Spotlight on Social Justice at the 2019 ACL Centennial Institute

The 2019 ACL Centennial Institute featured a wide range of sessions that touched on themes that are important to Classics and Social Justice, from inclusive pedagogy to discussions of disability and sexual assault. Also, several of our members presented, on these topics and many others! Read on to see all the exciting things that happened at the ACL!

Faces in/of Color: Teaching Intercultural Inclusiveness
Presider: Caroline Kelly, Mitchell Community College, Statesville, North Carolina
Anne Haeckl, Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, Michigan

Teaching Passages on Ancient Slavery with Educational Linguistics:
The Why and How of Engaging Students in Critical Language Choice Analysis
in the Classics Classroom
Presider: Patty Lister, Thomas Jefferson High School, Alexandria, Virginia
Kelly Dugan, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia

Orbis Latinus: A Task-based, Collaborative, Participatory,
and Inclusive Methodology for Teaching Latin
Presider: Danielle Martin, Seattle Academy of Arts and Science,
Seattle, Washington
Eduardo Engelsing, Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington

Opportunities for Inclusion in the Latin Classroom
Presider: Andrea Weiskopf, Seneca Ridge Middle School, Sterling, Virginia
Ashley Schneider, St. Stephen’s Episcopal School, Austin, Texas

Supporting Students with Learning Disabilities and Mental Illnesses
in the Latin Classroom
Presider: Stephanie Krause, McLean School, Potomac, Maryland
Meghan Kiernan, Freehold Township High School, Freehold Township, New Jersey

The ‘Tuning the Classics’ Project: Undergraduate Classics Curricular Models
Presider: Ann Raia, The College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, New York
Lisl Walsh, Beloit College, Beloit, Wisconsin
John Gruber-Miller, Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Iowa

Let’s Diversify: Using African American Fiction to Bring Black
Classicism into Your Classroom
Michele Valerie Ronnick, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan

Inclusive Latin: Teaching Metacognition and Empathy through Grammar
and Translation
Presider: Jennifer Jordt, NJCL Graphics Arts Chair, Victor J. Andrew High School,
Tinley Park, Illinois
Chris Sheppard, Blair Academy, Blairstown, New Jersey

Teaching Culture in Latin: A Simple Yet Flexible Unit Template for All Levels
Presider: Amy Sommer Rosevear, Cherry Creek High School, Denver, Colorado
Lance Piantaggini, Springfield Honors Academy, Springfield, Massachusetts
John Piazza, Berkeley High School, Berkeley, California
John Bracey, Belchertown High School, Belchertown, Massachusetts

Latin When Everyone Can Do It
Presider: Rachel Ash, Parkview High School, Lilburn, Georgia
Jennifer Jarnagin, Episcopal School of Dallas, Garland, Texas
Robert Patrick, Parkview High School, Lilburn, Georgia
Rachel Ash, Parkview High School, Lilburn, Georgia
John Bracey, Belchertown High School, Belchertown, Massachusetts

From First Century Empire to Twenty-first Century Social Justice
Presider: Benjamin Joffe, The Hewitt School, New York, New York
Andrea Weiskopf, Seneca Ridge Middle School, Sterling, Virginia

Culture Matters: Active Latin in a Culture-based Curriculum
Presider: Micheal Posey, The Episcopal School of Baton Rouge,
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Mark Pearsall, Glastonbury High School, Glastonbury, Connecticut

The Warrior Chorus: A Classics-based Veteran’s Public Program
Presider: David Jackson, Oak Hall School, Gainesville, Florida
Peter Meineck, New York University, New York, New York

Ovid in the Age of #MeToo
Sammie Smith, Heschel School, New York, New York

Comprehensible and Culturally Relevant Stories in the Latin II Classroom
Chris Buczek, Mount Mercy Academy, Buffalo, New York

Comprehensible Input Problem-Solving Workshop
Presider: Justin Slocum Bailey, Indwelling Language, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Michele Ramahlo, Seven Bridges Middle School, Chappaqua, New York
Lily Hart, Bellows Falls Union High School Westminster, Vermont

