Tuesday, December 12, 2017

ASCSA Academic Year Program


Application Deadline: January 15, 2018

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens offers incomparable opportunities and programs for graduate students enrolled in US and Canadian institutions to research, travel, and excavate in Greece. Facilities include two major libraries, a scientific laboratory, extensive archives, two excavation study centers at the Athenian Agora and Corinth, and a residence hall in central Athens providing room and board.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

ASCSA Summer Session

DEADLINE: January 15, 2018

The Summer Session program of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens is a six-week session designed for those who wish to become acquainted with Greece and its major monuments, and to improve their understanding of the country’s landscape, history, literature, and culture from antiquity to the present.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Fellowships for Research and Study at the Gennadius Library 2018-19

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens is pleased to announce the academic programs and fellowships for the 2018-2019 academic year at the Gennadius Library. Opened in 1926 with 26,000 volumes from diplomat and bibliophile, Joannes Gennadius, the Gennadius Library now holds a richly diverse collection of over 130,000 books and rare bindings, archives, manuscripts, and works of art illuminating the Hellenic tradition and neighboring cultures. The Library has become an internationally renowned center for the study of Greek history, literature, and art, especially from the Byzantine period to modern times.

Saturday, October 28, 2017


The 2017 Annual Institute has wrapped up, and what an exciting and memorable two-day conference it has been. Thanks to all involved, whether they presented, attended, shared materials, or made donations. The CAES Board would like to offer special thanks to Stacie Raucci and Union College for generously hosting our conference. Maximas gratias omnibus amicis optimis!

Please Share
Constantou Award Winner Grenardo Avellino,
principal of East Syracuse-Minoa High School,
with ES-M Latin teacher Anne Stock.
If you presented at the Institute, or have materials you would like to share from the "What are you doing on Monday morning?" session, please e-mail your items to: magister@caesny.org

All shared files are available at the CAES File Archive. Scroll down the left side of the website to browse the archive, and then select "2017 Annual Institute Files". Or click here: https://goo.gl/xKuph8

Outreach Survey
If you haven't had a chance to complete the CAES Outreach Survey, please do so soon! CAES really values your feedback!  https://goo.gl/n7AAgz

Membership Dues
Membership in CAES runs from September through August. If you have not renewed for the current academic year, please do so soon. CAES needs your support. You can view membership options on the membership page. If you are unsure of your membership status, please contact the webmaster at: magister@caesny.org

CAES President John Mooney with past presidents
Mike Kutny, Linda Fabrizio, David Pellegrino & Tom Virginia
(Tom Hayes & Dick Gascoyne missed the photo op!)

More to Come
Please stay connected to CAES for upcoming information on scholarships, the 2018 Annual Institute, and possible summer study opportunities.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

CAES Outreach Survey

If you are a Latin or Classics educator in New York State, CAES would like to hear from you! Please take a moment of your time to complete the CAES Outreach Survey. It would be most helpful if you could complete the survey by Monday, October 30. Maximas gratias!

Click here to visit the survey page.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

54th Annual Institute - Tempus Fugit!

The 54th Annual Institute begins Friday afternoon at Union College's Reamer Campus Center Auditorium. The Annual Institute committee and our presenters have prepared an outstanding program for participants. As you begin preparing to head to Schenectady, there are a few items for your consideration.

Please park in the lot at the corner of Seward Place and Nott Street. It is the closest lot to the Reamer Campus Center, and is open to campus visitors. Reamer is at number 45 on the following map:

Please Come Ready to Share
The last workshop on Saturday is going to give all participants an opportunity to share ideas about their favorite lessons, projects, etc. While it will be helpful if participants could bring copies of materials they would like to share, it is not necessary. (Items can also be shared electronically and posted to the CAES website after the workshop.) Idea sharing is the goal of the session so that people can walk away with something to use in their classroom.

