Hampton Inn joins companies seizing on the public's familiarity with the phrase carpe diem. The van slipped by too quickly at Logan International Airport for a photo but a Google search yielded this image.
We'd love for you to share, of course, we'd give you appropriate credit, the classical tidbits you come across. Zap them to editor Don Sprague.
|Classical Conferences and Meetings in 2018|
| 2018 Conferences|
CANE—Classical Association of New England
March 16–17, 2017
University of Rhode Island
Representative: Donald Sprague
CAMWS—Classical Association of the Middle West and South
April 11–14, 2018
Hotel Albuquerque at the invitation of the University of New Mexico
Representatives: Allan Bolchazy, Bridget Dean, and Donald Sprague
B–C Author Presentations
Thursday, April 12, 2018
"The Roots of the STEMS," Anthony Hollingsworth, Roger Williams University, developer, Cicero's First Catilinarian Oration: A Digital Tutor
"The Battle Between History and Myth: A New Look at Livy's Oppian Law Debate," T. Davina McClain, Northwestern State University, author, Graphic Greek Grammar Cards
"Internal Synkrisis in Plutarch's Aratus," W. Jeffrey Tatum, Victoria University of Wellington, author, A Caesar Reader: Selections from Bellum Gallicum and Bellum Civile, and from Caesar's Letters, Speeches, and Poetry
"Ovidian Scenes on 18th–century Chinese Porcelain," Thomas Sienkewicz, Monmouth College,
coauthor, Vergil: A LEGAMUS Transitional Reader
"Catullus and the Swansong," Philip V. Barnes, John Burroughs School, conductor, Rome's Golden Poets
12:15 – 1:00 pm
Round Table Topics and Moderators
"The AP Latin Exam: A Conversation," T. Davina McClain, Northwestern State University, author, Graphic Greek Grammar Cards
"CAMWSCorps: Recording the Past, Imagining the Future," Anne Groton, St. Olaf College, coauthor, Thirty-eight Latin Stories
"War Is Women's Business: Women and War Trauma in Greco–Roman Epic and Tragedy," respondent, Alison Keith, University of Toronto, A Latin Epic Reader: Selections from Ten Epics
"The Passion of Cleopatra (2017): Anne Rice's Sequel to The Mummy (1989)", Gregory Daugherty, Randolph Macon College, coauthor: To Be a Roman
Friday, April 13, 2018
"Terror in a Turnus Town: Vergil's Wild West, and Ours," Robert T. White, Beaumont School,
coauthor, (forthcoming) Lectiones Memorabiles Volume III: Selections from Caesar, Catullus, Horace, Livy, Ovid, and Vergil
"Age and Aging in Roman New Comedy," respondent, Anne Groton, St. Olaf College, coauthor, Thirty-eight Latin Stories
"Caesar, the Geographoi and Lewis and Clark: The Use of Animals in Describing New Lands,"
Kenneth Kitchell, University of Massachusetts Amherst, author, The Other Middle Ages, coauthor, Catullus: A LEGAMUS Transitional Reader
Saturday, April 14, 2018
"The History of Elegy and Ovid's Rustication Cure (Remedia amoris 169–98)," Barbara Weiden Boyd, Bowdoin College, author, Vergil's Aeneid: Selected Readings from Books 1, 2, 4, and 6, Vergil's Aeneid: Expanded Collection, Vergil's Aeneid 8 & 11: Italy and Rome, Vergil's Aeneid 10 & 12: Pallas & Turnus, coauthor, A Vergil Workbook
The 53rd International Congress on Medieval Studies
May 10–13, 2018
Western Michigan University
Representatives: Adam Velez and Laurel Draper
ACL—The American Classical League
71st Annual Institute
June 28–June 30, 2018
University of Montana
Representatives: Laurel Draper and Donald Sprague
NJCL—National Junior Classical League
July 23–28, 2018
2018 Winter/Spring Webinars
We are yet in the process of finalizing the roster of webinars for the winter/spring. We look forward to welcoming you to another round of FREE professional development webinars. Attendees receive a certificate acknowledging their professional development participation.
We will be launching the Winter/Spring Webinars with the return of a webinar presenter all-time favorite, Kelly Northrup of The Webb School. We are working out dates with TJ Howell and Ted Zarrow who gave a very popular active Latin webinar last year and with Columbia University's Caitlin Gillespie who will share her insights on Boudica. We'll have the full schedule wrapped up soon. In the meantime, join us for Kelly Northrup's webinar.
