|Classical Conferences and Meetings in 2016|
ACTFL—American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
November 18–20, 2016
Boston Convention and Exhibition Center
Representatives: Allan Bolchazy and Donald Sprague
VJCL-Virginia Junior Classical League 2016 Convention
November 20-21, 2016
The Greater Richmond Convention Center
Representative: Laurel Draper
AIA/SCS—Archaeological Institue of America and Society for Classical Studies Joint Annual Meeting
January 5–8, 2017
Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel
CANE—Classical Association of New England
March 17–18, 2017
Philips Exeter Academy
The 52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies
May 11–14, 2017
Western Michgan University
Representatives: Adam Velez and Laurel Draper
ACL—American Classical League
70th Annual Institute
June 29–July 1, 2017
Grand Valley State University
Grand Rapids, MI
NJCL - National Junior Classical League
July 24–29, 2017
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Bob Dylan in concert at St. Lawrence University in New York, November 26, 1963. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain.
"If you look far back, 2,500 years or so, you discover Homer and Sappho. They wrote poetic texts that were meant to be listened to and performed, often together with instruments, and it's the same way for Bob Dylan," said Sara Danius, the permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, in announcing the award. Wall Street Journal 10.13.16
|Kudos to Christopher Mural of Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire, on being honored as the 2016 Farrand Baker Latin Teacher of the Year and to Marilyn Brusherd celebrated for her service to the classics community with the Illinois Classical Conference's Lifetime Achievement Award.|
Chris Mural, 2016 Farrand Baker Latin Teacher of the Year, flanked by 2015 recipient, Matt Sparapani of St. Ignatius College Prep (left) and Will Nifong, Northside College Prep, the 2014 honoree (right). Photo courtesy of Brian Tibbets, Monmouth/Roseville High School.
Marilyn Brusherd proudly sports her Latin-inspired t-shirt at the 2014 ICC meeting.
Congratulations to Shelly McCormick-Lane of Clear Lake High School, who was named the Texas Foreign Language Association’s 2016 Latin Teacher of the Year.
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|The Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers family mourns the recent deaths and celebrates the accomplished lives of its collaborators Dr. Rudolph Masciantonio, author of Build Your English Word Power with Latin Numbers; Dr. James Ruebel, author of Apuleius: The Metamorphoses, Book 1; and James Hillyer Estes, illustrator for Vergil for Beginners: A Dual Approach to Early Vergil Study, Ursus et Porcus: The Bear and the Pig, Octavus Octopus: Octavus the Octopus, Taurus Rex: King Bull, Rena Rhinoceros: Rena the Rhinoceros, and Gods and Other Odd Creatures. |
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Dr. Rudolph Masciantonio poses with Dr. Marie Bolchazy following the 2013 Classical Association of the Atlantic States panel session that assessed Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers’ late founder Dr. Lou Bolchazy’s contributions to the classics community.
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My goodness, here we are at the end of October already! Here at Bolchazy-Carducci, we're in the thick of the fall conference season. This issue of eLitterae includes reports from the Illinois Classical Conference and the Texas Foreign Language Association meetings. These gatherings prompt us to congratulate our teacher colleagues in Illinois and Texas who have been honored as Latin Teacher of the Year. Please send us information, firstname.lastname@example.org, about other Latin Teachers of the Year so we can celebrate them in future issues of eLitterae.
In the Resources and Teaching Tips section, we're happy to provide you some resources to use as we celebrate Halloween and the Day of the Dead. To complement the latter, please find some materials about Roman rituals associated with death. My colleague Bridget Dean, PhD, highly recommends Johnson's Restless Dead.
May your teaching bring you many a treat and never a trick!
Quizlet is a great site for online vocabulary practice. It's easy for both students and teachers to create a set of flash cards to study and review. For quite a few years, Quizlet has offered a few different ways of interacting with the flashcards ranging from memory games to fill-in tests. Recently, Quizlet launched a cooperative game called Quizlet Live and it's a really fun and high- energy activity. I started playing it this year to do some in-class vocab practice and I really like it, and so do the students.
