an NEH Summer Seminar for Pre-Collegiate Teachers (July 16-August 3, 2018

In the summer of 2018 (July 16-August 3), there will be an NEH Summer Seminar for pre-collegiate teachers on the topic of Roman Daily Life. This seminar is an opportunity to read Petronius and some graffiti in Latin and look at Pompeian archaeology for various topics of Roman daily life. The Petronius reading forms a central core of the seminar, and thus an intermediate level of Latin proficiency (1 year of college level Latin) is required. The seminar will be held in St. Peter, Minnesota (1 hour from Minneapolis) on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College. The NEH pays each person $2700 to participate, which will more than cover the living and food expenses (approximately $1500) – note that each participant is responsible for their own travel expenses. The seminar has been organized by Matthew Panciera (Gustavus Adolphus College) and will be co-taught by him, Beth Severy-Hoven (Macalester), Jeremy Hartnett (Wabash), and Rebecca Benefiel (Washington and Lee).


The application deadline is March 1. More information and directions on applying can be found at the seminar website


If you have any questions, please write me (Matthew Panciera), the director of the seminar, at

2017 Fall Conference - In the Rear View

Maximas gratias to all who attended, presented, and helped with our 2017 Fall Conference.  Be sure to look for the new Texas Classical Association Facebook group.  We are currently looking into options for the 2018 Fall Conference and will be posting that information as soon as we can.

In the meantime, let me encourage all of you to consider making presentation proposals for the 2018 gathering.  If you haven't already joined the TCA email listserv, please sign up to keep on top of our comings and goings as well.

Nota Bene! Materials from the 2017 presentations are now appearing on the site. Click on the "Previous Conference Materials" link in the sidebar.

2017 Fall Scholarships

The Texas Classical Association wants to remind members that applications for some of its scholarships are due in the coming months:

The Tommye Lou Davis TCA Professional Scholarship
All teachers and professors are encouraged to apply for the $500 Tommye Lou Davis TCA Professional Scholarship. This scholarship is intended to support projects undertaken by members of the association who have at least two years of full-time classroom teaching experience in classical languages or cultures. The project may involve attendance at a course, foreign travel (preferably with some specific goals), the creation of materials, or any other worthwhile activity connected to the teaching of classical languages or cultures. Stress is placed on the contribution of the project to the applicant's future skills as a classics teacher. The applicant must have been an active TCA member for at least two years. The scholarship must be used within one calendar year from receipt. In addition, a report of the recipient's activities or project will be made at the next TCA fall meeting following completion. Recipients will be eligible to reapply after five years. To apply, please complete the appropriate application, attaching an additional sheet to the application if necessary.

Applications Due: June 1, 2017

The TSJCL Lourania Miller & Gareth Morgan Scholarships for High School Seniors
Two $1000 scholarships named for Lourania Miller and Gareth Morgan are awarded annually by the TSJCL and TCA to qualified high school seniors who are planning to continue their study of Latin and the classics while in college. Students who receive this scholarship must take Latin or Greek their freshman year at college. Enrollment in Latin cannot be at a beginning level. Courses in classical civilization will not be accepted. JCL chapters may only nominate one student each. The chapter which has the TSJCL Latin Student of the Year is ineligible to nominate a member. The teacher of the winning student will be awarded $50 or have the next year's TCA conference fee waived.

Applications Due: June 1, 2017

The Doris Kays TCA Professional Development Scholarship for Future and New Teachers
This $500 scholarship support both future teachers and teachers new to the profession who would like to attend a seminar, workshop or course designed to provide meaningful professional development for a career teaching in the classics. The money can be used to defray travel expenses, materials, textbooks, or tuition costs. The scholarship is named in honor of Doris Kays, in memory of her enormous contributions to the TCA and to the teaching of Latin in Texas.

Applications Due: June 1, 2017

Applications should be completed using the online scholarship application. Accompanying information should be emailed to tcascholarships [at] gmail [dot] com if possible. If not, please mail to:

William Duffy
MH 4.5.30,
1 UTSA Circle
San Antonio, TX 78249

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