Speaking of sharing, please consider bringing an item to donate to the CAES Emporium. Gently used books, teaching materials, realia, et al. are all greatly appreciated.

Late Registration
If you plan to attend but have not yet registered, please do so statim. You may also register at the door. N.B. Meals may not be available at this late of a date.

The Rose-Marie Lewent Conference: The Dead Sea Scrolls at 70

November 16-17, 2017
Hemmerdinger Hall, Silver Center for Arts and Science, Room 102

The conference is presented by the NYU Center for Ancient Studies in conjunction with the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies and is co-sponsored by the Salo W. and Jeannette M. Baron Foundation, the Israel Antiquities Authority, and the NYU Dean of the College of Arts and Science, the Dean for the Humanities, the Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Science, the Center for the Humanities, the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, and the Religious Studies Program. It is free and open to the public.

The full program may be viewed here:  http://as.nyu.edu/ancientstudies/news.html

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

ASCSA Study Opportunities in Greece 2018-2019



The American School of Classical Studies at Athens, one of America’s most distinguished centers devoted to advanced teaching and research, was founded in 1881 to provide American graduate students and scholars a base for their studies in the history and civilization of the Greek world. Today, over 135 years later, it is still a teaching institution, providing graduate students a unique opportunity to study firsthand the sites and monuments of Greece. The School is also a superb resource for senior scholars pursuing research in many fields ranging from prehistoric to modern Greece, thanks to its internationally renowned libraries, the Blegen, focusing on all aspects of Greece from its earliest prehistory to late antiquity, and the Gennadius, which concentrates on the Greek world after the end of antiquity.

Friday, October 13, 2017

NYS JCL Fall Festival Certamen Tournament

Pittsford Sutherland High School (55 Sutherland Street, Pittsford, NY 14534) will be hosting the 2017 NYS Junior Classical League Fall Festival. The event will be scheduled for 12:30pm through 9pm, Saturday, November 4th. Click this link for festival details, and click this link for the registration form. Email Lynn Smith (lynn_smith@pittsford.monroe.edu) with any questions.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

CAES Institute Update - Register by October 18

There’s still time to register for the 2017 CAES Institute, which is October 27-28 at Union College. Please register by October 18. You can still register after that date, but food will not be guaranteed at that point.

See http://www.caesny.org/p/annual-institute.html for information about registration and our enticing presentations.

Please encourage your local colleagues to go!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Fundraiser in Memory of Joe Crisafulli

The Crisafulli family and their friends are raising funds to have a memorial bench added to the Butterfly Garden of HOPE on Onondaga Lake Parkway in memory of Joe Crisafulli. Joe's daughter, Mary, has shared that any additional funds the family receives past the cost of the bench will be donated to the CAES Scholarship Fund in Joe's memory. Please consider making a donation in honor of Joe, and to support his legacy as an educator. Thank you.


Sunday, September 3, 2017

American School of Classical Studies at Athens NEH Fellowships

DEADLINE: October 31, 2017

Founded in 1881, the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA) is the most significant resource in Greece for American scholars in the fields of Greek language, literature, history, archaeology, philosophy, and art, from pre-Hellenic times to the present. It offers two major research libraries: the Blegen, with over 107,000 volumes dedicated to the ancient Mediterranean world; and the Gennadius, with over 146,000 volumes and archives devoted to post-classical Hellenic civilization and, more broadly, the Balkans and the eastern Mediterranean. The School also sponsors excavations and provides centers for advanced research in archaeological and related topics at its excavations in the Athenian Agora and Corinth, and it houses an archaeological laboratory at the main building complex in Athens. By agreement with the Greek government, the ASCSA is authorized to serve as liaison with the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports on behalf of American students and scholars for the acquisition of permits to conduct archaeological work and to study museum collections.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Register Online for the 54th Annual Institute

The online reservation and payment system for the upcoming Institute is up and running. Please visit the Annual Institute page for all of the latest information on this year's exciting program.

