Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Register Now for the Annual Institute

The CAES board of directors is delighted to announce that registration is now open for its Annual Institute, which will be at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, on Friday-Saturday, October 26-27 2018 (

Not only will the gathering be held on this idyllic campus in the Spa City, but also our keynote speaker will be Daniel Gallagher of Cornell University. Formerly the Latin secretary to Popes Benedict and Francis, Professor Gallagher will discuss how his predecessor at the Vatican, renowned Latinist Fr. Reginald Foster, influenced his approach to teaching Latin. In addition, he will offer two workshops promulgating his methods.

Other presentations will address pedagogy, history, and Greek and Roman culture. We are accepting workshop proposals until July 1. Program updates will follow. As for travel and hotel information, the Amtrak station in Saratoga Springs is just over two miles from the campus, and a limited number of rooms are available for $175 per night at the Embassy Suites, 86 Congress St., Saratoga Springs, NY (518-290-9090).

If this is your first conference, you may be eligible for the Donna Cadwell Scholarship, which would substantially defray expenses incurred at the Institute. Also, the Joseph A. Crisafulli Scholarship is available to cover the cost of registration. Applications for both are due September 15. For scholarships, workshop proposals, program updates, and registration information, visit

We on the board hope to see you at the conference--et fer sodalem!

Ex animo,

John Mooney

Friday, May 18, 2018

Call for Presenters

The 55th annual CAES Institute will take place on October 26-27, 2018, at Skidmore College. Our keynote speaker will be Professor Daniel Gallagher of Cornell University. We are currently seeking presenters. If you would like to do so, please fill out the application form on our website by July 1.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Encourage Your Students to Join the NYS JCL Delegation for the 65th Annual National Junior Classical League Convention

Members of the NYS Junior Classical League and National Junior Classical League are eligible to participate in this unique opportunity to:

Saturday, May 5, 2018


The Classical Association of the Empire State, like the rest of the classics community throughout the country, was intrigued by the February 2017 headline in the Cornell Chronicle, “Renowned Vatican classicist joins the Cornell community,” and it is thrilled that attendees to its annual institute will not only hear him give a keynote address but also will have the opportunity to attend two of his workshops. In addition, the Institute, which will be held at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs on October 26-27, 2018, will include presentations by other professors and teachers on historical, cultural, and pedagogical topics.

In Professor Gallagher’s keynote speech, “From Taedium to Studium, from Negotium to Otium: My Voyage Across the Sea of Latin,” he will recount that, ”With the right teacher, an annoyance with textbook-Latin can be transformed into a living experience of Latin literature. I was fortunate enough to have such a teacher [the legendary Reginald Foster]. I want to tell the story of how he turned my frustration with Latin into a zeal for its literature, how that zeal led me to a job writing Latin, and how that job drove me to share Latin as one of life’s greatest pleasures.”

Along with his speech, Professor Gallagher will give two workshops on his modus docendi. In the first one, “Conversational Latin: It’s not what you think it is,” he will assert that “we cannot lay claim to a sufficient mastery of Latin qua language until we have acquired some oral skills. At the same time, unlike a modern language, the goal of spoken Latin is not conversational fluency. Rather, by formulating our thoughts into Latin and expressing them in real human-to-human interaction, we experience the unique structural, grammatical, and syntactical features of the language actively rather than passively, which in turn greatly enhances our reading comprehension.”

In his second workshop, “Ossa: The Bones of Latin,” he will display how “Reginald Foster has developed a unique and highly effective way of teaching and learning Latin. It is not a magic formula, but a new approach to building the bones of Latin through a direct “experience” of its original loci. The dictionary is the ‘textbook,’ the readings are the entire Latin corpus, and the assignments are ludi domestici or ‘home-games’. Decide for yourself if they work.”

Program and registration information will be available on the CAES website ( by June 1, 2018.

Daniel Gallagher, currently the Ralph and Jeanne Kanders Associate Professor of the Practice in Latin at Cornell University, spent a decade at the Vatican working as a Latin secretary for Popes Benedict and Francis. For twenty years now he has dedicated himself to handing on the Latin language according to the method of his teacher and predecessor at the Vatican, Reginald Foster, a mission he shares with his colleagues at the Paideia Institute for Humanistic Study. Professor Gallagher has offered a wide range of tutorials and workshops at high schools and colleges throughout Italy and the United States, including Philips Exeter Academy and the Liceo Scientifico Volta in Milan. Among other projects, he has translated Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Commentarii de Inepto Puero) into Latin, and has recently collaborated with C. J. Henke on a revised edition of De Mago Oziensi (The Wizard of Oz).

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Summer AP Latin Workshops - July 2018

Jill Crooker will be facilitating the following AP workshops this summer:

Taft School, Watertown, CT
July 8-13, 2018
C Week:  Basics of Teaching the AP Latin course

St Joseph College, Standish, Maine
July 15-20, 2018

Taft School, Watertown, CT
July 22-27, 2018
E Week:  Multiple Choice in the AP Latin course and exam

Scroll down for more information on each workshop.

Friday, March 23, 2018

NYU Center for Ancient Studies Ranieri Colloquium

Thursday & Friday, April 26-27, 2018

The conference is entitled, “The Origins of the Arts: Expressive Culture of Early Homo sapiens.”  It is presented by the NYU Center for Ancient Studies in conjunction with the Center for the Study of Human Origins and is co-sponsored by the Centre Cartailhac, Maison des Sciences de l’Homme et de la Société, Université de Toulouse Jean Jaurès, and by the NYU College of Arts and Science, the Institute of Fine Arts, the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, the Tisch School of the Arts, the University Arts Council, and the Departments of Anthropology and Art History. It is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required at:

The full program may be viewed here:

Monday, March 19, 2018

Latin Teaching Position - Brooklyn Latin School


Latin teacher for grades 9-12.

*Knowledge of and a willingness to teach Ancient Greek is preferred but not required.


The Brooklyn Latin School (TBLS) is one of New York City’s nine specialized (i.e. exam) high schools, offering a classical, liberal arts education. A replication of the prestigious Boston Latin School, TBLS was founded in 2006, and all students are enrolled in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, a challenging two-year course of study widely recognized by the world’s leading universities.

We are presently seeking a results-oriented teacher who exhibits effective leadership, thorough content knowledge, a reflective nature, a strong work ethic, and an appreciation for the discipline of teaching.

Friday, February 23, 2018

CAES Membership Data Survey

To better serve our members, we are attempting to generate a map of New York State Latin programs, including universities and colleges that teach the Classics. Please take a few minutes to share some information with CAES by April 1st.

We would like to encourage you to pass this on to other Latin/Classics teachers in New York State. Thank you for your response and help. 

Friday, February 16, 2018

Part-time Latin Position

Riverdale Country School is a preK - 12 day school in New York City that combines both traditional and innovative practices to provide an excellent Liberal Arts learning environment. Through our guiding principles - developing minds, building character and creating community - we aim to shape disciplined and flexible individuals who will change global and local communities for the good.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

The Classical Association of the Atlantic States is seeking applications for two key positions in the organization:

Treasurer & Annual Meeting Program Coordinator.

Job descriptions and application information is on the main page of the CAAS website. Applicants must work or reside in the CAAS area.