Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Hellenic Museum Summer School in January


This January, Australia's Hellenic Museum will offer four short courses - online and in person - exploring different aspects of Greek and Roman history and society. The courses will explore colonisation and empires in the ancient Adriatic, the home life of the ancient Greeks and Romans, understanding Greek theatre and the development of church architecture.

All courses will be presented by Dr Christopher Gribbin, a public historian and Adjunct Lecturer at La Trobe University. The courses are delivered in an entertaining and informative way and can be a valuable experience for teachers or anyone looking to engage with ancient literature and society.

The Summer School will run from 9-13 January 2022 (US time).

For more details, go to or contact

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Maternity Leave Job Opening: New Hartford, NY

The New Hartford, NY school district is seeking a maternity leave replacement from November 22 - January 31st. The position includes teaching Latin 1, Latin 3, and Introduction to French on a block schedule. The French teacher will be sharing the lesson plans to guide the guest teacher. The Assistant Superintendent is Allen Hyde and the department chair and union president is Natasha Homa and they can be contacted at these email addresses: & 

Sunday, October 3, 2021

CAES Annual Institute Registration

Due to a variety of circumstances and challenges, this year's institute will feature only a key note speaker. CAES is happy to announce that Kathleen de Riesthal of Stony Brook University will present on Teaching Roman Medicine. Her presentation will begin at 3pm on Friday, October 15. The presentation will be followed by the annual board meeting and officer elections. The CAES Board of Directors will meet following the annual board meeting.

Registration is FREE. Please register here ASAP! CTLE Credit hours are available.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

The Spectacular Dead: A Lecture at Union College

The Union College Department of Classics has announced their 2021 Christina Elliott Sorum Memorial Lecture. Mario Erasmo, Professor of Classics at the University of Georgia will present the lecture titled "The Spectacular Dead: Staging and Viewing Ancient Roman Corpses." The public is welcome and invited to attend on Thursday, September 30, at 5:30 PM in the Olin building room 115 on Union College's Schenectady campus. 

Please note that due to Union College rules, all guests must be vaccinated and wearing a mask to attend this lecture. 

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Save the Date: CAES 2021 Annual Institute

The 2021 CAES Annual Institute will be virtual and held on Friday, October 15. Registration will be open soon. Members should have received a mailing regarding membership. Please return all necessary membership forms soon. 

American School of Classical Studies at Athens Positions, Programs, and Fellowships

Information about various 2022-2023 ASCSA available positions, programs, and fellowships can be found below. For more information about each program or fellowships, please visit

Thursday, July 29, 2021

CAES 2021 Annual Institute: Seeking Proposals

The 58th annual CAES Institute will be held virtually on Friday, October 15, 2021. The program committee is welcoming proposals for workshops and presentations centered on practical ideas for teaching Latin in today's classroom as well as topics that provide ongoing professional learning in the subject area. Please submit your information no later than August 31, 2021. The committee will review proposals and notify presenters in early September.
Please submit your proposal via this Google Form.

Thursday, July 1, 2021

CAES 2020 Institute Video

Are you looking for inspiration for the fall? Why not watch or rewatch the presentations from our 2020 institute. The following times are approximate.

0.0 - Charlie Giglio's welcome

05.00 - Kristin Master's LGBT Meets SPQR

1:00:10 - William Breitweiser and Jennifer Armstrong's Social Justice through Antigone

1:45:00    - CAES Business Meeting

2:06:25   - Brian Serwicki's Latin Goes to the Movies

2:56:43 - Dr. Hans-Friedrich Mueller's Controlling the Narrative and Passing the Blame in Book 5 of Caesar's Commentarii de Bello Gallico

3:41:47 - Dr. Christopher Buczek's Low-prep Comprehensible Input Activities

We would once again like to thank all the presenters for their time and hard work.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Latin I-IV Teaching Position at Emma Willard

Emma Willard School in Troy, NY seeks an enthusiastic and dedicated teacher to work as a full-time Latin Instructor starting the 2021-2022 school year. The position would require teaching Latin I-IV. For more information see Emma Willard's website.

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

CAMWS Summer Travel Awards

CAMWS is encouraging teachers to apply for the CAMWS Summer Travel Awards.

