Call for Presentations

Watch this video invitation from ACL Vice President Patrick McFadden

President Mary Pendergraft, the Board of Governors, and Executive Director Sherwin Little warmly invite you to the American Classical League’s 74th Annual Institute, which will proceed in completely virtual format  from June 21-25, 2021.  We are grateful to our intended hosts at Washington University and are hopeful we may return to St. Louis in  the future.  

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 the Romans or of their Persian or 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.

The deadline for proposals was January 15, 2021.  We are currently reviewing all submissions and will inform presenters of their status during the month of March.

We look forward to seeing you all online this June.



Patrick McFadden


Vice President
American Classical League
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