CANE 2014 Meeting Highlights

ver appropinquat, and that means that convention season is upon us! The annual meeting just happened, NECTFL is swiftly approaching, and the summer brings the ACL Institute and (let’s not forget, the CANE Summer Institute; registration open now!). Since Emily just wrote on the importance and value of attending conventions, I thought I might share about all the great presentations, lectures, and opporunities you might have missed if you couldn’t make it to CANE this past weekend.
Like many of us, I drove to frigidly lovely Manchester, NH and the campus of St. Anselm’s. I only got lost twice, so that’s a bit of a record in this day of GPS and Google Maps. Most of the conference took place at the New Hampshire Insitute of Politics, long a nexus for the famous, ambitious, and powerful to make their mark on public life. And so, amongst photographs and other memorabilia of campaigns past, I sat down for what turned out to be one of the best CANE meetings in years.
Great Workshops
My day started with Joseph Delany and Thomas Pandolfini’s sequel to last year’s “Teaching through Art.” They discussed art’s use as historical narrative and a desire to make connections between the past and present, from depictions of Washington as Cincinnatus to Jacque-Louis David’s Roman paintings which are really commentaries on the French Revolution. Email Thomas Pandolfini for more details and materials they shared.
Though I didn’t make it to Lydia Fassett and Katy Reddick’s “Why Twitter?” workshop, the room itself was bursting with people learning the artem breviloquendi (first found at Cic. Epistulae ad Atticum, not that he’d ever limit himself to 140 characters). If you’re interested, check out #CANE2014 to find people’s comments, discussion, and pictures of the annual meeting.
Ruth Breindel, CANE’s Treasurer and long-time ludimagistra at the Moses Brown School in Providence, RI, treated participants to the story of Daniel and how his stories have come down through the ages in music, dance, and theater. My favorite was the swing version of Asrach, Mesach, and Abednego and the production of the medieval Daniel play at the Cloisters (Metropolitian Museum of Art – website review), which inspired Ms. Breindel’s students to do their own version. Interested in details? Ruth is happy to share; just email her and send her a flashdrive for a cornucopia of Latinity!
I also didn’t go to the UMASS Amherst grad-student “Multiculturalism in the Latin Classroom,” though fama est the lessons presented were amazing. Like me, you can see everything they did by pointing your device to their Google site.
Anne Mahoney (Tufts) presided over a fascinating forum magistrorum, where participants shared lessons, activities, and projects. Ben Revkin, fellow CANEns editor and stalwart webmaster, set up a shared Google Drive folder that you can raid for great ideas. My favorites are Allyson Bunch’s “Aftermath of Caesar’s Assassination”, which I’m already planning on using this week (because Ides!), Jocelyn Demuth’s “How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse in Latin”, and Sara Allen’s “Latin Uno” ready-made cards. Take a look and, if you want, add something of yours in exchange!
Kevin Ballestrini, of Operation LAPIS and Card-Tamen fame, shared with us the modern language technique of the “embedded reading,” where you take an original text and simplify in several tiers to end up with a text that your students can understand easily as Latin, and then work backwards until the students are reading the original. You can see his presentation slides or look directly at a sample embed of De bello Gallico 5.37.
Great Lectures
This year had some very interesting topics – here are some of the highlights of what I heard.

  1. a whole series of lectures on Ovid, including a great talk by Keeley Schell on the connections between Hyacinthus and the story of Tarquin’s message to his son, and Karen Mower’s discussion of how Circe uses the “amorous” techniques of earlier stories in her own quest for Picus.
  2. a series of lectures on meter, including Anne Mahoney’s ruminations on half-lines explaining the placement noun-adjective pairs, and Andrew Sweet’s use of Garage Band to explain metrical rhythym and ictus/accent mismatch through rap back-beats (see Sweet’s blog for more).
  3. Mary Papoutsy’s talk on Lesbos and the archaeological work being done there (those pictures make me want to take a vacation there!), Jim Capreedy’s use of maps to teach concepts in ancient history (peruse a mapping program he and a friend cooked up), and Jocelyn Demuth’s use of storytelling to enliven and build interest in a middle school Latin program.

All of this are samples of the great things being offered at the CANE Annual Meeting, and of course there was much more I didn’t see or have the space to write about. As you can see, there’s something for everyone – professors, college students, teachers of classics at all levels. I hope to see you at the annual meeting next year, and don’t forget about other regional conferences coming soon (NECTFL, CAM spring meeting, ACL Institute, and the CANE Summer Institute)!

Announcements for 2 March


  • It’s not too late to register for the Annual Meeting! It will be held March 6-8 at St. Anselm’s in Manchester, NH.
  • The theme for the 2014 CANE Summer Institute is “ “On the Shoulders of Giants”: Greco-Roman Giants and their Modern Emulators.”  Registration is forthcoming!


    • Registration for this summer’s American Classical League Summer Institute is open!!  It’s in Williamsburg, VA!  Not to be missed!!
    • CLIPEUS is running several Latin speaking meetups in Boston. Check the link for upcoming events.
    • The New England Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Language (NECTFL) is at the Copley Place hotel in Boston March 27-30th, and promises a full schedule of Latin seminars, talks, and workshops. Sign up through the NECTFL website.
    • The American Philological Association (APA) is accepting applications for three fellowship programs that may be of interest to CANE members. APA membership is not required to submit an application for any of these programs, two of which are named for long-time participants in CANE.
    • 2014 Pedagogy Awards. Fellowships to support professional development by both collegiate and precollegiate teachers. Application deadline: March 3.
    • 2014 Zeph Stewart Latin Teacher Training Award. Support for individuals seeking to obtain Latin teacher certification. Application deadline: March 3.
  • ”The spring meeting of CAM has been tentatively scheduled for Saturday, May 3, 2014 and will be held at Westwood High School (200 Nahatan St, Westwood, MA). The theme of the meeting will be “All Things Augustus” — appropriate for the year in which we celebrate (sive commemorate) the 2000th anniversary of his death.”
  • SALVI’s Rusticatio Latin July 2014 immersion weeks and pedagogy seminars are now open for registration.
  • The Vergilian Society is holding its first annual Vergil translation contest for students in K-12. To register, sign up here by 18 February. The contest will be the week of 24-28 February.
  • McGill is offering a summer course in Classical Studies in June and July. Check out their flyer.

Links for the Week of 17 March


Online registration is now available for the 2013 CANE Summer Institute in Providence, RI.
Kathy Sinkovich’s book English Derivatives from Greek and Latin Roots is available for preorder from CANEPress at the discounted price of $22.


An immersion spoken Latin program will be offered in Rome by the AIRC. (via @apaclassics)


Roman and Etruscan connections for papal clothing. (via @nybooks)

Teaching tools

Foreign Language tools from Magister Revkin (via @brevkin)
The Latin Quarter: Films and readings about Latin. (via @CarolineLawrenc and @classicslibrary)