Here's how it works, the teacher creates a deck of flashcards, or selects an existing deck and clicks the link to start the "live" game. Quizlet generates a six-digit key that students use to connect to the game on their internet-enabled devise. The connection process is very simple— students go to the site Quizlet Live and then enter the six-digit key. They are then prompted to input their name and, once all the students are in, the teacher starts the game. The Quizlet Live interface instantly builds random teams and the students quickly get into to a group with their team. Each team is given one of the vocabulary terms and is expected to give the English meaning or the Latin word. Members of the same team get the same word. However, each member of the team has a different answer choice and the team members have to communicate among themselves to figure out who's got the correct answer. If the team answers correctly, it is given another item from the list to try. The goal is to be the first team to identify the meaning of all the vocabulary words correctly in a row. If the team misses one word, it has to start the list again.
The competition element is great, but the real strength and unique quality is the cooperation that teams need to succeed. The rounds of the game go fairly quickly. I usually do 3–5 rounds with the class as practice and I mix up the teams between each round. It's fun, gets the students moving, and is very quick to set up. To give it a try, click here.Lynne WestBellarmine Jesuit College PrepSan Jose, CA
Orgy Planner Wanted
Odd Jobs and Curious Careers in the Ancient World
by Vicki Leon
From the title, you know that by reading this book, you will learn about some strange jobs that existed in the ancient world. You also will learn strange things about the jobs that have a current- day equivalent, e.g., dentist. And to make the reading of this book more fun, you may want to read it out of order. For example, if you are especially interested in the ancient take on foretelling the future or interpreting dreams, you may want to read the section on astrologer or dream incubator before the section describing the jobs of slaves. But then again, you might want to go directly to the section noted in the book's title—orgy planner.
A number of jobs were related to predictions of fate: astrologers, magicians, and augers (some of whom interpreted chicken behavior to determine when to start a battle).
Jobs that to my knowledge don't exist today include
- foretaster—actually, a pleasant job as long as he isn't poisoned by food intended to be eaten by a member of the imperial family
- manure entrepreneur—hauled away the human waste of folks who did not have access to a sewer system
- archer-cop—Scythian prisoners of war rounded up late sleepers and slackers who did not want to go to the peoples' assemblies. The archer-cop had the authority to use ropes, whips, and handcuffs on citizens and noncitizens alike.
- Praetorian prefect—selected by the emperor, persecuted people accused of high treason
- lictor—primarily a ceremonial bodyguard
- footstool—this was Emperor Valerian's fate when he became a slave. He was used as a stool when Persia's strongman wanted to mount his horse.
- war elephant commander—a short-lived viable career since enemy forces developed anti-elephant warfare
- funeral clown—cheered up mourners by impersonating the deceased and mimicking his mannerisms
While we still have wine critics, today's sommeliers no longer decide how much water to add to the wine.
An aside on Cicero: Leon also discusses the darker side, from a twenty-first century perspective, of Cicero. His personal scribe Tiro, a slave from childhood, was not only challenged to keep up with Cicero's orations, according to Leon, Cicero probably used him sexually. Also, since Cicero never felt he had enough money, he divorced his first wife to marry an heiress, and then divorced her to marry another wealthy woman. Cicero was also a "slum landlord." I'm sure you'll find Orgy Planner Wanted very interesting.
Marie Carducci Bolchazy, EdD
President, Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers
|Illinois Classical Conference 2016 Report|
The Illinois Classical Conference met October 7–9 at Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire, IL. Chris Mural, the Latin teacher at Stevenson, served as the local host and as the organizer of the book exhibit. Laurel Draper, assistant editor, again represented Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers at the ICC annual meeting. She very much appreciated that the book exhibit, coffee and meals, and presentations all took place in the same room. This allowed her to keep an eye on the book exhibit while she also listened to the presentations and joined Latin teacher colleagues for meals.
