October 1, 2016 9:30am - 1:00pm Stanford University, Department of Classics (Building 110)
In this era of instantaneity, when the label "classic" gets slapped onto anything more than five years old, what hope is there for getting people interested in the considerably earlier achievements of Greek and Roman culture? This half day-long conference will examine ways in which movies, video gaming and other media can engage new audiences with the ancient past.
A special focus will be on creative pedagogical uses of media (K-12 and college levels) for introducing the Classics. Donuts, coffee, and a light lunch are included in the price of tickets.
Advanced tickets:: Student ticket: $10 CCA Member ticket: $25 CCA Non-Member ticket: $35 $5 is added for same day registration (at the door)
Purchase tickets online here or mail a check made out to CCA-North to Gillian McIntosh Department of Classics 1600 Holloway Avenue San Francisco, CA 94132
In short, Classics Right Now! is an ideal opportunity to get to talk in person to exciting scholars about their latest research and how we can use it in teaching and outreach efforts. The conference will take place from 10 am to 1 pm in Room 112, on the first floor of the Classics Department (Building 110 on Stanford’s inner quad). Free parking is available around the Stanford Oval.
Sarah Harrell (Bentley School) will offer the perfect backgrounder for next June’s blockbuster movie release in her paper “Wonder Woman: An Amazon for the 21st Century.” In addition to pondering the social and political reasons for the resurgence of Amazon stories, evident in the recent attention given a 1940s comic-book heroine, Dr. Harrell will also share her experiences in designing a related “mini-term” course at her school, using a model that could be extended to larger courses on Classical mythology or civilization.
Bárbara Alvarez Rodríguez (Stanford University) turns from heroic fantasy to the grim realities of contemporary wars and war-crimes in her paper “The Many Faces of Violence.” As Classicists—and as human beings—how do we “read” such images as the horrific photos that emerged from the prison at Abu Ghraib? What do they convey about the psychological aspects of warfare? Finally, how do we explain the disturbing similarity between these pictures and the descriptions depicted in the Iliad of Homer?
Scott Roos (Stuart Hall High School and Convent of the Sacred Heart High School) will report on some of the latest educational and technical research in “Cognition Theory and the Latin Classroom.” Practical applications for Latin instruction can be discovered in areas like Human Cognitive Architecture and Cognitive Load Theory. Scott will also examine visual organizers and concept maps by means of examples that he has created to aid classroom teaching. And we’ll hear from him concerning ways to encourage the valuable practice of “self-explanation” in language teaching.
Stephen Sansom (Stanford University) will bring together the popular, the technical, and the age-old practice of textual study in his talk "Kanye and the Scholiasts: Annotation in the Digital Age." He’ll share with us promising technological advances that make a real difference in Classics classrooms, focusing on three online annotation platforms (Genius.com, Hypothes.is, and Google Docs). Moving beyond the digital, Stephen will also ponder the pedagogical and hermeneutic questions that such technological tools raise for teachers and for all interpreters of ancient texts.
Spring Meeting Amazons: Warrior Women in Myth, Art, and Archaeology with Adrienne Mayor
.Adrienne Mayor who is a Research Scholar in Classics and History and Philosophy of Science at Stanford University will be lecturing on "Amazons: Warrior Women in Myth, Art, and Archaeology" with an introduction by Richard Martin.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 7-9 pm Mozzarella di Bufala Restaurant, 69 West Portal San Francisco Limited seating
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ACTFL Announces 2016 National Language Teacher of the Year | American Council on The Teaching of Foreign Languages
San Diego, CA—The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is pleased to announce the 2016 National Language Teacher of the Year has been awarded to Edward Zarrow, a Latin teacher at Westwood High School in Westwood, MA, and a member of the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (NECFTL). The award presentation was held during the Opening General Session of the 2015 ACTFL Convention & World Languages Expo in San Diego, CA. The award for the ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year is intended to elevate the status of the language teaching profession at the state, regional, and national levels by creating opportunities for recognizing the most accomplished members of the profession. The Teacher of the Year becomes a spokesperson for the language profession in order to increase the visibility of the importance of learning languages and cultures to the general public. “ACTFL is very proud of the impact that the Teacher of the Year Program has had in bringing national attention to the importance of language education for all students. It is an excellent example of collaboration in our field from the state to the regional to the national level,” said Marty Abbott, ACTFL’s Executive Director. “It’s exciting to be celebrating our eleventh anniversary of the program this year with the announcement of the 2016 Teacher of the Year in San Diego!” Abbott continued: “We congratulate Edward Zarrow and look forward to working with him over the next year in his new role as National Language Teacher of the Year.” The other four finalists for the annual ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year Award representing the other geographic regions of the U.S. were:
Leni Bronstein, Williamsburg Middle School, Arlington, VA; Southern Conference on Language Teaching (SCOLT)
Brenda Gaver, East Valley High School, Spokane, WA; Pacific Northwest Council for Languages (PNCFL)
Fernando Rubio, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT; Southwest Conference on Language Teaching (SWCOLT)
Deana Zorko, Madison West High School, Madison, WI; Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (CSCTFL)
- See more at: http://www.actfl.org/news/press-releases/actfl-announces-2016-national-language-teacher-the-year#sthash.XyTsWk3V.dpuf
November 14, 2015 -- Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco, 9:30am - 1:30pm
The California Classical Association, Northern Section, had a great conference at the San Francisco Legion of Honor, in conjunction with the exhibition Ancient Luxury and the Roman Silver Treasure from Berthouville (September 19, 2015 – January 10, 2016) Papers addressed luxury in the ancient Greek and Roman Culture.
