|Classical Conferences and Meetings in 2019|
|CANE–Classical Association of New England|
March 8–9, 2019
College of the Holy Cross
Representative: Donald Sprague
CAMWS–Classical Association of the Middle West and South
April 3–6, 2019
The Cornhusker at the invitation of the University of Nebraska
Representatives: Donald Sprague and Amelia Wallace
Thursday, April 4
10:00–11:45 am—Second Paper Session, Section F
"Cleopatra's Haggard Image" Gregory N. Daugherty, coauthor, To Be a Roman
3:15–4:45 pm—Fourth Paper Session, Section H
"The Modern Labors of Hercules" Thomas Sienckewicz, coauthor, Vergil: A LEGAMUS Transitional Reader
8:15–9:00 pm Plenary: ACL Centennial Lecture "Latin Teacher Training: Does It Have a Future Tense?" Kenneth Kitchell, author, The Other Middle Ages, They Said It First: The Wisdom of the Ancient Greeks and Romans; coauthor, Catullus: A LEGAMUS Transitional Reader
Friday, April 5
10:00–11:45 am—Sixth Paper Session, Section F
"Check Those References: Quotation, Simplicitas, and Image-making in Martial Epigrams 11" Catherine Keane, author, A Roman Verse Reader: Selections from Lucilius, Horace, Persius, and Juvenal
3:15–4:45 pm—Eighth Paper Session, Section A
"Finding Funding: Three Perspectives on Grant Writing—A Reader's Response: Perspectives and a Roadmap" Carole Newlands, author, An Ovid Reader: Selections from Seven Works
6:45–9:00 pm "Banquet: Welcome Response" Anne Groton, CAMWS President-Elect; coauthor, 38 Latin Stories, editor, Ab omni parte beatus: Classical Essays in Honor of James May
Saturday, April 6
12:00–12:45 pm—Round Table Discussion: Section B
"LUMINA: Discussing an Interactive Learning Tool for LNM and Artes Latinae" Donald Sprague and Amelia Wallace, Editors, Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers
1:00–2:45 pm—Tenth Paper Session, Section A
"Don't Be Passive! Stay in the Middle!: Teaching Voice in Beginning Greek" Wilfred E. Major, coauthor, Plato: A Transitional Reader
3:00–4:45 pm—Eleventh Paper Session, Section A "Sic eat quaecumque Romana lugebit hostem: The Power of Women's Mourning in Livy's Ab Urbe Condita" T. Davina McClain, author, Graphic Greek Grammar Cards
The 54th International Congress on Medieval Studies
May 9–12, 2019
Western Michigan University
Representatives: Laurel Draper and Adam Velez
ACL–The American Classical League
Celebrating ACL's Centennial
72nd Annual Institute
June 27–29, 2019
New York, NY
NJCL–National Junior Classical League
July 26–31, 2019
North Dakota State University
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|Sportula Online Conference|
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|Cindy Caltagirone and Don Sprague are hard at work planning the ACL Centennial Study Tour of Rome with an optional add-on tour to Campania.|
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Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers is pleased to bring back into print William Sanders Scarborough's First Lessons in Greek, which marked a milestone in African American intellectual achievement. In this issue, please find an interview with Wayne State University Professor Michele Valerie Ronnick, whose passionate advocacy brought First Lessons in Greek to our attention. A testimonial for the book, written by Elon University scholar Eric Ashley Hairston, follows the interview.
Plan to attend B-C's February 26 webinar—Professor Ronnick will talk about Scarborough. So, mark your calendars if you have not already done so!
We are pleased to offer William Sanders Scarborough's First Lessons in Greek: A Facsimile of the 1881 First Edition as this month's eLitterae special discount title.
All of us at Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers wish your students well as they undertake the National Exams for Latin, Greek, Latin Vocabulary, and Mythology in the next weeks.
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|Interview with Michele Valerie Ronnick|
Tell us, how did you become interested in the African American classicists of the nineteenth century? MVR:
I attended graduate school at Boston University and studied with Professor Meyer Reinhold (1909–2002), one of the founders of classical tradition, a.k.a. classical reception studies, in the US. It was from that background and knowing that anyone who had the opportunity to attend college had, until recent times, studied classical languages that I began to hunt for black classicists. That history led me to believe that they had to exist and so I set out to find them. DES:
That experience evoked a special passion for celebrating the achievements of William Sanders Scarborough. Please share with us the highpoints of that journey with Scarborough. MVR:
The many weeks I spent at the Rembert E. Stokes Library at Wilberforce University in Ohio brought one surprise after another, but I think the most amazing single event was meeting a man who had actually met Scarborough. This was Truman Kella Gibson, Jr. (1912–2006), a very well-known figure in Chicago and a graduate of the University of Chicago, who had helped President Truman desegregate the armed forces. His family had roots in Macon, GA, as did Scarborough, and the insurance magnate Truman Kella Gibson, Sr. (1882–1972), a graduate of Atlanta University and Harvard in 1908. Gibson Sr. brought Gibson Jr., then about eleven years old, to Wilberforce to meet Scarborough. For more on Gibson's life, see his autobiography Knocking Down Barriers: My Fight for Black America
(Northwestern University Press, 2005), his lengthy New York Times obituary
, and his entry in Contemporary Black Biography
Professor Ronnick and Truman Kella Gibson, Jr. at a Chinese restaurant in Chicago, October 2005.
