New Brunswick NJ hosts CAAS 2016 meeting 20-22 Oct, and Rutgers Classics is most definitely showing up


When it comes to CAAS 2016, all roads lead to New Brunswick

It’s that time again—for one of the most rewarding of academic conferences, the annual fall meeting of the Classical Association of the Atlantic States (CAAS). It all goes down this week with panels, paper sessions, and a performance packed into a very full program on Friday 21 and Saturday 22 October. The location is New Brunswick NJ, at the sleek Heldrich Hotel and Conference Center (10 Livingston Avenue).

As CAAS itself describes it, these “meetings combine scholarly papers on ancient literature, history and archaeology with panels and presentations on the teaching of the Classics, providing a relaxed and enjoyable forum for all college and secondary school teachers who are interested in the Greco-Roman world.”

This year marks the seventh time New Brunswick has hosted the event, but the first in more than a dozen years. (Since its founding in 1907, CAAS has chosen the city as a meeting location in 1923, 1959, 1978, 1983, 1995 and 2002.) The 2016 meeting promises to be a Rutgers reunion of sorts. Spotted on the program alone are about a dozen and a half current and past Rutgers Classics students and faculty. You can see the full program here and an abridged and RU-annotated schedule below.



8:00 am-10:30 am Panel One: Ancient Greek and Roman Leadership: Perspectives and Methodologies (Sarah Brown Ferrario and Norman Sandridge presiding)

Ancient Leadership and Psychology: The Case of Alcibiades (Norman Sandridge)

Leadership at the Twilight of the Athenian Democracy (Sarah Brown Ferrario)

Gendering Roman Notions of Female Leadership: The Binary and Beyond (Judith P. Hallett)

Intellectual Leadership in the Roman Empire: Theories of the Philosopher King (Ryan C. Fowler, Rutgers PhD 2008, now Franklin and Marshall College)

Sweet Deceit? Ancient Leadership and Exemplarity in Renaissance Political Thought (Caroline Stark)

Singing the Klea Andron: Paradigmatic and Narrative Modes in Ancient Leadership (Joel Christensen)

8:00 am-10:30 am Paper Session A: Not Strictly Platonic: Ancient Greek Philosophy and (the Second) Sophistic (Frederick Booth, Rutgers BA 1972, PhD 1983, now Seton Hall University, and Michael Mascio presiding)

The Moral Danger of Self-Ignorance (agnoia) for the Spectator of Comedy in Plato’s Philebus (Patricia Craig)

Eristic Arguments and the Limits of Philosophical Discourse in Plato’s Euthydemus (Gina Santiago)

Invidious Lust: Competition and its Discontents in Alciphron 3.26 (Andrew Scholtz)

Sleep, Death and Soul in the Early Peripatos: Dicaearchus’ Catabasis into the Trophonius Oracle (Collin Hilton)

8:00 am-10:30 am Paper Session B: Re-Envisioning Catullus (Shelley P. Haley and Gareth Williams presiding)

Hendecasyllabic Flexibility and Vulnerability in Catullus 12 and 42 (Michael Hulin Wheeler)

Catullus 63: A Mime Libretto Starring Publius Clodius Pulcher? (Allen Tice)

The Relictae Puellae: Ariadne and Catullus (Meghan Kiernan, Rutgers BA 2015, current graduate student, also faculty, Freehold Regional HS District)

Simonidean Catullus: Elegiac Lineage in Catullus 68 (Lawrence Kowerski, Rutgers PhD 2003, now Hunter College-CUNY)

11:00 am-1:00 pm Panel Two: New Directions in Ancient Greek Women’s History: The Enduring Influence of Sarah B. Pomeroy (Ronnie Ancona and Jennifer Roberts presiding)

De-Centering Athens: The Courage and Power of Dorian and Other Greek Women (Walter Penrose, Jr.)

Lament and Apotheosis in the Cults of Arsinoe II and Berenice II (Branko van Oppen de Ruiter)

Women’s Athletic Activities in Roman Greece (Georgia Tsouvala)

11:00 am-1:00 pm Paper Session C: Greek Literary and Cultural Interconnections (Kathleen Durkin and Ann Raia presiding)

Poetic Techne in Vase Painting: The Parallel Personae of Ancient Poets and Painters (William Austin)

Odysseus and Cassandra: The Keen-Scented Se[ek]ers of Greek Tragedy (Jennifer C. Ranck)

The Ungeneralizability of the Tragic Chorus (Emmanuel Aprilakis, current Rutgers graduate student)

The Prize of Voyaging Abroad in Herodotus, Book 4 (Stephen Ogumah)

11:00 am-1:00 pm Paper Session D: Sophoclean Soundings (James Capreedy and Katherine Wasdin, Rutgers faculty 2009-2013, now George Washington University, presiding)

Deianeira, the Demos and the Rhetoric of Advice in Sophocles’ Trachiniae (Steven Brandwood, current Rutgers graduate student)

“If he stays inside I am content”: Dissonant Staging in Sophocles’ Ajax (Victoria Pedrick)

Warrior Codes and Democratic Ideologies in Sophocles’ Ajax and Philoctetes (Michael Mascio)