Judy Hayes, retired Latin teacher from New Trier and coauthor of A Cicero Workbook and Elisa Denja, retired teacher from the Baker Demonstration School and volume editor for Latin for the New Millennium, Level 1, stopped by the exhibit to send their regards to the B-C staff.
Saturday's luncheon was co-hosted with the Chicago Classical Club and featured a talk from incoming CCC president Daniel Garrison of Northwestern University, who spoke on Latin as a modern language. Peter Burian of Duke University gave the keynote address, titled "The Stronger Sex: Athenian Democracy and the Case of Lysistrata." Matthew Sparapani of St. Ignatius College Prep, 2015 Latin Teacher of the Year, spoke on the importance of community within the Latin classroom and within the classics profession. He specifically mentioned Don Sprague and B-C's support of the classics community.
Local host Chris Mural received the Farrand Baker Latin Teacher of the Year award. Marilyn Brusherd, a longtime member of ICC and editor of ICC's The Augur, the organizer of the book exchange, and a perennial volunteer at classics events for high school students, received the ICC Lifetime Achievement Award.
The company owl logo on banner and table cloth proudly proclaims Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers.
On Sunday morning, Nava Cohen of Chicago Public Schools' Decatur Classical Elementary School provided an overview of the new Standards for Classical Languages, which were drafted by representatives from various national and regional classical organizations, including ACL, SCS, AIA, CAAS, CAMWS, CANE, and CAPN. These standards are the classics profession’s adaptation of and response to ACTFL's World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages. The new standards are expected to be approved by ACL and SCS in January. Following approval, ACL's Standards Committee will create professional development resources, some of which will be online.
Editor's Note: For more on the awardees, see the ΚΥΔΟΣ section in the sidebar.
|TFLA 2016 Conference Report|
Allan Bolchazy, B-C vice president, represented the company at the 2016 Texas Foreign Language Association (TFLA) Conference, held October 13–15, 2016 in Austin, TX, at the Renaissance Hotel.
Phil Neill and Joni Dodson, Bolchazy-Carducci's sales representatives for the state of Texas (with its 1,100 school districts!), assisted Allan in staffing the B-C booth. Both Phil and Joni take pride in serving as representatives for Bolchazy-Carducci, a family-owned company with an exclusive focus on Latin and Greek texts and excellent customer service.
Thursday evening saw publishers give presentations on their programs and texts. Allan gave an illustrated presentation that provided attendees an overview of Latin for the New Millennium and its three levels and an overview of the company's Caesar and Vergil texts designed for the AP® Latin curriculum.
Coffee and pastries offered during the first hour on Friday and Saturday lured large numbers to the exhibit hall. Visitors to the B-C booth demonstrated great interest in our books. In addition to Latin teacher visitors, a Slovak gentleman, who remembered Lou and his Slovak books, visited the booth. A number of other teachers and department chairs came by seeking information for their Latin teacher colleagues. We congratulated Shelly McCormickLane of Clear Lake High School in the Houston area on being named the 2016 TFLA Latin Teacher of the Year.
The Latin for the New Millennium banner beckons teachers to the B-C booth. For conferences like TFLA, B-C exhibits a representative sampling of its titles.
Editor's Note: For more information about TFLA Latin Teacher of the Year, see the ΚΥΔΟΣ section in the sidebar.
|Resources & Teaching Tips|
√ National Geographic History
Can't help but encourage a subscription to this publication—beautiful illustrations, great information, and a very accessible presentation altogether. Every issue has one or two articles directly relevant to the classics classroom. For example, the May/June 2016 issue includes articles on Salamis and the gold of Ur. For teachers using B-C's Latin of New Spain, the piece on Cortés is a great complement to the Latin account found in the anthology of Neo-Latin writings from the "New World."
√ Halloween, Ghosts, Dia de la Muertos—Day of the Dead . . .
A Day of the Dead altar, Ofrendo, in 2012 at Vargas & Harbin Studio Gallery, Norcross, GA. Photo Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons 3.0.