One of the awards has no applications at all this year. Everyone is eligible. For those who live outside of CAMWS territory, there is simply a requirement that their school purchase an (inexpensive) institutional membership.

The Subcommittee for the Summer Travel Awards has extended the deadline for applications for the Semple, Grant, and Benario Awards for the summer of 2021. Applications will be accepted through Monday, February 22nd, 2021.

The application and more information can be found at .


Recipients of these awards may defer them until the summer of 2022.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Call for Papers: CAAS 2021 Annual Meeting

Call for Papers: CAAS 2021 Annual Meeting
The Classical Association of the Atlantic States
October 14-16, 2021
Heldrich Hotel and Conference Center, New Brunswick, NJ


We invite individual and group proposals on all aspects of the Classical world and Classical reception, and on new strategies and resources for improved teaching.  Especially welcome are presentations that aim at maximum audience participation and integrate the concerns of K-12 and college faculty, that consider ways of communicating about ancient Greece and Rome beyond our discipline and profession, and that reflect on the past, present, and future of Classical studies in the CAAS region.

The 2021 Jerry Clack Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Donald Lateiner, John R. Wright Professor of Greek, Emeritus, at Ohio Wesleyan University. Professor Lateiner entitles his presentation “EpizĂȘlos’ Tale: The Phantom Killer at the Battle of Marathon (Herodotos Histories 6.117)”.

All submitters of proposals for the meeting must be current members of CAAS. Participants in the 2021 Annual Meeting must be members when they submit proposals and must renew their memberships for 2021-2022 (the membership year is September 1-August 31).  All authors of proposals that are accepted by the Program Committee for presentation at the 2021 meeting are expected to attend and deliver their presentations in on-ground, fully virtual, or hybrid Zoom format.  At this time, due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, all meeting participants are expected to be flexible in preparing for and adjusting to on-ground, fully virtual, or hybrid annual meeting in October 2021.  All authors of accepted proposals are required to send a full draft of their presentations to their presider(s) by the end of September.  Submitters of accepted proposals who are unable to attend should arrange to have their presentations delivered by another CAAS member.


All authors of paper and panel presentations, presiders/co-presiders are advised to read the CAAS Antiracism Committee statement on condemning the use of the texts, ideals, and images of the Greek and Roman world to promote hateful ideology, as follows:

The Classical Association of the Atlantic States is committed to fighting against racism, sexism, anti-LGBTQ+ sentiment, ableism, and all other forms of bias in order to make our discipline fairer and more inclusive for all, as we strengthen the position of Classics through the development of better methods of teaching and the fostering of public support of the Classics. In addition, CAAS expects that all Annual Meeting participants will be treated with respect and afforded the dignity of being included in presentations and public discussions and not targeted, disrespected, or excluded. The Program Committee therefore asks authors to be mindful of the language used in preparing abstracts and papers and to take care to avoid biased phrasing and diction that are discriminatory or harmful to historically marginalized groups (be they economic, ethnic, financial, religious or social). We call to the attention of all authors CAAS’s statement on anti-racism; the Society for Classical Studies’ statement on systemic racism, which CAAS also endorses; and the Principles of Antiracist Teaching and Reflection curated by the Multiculturalism, Race and Ethnicity in Classics Consortium (MRECC), which offers pathways for educators to advance learning and scholarship while building equity and inclusivity for historically marginalized groups in furtherance of the mission of the Classical Association of the Atlantic States. Abstracts and proposals that run counter to these values will not be accepted.


Panel and Workshop Proposals may be 1 ½ or 2 hours in length, depending on the number of speakers. Submissions must be uploaded as a single PDF (.pdf) or Word 97-2010 (.doc/docx) file of no more than 700 words and must include:

  • a description of the proposed panel or workshop and brief abstracts of the individual presentations. Each abstract of an individual presentation must be accompanied by a bibliography or a list of resources consulted of up to five items (not included in the word limit). The proposal must clearly indicate the thesis and original contribution made by the panel or workshop and situate this contribution in a larger scholarly context (see https://classicalstudies. org/annual-meeting/ suggestions-authors-abstracts- program-committee and https:// meeting/guidelines-authors- abstracts)
  • The proposal must be anonymousThe names of the organizer and presenters must not appear anywhere in this file except when citing a publication by the organizer or presenters.Those abstracts which include the names and/or institutional affiliations of their organizers and presenters will not be considered.