Body and Voice Techniques to Boost Engagement, Understanding,
Memory, and Health
Presider: Debra Heaton, National Latin Exam, Lexington, Massachusetts
Justin Slocum Bailey, Indwelling Language, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Quomodo discamus? Tunc et Nunc: A Century of Teaching Latin
Presider: John Gruber-Miller, Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Iowa
Ken Kitchell, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Emeritus,
Signal Mountain, Tennessee
Jared Simard, New York University, New York, New York
Robert Patrick, Parkview High School, Lilburn, Georgia
Teresa Ramsby, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, Massachusetts


2019 FIEC/CA: Who “owns” Classics? Redefining Participation and Ownership of the Field

This panel (organized by Classics and Social Justice) focused on the question of who “owns” Classics and explored some of the implicit and explicit ways the field has marginalized specific communities. More importantly, the panel discussed the role that Classics can play in discourses about identity and offered suggestions about how classicists can promote inclusivity in their teaching and in the field more broadly.
Papers in this panel represented a range of marginalized perspectives and voices which are not often heard in discussions about “the field.”

Sonia Sabnis (Reed College, USA), The Metamorphoses in the Maghreb: Owning Apuleius in Algeria

The paper explores an Algerian “reclamation” of Apuleius in the country where his hometown, Madauros (M’Daorouch), is now located. The paper highlights how inhabitants of the Maghreb have begun to invoke Apuleius in the process of defending their own indigenous languages and traditions against outside forces. The paper takes begins with Algerian writer Assia Djebar’s praise of Apuleius’ Metamorphoses as “a picaresque novel whose spirit, freedom, and iconoclastic humor show a surprising modernity…What a revolution it would be to translate it into popular or literary Arabic, no matter, surely as a health-bringing vaccination against all the fundamentalisms of all of today’s borders.” By looking at Algerian receptions of Apuleius, the paper concludes that, by claiming Apuleius as their own, locals not only bolster their defense of their indigenous languages against Arabic and French but they also protect their indigenous traditions against powerful new currents of Islamic fundamentalism.

Clara Bosak-Schroeder (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA), Cripping Classics: Disability Studies and Realities

Available in PowerPoint and PDF formats

Kiran Mansukhani and Nicole Nowbahar (CUNY and Rutgers, USA), “γυμνοὺς κριτέον ἁπάντων τούτων”: A Recap of The Sportula’s Naked Soul Conference 2019

The Sportulageneral information and Go Fund Me donation details and Patreon information for recurring donations. You can also donate via Paypal at and Venmo with the username @thesportula.

Naked Soul conference website (don’t miss the featured submissions!)

Asian and Asian American Classical Caucus (AAACC)

#nakedsoul2019 on Twitter

Sportula Free (Text)Book Exchange

Amy Pistone’s write-up of the conference

Contact info: and
Sportula email:

Petition to CAMWS Leadership around the Proposed BYU 2023 Meeting

Dear President Faulkner and members of the Executive Committee,

We write to express our dismay at the CAMWS Executive Committee’s decision to hold the 2023 annual meeting at Brigham Young University. We call on you to reverse this decision.

Many of us are current or former CAMWS members.  But all of us in the profession are united in our conviction that our discipline’s professional meetings must be places where everyone feels welcome and safe.  CAMWS embraces this value, too, stating at the very top of its Code of Conduct that: “We are committed to providing a safe, productive, and welcoming environment for all who participate in our meetings.”  But BYU, because of its policies and practices, cannot provide a welcoming environment for LGBTQ+ individuals.

We urge you to do the right thing.  Commit to holding all 2023 conference events at an off-campus venue (as we previously requested) and announce such plans soon, so that all your members can be confident that CAMWS has a place for them.


Please scroll down to add your name to the petition

Note to signatories: thanks for signing this petition!  We also encourage you to do some or all of the following:

  • Write an individual letter of concern to the CAMWS president, Andrew Faulkner ( and — you could use the text of this petition as a model, or talk about how disappointed you are about the direction CAMWS is going based on your past positive CAMWS experiences, etc. If you are a member of CAMWS, please mention that in your letter.
  • Ask your department or chair to write such a letter or issue a public statement
  • Ask your department to cancel its institutional membership in CAMWS
  • Resign your committee membership or other position in CAMWS
  • Read and share this graduate student petition (and sign it, if you are a graduate student)

We appreciate your standing with us in solidarity!


