Classics professors Adriana Brook of Lawrence University, Eric Dugdale of Gustavus Adolphus College, and John Gruber-Miller of Cornell College have collaborated on an updated version of the Society for Classical Studies resource Careers for Classicists: Undergraduate Edition.
This is a great resource for high school teachers to share with students as they look to college studies as well as for college professors to share with their students.
Our Voices for Inclusive Classics Pedagogy
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|Classical Conferences and Meetings in 2020|
CAMWS—Classical Association of the Middle West and South
(Real Time Conference Cancelled - VIRTUAL CONFERENCE scheduled for May 26–30, 2020 - click link for details.)
116th Annual Meeting of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South
March 25–28, 2020
Hyatt Regency Birmingham—The Wynfrey Hotel at the invitation of Samford University
Representatives: Donald Sprague and Amelia Wallace
The 55th International Congress on Medieval Studies
CANCELLED - A Virtual Book Exhibit will be available online during the conference dates.
May 7–10, 2020
Western Michigan University
Representative: Donald Sprague
ACL—The American Classical League
CANCELLED - Stay tuned for details about the ACL Virtual 72nd Annual Institute
June 25–27, 2020
College of Charleston
Representatives: Bridget Dean and Donald Sprague
NJCL—National Junior Classical League
July 24–29, 2020
University of Richmond
Representatives: Donald Sprague and Amelia Wallace
|Special Announcement: CANE Summer Institute|
In light of the current circumstances, the Board of CANE has voted to cancel the CANE Summer Institute 2020. Those of you who have registered have been notified and will receive a full refund. CSI 2021 will be a substantially similar program to 2020 and has been tentatively scheduled for July 12–17, 2021. The full program for 2021 will be posted on CANEweb by December 1, 2020. Please contact the director, Amanda Loud, at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have.|
|2020 Winter/Spring Webinars|
We look forward to welcoming you to another round of complimentary professional development webinars. Attendees receive a certificate acknowledging their professional development participation.
For full descriptions of the 2020 Winter/Spring webinars visit the B-C webinar page.
Medea in Los Angeles and Oedipus in New Mexico: Boundaries, Myth and Politics
Tuesday, May 5, 2020, 6–7:00 pm ET
Presenter: Yoandy Cabrera Ortega, Assistant Professor, Rockford University, Rockford, IL
Professor Cabrera Ortega specializes in the influence of Greco-Roman literature on modern Hispanic culture and literature. In this webinar, he will share his insights on the adaptation of both Medea and Oedipus in a contemporary Latinx world.
Teaching Social Justice in the Latin Classroom
Tuesday, May 19, 2020, 6–7:00 pm ET
Presenter: Miriam Patrick, Parkview High School, Lilbrun, GA
Every student has the right to see themselves in their classroom, content, and context. This webinar will focus on ways that Latin teachers can bring multiculturalism into the classroom through choosing appropriate visuals, choosing authentic materials, and reconsidering the context of the Latin language.
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These are strange times, indeed!
We hope you and your families have adjusted successfully to the COVID-19 social restrictions and that your students and their families have also adjusted successfully.
All of us at Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers are in awe of our teacher colleagues who have proven to be incredibly dedicated, amazingly creative, and so indefatigable as they transformed their teaching to remote learning. Some had as few as twenty-four hours to do this. We laud those colleagues who stepped up and offered their assistance to those for whom this change was a bit daunting. We admire you and your students for your flexibility, patience, and resiliency. Kudos all around!
As noted below, Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers has gathered some special distance learning materials that we are happy to make complimentary. Do check them out.
As ever, we are committed to serving the needs of the classics community. Do not hesitate to reach out to us.
May we all be inspired by the flowers of spring! . . . until the dark clouds of this pandemic disperse.
With every good wish,
Spring flowers along the front of the editor’s condominium building
bring color to these troubling times.
|Special Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers Distance Learning Page|
In response to school closures due to COVID-19, Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers is making a variety of materials available to the classics community in order to ease the transition to distance learning. Please see our new Distance Learning page
to learn more about the digital products, including LUMINA for LNM
for Level 1
and Level 2
, that we are offering at no charge. Via this page, you can also freely access downloadable packets of fair use excerpts from our books as well as some fun mythology-related activities.
|Lumina: Released to Great Acclaim!|
Lumina: Online Guided Practice to Accompany LNM
Lumina online content offers new resources to support LNM, Levels 1 and 2. The interactive guided Language Fact sections provide immediate feedback to students as they preview or review each chapter of Latin for the New Millennium Level 1 or Level 2. Mouse-over vocabulary lists allow a new format for vocabulary mastery. Infinitely replayable crossword puzzles engage students in derivative work. Automatically graded quizzes free up student-teacher interaction time for translation, oral/aural work, discussion, and other learning activities. For a brief overview of the program,
check out this video
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Lumina: Latin for the New Millennium Level 1
• Classroom Option
• Individual User Option
Lumina: Latin for the New Millennium Level 2
• Classroom Option
• Individual User Option
Artes Latinae: A Self-Teaching,
Self-Paced Interactive Latin Program
offers a revamped Artes Latinae
. This fully interactive online program teaches all of Latin grammar in two courses. Purchase the program at a special discounted price of 25% off! For a brief overview of the program, check out this video
Visit our website product pages for information.
