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Spring Conference: ARISTOS the Musical
The CCA-North Board is excited to announce our 2021 Spring Conference, and we invite you to join us on the
17 th of April to learn about and to experience the creative work of Aristos: The Musical, where talented performers from across the globe are collaborating in a musical production of the story of Achilles and Patroclus.
We are excited also to share that Professor Richard Martin (Stanford) will be introducing Aristos. Muse Lee, the founder of this unique musical, is a former student of Prof. Martin whose own passion for Homer has surely served as inspiration!
Here’s a little bit about Aristos:
Aristos the Musical: International Artists Sing Homer in an Age of Isolation
How do we sing Homer's immortal stories in this age of isolation? Young Stanford alumni Muse
Lee and Aaron Reed have an answer: a crowdfunded pop/rock adaptation of The Iliad, featuring
creatives collaborating remotely from around the world.
During this extraordinary era for theatre, artists gather in the virtual sphere to create the album
of Aristos: the Musical. Through beloved myths, this project brings together an international
community of aspiring performers, established theatre actors, veteran music teachers,
renowned stage directors, retired opera singers, and everything in between, all singing the
deathless tragedy of Achilles and Patroclus. Join us as Aristos' artists tell the story of how young
classics enthusiasts around the world carried a humble Bay Area project to an international
crowdfunded musical theatre album.
Date: Saturday 17 th April, 2021
Time: 10:00-12:00 (Pacific time)
This conference will be remote.
This event is open to the public, so spread the word!
Cost: $10 for adults; $5 for students
You can register online here, or remit payment to our Treasurer, Dr. David Jacobson,
David Jacobson, Treasurer
Convent & Stuart Hall
1715 Octavia Street
San Francisco, CA 94109.
Register no later than Wednesday 14th of April
Once you’ve registered, you will receive a zoom link shortly before the event.
Requiescat in pace--Former CCA Treasurer Michael Collins
Michael was involved in CCA all his professional life in CA and he was our treasurer for many years. He was always smiling and always ready to share his love of Latin with colleagues and students. For years he gave Gregorian Chant workshops at CAJCL Ludi, and conventions. He will be missed. Read his obituary here.
(Video) Margaret Atwood, Valerie Martin, and Emily Wilson — “Minor Characters”
Statement on Black Lives Matter
The California Classics Association - North hereby pledges its full and unremitting support to the Black Lives Matter movement. We, as a board and as a membership, unequivocally oppose racism against Black people, in all of its incarnations. From the intentional and publicly witnessed murder of George Floyd to the heedless and privately inflicted systems of "less than" which Black men, women and children have endured in myriad ways; from routine traffic stops based on skin color alone to systemically lesser access to health care, education and resources; from living as humans judged and dismissed from a distance to living distanced from justice, sustenance, and unconditional love that each human deserves, Black people in our country have suffered and continue to suffer from acts of hatred, large and small, arising from the simple fact of their human presence and skin color.
Fall Conference--Race & Racism in Classics
The CCA-North Board is excited to announce our Fall Conference, scheduled for October 24 (Saturday), 10am PST. This year we have invited four speakers to talk about and lead discussions on various aspects of race and racism in Classics, with a particular focus on pedagogy. The talks will address issues faced by both high school and college teachers and there will be ample time for discussion.
When: October 24, 10am PST
Where: Zoom link provided Oct. 23
Who: Prof. Nandini Pandey (Univ. Wisconsin, Madison), Ian Lockey (Friends Select K-12 School, Philadelphia), and two members of the Executive Committee of Eos, Devondra McMillan (The Walker School, Marietta, GA), and Prof. Mathias Hanses (Penn State).
If you are interested in attending please email so that we can add you to the invite list. This is a free event. However, since CCA-North fundraising events have had to be canceled because of COVID there is a suggested donation of $10 (vide infra). No one will be turned away for lack of a donation. We are looking forward to seeing you all there!
Pedagogy and Practical Tips for Teaching Online
For many of us, the school year has begun, and with it yet another awkward foray into the world online teaching. Whether you’re feeling utterly lost, completely in control, or somewhere in the middle, please join us on Saturday, September 12, from 9-10am for a meeting to share and discuss best virtual practices.
This conversation will be lead by Anna Pisarello and Tom Hendrickson, two premiere Latin teachers at Stanford Online High School. Anna and Tom have recently co-authored an article on creating an online classroom community and will share with us their years of experience successfully teaching online.
To sign up, please send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For security reasons, only those who have RSVP'd will be admitted from the Zoom waiting room. A Zoom link will be sent closer to the meeting date.
VIRTUAL ACL Institute
The ACL will be hosting its summer institute virtually this year. A Virtual Institute offers a flexible format and schedule that provides a variety of ways to participate. Participants have the option of attending pre-recorded and/or live sessions, not to mention online discussions on a variety of pedagogical and professional topics.
Dates: June 22-26
Cost: $25, or pay what you can.
Click Here for more information.
SPRING CONFERENCE CANCELED
In December 2015, San Francisco State University's (SFSU) Department of Classics completed its first initiation ceremony into
Eta Sigma Phi, Honorary Society for Classical Studies. Now recognized as the Iota Phi Chapter of Eta Sigma Phi, SFSU just completed its third initiation ceremony in December 2016, welcoming 11 new members into the chapter, which totals 36 members in just three semesters as an active chapter. The Iota Phi Chapter consists of both undergraduates and graduates enrolled not only as Classics majors, but also as History, Philosophy, and Biology majors, who are passionate about the study of Latin and Greek.
Kimberly Paton, Prytanis
Sarah Mabie, Chrysophylax