Amy Pistone University of Notre Dame
Mark Masterson
Senior Lecture of Classics, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Nancy S. Rabinowitz
Hamilton College, Professor of Comparative Literature
Sarah Levin-Richardson
Assistant Prof. of Classics, U of Washington, LCC Co-chair
Deborah Kamen
Associate Professor of Classics, University of Washington
Dr. Daniel Libatique, Ph.D.
Eric Beckman Indiana University
Brett M. Rogers
Associate Professor of Classics, Board Member in Gender & Queer Studies, University of Puget Sound
Jeremy Swist University of Iowa
Jerise Fogel
Classics and Humanities Dept, Montclair State University
Joy E. Reeber University of Arkansas
Chatles Platter
Professor of Classics, University of Georgia
Arum Park
Assistant Professor, University of Arizona
Rebecca Karl Professor NYU
Alicia Matz Boston University
Diane Arnson Svarlien Independent
Nathan S. Dennis
Assistant Professor of Art History and Museum Studies, University of San Francisco
Kathryn Topper University of Washington
Darcy Krasne Columbia University
Marina Haworth
North Hennepin Community College
Jeffrey A. Becker
Binghamton University – SUNY
Cassandra Casias
Rhodora G. Vennarucci University of Arkansas
Sarah Culpepper Stroup
Associate Professor, Classics, University of Washington Seattle
Sarah Brucia Breitenfeld
Graduate student at the University of Washington
Preston Bannard
Sally Winchester retired classicist
Evan Jewell Columbia University
Jacquelyn Clements Getty Research Institute
Richard Thomas Harvard University
Jorge J Bravo III
Associate Professor of Classics, University of Maryland
Aaron Poochigian
Donna Zuckerberg
Ruby Blondell University of Washington
Seth L. Schein
Professor Emeritus, University of California, Davis
Jonathan W Miller
Erika Weiberg Florida State University
Judith P Hallett
University of Maryland, College Park
Bruce M. King Gallatin/NYU
Alexander Kirichenko
Humboldt University, Berlin
Zoé Elise Thomas
University of Texas at Austin
Joel P. Christensen Brandeis University
James Uden
Associate Professor, Boston University
Hannah Culik-Baird
Danielle La Londe
Assistant Professor of Classical Studies, Centre College
Emily Jusino
Kristina Killgrove, PhD, RPA
Dept of Anthropology, UNC Chapel Hill
Rachel Lesser
Assistant Professor, Gettysburg College
Rebecca Kennedy—CAMWS member since 2002
Zachary Herz
Assistant Professor of Classics, University of Colorado Boulder
Kristen Ehrhardt
Associate Professor, John Carroll University
Alex Dressler
Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin – Madison
Angela Ziskowski
Associate Professor of History
John Dugan University at Buffalo
Lauri Reitzammer
Associate Professor, University of Colorado, Boulder
Katherine R. De Boer Xavier University
Sara Ahbel-Rappe
Professor of Greek and Latin University of Michigan Ann Arbor
Evelyn Adkins
Joseph Burkhart St. Olaf College
Alison Traweek
Ian Nurmi Boston University
Prudence Jones
Professor, Montclair State University
Catherine Chase
Graduate Student, University of Washington
Lauren Curtis Bard College
Clara Bosak-Schroeder
Assistant Professor of Classics, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Janet Mowat
Tara Mulder Vassar College
Justin G
Joseph Sowerby Thomas
MA Classics University of Manchester
Christopher Polt
Assistant Professor, Boston College
Sharon L. James UNC Chapel Hill
Kira Jones Emory University
Lauren Ginsberg
Associate Professor of Classics, University of Cincinnati
T. H. M. Gellar-Goad
Assistant Professor of Classics and Zachary T. Smith Fellow, Wake Forest University
Sheena Finnigan UW-Madison
Danielle Kellogg
Associate Professor of Classics, Brooklyn College CUNY
Jeanne M. Neumann
Davidson College, Professor of Classics
Rachel Hart, Ph.D.
Michael Spires
Jake Sawyer
Graduate Student, University of Colorado, Boulder
Emily Goetz
Stephanie Larson Bucknell University
Jason Nethercut
University of South Florida
Ellen O’Gorman University of Bristol
Jason Nethercut
Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of South Florida
Danielle Martin
Latin Teacher, Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences
Mathias Hanses Penn State University
Luke Madson
Rutgers (Graduate Student)
Ian Fielding
Assistant Professor of Classical Studies, University of Michigan–Ann Arbor
Ginny Lindzey
Dripping Springs High School
Heather Waddell, Assistant Professor of Greek & Roman Studies
Concordia College – Moorhead, MN
Lucy McInerney
Graduate Student, Brown University
Lisl Walsh
Associate Professor and Chair of Classics, Beloit College, WCC co-chair
Chiara Sulprizio
Senior Lecturer in Classical and Mediterranean Studies, Vanderbilt University
Sarah Blake York University
Sierra Schiano
MA student, University of Colorado, Boulder
Dora Gao
University of British Columbia
Robert Groves
Assistant Professor of Classics, University of Arizona
