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Conversations with Homer -- March 2 -- San Francisco State
This event, hosted by the Center for Greek Studies at San Francisco State University, is meant to be bridge-
building: between ancient and modern; between text and sound and image; between academic disciplines;
between campus and the broader, local community. It includes both a collaborative, interdisciplinary
performance on March 2 shaped by engagement with the Iliad, an ancient Greek epic poem composed by Homer over 2,500 years ago, and the production of a chapbook shaped by student engagement with the performance itself.
Homer’s Iliad is about duty and honor and war and anger and grief and brotherhood. It stages these universal
themes on the shores of ancient Troy during the final days of a 10-year war between the Greeks and the Trojans.
There is tremendous loss on both sides, and love and heroism and valor, too.
In the Conversations with Homer performance, contemporary musicians and student poets and translators
continue a dialogue with Homer’s Iliad on these essential and enduring themes. The result is newly commissioned musical and poetic responses that cross disciplines and genres and sustain the relevance of these experiences and their artistic expression. Student artists who attend the performance will in turn produce images in response to the performance. These images will be joined with the student translations to produce a Conversations with Homer chapbook—something material to accompany the ephemeral musical performance, and to contribute to the long artistic tradition initiated by Homer.
Department of Classics
Department of Comparative and World Literature
Program in Modern Greek Studies
School of Art
School of Music
Monday, March 2 ; doors 4:30, performance 5 PM
Knuth Hall, Creative Arts Building, San Francisco State University
Campus map: https://www.sfsu.edu/~sfsumap/graphics/sfsu_map_color.pdf
Joe Goodkin, voice & guitar
Ellie Falaris Ganelin, flute
Lewis Patzner, cello
Ariel Wang, voice & violin
The San Francisco-based Greek Chamber Music Project (greekchambermusic.com) and Chicago-based
singer/songwriter Joe Goodkin (www.joesodyssey.com; www.thebluesofachilles.com) come together in a special collaboration to premiere an original song adaptation of Homer’s Iliad commissioned by the Center for Greek Studies at San Francisco State University. Conversations with Homer is a series of first-person songs that capture the horror, grief, and love that permeate Homer's epic poem and the combat experience. The hour-long program will consist of songs written by Goodkin and arranged by Ellie Ganelin (of GCMP), as well as spoken-word pieces and student translations of Homer’s ancient Greek and Vergil’s Latin poetry. Very special thanks to award-winning artist John Mavroudis, who created the event poster: http://www.zenpop.com/
Fall Conference -- Comprehensible Input -- November 9, 2019
Comprehensible Input for Latin Teachers:
An Introduction with Unit Planning Workshop
"Comprehensible input is language input that can be understood by listeners despite them not understanding all the words and structures in it.... According to Krashen's theory of language acquisition, giving learners this kind of input helps them acquire language naturally, rather than learn it consciously." --British Council.
In this 2-part workshop participants will be introduced to the basics of Comprehensible Input-based strategies and their application to the Latin classroom. The first part will be a comprehensive introduction to CI principles, with opportunities to clarify, and then refelct on elements of CI that participants currently employ. The second part will be a hands-on workshop in which participants will be able to design or modify a unit or lesson plan that is based on CI principles. Participants are encouraged to bring their current materials, textbooks, computers, lesson plans, and anything that can help them benefit from this process.
John Piazza currently teaches Latin at Berkeley High School in Berkeley, California. He holds a Master’s Degree in Classics from San Francisco State University, and is an alumnus of numerous Latin immersion programs. He has published books and articles related to ancient philosophy and teaching methodology, and has been trained as a TPRS coach. He currently moderates the Facebook group “Latin Best Practices” and the professional development community “TCI Bay Area. For further information about John, please see his website, http://johnpiazza.net/
Time: 9:30am - 1:00pm
Place: Menlo School, 50 Valparaiso Ave, Atherton, CA 94027
Date: Saturday, November 9, 2019
Cost: Students/Retirees: $15; Members: $25; Non-Members: $35
Lunch is included in the price of admission
PURCHASE TICKETS HERE
Or send a check made out to "CCA-North"
Stuart Hall High School
1715 Octavia Street
San Francisco CA 94109
9:00 - 9:30am Registration
9:30 - 10:40am Session I
10:40 - 10:55am Coffee Break
10:55am - 12:10pm Session 2
12:10pm - 1:10pm Libations and Lunch
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