Links July 30   Recently updated !

Here are some interesting articles on classical subjects we found interesting this week!

  • Do you know about LOGEION?  This dictionary tool from the Unversity of Chicago works for Latin and Greek, is indexed to several dictionaries American and European, and gives frequency stats, collocations (other words often found in proximity), and multiple exemplaria in context.  There’s an app, too, and its free!
  • Over 40 Latin teachers made quite an impression at the NTPRS conference in Virginia this past week.  Among their more notable moments is the choir that performed Latin versions of recent music, now viewable on YouTube.
  • The Wall Street Journal ran an article on German filmmaker Warner Herzog’s thoughts on ancient wisdom.
  • Looking for bad puns in service of editorial comments?  Take a look at How much does a Grecian Urn? for all the shameless uses of Greek culture in the name of satire you can stand.
  • Like linguistics and Proto-Indo-European?  Then you’ll love this article in the New Yorker about a lecture Joshua Katz (Princeton) gave in New York.

Announcements July 26   Recently updated !

CANEns is on its summer schedule.  We are looking for bright, ambitious, and talented members to write a Feature Post!  If you are interested, contact one of our Editors through this page.
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BEYOND CANE

  • This year’s MaFLA Summer Institute will be held August 14-16 at the Winslow Academic Center at Lasell College in Newton, MA.  This year features a full Latin track for all three days!  Click the link for registration information and a full schedule.  Through the auspices of CANE and generous MaFLA donors, prices for Latin teachers at the Summer Institute are being rolled back to the Early Bird fees, a savings of $20 off the regular price. For those who register for the full three-day program, a savings of $40 is offered. This special promotion ends on August 1st. To access this rate, enter SUMLAT20 on check-out. Remember: the code will give you $40 off for three days and $20 for any other combo. CANE is also making it possible for MaFLA to award 5 $100 scholarships for a three-day program. Please write a brief statement of objectives and outcomes to Madelyn Gonnerman to apply. 

Certamina et Dies Classici et Eventus!

  • Registrations are now being accepted for this year’s summer programs organized by the Vergilian Society.  The details of these tours can be found here.

Meetups

  • Live in western MA or northern CT and want to practice speaking in Latin? There is a large group that meets weekly in Hadley, MA! For details, contact TJ Howell.
  • In the Boston area? Check out the Active Latin Meetup page for events.

Jobs

  • See our new Jobs page for details.

Funding and Professional Development


Reflections on the 2015 CANE Summer Institute 1

Around this time last week, I was wrapping up my visit to this year’s CANE Summer Institute at Brown University.  After a decade of teaching, this was the first time that I have attended this event.  Truly, I will never forgive myself for not having participated earlier.  Well… perhaps I will eventually forgive myself, after maybe another couple weeks of mild, though still bitter, regret.  Nevertheless, I realize now that I have long been missing out on a marvelous opportunity to both hone my skills as a classicist and to make connections with colleagues from all corners.

The two courses in which I was enrolled at this year’s Institute were Epigraphic Moments in Roman Literature, taught by Teresa Ramsby, and Performing Permanence, taught by Robin McGill.  In the former, we explored what Romans wished to express about themselves through their inscriptions, and what various authors hoped to communicate to their audience by making references to such inscriptions in their works.  In the latter, we discussed how poets from all eras of antiquity — from Pindar to Fortunatus — created a powerful link between the past and the present in their works pertaining to public ceremonies.  In both, our instructors provided us with engaging readings, which they made certain — as we do in our own classes — were accessible to students of all ability levels (e.g., by providing translations of the Latin and Greek).  They facilitated lively and illuminating discussions of the texts, offering clarification where necessary but compelling us to develop our own interpretations.

For those of us in elementary or secondary education, I think it’s easy to get overly focused on pedagogy.  Should my students be able to distinguish an ablative of means from an ablative of manner?  Should I introduce new vocabulary by means of oral activities?  Literal translations or a demonstration of comprehension?  While it’s important to answer these questions for the benefit of your students, and to pursue professional development that reveals to you what will work best in your situation, our pedagogical methods are merely the means by which we ultimately deliver the content — Latin literature.  At the Summer Institute, it was incredibly refreshing to strengthen my grasp of that content, either by looking at a familiar text from a fresh perspective, or by being introduced to a new text or new author.  When I return to my classroom in the fall, I have more material that, with the help of all my pedagogical sleights, can use to hopefully lead students to an appreciation of Rome’s literature.

I’m thoroughly looking forward to next year’s gathering, and, if you’ve never attended, I entreat you to pay it a visit in 2016.  I guarantee that you will not be disappointed.  I have appended below a few quotes from this year’s “students and faculty,” to support my unrestrained praise!

On the CANE Summer Institute:

“This is absolutely the best thing going all summer in Providence.  Engage (or enlarge) your brain, hang with great people — we love it and won’t miss it!”

“I love the new location!  I had the most wonderful time in my two classes — Shakespeare with Bill Morse and also in Roman Battlefields.  What a great experience!  I enjoyed seeing old friends and meeting new ones!”

“It really is the ideal teaching environment, because the baseline education of everyone in the classics is high, especially knowledge of Latin and the ancient world, so naturally motivated and meaningful discussion evolves, and we have no grading and no assessments!  I definitely want to be involved in joining this Institute again!”