Tuesday, February 6, 6–7:00 pm ET
"No Time for a Project: Four Quick Cross-cultural Activities for Latin" Kelly Northrup, The Webb School
Cultural projects, which often rely on translated texts, take too long and don’t focus enough on language skills. In this webinar, four 30–45 minute cross-cultural discussions/projects will be shared. Each begins with a Latin text and culminates in a single night’s homework using Latin and tied to a relevant grammar point. The projects can complement any beginning Latin program.
Following a brief stint as a visiting instructor at Knox College, Kelly Northrup has taught Latin
at all levels from seventh grade to AP at the Webb School, Bell Buckle, Tennessee, since 2007.
In 2006 she was awarded one of the five Student Teacher of the Year Awards at Indiana University, and in 2007 she received the Amy High Scholarship to study at Papal Latinist Fr. Reginald Foster's Aestiva Romae Latinitas (Summer Latin in Rome) program. At Ursinus College, she was valedictorian and inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. She is a frequent contributor to the LNM Teachers’ Lounge and a favorite LNM webinar presenter.
If you have suggestions for Fall 2018, please contact Don Sprague.
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|National Greek Exam|
deadline: January 20, 2018
regular* administration: February 26–March 3, 2018
National Mythology Exam
deadline: January 15, 2018 EXTENDED to the 20th!
administration: February 19-March 3, 2018
National Latin Exam
deadline: January 20, 2018
regular* administration: March 12–16, 2018
National Roman Civilization Exam
deadline: February 2, 2018
administration: February 7–March 9, 2018
National Latin Vocabulary Exam
deadline: February 2, 2018
administration: February 7–March 9, 2018
Exploratory Latin Exam
deadline: March 1, 2018
administration: October 1, 2017–April 1, 2018
Bernice L. Fox Classics Writing Contest
deadline: March 15, 2018 postmark
*check online for early administration dates.
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Here at Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, it’s a new era for the company as Marie Carducci Bolchazy has retired and passed the company’s presidency on to Bridget Dean, PhD. Bridget worked as Editor and Managing Editor at Bolchazy-Carducci before being named President. She has coordinated the company’s editorial projects as well as its promotion and marketing activities. Bridget holds her PhD and MA in Classics from The Ohio State University and her BA in Classics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her special interests in teaching and research were ancient religions and mythology. Bridget has an editing certificate from The University of Chicago, Graham School. She has taught at The Ohio State University and Ohio Wesleyan University. Bridget has also worked with high school students, both as a tutor to public school and home-schooled students and as an instructor for the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. Please join us in congratulating Bridget on this appointment. Dux femina facta! Please join us in welcoming and congratulating President Bridget Dean!
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|2018 Joint Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America and the Society for Classical Studies Report|
Mother Nature wreaked havoc across the eastern United States just as classicists were packing their bags to attend the annual meeting of the AIA and the SCS. Some 2,400 classicists had preregistered for the annual meeting and had made travel plans to arrive in Boston by Thursday, January 4. At least a third of those individuals were unable to make it to cold, blizzardy Boston. Our own Bridget Dean arrived at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago late Wednesday afternoon to be given a boarding pass for a flight to Cleveland, Ohio! And, that was without the promise of a timely flight to Boston. Needless to say, she was both disappointed and frustrated, and after consultation, decided to remain in Chicago. Vice President Allan Bolchazy and editor Don Sprague had earlier flights on Wednesday and, thus, arrived in Boston before the predictions of a major snowstorm resulted in a massive flurry of flight cancellations.
Allan and Don spent Thursday morning assembling the Bolchazy-Carducci book display in the exhibit room at the Marriott Copley Square Hotel that served as headquarters for the joint annual meeting. Normally, Thursday afternoon in the exhibit hall is pretty quiet but thanks to the impending storm and a number of attendees having been able to fly out earlier than planned for the conference, a steady stream of attendees checked out the various exhibits. As the weather outside was frightful, folks chose to stay inside!
Editor Don Sprague at the Bolchazy-Carducci booth at AIA-SCS. The high top table in the front featured new titles and the nineteen BC Latin Readers designed for college Latin courses.
Thursday morning saw the temperature plunge while snow and winds combined for what was called a “bomb cyclone” that worked its way from the southeast up the Atlantic coast to New England. Fortunately, the conference headquarters, the Marriott Copley Square, was connected via covered walkways to the Westin Hotel that also hosted presentations and attendees. In addition, a skywalk from the Marriott led to the Prudential Center with a variety of shops and restaurants. For Thursday and Friday dinner, thanks to the skywalks, Allan and Don were able to limit their exposure to the elements to a 100-yard and a 50-yard dash respectively to seafood restaurants near the Prudential Center!