Jasper Gaunt (Emory): “Ignotum argenti pondus et auri: the place of gold and silver plate in Roman Gaul”
Ava Shirazi (Stanford): "Luxurious Vision: the complexities of light, color, and texture in Greek bronze mirrors.”
Walter Penrose, Jr. (San Diego State): “Tragedy from Truphê: the destruction of ancient Sybaris in Greek and Roman thought."
Érica Cristhyane Morais da Silva (Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo): “Public Luxury in Late Antique Syria: the paintings of the Bouleuterion of Antioch-on-the-Orontes.”
IN MEMORIAM Christine Sleeper
From Linda Montross at the National Latin Exam
With heavy heart it falls to me to let my Latin teacher friends from all over the country know that Christine Sleeper has passed on to the Elysian Fields. She was my friend since 1970 when she began her FCPS teaching career at Herndon High School; she was a Founding Mother of the National Laitn Exam in 1976, and continued actively as a member of the Writing Committee until her move to New Hampshire in 2010. This picture was taken at the last ACL Institute she attended in Los Angeles at Loyola in 2009. Her mottoes were Carpe Diem! Labor Omnia Vincit! Gaude!; the last was also her car's license plate! Her family published a book about her most wonderful life in 2009. The following quote from Christine appears in the chapter on teaching: "Mine has been a lifelong love affair with Latin. It is a vibrant, multifaceted subject. When you teach Latin, you teach about life--about philosophy, mythology, language and derivatives. You learn about ancient times and ancient thought. If you know how things were before, you know what's good about today. If you've had Latin, you're a better writer; a better speaker, and a better person." Among Christine's many honors were Virginia's Distinguished Foreign Language Teacher of the Year in 1980, the APA Exellence in Pre-Collegiate Teaching award in 1999, and ACL Merita Award in 2002. Requiescas in pace, mea amica carissima!
September 20, 1916-February 15, 2015...98 years young!
Read more about this great lady and Classicist here
Les Troyensat SF Opera with discounts for CCA members.
June 20, 2015
Sung in French with English supertitles Approximate running time: 5 hours, 30 minutes including two intermissions Find more details in our Spring Newsletter Notanda Borea, on our Facebook page and atwww.ccanorth.org Other preparatory events are being planned by San Francisco Opera. For more information, see www.sfopera.com
May 16, 2015
To prepare us for San Francisco Opera’s production of Berlioz’s Les Troyens (and because Vergil is our all-time favorite author) Mark Griffith (UC Berkeley) and Garth Tissol (Emory) will speak on the Trojan War and Aeneid, as seen in poetry and song. Mark Griffith: WHEN WEST CONQUERS EAST: TRAGEDY, MUSIC, AND THE FALL OF TROY Garth Tissol: FROM EPIC TO TRAGEDY: The Aeneid becomes an opera. $25 per person; $10 for students; talks followed by wine/soda and cheese.
Biennial CCA Board elections will also take place at this meeting. Looking to get more involved with CCA-North? Why not join the board as Vice-President (2 yr- term) followed by terms as President and Past-President (2-yrs each.) Other offices for affirmation by our membership are: 2015-2017 Officers President: Richard Martin, Stanford University Vice-President : open Secretary: Dobbie Vasquez, Menlo School Treasurer: Gill McIntosh, San Francisco State University Past-President: Holly Coty, Live Oak Academy Newsletter Editor: John Rundin, University of California, Davis
California Classical Association-Northern Section Spring 2014 Conference The Odyssey's Odyssey: An Epic's Journey through the Ages
May 17, 2014, Menlo School, Atherton, California
Richard Martin of Stanford University talked about the reception of The Odyssey over the centuries, and artist Alexandra Frank discussed her recent artwork inspired by The Odyssey and featured in her 2013 San Francisco show. A pleasant lunch outdoors on the beautiful Menlo School campus followed.
