Proposed Changes to the CANE Constitution

Over the past year, the Executive Committee has spent a great deal of time revising the Classical Association of New England’s Constitution and Bylaws in an effort to clean up and modernize our governing documents. The Executive Committee voted to adopt the revised document on February 1st, 2020. This document will now require approval by a membership vote at the Annual Meeting to be held at Trinity College in Hartford, CT during the Business Meeting on Friday, March 13th, 2020.

Current Constitution:

Revised Constitution:

A summary of the changes is as follows, though it is important to note that there were absolutely no changes to the governance of the organization, the election of the officers, the financial management and obligations of the organization, the auditing process and procedures, and the powers of the membership body with respect to dissolution, resolutions, and other oversight activities. 

  • Lifetime Membership has changed to twenty-times the current membership fee (a change from the outdated $500 fee.)
  • New members will no longer receive 2nd year of membership for free. This, as a practice, hasn’t been the case for decades.
  • Newsletter Editor has been renamed to Media Coordinator, reflecting the combined nature of Webmaster and the Newsletter.
  • Classics in Computing has been removed as an office and committee.
  • Awards Committee with the chair being the immediate past-president has been added to streamline organization of the various awards. No changes to how awards are decided, but rather to have a point person to ensure that necessary steps are taken on the appropriate schedule.
  • Educational Programs description has been updated to reflect current practice.
  • Classics in Curricula description has been updated to reflect current practice.
  • Many committee functions/descriptions were removed to be explained in greater detail in the Executive Manual. This was done to provide greater flexibility and adaptability for committee charges and is common practice in other organizations. This does not include the Executive Committee, Finance Committee, Nominating Committee, Auditors, Program and Local Arrangements Committee, or Resolutions Committee. It seemed these particular committees are not as malleable and should be rightfully detailed in the Constitution and By-laws.
  • Other language throughout the Constitution was cleaned up and modernized.

If you have specific questions or concerns that you would like to be addressed prior to the Annual Meeting, please feel free to contact the Executive Secretary, Kevin Ballestrini:


An NEH Summer Seminar for Pre-Collegiate Teachers (July 13-31, 2020)

In the summer of 2020 (July 13-31), there will be an NEH Summer Seminar for pre-collegiate teachers (K-12) on the topic of Roman Daily Life. This seminar is an opportunity to read Petronius and graffiti in Latin and look at Pompeian archaeology for various topics of Roman daily life. The Petronius reading forms a central core of the seminar, and thus an intermediate level of Latin proficiency (1 year of college level Latin) is required. The seminar will be held in St. Peter, Minnesota (1 hour from Minneapolis) on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College. The NEH pays each person $2700 to participate, which will more than cover the living and food expenses (approximately $1500) – each participant is responsible for their own travel expenses. The seminar has been organized by Matthew Panciera (Gustavus Adolphus) and will be co-taught by him, Beth Severy-Hoven (Macalester), Jeremy Hartnett (Wabash), and Rebecca Benefiel (Washington and Lee).

The application deadline is March 1. More information and directions on applying can be found at the seminar website Note that this is the LAST time that we will be offering this seminar, so if you are interested, please apply.

If you have any questions, write me (Matthew Panciera), the director of the seminar, at

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The Annual Meeting at Trinity College is only a few weeks away, March 13-14, so please remember to register and come to Hartford. Registration is open at, where you can also renew your membership in a separate link.

There are events combining the useful and the sweet (as Horace says):

  • Several panels on Latin literature, notably the standard authors Vergil and Caesar, and other cutting-edge scholarship on the ancient world;
  • A workshop specifically for those who teach in small liberal arts colleges: “Two Years of ‘The Classics Tuning Project’: Competencies, Value, and Visibility in the Classics at Small Liberal Arts Schools”;
  • Reports on outreach efforts from around New England: in Massachusetts and Rhode Island where adult groups are reading Latin and Greek in the original, and in Connecticut where Yale is teaching incarcerated people Latin;  
  • The usual complement of teaching workshops on comprehensible input and curriculum development, including several for college level teachers;
  • Special sessions sponsored by the Lupercal reading group, by the Multiculturalism, Race & Ethnicity in Classics Consortium, and by the Society for Classical Studies;
  • Meetings about the future of some of the most active divisions of CANE: the CANE Summer Institute and NECJ;
  • And finally, a special session celebrating 150 Years of Classics in New England.  

And if you are able to make it, try to bring a classicist friend! The more people who are involved in CANE the better, and we always need new members to help carry on the many things we do. On that topic, if you have an interest in serving CANE in any capacity, please get in touch with me at

Even if you are not able to come, please remember to rejoin CANE. The membership year runs from July to June, and you may have let it lapse! Again, the address is

John Higgins, President, CANE