Location - Union College, Schenectady NY

Dates - Presentations begin on Friday, 10/27 at 1pm. The keynote speaker, Ann Patty, will be talking about her book, Living with a Dead Language, at our banquet on Friday evening. (The registration form will have an option to order a signed copy.) Presentations continue on Saturday, 10/28 from 8am-3:30pm.

Hotel - Rooms are being reserved at the Doubletree Hotel in Schenectady through September 27Call the hotel directly (518-393-4141) to make your reservation. To receive the group rate of $159.00 a night please mention that you are with the Classical Association of the Empire State group or give the group code: CAE.

Registration - You may register electronically, or if you prefer, you can download a printable form to mail. Payment may be submitted via PayPal using our payment page, or you may mail in a check.

Register Now

More information on the program, schedule, scholarship opportunities, et al. can be found at the Annual Institute page: http://www.caesny.org/p/annual-institute.html

We hope to see you in Schenectady this October!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

American School of Classical Studies at Athens - Positions Available


One or Two Positions for 2018-2019
Deadline: October 31

Term: Early September to June 1.

Eligibility: A senior scholar with a significant record of publication and teaching in a North American institution who is a faculty or staff member at a Cooperating Institution.  Preference will be given to those who have not received recent support from the School. Candidates who have held the Whitehead Professorship may apply if the previous term was at least five years prior.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

2017 Annual Institute - Letter from the CAES President

Salvete, omnes! 

The CAES board is grateful to Union College for again generously hosting our annual Institute on their lovely campus on Friday and Saturday, October 27-28, 2017.

The somewhat lingua in gena theme is Tene tranqillum et utere Latina, and now more than ever we need to be reminded of that sturdy old Roman stoicism and to continue to think of ways of putting old wine into new bottles.

Presentations begin on Friday at 1pm, with the keynote speaker, Ann Patty, talking about her book, Living with a Dead Language, at our banquet that evening. (The registration form will have an option to order a signed copy.) Presentations continue on Saturday from 8am-3:30pm.

Talks will include a wide range of topics, from themes and authors such as classical education and ethics, Eleusis, Catullus, Vergil, Ovid, and Caesar, to the pedagogical, such as the elusive quest for the perfect Latin textbook, assessing student translations, and flipping the Latin classroom.

Conference participants may begin reserving rooms at the Doubletree Hotel in Schenectady anytime from now until September 27. 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.

Coming soon will be a list of the presentations, a schedule, and a registration form. Please visit the Annual Institute page on the CAES website for the latest information. 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, and please encourage a colleague to attend!

Ex animo, 

John Mooney, President

Monday, June 5, 2017

Annual Institute Date Change - October 27-28

Nota Bene: Due to circumstances beyond our control, we have had to move the dates of the 2017 Annual Institute from October 20-21 to Friday and Saturday October 27-28. The Institute will still be held at Union College, and our planned speakers, events, etc. are still set. Be on the lookout for a mailing and website updates with additional information, including hotel accommodations.

If you would like to submit a proposal to lead a workshop or present at the Institute, please do so online by June 15th.

Monday, May 15, 2017

CAES Institute Proposal Deadline: June 15

Attention members and amici of CAES:

The CAES board is excited to announce that the annual Institute will be at Union College again this year, on October 27-28. The theme is tene tranquillum et utere Latina, reflecting our hope that in these interesting times we continue to find inspiration in the language we all love so much. To that end we are delighted that our keynote speaker will be former New York City book editor Ann Patty, author of Living with a Dead Language: My Romance with Latin, an entertaining exploration of the richness and relevance of the Latin language and literature.

We’re writing so you can start making your plans to attend and to give you the opportunity to submit a proposal to make a presentation at the Institute. The duration is either 30 minutes or an hour. We have several presentations lined up by both professors and teachers, but there are still slots available for more. Please click here to submit your proposal by June 15.