John M. Oksanish
Assoc. Professor of Classics, Wake Forest
Dr. Debby Sneed
Melissa Bailey Kutner
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Gina Soter University of Michigan
Daniel P. Diffendale University of Missouri
Kendra Eshleman Boston College
Carol Atack University of Oxford
Ana Maria Guay Graduate Student, UCLA
Shannon DuBois
Matthew Scarborough
Research Associate, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History
Anna Simas
Thomas L. Salisbury
Nathalie Roy
Glasgow Middle School, Baton Rouge, LA
Julie Levy Boston University
Meghan Kelly
Dani Bostick
Maxwell Paule Earlham College
Barbara Gold
Edward North Professor of Classics Emerita, Hamilton College (and CAMWS member)
Joshua Reno
PhD Candidate, University of Minnesota
Jenn Galczenski
Caitlin Hines Wake Forest University
Lauri Dabbieri Sidwell Friends School
Mark Alonge
Boston University Academy
David J. Wright Fordham University
Stephanie McCarter
Associate Professor of Classics, University of the South, Sewanee
Diana Ng
Jennifer Gerrish College of Charleston
Ronnie Ancona
Hunter College and CUNY Graduate Center
William Duffu Alamo Colleges
Ulrike Krotscheck
The Evergreen State College
Jennifer Luongo
Latin Teacher, St. Andrew’s Episcopal School
Barbara A. Olsen
Associate Professor of Greek and Roman Studies, Vassar College
James J. O’Hara UNC Chapel Hill
Andrew Rist
Norman Sandridge Howard University
Katherine Dennis Princeton University
Leah Himmelhoch
Associate Professor, Hobart & William Smith Colleges
Mark Thatcher Boston College
Jeffrey Henderson Boston University
Hanne Eisenfeld
Assistant Professor, Boston College
Lisa Maurizio Bates College
Caroline Bishop
Assistant Professor, Texas Tech University, member of CAMWS and COGSIP
Deborah Lyons Miami University (Oh)
Derek Counts
Univeristy of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Rachel Mazzara
Graduate Student, University of Toronto
Leah Himmelhoch
Associate Professor, Hobart & William Smith Colleges
Michael Goyette
Jackie Murray
Assistant Professor, University of Kentucky
Molly Jones-Lewis
Lecturer, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Sarah E. Bond University of Iowa
Leah Kronenberg Boston University
Tom Hawkins Ohio State University
Katherine Wasdin
Lucy Grinnan
Student, Middlebury College
Rebecca Gaimari undergraduate student
Gregory Hays University of Virginia
John Finamore University of Iowa
Debra Trusty
Lecturer (University of Iowa)
Amy Russell Durham University
Curtis Dozier Vassar College
Jeremy Weiss
Melissa Harl Sellew
Faculty member, University of Minnesota
Diane Rayor
Professor, Grand Valley State University
Caleb Dance
Washington and Lee University
Selena Ross Rutgers University
Lindsey Mazurek
Assistant Professor, University of Oregon
Katherine Harrington
Postdoctoral Fellow, Florida State University
Dan Curley Skidmore College
Lydia Herring-Harrington Tufts University
Kelly P. Dugan University of Georgia
Diana Molkova University of Washington
Peter J. Miller
University of Winnipeg; CAMWS member
Sarah Teets
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Virginia
Shelley P. Haley Hamilton College
Jonathan MacLellan
Andrew Carroll
Melanie Racette-Campbell
Craig Gibson University of Iowa
Katharine Huemoeller
Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia
Laura Gawlinski
Associate Professor and Chair, Loyola University Chicago / CAMWS member
Elizabeth Neely Ohio State
Jessica Blum
University of San Francisco
Lana Radloff Bishop’s University
Anna Krohn
Janet M. Martin
Associate Professor Emerita, Princeton University
Marcia Lindgren University of Iowa
Jessica Nowlin
The University of Texas at San Antonio
Sheila Dickisono University of Florida
Mik Larsen
California State University, Long Beach
Noah Segal
Graduate Student – UC Santa Barbara
Sasha-Mae Eccleston Brown University
Jeremy LaBuff
Northern Arizona University
Joseph Groves
Laurie Porstner
Graduate Student, Rutgers University
Erin Briggs Agnes Scott College
Erin Moodie
Assistant Professor, Purdue University
Jonathan Young University of Iowa
Andrew Reeber
Samuel Cooper, PhD
Bard High School Early College Queens
Brenda Longfellow University of Iowa
Steven Brandwood Rutgers University
Michael Leese
University of New Hampshire
Hunter Gardner
University of South Carolina
Kathryn Gutzwiller University of Cincinnati
ann suter univ. of rhode island
Alice Gaber
The Ohio State University
Sasha-Mae Eccleston Brown University
Tessa Cavagnero Northwestern University
Michael Arnush Chair, Classics, Skidmore
Robert C. Ketterer
David Malamud
PhD student, Boston University
Anne E. Haeckl
Senior Instructor and Co-Chair, Classics Dept., Kalamazoo College
Victoria University of Wellington
Sinead Brennan-McMahon
University of Auckland, New Zealand
Emily Hauser
Dominic Machado Holy Cross

