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

The 2021 CANE Annual Meeting

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the upcoming CANE annual meeting will be a virtual meeting via Zoom on consecutive Saturdays, March 13th and 20th, in 2021. Registration will be required to attend this virtual meeting, and more information about the meeting will emerge in the coming months.

Please use this link to submit your proposal for an individual paper, workshop, or panel of papers by December 15, 2020. The ability to submit a panel of papers is a new feature of the 2021 annual meeting. This grants the opportunity for a group of 3 to 4 presenters to submit papers on a pre-established topic or theme. Please note also that up-to-date CANE membership is a requirement to submit a proposal, so please join CANE or renew your membership if you have not already.

Please also note the many award and scholarship opportunities that CANE has to offer, including our annual writing contest for regional high school students, and an award to cover the cost of meeting registration for first-time attendees. I especially encourage you to submit nominations for the Matthew I. Wiencke Teaching Award for a primary, middle, or secondary school teacher!