College Level – The Committee on the Awards for Excellence in the Teaching of Classics at the College Level invites nominations for the 2020 SCS Award for Excellence in Teaching – deadline extended to 5pm EDT on Friday October 2. Click on this link for details: https://classicalstudies.org/awards-and-fellowships/awards-excellence-teaching-classics-college-level-0

SCS-WCC COVID-19 Relief Fund Raffle and Auction

There is an Auction and Raffle under way to support the SCS-WCC COVID-19 Relief Fund (Official WCC Website for the FundProfile of the fund in Eidolon).  Since its foundation this past spring the fund has given away nearly $70,000 to more than 150 graduate students and contingent faculty in need. Many thanks to all those organizations and individuals who have donated via WCC (The Women’s Classical Caucus) or SCS (The Society for Classical Studies).

You can help in several ways.

RIGHT NOW, please consider buying raffle tickets for one of the three drawings: 1) an unbound archival version of the Barrington Atlas; 2) Lifetime Membership to the SCS; 3) 5 years of AIA-SCS annual meeting registration costs. The cost of the tickets goes directly into the fund for immediate use. The drawing will be held live on Facebook noon EST, Friday, Sept 11.

Also, if you are an author or a crafter or have a special talent to share, consider offering your book, handiwork, or services for auction. Before you do so, take a look at other offers  so you get a sense of the tone and style of the auction. Once you have done this, just fill out the auction item donation form and Liv Yarrow, who is running this auction, will be in touch.

Bidding opens 9 am EST, Tuesday Sept 8 and closes noon EST, Friday Sept 11. There are some truly fantastic items.

 https://www.biddingowl.com/Auction/home.cfm?auctionID=23034

Our biggest goal is to raise awareness of the fund, so that we not only build the donor base but also help ensure those who need the fund know about it. To learn more about and apply to the fund, go to the WCC page.

Thank you for your support and generosity!

Best,

Helen Cullyer

Executive Director, SCS

The cascading generosity of the Dr. Rudolph Masciantonio Fund for Classical Studies of the Philadelphia Foundation

In mid-July, the officers of the Philadelphia Classical Society received a very special envelope from the Philadelphia Foundation.

Philadelphia Foundation President and CEO Pedro A. Ramos wrote a welcoming letter of introduction and enclosed checks to the various recipients of annual grants to support their respective efforts in promoting Classical Studies in their regions.

Click here to read the full article

CAAS President on Classics programs at Canisius and Carthage Colleges

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

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.