Female Agency and Punishment in Sophocles’ Electra (Nicole Nowbahar, current Rutgers graduate student)

2:30 pm-5:00 pm Panel Three: Gathering Stories at the Edge of the World: Classics and Social Justice (Nancy Rabinowitz and Shelley Haley co-facilitating) A performance by Rhodessa Jones and members of the Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women

6:30 pm 2016 Clack Lecture: Helen of Troy Comes to Hollywood: Maria Corda as “The First Flapper Queen” (Ruby Blondell)



8:00 am-10:00 am Panel Four: Teaching Initiatives in Prison Across the Classics Curriculum. With presentations by Sarah Ahbel-Rappe; Emily Allen-Hornblower, Rutgers Associate Professor of Classics; Elizabeth Bobrick; Rana Saadi Lieber; and Derin McLeod.

8:00 am-10:00 am Paper Session E: Global Pedagogies (Victoria Pedrick and Devondra McMillan presiding)

Being on Cori’s Trail at ‘Ratae Corieltavorum’: Latin/Archaeology Clubs and Outreach Activity at Leicester Local K-12 Schools (United Kingdom) (Antonino Crisà)

Homerathon: A Pedagogical, Interdisciplinary, and Critical Tool (Kathleen Kirsch)

Crossing Lines: Reason, Rhetoric and Revelation in Plato and al-Ghazali (Laura Samponaro)

Living Latin in New York City (Elizabeth Butterworth and Jason Pedicone)

8:00 am-10:00 am Paper Session F: Ancient Cultural Contexts (T. Corey Brennan, Rutgers Associate Professor of Classics, and Matthew McAuliffe presiding)

Putting Children in their Place: Depictions of Childhood on Athenian Vases, Plaques, and Votive Reliefs (Hollister Pritchett)

The Palaestra and the Squared Circle: Greco-Roman Athletic Performance and Modern Professional Wrestling (Carl Cardozo)

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner: Hestia, Hospitality, and Interstate Relations in Fourth-Century BCE Athens (Nicholas Cross)

Rome and Africa in Claudian’s In Gildonem (E.V.Mulhern)

10:30 am-1:00 pm Panel Five: Classics in the Community. With presentations by Elizabeth Butterworth and Jason Pedicone; Andrew Siebengartner; Diana Smith; and Jamie Banks.

10:30 am-1:00 pm Panel Six: Et Aliae: Addressing Gender and Diversity Issues in Classics (Ellen Bauerle and Sarah Bond presiding)

Misappropriating Feminism: Strategies, Costs and Remedies (Judith P. Hallett)

The Decline and Fall of the All-Male Panel: Compiling a List of Female Ancient Historians (Sarah Bond)

Bad Actors: When the Gaslights Don’t Suit You (Ellen Bauerle)

Classics, Gender and Title IX in Contemporary Video Games (Andrew Reinhard)

Add and Stir: Going Beyond Acknowledging the Diversity Problem in Digital Humanities (Hannah Scates-Kettler)

10:30 am-1:00 pm Paper Session G: Augustan Latin Literature (Annette Baertschi and Barbara Gold presiding)

The Liminal Lover: Tarpeia and Propertius 4 (Erin McKenna)

Rape, Apotheosis and Politics in Metamorphoses 14 and 15 (Alicia Matz, current Rutgers graduate student)

Virbius’ Account (Metamorphoses 15.492-546) as Consolation and Deus ex Machina speech (Sergios Paschalis)

A Ludic Allusion in Aeneid 7.656-57 (Jay Fisher, Rutgers Visiting Assistant Professor in Classics)

2:15 pm-4:15 pm Paper Session H: Global Receptions (Frederick Booth PhD 1983 and Michael Goyette presiding)

Blinding the Cyclops Anew: Sperlonga, Tiberius and Roman Homeric Memory (Carl Cardozo)

Ciceronian Faction in Madison’s Political Thought (Talia Chicherio)

‘Oedipus was a Colombian’: Jorge Ali Triana’s Edipo Alcalde (1996) (Annette Baertschi)

Dionysian Paratragedy: Gender, Genre and Power in Ives’ Venus in Fur (Thomas Falkner)

2:15 pm-4:15 pm Paper Session I: Latin Levity and Gravity (Henry Bender PhD 1987, now emeritus, The Hill School, and Norman Sandridge presiding)

The Culex: Reflections of the Oeuvre of Vergil (Lyndy Danvers, current Rutgers graduate student and Adjunct Professor of Classics, Seton Hall University)

Nova Urbs Stetit: An Instance of Wordplay in Livy (Michael Johnson PhD 2007, now faculty member, St. Louis Priory School)

Distancing Laughter in Seneca’s Ep. 122 (Robert Santucci BA 2009, now graduate student at University of Maryland, College Park)

At the Borders of Classics: Neo-Latin Historiae Litterariae and the Politics of Relevance (Alan van den Arend)

Also noted among CAAS Directors:

New Jersey (South): Misty Kammerman, former Rutgers Classics graduate student, now faculty, Egg Harbor Township High School

Pennsylvania (Philadelphia): Andrew Scott PhD 2008, now Villanova University


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