CCA-North Fall Conference: Opera Taciti: The Use and Abuse of History
Saturday, October 19, 2013,Menlo School, Atherton, California
This 2013s Fall conference featured two speakers on Tacitus: Christopher Krebs, of Stanford University, who talked about his award-winning book, A Most Dangerous Book: Tacitus's Germania from the Roman Empire to the Third Reich. Ancient historian Charles Hedrick of the University of California, Santa Cruz, also gave a presentation on Tacitus, "Tacitus' Memorious Histories." The talks were preceded by a continental breakfast and followed by a delicious lunch at the beautiful Menlo School Campus.
California Classical Association—Northern Section Spring Conference: "The Last Olympics Hurrah at the Museum"
January 26, 2013
In honor of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, at the Legion of Honor from July 28, 2012, to January 27, 2013, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco presented an exhibition:
Gifts from the Gods: Art and the Olympic Ideal
For our Spring Conference, enjoyed a special showing of the exhibit by its curator, Renée Dreyfus, and a talk by Susan Stephens of Stanford University.
Curated by Renée Dreyfus, Curator in Charge of Ancient Art and Interpretation, the exhibition included a selection of works from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s permanent collection supplemented by loans of antiquities. Celebrating the Olympian ideal, the exhibition featured ancient Greek and Roman coinage, contemporary work from artists including Robert Mapplethorpe, Diane Arbus and Alex Katz, advertising labels, and a variety of sculptures, works on paper, antiquities, and textiles.
To get a taste of Susan Stephens' talk, you can read this article about her thoughts on the Olympics at the Stanford University website.
California Classical Association—Northern Section Fall Conference: Sophocles' Elektra at A.C.T.
The fall conference included a performance of A.C.T.' s production of Electra and a lecture by Rush Rehm, “Electra Goes Wild: Comparing Sophocles’ and Euripides’ Electras.”
Direct from its acclaimed sold-out premiere in Los Angeles, this sweeping production of Elektra brought an exquisite new translation of the timeless Greek tragedy to the Bay Area. A feast of poetic language featuring haunting original music by Pulitzer Prize–winning composer David Lang, Elektra was directed by Carey Perloff and featured two of A.C.T.’s most beloved performers: core acting company member René Augesen in the title role and associate artist Olympia Dukakis as the Chorus Leader.
Why the West Rules — For Now: The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the Future, by Professor Ian Morris, Stanford University
November 5, 2011, Saturday, Menlo School
CCA Spring Conference (San Francisco State University)
Saturday, March 5th, 2011
CCA will hold a joint meeting of the Northern and Southern sections at San Francisco State University on the subject of the new AP standards for Latin, in conjunction with the ACL and College Board. Register.
CCA North Fall Conference Hunting Hannibal: (Menlo School, Atherton)
November 13, 2010 9:30am-2:00pm
Danny Wood is featured in the BBC series Wood Brothers: On Hannibal's trail. Danny and his brothers Ben and Sam followed in the footsteps of the three ancient Carthaginian brothers Hannibal, Hasdrubal and Mago. They cycled from Cartagena, Spain to Zama, Tunisia -- the route that Hannibal and his army took over 2200 years ago. Along the way they filmed a documentary aired on the BBC in July 2010. http://www.woodbrothers.tv/ Patrick Hunt, director of the Stanford University Alpine Archaeology Project. Since 1994, the Stanford University Alpine Archaeology Project has explored, excavated and conducted first-hand archaeological research in the Alps. In addition to ongoing excavation in the Grand-St. Bernard pass between Switzerland and Italy, at least every other year they have tracked Hannibal's passage through the Alps in 218 BCE with his army of men and elephants to the astonishment of the Romans. Using the accounts of Polybius and Livy as source texts, they attempt to match relict topography with both past eyewitness and reconstructed narratives. This continuing exploration is done mostly on foot hiking over several Alpine passes almost 10,000 ft. in elevation. To date they have hiked over twenty passes and mostly eliminated candidates for Hannibal's crossing while cementing the probability of a few passes for Hannibal's feat.
Reconsidering Caesar and DE BELLO GALLICO
Fresh perspectives on Caesar and his authorship to be followed by a open discussion with the topic, "CCA, Classics, and You".