In the coming weeks please check the caesny.org website for updates on program, registration and scholarship information. Start spreading the word and we certainly hope to see you there!

Ex animo,

John Mooney
CAES board President

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

In Memoriam: William J. (Bill) Mayer

Bill Mayer, well known to CAES members and to many classicists outside New York State, passed away on April 27, 2017.

Bill was raised in Colonie, New York.  As an undergraduate he attended SUNY Albany, which at that time had a flourishing program to prepare high school Latin teachers.  Bill ultimately decided to pursue a doctorate at Columbia and later began teaching at Hunter College of CUNY, which became his home for the rest of his professional life.  Despite “moving up,” Bill always maintained strong connections to secondary teaching.  He was passionate in the belief that high school and college faculty need to work together to insure that Classics continues to play a vital role in American education.

Bill visiting with Hunter MA alumnus Don Buck in 2015.
Of Bill’s many contributions to the profession, perhaps the most enduring is the role he played in establishing the MA Program in the Teaching of Latin at Hunter (1988).  Despite a real shortage of Latin teachers, during the 1980s no institution in the greater New York area catered to the needs of those seeking Latin certification.  To address this problem, Bill enlisted the support of his colleagues at Hunter and helped shepherd the proposed MA program through the CUNY bureaucracy until it was approved.  For many years he taught the important Latin methods course as well as others.  The Hunter MA program became a great success, partly because it is accessible to students who are working full-time, whether as teachers of subjects other than Latin or in fields outside education.  In 1998 CAES recognized the importance of the Hunter MA Program by granting it the Outstanding Latin Program award.

Bill was a stalwart supporter of CAES.  For many years, hardly an Institute took place without a presentation from Bill.  His workshops were both lively and erudite; attendees never left without lots of ideas and lots of handouts (in his trademark large font) to use in their own classrooms.  He presented on many topics -- Roman authors, both famous and obscure, epigraphy, numismatics, even music.  A longtime member of the CAES Executive Board, Bill served twice as President, 1982–1984 and 2006–2007.  Together with Bill Godfrey, he organized the summer workshops for teachers held for several summers at Stony Brook, as well as the one at Vassar College in 1995.  Bill was a delegate from CAES to the New York State Council on Languages and served a term as SCOL Chairperson.  He was a strong advocate of working with organizations outside the field of Classics to advance common goals.  CAES recognized Bill’s many contributions by presenting him with the Spillinger Award, given to a classicist who has made significant contributions to the profession.  
Excelsior! New Yorkers Bill Mayer and
Jill Crooker both received Meritus/Merita
awards from ACL in 2003.

The American Classical League also benefitted from Bill’s leadership.  He frequently presented workshops at the ACL Institute and served as Vice President / Program Chair (2009–2012).  ACL recognized Bill’s contributions to the profession with its Meritus Award in 2003 at the University at Buffalo, and many CAES members were present to see Bill receive this honor.  Bill also served a term as Chair of the National Committee for Latin and Greek.

In addition, Bill was active in the Classical Association of the Atlantic States, serving on the Executive Board and concluding with a term as President (1997–1998).  CAAS honored Bill with an Ovatio at the October 2012 joint CAAS/CAES meeting in New York City.  This was a special occasion since Bill was able to attend and reconnect with many friends.  Bill served the College Board as a Reader for the Advanced Placement examinations in Latin for a number of years, a job that requires great care and precision to insure consistent grading on all papers.

For many years Bill lived in a loft in SoHo; he loved the excitement and cultural life of New York City. Later he acquired a house in Beacon that eventually became his main home.  While living in the Hudson Valley, Bill was active in the First Presbyterian Church of Phillipstown.  About 2010 Bill began to experience health problems.  He retired from Hunter College and later moved to be near his brother in the Pittsburgh area.