CFP: “Writing Ancient and Medieval Same-Sex Desire: Goals, Methods, Challenges”

A Call for Papers:
“Writing Ancient and Medieval Same-Sex Desire: Goals, Methods, Challenges”
June 30-July 2, 2020
Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand,-methods,-challenges

This call for papers is for a conference to take place June 30-July 2, 2020 at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, on the topic of writing about same-sex desire in ancient and medieval societies.

Derek Krueger (UNC Greensboro), Mark Masterson (Victoria University of Wellington), Nancy Rabinowitz (Hamilton College), and Shaun Tougher (Cardiff University) will be providing  plenary addresses.

For several decades now, scholars have devoted attention to same-sex desire in both ancient times and the centuries that followed. Not surprisingly, there have been vigorous debates over how to go about it. These debates have been framed in various ways. Here are some examples:

  • essentialism VERSUS constructivism;
  • Foucauldian discourse analysis VERSUS approaches inspired by psychoanalysis;
  • (the impossibility of) objective history VERSUS (overly) subjective history;
  • perception of commonalities across time VERSUS rigorously historicizing insistence on the past’s alterity;
  • positivism VERSUS imaginative reconstruction of contemporaneous receptions.

These dichotomies, which are both reductive and don’t exhaust the possibilities, continue to crackle with contention. They also continue to undergird and even disturb current scholarly endeavours.

We are looking for papers (30 minutes in length) in which scholars not only speak about primary source material but also reflect explicitly on the theoretical orientation of their work (see the dichotomies above for examples) and the purpose(s) of (their) scholarship on same-sex desire. An additional objective of this conference will be an edited volume of papers that will aim to showcase a variety of approaches to this important topic.

Please send proposals (c. 500 words) to Mark Masterson ( by 1 December 2019. If you have any questions, please send them to him at this address also.

In your proposal include

  1. the primary source material/historical milieu to be discussed, and
  2. the general theoretical basis of the work

This conference is underwritten by the Marsden Fund/Te Pūtea Rangahau A Marsden of the Royal Society/Te Apārangi of New Zealand