• Lumina: Artes Latinae Level 1
• Lumina: Artes Latinae Level 2
Based on the program developed by Dr. Waldo E. Sweet of the University of Michigan for Encyclopedia Britannica, Lumina: Artes Latinae is an easy-to-follow course that includes all the tools a student needs to achieve a firm command of Latin. The course was carefully crafted and refined to suit the needs and abilities of a broad spectrum of students. Lumina: Artes Latinae meets existing foreign language requirements for high school graduation.
This month, I am focusing my tech tip on a tool that I think can be of particular help as teachers adjust to distance learning. Reading and interacting with texts is a critical component of our Latin classes. Many classes, particularly at the upper levels, focus on nurturing a student’s ability to understand, critique, discuss, and connect with classical texts. Hypothes.is is a digital annotation and social reading tool that can help us move this work into the realm of online teaching and learning. Hypothes.is is available as a browser extension to Google Chrome, a bookmarklet to any other browser, or as a fully integrated add-on to a number of learning management systems (Canvas, Schoology, Google Classroom, and Moodle among others). Currently, Hypothes.is is waiving the fees ordinarily associated with the LMS integrations.
For me, the quickest way to get started was to create a free account and download the Google Chrome extension. With an account and extension, the user can then navigate to any website and begin adding annotations and highlights. This means that any text on the Latin Library can become home to annotations. Hypothes.is also works with hosted PDF documents, so the PDFs that Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers has made available on its Distance Learning page
can also accept annotations. The power of Hypothes.is is really the social element that it offers. To take advantage of this, a teacher can set up a private group and share the group link with students. Students will need to set up their own accounts and then access the group link to view materials shared to the group. Then, members of the group can view the annotations of their teacher and those of other group members as well as add their own notes. Teachers can prepare an authentic text from the Latin Library by annotating challenging phrases with hints and posing comprehension questions. Then, they can share the text with a group of students and ask students to read the text and add their own annotations. Student annotations might focus on meaning-making, connecting with and reacting to the text, and posing reflective questions. Teachers might also instruct students to enrich the passage by adding an image to an annotation and responding to a question posed by a classmate. To give it a try, start by visiting https://web.hypothes.is/education/
2020 has come to a close with Alexander the Great crowned as champion. Read our blog recap
for the full results, a roster of winning participants, and some words of wisdom from third place winner, Latin teacher Evelyn Beckman.
Thanks to Schola Latinae
for this pertinent directive presented in Latin.
Thanks to Caitlin Clerkin, graduate student in archaeology at the
University of Michigan, who shared these classical sardines
found at the Kasao African Market
in Ann Arbor.
Excavations in Don Sprague’s home office uncovered this clever advertisement from 2005. The advertisement’s main pitch text reads:
The ancient Greeks worshipped the fig and used it for energy during training. Pretty smart for a bunch of guys who wore sheets.
Veni, vidi, . . .
Monmouth College Professor of Classics Emeritus Thomas Sienkewicz shared this timely cartoon
from the Bleibel Daily Star of Beirut, Lebanon.
|Teaching Tips & Resources|
|► Online Resources|
• JSTOR offer free access to content.
• WOW! 2,500 museums offer virtual tours
• Students will enjoy this YouTube lesson on the subjunctive.
• Hands-on activity enhances the magic of classics.
► Res Romanae
• Wild animals romp in Rome’s ruins.
• Wow! 7,000 Roman buildings restored virtually!
• Virtually tour newly excavated homes in Pompeii.
• New excavations evoke Romulus and Rome’s founding.
• Do you follow History in 3D?
• Romans pose as Etruscan art.
• Roman sculpture in full color!
• Practical jokes from ancient Rome.
► Res Hellenicae
• Who taught whom? Greece or India?
• Take a virtual tour of the Acropolis Museum?
• A modern assessment of the Spartans.
• Check out these ancient recipes.
• Ten top films set in ancient Rome beckon you.
• Pope Francis quotes the Aeneid (1.203) in his discussion of the coronavirus.
► Social Justice
• Classics colleague Miriam Patrick recommends this TED Talk.
• Looking at myth from a different perspective.
• Women doctors in the Roman world.
• Follow the blog Pharos to learn about greater inclusivity in classics.
► Classics and COVID-19
The pandemic has generated a range of reflections rooted in the classical world. Here follows a selection.
• Classicist Hunter Gardner on plague literature.
• Learning from the Greeks about pandemics.
• The Athenians feared the political implications of disease.
• A touching letter in response to an ancient plague.
• Invicta presents a mini-documentary on Rome’s Antonine plague.
• The Atlantic discusses parallels between the Athenian plague and today.
• Classicist Jennifer Roberts discusses how Thucydides would have written about COVID-19.
• Lessons on pandemics from Lucretius.
Editor’s Note: Counselors suggest teachers exert caution when assigning readings related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Indeed, all of us need to be careful about COVID-19 information overload and its deleterious effects.
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