§  title of the session and titles of each individual presentation.

§  specific audio-visual needs for the session. CAAS is able to supply only a screen and a digital light projector (those bringing MACs will need to bring their special adapter plug to connect to the projector).  DVDs can be played only from your laptop.  Be advised that sound played from a laptop without special speakers may not be audible in the room.

Deadline for panel and workshop proposals is Monday, March 22, 2021.

Individual Proposals must be no more than 15 minutes in length. Each author must not submit more than one abstract.  Submissions must be uploaded as a single PDF (.pdf) OR Word 97-2010 (.doc/docx) file of no more than 300 words and must include:

  • clearly indicated thesis and original contribution(s) made by your presentation, situating it in a larger scholarly context (see https://classicalstudies. org/annual-meeting/ suggestions-authors-abstracts- program-committee). Submissions must be accompanied by a bibliography or a list of resources consulted of up to five items (not included in the word limit). The proposal must be anonymous. The author’s name should not appear anywhere in this file except when citing a publication by the author. Those abstracts which include the names and/or institutional affiliations of their authors will not be considered.  

§  specific audio-visual needs for your presentation. CAAS is able to supply only a screen and a digital light projector (those bringing MACs will need to bring their special adapter plug to connect to the projector).  DVDs can be played only from your laptop.  Be advised that sound played from a laptop without special speakers may not be audible in the room.

§  If you are an undergraduate, please indicate this by selecting “undergraduate paper” as the submission type, so that undergraduate submissions can be read separately, and in relation to one another.

Deadline for individual proposals is Monday, March 22, 2021.

Submit here: conferences/?conf=caas2021

For further information, please contact CAAS Program Coordinator Maria S. Marsilio ( Please contact Webmaster Jennifer Ranck ( if you experience difficulties with the online forms.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Closed: Latin Teacher Position in Philadelphia, NY

Closed. Position has been filled.

There is an anticipated opening for a Latin teacher, Middle School and High School, tenure track position at the Indian River Central School District, Philadelphia, New York for the 21-22 school year.. Latin instruction begins in 8th grade with Latin I and continues through Latin IV-V. College credit through the University in the High School Program of UAlbany is available. Additional certifications are a plus.
For more information, contact: 

Mrs. Dawn M. Kiechle, Latin teacher

Karla Keruskie, Human Resources

Troy Decker, Assistant Superintendent

Thursday, January 14, 2021

In Memoriam: Mary Ellen Westlake

Mary Ellen Westlake passed away at the age of 89 on December 29, 2020 at home with her daughter, Susan, at her side. Some of you may remember Mary Ellen as a Latin teacher at Alfred-Almond Central School in the Southern Tier.

She was admitted to the hospital the day before Thanksgiving with a number of serious problems and was expected to survive only a couple of days. However, after a couple of days she woke up and in her dry sense of humor said “I feel better. Can I have some chocolate ice cream?” She spent two weeks in the hospital and then went home to her daughter’s house where she was placed under hospice care at the recommendation of her doctor.

Mary Ellen was a 1949 graduate of Alfred-Almond Central School where she was described as a “radical” in her high school yearbook and one who would pursue her goals with energy and enthusiasm. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Latin and Master of Education in Guidance Counseling from Alfred University.

Her first teaching job was as a Latin and physical education teacher at her Alma Mater, Alfred-Almond Central School. After a few years off when her daughter was born she returned to the Latin classroom at A-A from which she retired in 1988 after twenty-seven years of teaching. During this time she started and advised an active chapter of the Junior Classical League, taking students to state and national conventions as well as other state and regional events. She also served as advisor to the National Honor Society and Academic All-Stars at the local school.

Mary Ellen was very active in community service and was honored as the Alfred-Almond Association’s Outstanding Service Award Honoree of 2020. Throughout her life she had imparted to her family her healthy sense of civic pride as they worked together to nurture people and serve their community.

She is survived by her daughter and family, including six grandchildren and four great-children. Her husband, John, predeceased her in 2003.

If you would like to read her complete obituary, visit Baker-Swan Funeral Home’s website at Also, if you would like to send her family a sympathy card, mail it to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Steere, 343 State Route 21, Hornell, NY 14843.

Requiescas in pace, Mary Ellen.