Announcements for 25 January   Recently updated !

CANE

  • You can begin preregistering for the Annual Meeting in March. Details here.
  • Important scholarships and grants with fast approaching deadlines include Discretionary Grants (February 1) and the Katz Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Research (February 15.) All funding opportunities can be found on the Scholarships page.
  • The CANE Classical Calendar for the 2014-2015 school year is currently on sale for $8 on Amazon.

BEYOND CANE

 Ongoing

  • Check out these updates from ASCANIUS.
  • The Yale University Art Gallery has recently renovated its ancient art galleries, and there is a great special exhibit entitled “Roman in the Provinces: Art on the Periphery of the Empire” running now through February 4th.

Certamina et Dies Classici et Eventus!

Two public lectures from the  Boston Area Classics Calendar:

  • Mark Bradley (University of Nottingham) lectures on“Obesity, Corpulence, and Emaciation in Roman Art”  Monday, 1/26, 5 – 7 pm at the Mahindra Humanities Center Seminar: Civilizations of Ancient Greek and Rome.  Harvard University, Barker 133, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA (map).
  • Mark Bradley (University of Nottingham) lectures on “Roman Noses: Smell and Smelling in Ancient Rome”  Wednesday, 1/28, 5-6:30 pm, at Brandeis University, the Mandel Center for the Humanities Room G03, 415 South Street, Waltham, MA.  Free parking. For questions, please call Heidi McAllister at 781-736-2180 or email hmcallister@brandeis.edu.

Et Cetera

  • The Paideia Institute announces its 3rd annual Living Latin in NYC February 14-15, 2015 at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center Campus.  Guest speakers this year include Dr. Nancy Llewellyn, Milena Minkova, Dr. Terence Tunberg, Cristophe Rico, and Luigi Miraglia.
  • CAM members can attend a guided tour of “Roman in the Provinces: Art on the Periphery of Empire” a new exhibition at the McMullen Museum at Boston College on February 28. Click here for more information.
  • The Brookline Certamen is happening April 11. Register by March 23. Visit here for more information.

Meetups

  • Live in western MA or northern CT and want to practice speaking in Latin? There is a large group that meets weekly in Amherst! 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

The Society for Classical Studies (SCS) wants teachers of classics to be aware of the following programs that are intended to contribute to their professional development and the success of their students.  Click on the relevant URL below to see a full description of each program and detailed instructions for submitting applications.  The Coffin Fellowship is funded by an endowment established by former students of David D. and Rosemary H. Coffin.  The Pedagogy and Zeph Stewart Latin Teacher Training Awards are supported by income from the Society’s Gateway Endowment for Classics Research and Teaching.

  • David D. and Rosemary H. Coffin Fellowship for Travel in Classical Lands 
    http://apaclassics.org/awards-and-fellowships/david-d-and-rosemary-h-coffin-fellowship-travel-classical-lands
    The Fellowship is intended to give secondary-school teachers of Greek or Latin in North America the opportunity to enrich their teaching and their lives through direct acquaintance with the classical world.  It will support study in classical lands (not limited to Greece and Italy).  Membership in the SCS is not a requirement.  The amount of the award for 2015 will be $2,750.  Application materials must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on Friday, February 13, 2015 
  • Pedagogy Awards
    http://apaclassics.org/awards-and-fellowships/2013/2013-pedagogy-award
    These awards are open to both collegiate and precollegiate teachers of classics. SCS membership is not required. The amount of funding available ranges from $500 to $2,500.  Possible projects include, but are not limited to, the following: attendance at a professional conference, purchase of teaching materials, study abroad.  Projects that received funding in 2013 and 2014 are described briefly at the URL above.  Deadline: March 2, 2015.
  • Zeph Stewart Latin Teacher Training Awards 
    http://apaclassics.org/awards-and-fellowships/2013/2013-zeph-stewart-latin-teacher-training-award
    These awards are open to those preparing for Latin teacher certification. SCS membership is not required.  Up to $1,500 is available for each recipient.  Deadline: March 2, 2015.

Culture Projects   Recently updated !

blog-49006_640Every year I have all of my students research various topics relating to the ancient world. The topics vary depending on the level of Latin and tend to correlate with the chapters in the Cambridge Latin Course or with the authors we are reading. This year, in lieu of each student giving a 5 minute presentation about their research, they were asked to write blog posts about their projects.

Every year I strive to show and explain to my students that after they’ve researched a topic, I want them to engage with it and create a product that incorporates their findings. I’m sure many of us are fatigued by Power Point presentations that simply rehash information and don’t challenge the student to think more deeply, analyze information, or innovate with it. The products that I ask my students to make must do just that, and I’ve been pleasantly surprised by some of the creative ideas my students have had.

Products can take many forms. Students have created poetry, raps, journals, artwork, crafts, games, models, videos, and more. I try to keep the restrictions on the project as minimal as possible and allow for maximum flexibility. Many students thrive in that freedom, though some do need or want more specific instructions or ideas, which I supply to them as jumping off points.

One of the biggest drawbacks to these projects is that they are difficult to “grade” because they are so diverse and there are many pieces to them. Though it can be a logistical headache for me (despite attempts every year to streamline the process and use tech tools to improve efficiency), I would not trade that for the freedom of thought and student engagement.

The blog writing aspect was a new modification this year. I found that the 5 minute presentations that students used to give ate up a lot of class time, fostered reading from Power Points, and were not very engaging for the students watching. My hope with the blog posts was that students would practice important skills that are more relevant today. They practiced writing concise, engaging posts and engaging in civil conversations via commenting.

I submit to you the blogs that each class wrote. Please feel free to scroll through; leave comments or just browse. Note that you are seeing posts as the students submitted them. I have not filtered, edited, or modified them in any way. Let me (and the students) know what you think, room for improvement, or any other comments.

Guidelines (includes a rubric and checklists with more details)

Blogs (All of my classes are linked within)