Bill and former CAES President Karen Hammerlof at the Institute.
Perhaps Bill’s greatest hallmark was his generosity.  He freely gave his time and energy to institutions such as CAES and ACL, but even more so to individuals.  Despite his busy schedule, he often spoke at regional meetings of Latin teachers and went to high schools to give presentations to students.  (Roman numismatics was one of his favorite topics and the kids loved the actual ancient coins that he brought.)  Bill was an ideal mentor to many prospective teachers.  He would go to impossible lengths to accommodate them, traveling hours to conduct observations, even meeting one student regularly in a diner during that student's lunch break to teach him an independent study course.  A number of our colleagues in CAES today say that they would not be teachers if it weren’t for Bill.  

I met Bill in 1982 and was struck by his energy, warmth, and enthusiasm for classics and for life in general.  Former CAES President Linda Fabrizio wrote upon hearing of Bill’s passing:
His kindness and generosity is what I treasure most.  In an era of ambition, self-promotion, and incivility,  Bill’s warm and gentle nature reminds us of what we all can be.

As the Romans carved on their tombstones: Sit ei terra levis.

—David Perry
   Rye High/Middle School (Retired)


Latin Position - Poly Prep

Poly Prep seeks applicants for a Middle and Upper School Latin teacher. The position requires knowledge of and or practice in Latin pedagogy and classical culture. The candidate must be flexible in terms of teaching assignments across divisions.  Qualified applicants will have a Bachelor’s Degree in Latin or Classics (Masters preferred). Ability to teach Ancient Greek not essential but desirable. The ideal candidate will possess a passion for teaching, a love for learning and working with students, families and colleagues, and a sense of humor.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Latin Teacher Position - The Brooklyn Latin School


Latin teacher for grades 9-12.

The Brooklyn Latin School is one of New York City’s eight specialized (i.e. exam) high schools, offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma program to students from all five boroughs of New York City. In 2015, U.S. News and World Report ranked us in the top 30 high schools in the nation and placed us at #4 on their list of schools that are “Beating the Odds,” honoring our work with economically disadvantaged students. We are presently seeking results oriented teachers who exhibit strong leadership, deep content knowledge, a reflective nature, the capacity for teamwork, and an appreciation for the art of teaching and learning.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Full-Time Programs Assistant - ASCSA

Job Posting:  Full-time Programs Assistant

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA), a non-profit overseas research institution, is seeking a qualified individual to work in the U.S. administrative office of the School in Princeton, NJ. The ASCSA offers a pleasant, energetic environment with dedicated professionals. Position is full time, 35 hours per week beginning June 1, 2017.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Latin Vacancy - Commack High School, Long Island

Commack High School, Long Island, NY seeks a part-time teacher of Latin (2 periods).
Tenure track position for dual certification in Latin and French.
Strong support to grow a successful full-time Latin program.
Position available immediately.

LauraAnne Weiss
World Languages Coordinator
Commack Schools
CHS: 631-912-2157
CMS: 631-858-3547

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Teach the Teachers Summer 2017

Tufts University Boston MA August 14-16th, 2017

The Perseids Project in conjunction with the Department of Classics at Tufts University is calling for participants in the second Teach the Teachers workshop.

This three-day workshop aims to explore the uses of digital tools in a classroom setting. Treebanking and Translation Alignments will be the main focus of the workshop, as well as different techniques for integrating them into classrooms at all levels.

Funding will be provided for travel and lodgings in the Boston area. Applications for attendance will be accepted until May 1st.

For additional information on how to apply, please visit this page on the Perseids website:

Latin Teacher Vacancy - Baldwinsville

The Baldwinsville Central School District is in the process of filling a probationary vacancy for Latin Grades 8-12 (Multiple LOTE certifications preferred) beginning with the 2017-2018 school year

Please Mail or Fax your cover letter and resume to:  Screening Committee, Office of Human Resources, 29 East Oneida Street, Baldwinsville, NY  13027 or FAX to 315-638-6041.  DO NOT COMPLETE AN ONLINE EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION.  Deadline ASAP.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Free Online Course - Rome: a Virtual Tour of the Ancient City

Dr. Matthew Nicholls of the University of Reading is leading a free online course on ancient Rome. The course started March 13, and runs for 5 weeks. As of today, you can still join the course and complete week 1. The course features walk-throughs of the amazing 3D Digital model of ancient Rome, circa 315 AD. While the course is free, there is the option to "upgrade" for a fee to have access to the online materials long after the course is completed, among other things.

