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The Classical Association of New England is a membership organization open to scholars, educators, students, and all those with an interest in the languages, history, cultures, and literature of the ancient and medieval Mediterranean world, as well as their reception around the globe and into modern times.

Follow these links to CANE events, resources, publications, and outreach:

Virtual Annual Meeting (March 13 & 20, 2021)

CANE Awards, Scholarships, and Writing Contest

Teacher Resources and CANEPress Publications

New England Classical Journal

Resources for Classicists Relevant to Black Lives Matter 

CANE Statements and Blog Posts

CANE Summer Institute (2021)

Contact CANE Officers

The Katz Prize   Recently updated !

Attention, college and university faculty: Remember to have your students submit a paper for the Katz Prize at CANE’s Annual Meeting for prestige, resume building, and money!

Begun as a five-year pilot program in 2000, the Student Prize was designed to honor research by fledgling Classicists, at the high school or undergraduate level of study. The Prize was renamed and more narrowly defined by the Executive Committee in February 2006, when it accepted the offer of an endowment from Dr. Arnold M. Katz, whose purpose was to establish the prize in perpetuity on the occasion of the 70th birthday of his wife Phyllis B. Katz. Beginning with its award in March 2006, the prize honors Phyllis B. Katz whose long service to CANE has included terms as Executive Secretary and Director of the CANE Summer Institute, among many other activities in support of the organization. She was also the recipient of the Barlow- Beach award in 1997.

A submitted paper must be the original work of an undergraduate student, although it may be submitted for consideration the year following completion of a bachelor’s degree. The paper must focus on some aspect of ancient Mediterranean languages, literature, history or culture and should be of suitable length to be delivered orally in 15 minutes. As a research paper, it must include proper citations and bibliography. While the paper need not be demonstrative of original research, it should display both command of the subject matter and some clear or unique assessment of the topic by its author.

The winning paper will be read by the recipient of the prize during the Annual Meeting of CANE, generally as the first paper in the first Saturday session. The author will receive an award of $200, free registration for the meeting and the cost of hotel accommodations if needed.

Submissions are due on February 15th and should be sent to the Immediate Past President at Please direct any questions to that same email address.

Save UVM Classics – An Open Letter

President Suresh Garimella, 

Provost Patricia Prelock, 

Members of the University of Vermont Board of Trustees, 

Dear President Garimella, Dr. Prelock, and Members of the UVM Board of Trustees,

On behalf of the Classical Association of New England, a disciplinary organization with more than 300 members who teach Classics throughout the region, we, the Officers and State Representatives of CANE, condemn the shortsighted decision by the University of Vermont’s Dean of College of Arts and Sciences, Professor William Falls, to eliminate Classics from the UVM campus’s roster of excellent academic departments.

The governing entities of UVM should recognize the many benefits your students gain in studies associated with the languages, literatures, philosophies, religions, cultures, and artifacts of the peoples of the ancient Mediterranean region. Students taking courses in Classics gain crucial perspective on the past actions, ideas, and products of people and civilizations which have had impact and influence, for better or worse, on the present day. Students in Classics courses also gain the opportunity to reconsider and critically analyze these aspects, and engage with the present in a way that is then informed by the past. Indeed, the impact of the UVM Classics Department extends beyond your campus to the wider community, as evident in the 43 consecutive, annual Vermont Classics Days, attended in 2015 by your state’s governor.

Classics is a discipline that has had value for centuries. Indeed, Classics was integral to the university-level course of studies when the university system first emerged in the United States. We hope that you, the governing entities of the University of Vermont, will preserve your valuable Classics department, and keep the educational mission of UVM closely tied to academic traditions that distinguish the best public universities in the nation.


The Officers and State Representatives of the Classical Association of New England

CANE Officers:

President: Dr. Teresa Ramsby (UMass Amherst, MA)

Executive Secretary: Kevin Ballestrini (Mansfield Middle School, CT)

Treasurer: Ruth Breindel (Moses Brown School, emerita, RI)

Immediate Past President: Dr. John Higgins (Trinity College, CT)

President-Elect: Dr. Lindsay Sears (Greenwich Academy, CT)

Media Coordinator: Benjamin Revkin (East Greenwich High School, RI)

CANE State Representatives:

Connecticut: Dr. Mark Pearsall (Glastonbury High School)

Maine: Heidi Paulding (Fryeburg Academy)

Massachusetts: Emma Vanderpool (Springfield Honors Academy)

New Hampshire: Dr. Paul Langford (Phillips Exeter Academy)

Rhode Island: Dr. Daniel Carpenter (University of Rhode Island)

Vermont: Sarah Allen (Woodstock Union High School)

Antiquity in Media Studies Conference December 11-12

ANTIQUITY IN MEDIA STUDIES is holding our first-ever virtual conference, and you’re invited!

via Zoom on 11-12 December 2020, Eastern Standard Time

AIMS is a newly organized group of scholars who collaborate on research, pedagogy, and outreach activities that examine and enrich how people around the world engage with the concept and contents of “antiquity” in a variety of media. Since our inception via the Classical Antiquity section of the Film & History conference, we have been expanding our focus to include the wider Mediterranean world, with the goal of welcoming engagements with antiquities from around the globe.

In recognition of the ever-greater ubiquity of screens in our professional lives under COVID, this year’s conference focuses on receptions through screen-media platforms, including film, television, streaming video, video games, and social media. Our closing session features remarks on the state of Classical Reception Studies by Monica S. Cyrino (University of New Mexico, Albuquerque) and Antony Augoustakis (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign).

The detailed program, abstracts, code of conduct, and other information are available at the conference website:

Registration for the conference is free, and required for all participants. Zoom join-codes and passwords will be sent to registrants.

Registration is available by this form and through the conference website.

Questions about registration and the conference may be directed to Roger Macfarlane, Secretary-Treasurer of AIMS.

Friday, 11 December 2020

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM (EST)
Panel 1 / Representing “The East”

11:40 AM – 1:10 PM (EST)
Panel 2 / Dehumanizations

1:20 PM – 2:05 PM (EST)
Social hour

Saturday, 12 December 2020

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM (EST)
Panel 5 / Pedagogy and Outreach

11:40 AM – 12:30 PM (EST)
Roundtable 3 / A Greek Mythology-Based Writing Workshop

12:50 PM – 1:35 PM (EST)
Social hour

1:45 PM – 2:45 PM (EST)
Panel 6 / Genre and Sexuality

2:55 PM – 3:55 PM (EST)
Roundtable 4 / Introducing AntiquiTropes

4:05 PM – 5:05 PM (EST)
AIMS Business meeting

5:15 PM – 6:45 PM (EST)
Panel 7 / Processing Female Anger

6:55 PM – 7:45 PM (EST)
Recognitions & Remarks, featuring Monica S. Cyrino and Antony Augoustakis

For a more detailed program, please visit the conference website at