Bringing Scarborough's First Lessons in Greek
back to print has been a key goal for you. Is there another project that has captured your imagination and passion?
MVR: My favorite is of course William Sanders Scarborough (1852–1926), but he did not live in a vacuum. His wife, Sarah Cordelia Bierce Scarborough (1851–1933), was a college-educated woman of Caucasian descent from Danby, NY. She had been married at age 14 to a Union soldier, Solomon Roper Grant. Within a short time the marriage broke down, one of her two sons died, and she returned home to Danby still in her teens. She enrolled at Sheldon Barnes's Oswego Teaching Institute, where she trained in the Pestalozzian method. It was a leading educational program of the day and the institute a forward looking place. One of Barnes's daughters became the first woman faculty member at Stanford University. Sarah later went south to teach with the American Missionary Association. She and Scarborough met in Macon, GA in 1875. A few years later both were hired by the famous HBCU (Historically Black College or University) Wilberforce University. They married in New York City on August 2, 1881. She was "his kindred spirit," as he called her, and together they blazed a path giving almost ninety years in service to American education and the cause of human uplift in general while based in Wilberforce. Mrs. Scarborough had studied both Greek and Latin in college and was also fluent in French. She was principal of the Normal School (the high school training division) at Wilberforce from 1877 to 1911. During those years she sent over three hundred teachers out into the world. Both Scarboroughs had profoundly humane visions of the power of education for people of every background, race, creed, gender, and color. I hope to see a biography of her life and portions of her many works of women's fiction published.
DES: How did you come to study the classics?
MVR: It began at Sarasota High School in Florida, where I followed my brother's advice and took Latin from Mrs. Judith Wagner Rothschild, a graduate of Vanderbilt University.
DES: What do you enjoy most in pursuing your interest in Latin and things Roman?
MVR: Hmmm . . . there is hardly a thing I don't like. I cannot give you a definitive answer.
DES: What advice would you give someone starting out as a new Latin and/or Greek teacher?
MVR: Keep on reading, everything you can, and as often as you can. Travel and attend lectures and conferences with living people.
Professor Ronnick teaches in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literature, and Culture at Wayne State University. Her scholarly interests include classical Africana (black classicism), the classical tradition, the history of classical philology, Cicero, Juvenal, and Horace. She is widely published on these topics and is especially proud of bringing these books to print—The Autobiography of William Sanders Scarborough: An American Journey from Slavery to Scholarship; The Works of William Sanders Scarborough: Black Classicist and Race Leader; and William Sanders Scarborough's First Lessons in Greek: A Facsimile of the 1881 First Edition. She has also published Cicero's Paradoxa Stoicorum: A Commentary, an Interpretation, and a Study of Its Influence. Ronnick has presented widely at conferences and other civic and scholarly gatherings. She is responsible for 15 Black Classicists: A Photo Installation crisscrossing the nation drawing attention to this special legacy. The exhibit is on view at the Center for Hellenic Studies, Harvard University, Washington, DC, until March 2019.
Editor's Note: Professor Ronnick is presenting a webinar on William Sanders Scarborough on February 26. Click for more on the webinar and Professor Ronnick.
|A Testimonial on William Sanders Scarborough’s First Lessons in Greek: A Facsimile of the 1881 First Edition|
The 1881 edition of First Lessons in Greek inaugurated the 45-year reign of one of the most important African American intellectuals in American history, classicist William Sanders Scarborough. The former slave learned to read in secret, defying the intellectual bondage that regularly accompanied the physical horrors of American chattel slavery. At Atlanta University and later Oberlin, the young luminary set his sights on classical studies, the widely accepted pinnacle of refinement and learning. It is worth remembering of this era how confident adherents to racism were that African Americans were bereft of intellect and incapable of attaining classical languages, much less contemplating them in practice or pedagogy. Scarborough was among many who exposed these falsehoods— learning, teaching, fleeing the racism and final gasp of Reconstruction that saw even his beloved high school burned to the ground—finally crafting First Lessons in Greek, which found its way into classrooms and libraries around the nation. An active scholar in his discipline, Scarborough became only the third black member of the American Philological Association and was welcomed into numerous other national and international scholarly associations. Scarborough also served as President of Wilberforce University, which was a regular waystation in the journey of black scholars like W. E. B. DuBois.
