AMERICAN CLASSICAL LEAGUE
74th ANNUAL INSTITUTE
June 21-25, 2021
Responsible and timely decision-making compels the American Classical League to announce that the 74th Annual Institute will again be in completely virtual format. Although the news on vaccines is more encouraging by the day, the realities of how long vaccinations will take have not been so promising. Input from members and consultation with peer organizations make it evident even now that the ability of members to be confident regarding both their personal safety and institutional funding in time to register would result in attendance too sparse to be financially viable.
The theme of the Institute, Empire: A Fuller Accounting, remains the same, although we will have to postpone our visit to our kind hosts at Washington University in St. Louis. Live sessions will run the week of June 21-25, 2021, with digital access preceding and following the event. We look forward to receiving more proposals for individual and panel sessions, the deadline for which is January 15, 2021. The Google form for these sessions is now accepting proposals only for pre-recorded and live webinar sessions.
The registration fee for access to live sessions and recorded content will once more be substantially lower than our usual registration fee, but this year’s needs to be in line with other online conferences. Last year we all needed to be together, and we have no regrets about the optional registration fee. There are still costs, however, to be recovered even in a virtual venue, and fiscal responsibility led us to an access fee of $75.00. Scholarship funds are still available.
We look forward to seeing you all online this June.
The Program Committee, including your friends and colleagues Christine Albright, Reina Callier, John Feliciano, Caroline Kelly, Stephanie Krause, Krystal Kubichek, Alita Shenk, and Bryan Whitchurch welcome proposals on:
Assessment and Feedback – describes formative or summative, unit level or program level assessments to provide feedback to improve performance, to measure learner progress, or to revise instruction.
Civilization (archaeology, history, culture) - emphasizes the dynamic cultural products, practices, and perspectives that underpin language learning and intercultural communication.
Classical Reception – addresses how Latin and Greek, classical literature, and the classical world more broadly has been translated, adapted, and appropriated in eras after antiquity.
Innovative Use of Technology – deals with the integration of technologies that are aligned with both the Standards and learner targets within a unit to support language development, cultural understanding, and connecting with wider communities.
Latin/Greek Literature – addresses the content and/or methods of teaching literary texts, including IB and AP Authors.
Outreach and Equity – addresses topics such as student recruitment, broadening the appeal of classics to a more diverse population, striving for equity in the classroom, developing relationships with key stakeholders, and public relations for your program.
Research - may focus on formal and informal research on effective means to promote language acquisition, learning factors, classroom action research, instructional effectiveness, literary analysis as it relates to instruction, or a review of the literature on a topic.
Standards Based Instructional Design – focuses on models of curriculum design, strategies to support the modes of communication, the implementation of culturally authentic resources, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity in the teaching of Latin and Greek.
Teacher Preparation and Professional Development – may involve topics such as methods courses, student teaching, accreditation, licensure, National Board certification, pedagogy, continuing education, and mentoring.
Teaching Young Students – features approaches that are developmentally appropriate for elementary and middle school students.
The special theme for this year’s Institute is "Empire: A Fuller Accounting." Our students benefit from understanding that empires are fraught with moral ambiguity and contradictions. Counting the achievements of the Athenians or Romans or of their Persian and Parthian adversaries cannot discount the abuses that enabled them.
Empires are also inevitably diverse, and, for classicists, focusing on one dominant group from a narrow window of time can leave the under celebrated diversity of Greek or Roman society unaccounted for in the perception of our students. Rome was an empire of three continents. Its inhabitants and its citizens were African, European, and Near Eastern, as were its authors, artists, and emperors. Just as representations of American westward expansion, for which St. Louis was a gateway, are more and more honoring the hardships and celebrating the contributions of a diverse American West, this Institute offers us an opportunity to use new discoveries and neglected old knowledge to offer a fuller accounting of all elements of Greek and Roman society.
For the Institute proper, presentations lasting 30, 60, or 90 minutes may be individual, panel, product, or poster presentations, as well as workshops or round table discussions. We welcome these proposals through January 15, 2021. Use this link to submit an Institute proposal.