Monthly Archives: October 2015


Meet Your Classics-in-Curricula Coordinator

Today’s feature article is brought to you by Scott Smith, the new Classics-in-Curricula Coordinator for CANE.


Salvete, members of CANE! Allow me to introduce myself. I joined the Classics faculty of the University of New Hampshire in 2000. My research focuses on Seneca the Younger and the rather obscure field of mythography. But one of my main roles as a faculty member at a state university has been outreach: to establish and maintain connections with local high schools that offer Latin and to encourage students who take Latin in high school to pursue the same in college. A product of high school Latin in Virginia in the 80s, I understand the importance of promoting Latin at all levels, and I’ve made outreach a major part of my job. It’s been an honor to give something back by visiting local high schools, writing certamen questions and state exams, and serving as President of the New Hampshire Classical Association.
This commitment to outreach is partly the reason that I accepted the invitation to serve as the CANE Coordinator of Classics-in-Curricula. “The what?” you ask? This was my immediate reaction too when I was contacted about assuming the role; I’d never heard of it before. But I’ve quickly come to realize the importance of this position, and you should too. Let me quote from the CANE guidelines: “The Coordinator of Classics-In-Curricula shall be responsible for providing assistance to classics programs that face a threat of reduction or abolishment and for taking proactive measures to strengthen the health of the discipline.” Given the national narrative that emphasizes STEM and Business as “practical” degrees, it is likely that more and more high school and college level Classics programs will be threatened in the near future. We don’t want to return to the dark ages of the early 1970s; it will take a collective effort on all of our parts to ensure the stability of Classics, both here in New England and further afield.
My position is a four-year gig, so I thought it important to come up with a list of priorities. Here they are.
1) Fill every vacant high school Latin position. If a school cannot fill a position, the whole program may be shut down—and we all know it’s easier to save a pre-existing program than to start one from scratch.
2) Collect data from all NE schools, both colleges and secondary schools. We should have data that allows us to identify threatened programs before a crisis hits.
3) Create promotional material that seeks to strengthen programs by combating the national narrative that overemphasizes STEM to the disadvantage of the humanities.
4) Create a SWAT-team of volunteers who are willing to go to bat for Classics when a program is threatened—or even better before a program is threatened.
I’ll be working hard to accomplish these goals, but we need your help. We need volunteers. We need folks to monitor local programs and to identify where Classics is threatened or needs support. We can help. Don’t hesitate to reach out.
Scott Smith
Professor of Classics
University of New Hampshire
Scott.Smith@unh.edu


Announcements for October 25

CANE

BEYOND CANE

  • Fabulous offerings from ASCANIUS Youth Classics Institute, including opportunities to volunteer.
  • The Boston Area Classics Calendar has a lot going on, and a weekly email digest of upcoming events.
  • The American School of Classical Studies at Athens is offering Fellowships to interested scholars.  The deadline is October 31st, and you can find more information in AMERICAN SCHOOL OF CLASSICAL STUDIES AT ATHENS.
  • The American Academy in Rome is inviting applications for the 2016 Rome Prize. The due date is November 1. Details are available here.
  • The Society for Classical Studies has an Award for Excellence in Teaching at the Precollegiate Level. Nomination are due November 4.
  • The College of the Holy Cross is offering a full tuition scholarship to members of the class of 2020 who wish to major in the Classics – please let interested students know! The deadline is January 15, 2016. See here for more details.

Events

  • The Massachusetts Foreign Language Association (MaFLA) is hosting it’s annual Fall Conference in Sturbridge, MA October 29-31.  Once again MaFLA is offering a complete Latin strand, full of pedagogy presentations and workshops.  The Latin strand includes:

10/30 :
8- 11 AM Ted Zarrow “Let Your Students Sell Your Program: Latin Projects Beyond the Classroom”
10/30 : 75- minute sessions

  • A. Gregory Stringer “Becoming Comprehensible:Easy, Practical Ways to Use Second Language Acquisition Research”
  • B. Alice Lanckton “Carmina et sacra quibus melius Latinam docere possis”
  • C. Keynote, Greg Duncan
  • D. Thomas J. Howell “Coins in the Classroom – A Proposal on Teaching History”
  • E. Sara Cain “Reading Strategies: Summarizing with a Purpose”
  • F. Jocelyn Demuth “Mythology Role Playing Games in the Latin Classroom”

10/31 :

  • G. Jacqui Carlon “Nunc est scribendum: Writing for Mastery”
  • H. Maureen Keleher “Bringing Latin and Its Vivacity into the 21st Century”
  • J. Ted Zarrow CAM Annual Business Meeting.
  • The North American Cambridge Latin Course Project is hosting a Fall Workshop in Boston November 14th.  For more information, please visit www.latinworkshops.com.

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