After decades of tireless scholarly advocacy, Dr. Michele Valerie Ronnick has succeeded in returning Scarborough to the limelight and to the minds of forgetful contemporary scholars and thoughtful people of all kinds. In this long overdue edition of First Lessons in Greek, we are reminded of the deep commitment African American scholars had to the advancement of knowledge for people of color and for all Americans, during a time when as many noted, it seemed that a whole race was going to school but barriers were astonishingly high. Moreover, in an era of renewed cultural struggle over the truths of our American past, Ronnick's facsimile edition of First Lessons in Greek reveals the true nature of the emerging race that in its intellect, resilience, and deeper commitment to liberty threatened the entrenched powers committed only to forever subjugating peoples of color. All who desire a fuller understanding of American cultural studies, the history of American education, the arc of classical learning in the Americas, the epic history of race in the United States, the history of religion and education in African America, or the importance of the classics as an emblem of humanity and civilization beyond stately classrooms should add First Lessons in Greek to their body of knowledge.
Eric Ashley Hairston
, Associate Professor of English and of Law and Humanities, Director, Center for Law and Humanities, Elon University
|Resources & Teaching Tips|
√ Hidden Figures
• Share this article about the importance of remembering Black Classicists
with your students.
√ Professional Development
• See the Editor's Note following this month’s Tech Tip to learn about Lynne West’s summer workshop on technology.
• Not only does the College Board present summer institutes on AP Latin, the board also provides scholarship assistance.
• Show your students the technology of 1800-year old classrooms.
• Check out the restoration of the iconic King Tut's tomb.
• Latest discovery reveals a priest's royal purification tomb.
√ Ancient Sculpture
• Basketball player assists in statue reconstruction.
• Unfinished statue speaks volumes.
√ News about Ancient Greats
• Alexander the Great's death continues to intrigue. Check out National Geographic and history.com accounts.
• The search for Romulus.
√ Roman Discoveries
• Mega villa found in Oxfordshire, England.
• Roman swords from Hadrian's Wall cavalry barracks.
• Lost city discovered in southern France.
• What happened in 241 BCE?
√ Gospel Commentary
• 1500-year old Latin commentary now in English.
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Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers professional development webinars are offered on Tuesday evenings 6:00-7:00 p.m. Eastern Time (5:00-6:00 p.m. Central Time). Webinar participants will receive a certificate of participation for professional development credit.
The Journey of William Sanders Scarborough from Slavery to University Classicist
Presenter: Michele Valerie Ronnick, Professor, Wayne Sate University
The foremost authority on Scarborough, Professor Ronnick has passionately advocated for the publication of the African American classicist's autobiography and a collection of his works—for which two books she provided the introduction, annotations, and editing—and, most recently, for the reprinting of his First Lessons in Greek, originally published in 1881, for which she wrote the introduction. Professor Ronnick will discuss Scarborough's life and achievements, their historical context, and their implications for today.
Conversational Latin: It's Not What You Think It Is
Presenter: Daniel Gallagher, Associate Professor, Cornell University
Professor Gallagher's webinar promises to be an illuminating presentation on Latin pedagogy. Gallagher will address such issues as "What is the role of conversational Latin in the classroom?" "What is the ultimate goal of the Latin classroom?" Gallagher is both an engaging presenter and a thoughtful educator. Participants will leave the webinar with some healthy reflection on their own teaching.
Teaching Ancient Medicine
Presenter: Michael Goyette, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Hunter college and Classics Faculty,k Riverdale Country School
This webinar will discuss approaches to teaching courses and topics about ancient medicine. Professor Goyette will outline some of the readings (in translation), methodologies, and assignments he has used in teaching ancient medicine courses, as well as possibilities for incorporating ancient medical texts into other kinds of courses. He will provide an overview of three sample lessons he has used to engage students in interactive discussions of ancient medical practices and ideologies. Considering the ancient Hippocratic Oath alongside later medical oaths, the Hippocratic treatise 'On Dreams', and the ancient Chinese medical text ‘'Huangdi Neijing', these lessons will respectively demonstrate strategies for analyzing the development of medical ethics from antiquity to the 21st century, ideas for connecting ancient medical texts with students’ lived experiences, and models for drawing cross-cultural comparisons between "Eastern" and "Western" medical traditions. Goyette will show participants around the open educational resources website which he has created for teaching ancient medicine.
For complete webinar descriptions and presenter bios visit our webinar page.
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