Some fourteen inches of snow fell on Boston. The hurricane level winds left drifts near the Marriott and caused flooding along the harbor. The City of Boston Department of Public Works did a great job in clearing the streets. As the locals would say “wicked bad weather,” indeed!
Though attendance was lighter than desired, the conference provided Bolchazy-Carducci an opportunity to introduce its texts to some instructors less familiar with our materials, to hear from instructors how much they appreciate and how they use the BC Latin Readers and combinations thereof in their courses, and to connect with some of our authors as well as with former students.
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At Bellarmine College Prep, our students take their semester final exams in December before the holiday break. I wanted to find some fun and creative ways for the students to review in preparation for the exam. I had read about an app called GooseChase that would allow me to leverage technology to run a scavenger hunt. So, I decided to try it out. On the GooseChase web platform, the teacher creates tasks, called "missions," for the students to complete. To participate in the scavenger hunt, students need the GooseChase iOS app downloaded to an iPhone or iPad. I found it fairly simple to input my "missions" into the online platform. There are four different types of missions to choose from: photo missions, video missions, text-based missions, and GPS missions. I used a combination of all four types to keep interest high. I had students submit pictures of items around campus that illustrate vocabulary we had studied. Some missions required students to translate a clue and “check in” from the location indicated by the clue. Other missions instructed students to create a video explaining or demonstrating a grammatical concept. For each mission, I assigned a point value. Some missions were quick and easy and, therefore, earned fewer points than more complex tasks.
On the day that we played, I made sure that the students had downloaded the app and created a free account. I assigned students to teams, told the teams that they had fifteen minutes to earn as many points as possible, and hit the start button on the GooseChase online platform. My students had a very fun and active review session using GooseChase. To learn more, visit www.goosechase.com/edu.
Latin Teacher and Instructional Specialist
Bellarmine Jesuit College Prep
San Jose, CA
This summer Lynne West will again be offering a workshop called "Simple Strategies for Technology Integration" at the Taft School's Education Center in Watertown, Connecticut. The workshop runs from July 23 to July 27 and will provide lots of opportunities to both learn about great tools and practice using them. For more information, visit the website
; in the disciplines window, choose "Technology" and place a check in the E-week box.
Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers extends its deepest congratulations to the following classics professors honored by the Society for Classical Studies with the 2017 Awards for Excellence in Teaching at the College Level.
E. Del Chrol of Marshall University
Shelley Haley of Hamilton College
Mary Pendergraft of Wake Forest University
|Resources & Teaching Tips|
√ Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Classics
Timothy Joseph, Associate Professor of Classics and Classics Chair at the College of the Holy Cross, offers some reflections on Martin Luther King, Jr.'s connection to the ancient Greeks. Teachers can share this with classes during February, African-American history month.
Students who have learned about Roman oratory and can recognize the use of figures of speech can individually or in small groups analyze one of King's famous speeches and the author’s use of figures of speech. They can analyze the "I Have a Dream" speech or the "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, DC. Photo courtesy of Korengel1/Creative Commons 4.0.
√ The Nexus between the Literary and the Archaeological Records
Looking for something a little different to do with your Latin 3 or 4 class? Check out this ethnographical selection from José de Acosta's Natural and Moral History of the Indies. In the selection, Acosta references the quipu. Sometimes called "talking knots," they were recording devices used in the Andean region of South America. A quipu usually consisted of threads or strings of llama or alpaca hair or of cotton cords. The cords contained numerical and other values encoded by knots in a positional system based on ten. The Inca used the system to collect data and keep records such as tax collection, census records, dates and calendars, and military organization. A quipu could have only a few cords, or as many as 2,000 cords.
For classroom distribution and use only, please use the following pdf of the Latin selection from Rose Williams's Latin of New Spain referenced above. For your convenience, we include a copy of the translation and answers from the Latin of New Spain Teacher's Manual. For a thumbnail sketch about Acosta, the following is also taken from Latin of New Spain.
A Harvard University undergraduate recently cracked the code of the quipu—the pre-Columbian equivalent of the Excel spreadsheet.
An Incan quipu from the Larco Museum in Lima, Peru. Photo courtesy of Claus Ableiter/Creative Commons 3.0.
√ Nihil novum sub sole!
How did the Greeks prove that the earth was round?
NASA’s World Wind software provides an aerial view of Earth. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
√ Just for Fun
Speculation about a Roman board game, discovery of a Roman practical joke, and some Neo-Latin alternatives for American state mottoes.
√ Summer Study Opportunity for K–12 Teachers
Applications due March 1, 2018 for participation in Gustavus Adolphus College NEH summer seminar on Roman daily life for K–12 teachers.
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