Friday, July 22, 2016

A Message from the President of CAES

Salvete, omnes! 

For Latin teachers and classicists of all levels, summer is a time for rejuvenation, and for those of us in the Empire State, so is the annual CAES Institute.

This year’s theme is Vis Unita Fortior, and this fall we’ll feel united and more powerful thanks to CAES board members Stacie Raucci and Hans-Friedrich Mueller as well as the entire Classics Department at Union College, who are hosting this year’s Institute on their lovely campus on October 28-29, 2016.

Several presentations, including the keynote by W. Jeffrey Tatum, will focus on Caesar, who is still relatively new to the AP syllabus. Other cultural and historical presentations include teaching the ancient environment, religion in the ancient world, Augustan Rome and The Godfather, and Diocletian. Pedagogical presentations will include scaffolding Caesar and other authors, Socratic seminars, how to build a vibrant Latin program, and spoken Latin in the classroom. (Visit the Annual Institute page for a full description of each presentation.)

To minimize hotel expenses and time out of the classroom, the schedule this year has been streamlined. Presentations will begin at 1pm on Friday, October 28, with the keynote address that evening, and continue through 3:30pm on Saturday, October 29.

Conference participants may begin reserving rooms at the Doubletree Hotel in Schenectady anytime from now until October 7, 2016. Call the hotel directly (518-393-4141) to make your reservation and to ensure that you receive the group rate of $159.00 a night. Be certain to mention that you are with the Classical Association of the Empire State group or give the group code: CAE.

On our website please find a list of the presentations, a schedule, a registration form, and a membership form. If this is your first Institute, you are eligible for the Donna Caldwell Scholarship to help defray some of your expenses. The presentations will be wide-ranging and superb. We on the CAES board look forward to seeing you there! 

Ex animo,

John Mooney, President