Connect your Latin students to the season. To help, we provide you some materials that you can download and share with your classes.
From To Be a Roman, share this information about Roman death rituals.
From Petronius: Selections from the SATYRICON, we offer Trimalchio's ghost story.
From Rest Lightly, consider the following representative epitaphs.
Editor's Note: If you don't have copies of these resources for your classroom library, take advantage of this issue's special 34% discount.
Funerary relief with Julia Velva on couch with young girl, boy servant, and Aurelius Mercurialis above inscription.
Inscription D(IS) M(ANIBVS) IVLIE VELVE PIENTISSI ME VIXIT AN(NOS) L AVREL(IVS) MERCVRIALIS HER(ES) FACI VNDVM CVRAVIT VIVVS SIBI ET SVIS FECIT "To the spirits of the departed and to Julia Velva. She lived 50 years, most dutifully. Auelius Mercurialis, her heir, had (this tombstone) made. He made it while alive for himself and his family."
Photo Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons 4.0, and the York Museum Trusts Online Collection.
The November/December 2016 issue of Archaeology features an intriguing article on Halloween's Celtic origins.
Knowth burial site, Boyne Valley, County Meath, Ireland. Photo courtesy of Donald Sprague.
|Fall 2016 Schedule|
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Tuesday, November 1, 2016 6:00–7:00 PM ET
Latin for the New Millennium: Using the Aural/Oral Component
Presenter: Terence Tunberg, Professor of Classics, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
Let an accomplished educator and living Latin enthusiast gently walk you through the aural/oral opportunities presented by Latin for the New Millennium, Levels 1 and 2. Coauthor, Dr. Terence Tunberg, will set you at ease as they provide various suggestions and strategies for implementing or enhancing the spoken Latin component of your classes. He will share with you the bounty of aural/oral activities and exercises in the LNM Teacher Manuals and demonstrate how teacher-friendly they are!
Tuesday, November 8, 2016 6:00–7:00 PM ET
Ease the Transition to Reading Unadapted Latin with the Latin of the New Testament
Presenter: Dale A. Grote, Associate Professor of Classics, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Professor Grote will share his experience using the Latin of the New Testament as an ideal vehicle for building student confidence and success in reading Latin. Dr. Grote will present several pericopes from his newly published The Vulgate of Mark with the Synoptic Parallels (Bolchazy-Carducci, 2016) to model introducing students to this very accessible Latin and to a historical-textual approach to reading and interpreting these texts.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 6:00–7:00 PM ET
From Salius to Augur: Julius Caesar's Priestly Career
Presenter: Hans-Friedrich Mueller, Thomas B. Lamont Professor of Ancient & Modern Literature at Union College, NY
Salius, Flamen Dialis, Pontifex, Pontifex Maximus, Augur. These are not the offices that we generally associate with Caesar's cursus honorum. A single issue of coin attests to one priesthood. Scholars famously regard another as a potentially crippling impediment. Rome's leading statesmen routinely coveted the others. We shall in this talk explore the priesthoods Caesar held as well the implications of what evidence we have for his devotions to the religious scruples that, according to ancient consensus, guaranteed Rome's earthly triumphs.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 6:00–7:00 PM ET
Exploring the Delights of Medieval Latin
Presenter: Kenneth F. Kitchell Jr., Professor of Classics Emeritus and former Director of the MAT Program at University of Massachusetts
Professor Kitchell will provide an insider's, i.e., author's, perspective on the development of and rationale for his recently published The Other Middle Ages (Bolchazy-Carducci, 2016). He will share his insights on the utility of reading Medieval Latin and why it makes good sense to read this Latin with students who have just finished the basics. Students will find the grammar very manageable and many of the selections rather fun. Dr. Kitchell will present several representative readings to illustrate these points.
Next Semester Webinar Preview
ACTFL 2015 Teacher of the Year Ed Zarrow, PhD, joins active Latin master/enthusiast TJ Howell to give a webinar on using Roman coins in the active Latin classroom. Coming in early spring!
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