Smith College in Northampton hosted our Annual Meeting last weekend, and nearly 200 registered and attended the gathering. We had two exciting and full days of papers of the highest caliber running concurrently with two teaching workshops per session, challenging us in widely ranging topics from …The end of Philosophy to exploring an application for digitally mapping mythology, and there were workshops on teaching with Coins, Comprehensible Input, multicultural Latin, digital tree-banking and more.
For me, the decision of what to attend is always difficult because everything is intriguing and gives me so much to think about. In this particular gathering it is the establishing of new friends among colleagues and renewing older friendships that makes the collegiality of our gathering so refreshing. I admire and have learned so much from my colleagues….thanks to you all!
Here are a few quotes from attendees this last weekend:
“At CANE 2016, several workshops called for increased advocacy activity on the part of CANE’s membership. The data presented validated what Latin and Greek teachers have been facing for quite some time … teachers, often isolated, need to create a strong community to advocate for the continuation of the teaching of Latin and Greek in their schools. Thank you, presenters, for reminding us of this priority and for giving us the tools and connections to continue to strive for access to Classics for all students.”
“This was my first time at CANE. I was surprised by the esprit de corps, and came back energized and motivated. My favorite part was the Prandium Latinum! I also learned tons from the teacher workshops. I already miss the atmosphere, and will definitely be back next year!”
“The quality of presentations this year was only matched by the wealth, between sessions, of expertise shared among attendees of all ages.”
“Although it was a long drive out to Smith College, it was well worth it. Each year I look forward to CANE events as I get to reconnect with old faces and connect with new ones! I really enjoyed the workshops this year – they encompassed a variety of teaching styles and actively engaged the audience. The workshops really demonstrated how passionate about Classics and teaching our members are, whether it was by instructing the audience in Latin about using Roman coins in the classroom, or teaching us about online tools to support our students in their exploration of grammar and culture. The CANE press and other vendors offered such great materials and resources, from textbooks to pencils with Latin phrases! Every year I feel lucky to be part of such an amazing professional organization, which really helps cultivate its members through sharing ideas and resources.”
“T.J. Howell’s Nummi et Historia- Teaching History through Coins was nothing less than inspiring. He modeled how it is indeed possible to present cultural topics with realia (coins) in Latin! This is the first workshop that I have ever attended at CANE given only in Latin and I hope it is the start of a trend. The paper sessions on Caesar were wonderful examples of the benefits of close reading. My understanding of Caesar was deepened on a number of levels.”
“The teaching workshops provided practical activities to employ in class right away, and as always it is wonderful to reconnect with old colleagues and meet new Classicists and Latin teachers!”
“The only complaint I have of Ray Starr’s Roman Law in the Classroom is that I wish it was longer! I would have loved to hear how he assesses his content material with the writing of a Roman will. His handouts, I am sure will be helpful, but not nearly as entertaining as having it explained live.”
“We came away with technology tools for differentiated learning, inspiration from new teachers and experienced scholars, hearty laughs, Dionysian epiphanies, old friendships renewed, circles of friends extended, oracular suggestions for the route to a bright future :all from CANE 2016.”
“I think this was the best CANE EVER! But I say that every year….”
Thanks to all who presented, attended and those who were with us in spirit but couldn’t make it. We look forward to seeing you all back in 2017. And if you can’t wait until then, the counterpart to our Annual Meeting is the esteemed CANE Summer Institute (CSI), to be held at Brown University, July 11-16, So join us for amazing lectures, in-depth courses, and fun reading groups! This year the theme is “Quid Sub Sole Novum: Imitation, Innovation and Creation in the Ancient World.” See you there!