Check out the course here:

For more information and videos, the Guardian did a nice write-up:

Thursday, March 16, 2017

NYU/Met Symposium

The NYU Center for Ancient Studies and The Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, in conjunction with The Metropolitan Museum of Art, will present a symposium on “The Age of Empires: Comparisons and Interactions between East and West in Antiquity,” on April 6, 7, & 9, 2017.  It will take place in The Met’s Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium.  This program is offered in association with the exhibition, “Age of Empires: Chinese Art of the Qin and Han Dynasties (221 B.C. - A.D. 220),” at The Met.

The full program may be viewed here: 

Monday, March 6, 2017

Seeking Proposals for Workshops and Presentations for the 2017 Annual Institute

The 54th Annual Institute will be held October 27-28, 2017 at Union College in Schenectady, NY. Please consider presenting or leading a workshop at this year's conference. Whether you teach Latin to 6th graders, or Greek to university students, CAES invites you to share your expertise and passion to our institute attendees. Click the following link to submit a workshop proposal:

Thursday, March 2, 2017

AP Latin Summer Workshop - St. Joseph College, Maine

Consider coming to Maine to St. Joseph College on the shores of Sebago Lake. AP Latin calls you!

July 17-21, 2017

AP LATIN: CAESAR and Multiple Choice

Caesar's de Bello Gallico, Books 1, 4, 5, and 6 (syllabus readings) will serve as the material for the development of multiple-choice questions.  We will learn to write questions targeting the learning objectives in the Curriculum Framework, by following the specific format of the exam.  In addition to Caesar, the Framework suggests that reading at sight should be integrated into instruction. We will select from these suggested sight authors:  for prose Nepos, Cicero, Livy, and for poetry Ovid, Tibullus, Catullus, and prepare questions. The goal of the workshop is to demystify multiple choice and Section 1 of the AP Exam, look at the SAT Latin Exam format and its types of multiple-choice questions, and help each teacher leave the workshop with 1) a final project lesson (literal translation and scoring grid, an essay question, and/or a short answer question) and 2)  multiple choice passages to use throughout the coming year. Bring any texts you may have and a laptop computer.

For additional information, contact Jill Crooker, jmcrooker@aol.com

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Upcoming AP Latin Workshops

Think about coming to the Taft School in Watertown, CT to work with your colleagues on developing or enhancing your AP Latin curriculum. Here are the descriptions for this coming summer.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

ASCSA Seeking Editor

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens is searching for the next Editor of Hesperia, the official journal of the ASCSA. The successful candidate will work full-time, preferably out of the Princeton office, beginning on or around June 1, 2017. This is a five-year appointment with the option to renew.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Latin Teaching Vacancy - Commack High School

The Commack UFSD is seeking qualified Latin teaching candidates who would be interested in working in a tenure track position at the Commack HS. If you are interested, please email rkolahifar@commack.k12.ny.us. The position is for an immediate need that has arisen. Please email your resume and letter of interest along with a copy of your certification. Thank you.

-Mr. Reza Kolahifar, Executive Director of Personnel, Commack Union Free School District

Monday, January 23, 2017

54th Annual Institute - October 20-21, 2017

Mark your calendars! The next Annual Institute will be held in Schenectady at Union College on Friday 10/20 and Saturday 10/21. Please consider presenting a paper or workshop; proposals are currently being accepted. Visit the Institute Workshop Proposal Page to make a submission.