Fall Conference program and registration information

98th Texas Classical Association Conference Schedule

Saturday, November 7, 2020


N.B.  This is a virtual conference with live sessions, including our keynote, in the morning and 

      recorded sessions available for viewing in the afternoon or at your convenience. 


8:45-9:00 Welcome and Conference overview 

9:00-9:30 Pandemic Pedagogical Project: Lessons Learned from Teaching AP Latin with videos 

  Jennie Luongo, St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, Austin and 

                 William Lee, Tom C. Clark High School, San Antonio

9:30-10:00 Horace Odes 1.15 and the Sea of Poetry 

Dr. William Tortorelli, Texas Tech University, Lubbock 

10:15-11:00 Annual Business Meeting of the Texas Classical Association 

11:15-12:15 Keynote Address: Racecraft in the Odyssey 

Dr. Jackie Murray, University of Kentucky

12:15-12:30 Closing Remarks  


Recorded Sessions available for your viewing in the afternoon or any time thereafter. 


Dido’s Relationship Status? It’s Complicated: Exploring the status of union in Book 4

Bryan Carlson, Ft. Worth Country Day, Ft. Worth 

From Brick to Marble: Making a successful transition to virtual classical education

Katie James, Vanguard College Preparatory School, Waco 

Quarantine with Apicius: Cooking Roman food while remote

Nicholas Mataya, The Atonement Academy, San Antonio

Reckoning with Roman imperialism in the Latin Classroom

Michael Waehner, Clear Falls High School, League City


Please register for the conference in advance at the "Membership" link. We suggest a $10 conference fee this year. It's a great time to check out the professional development and support that TCA offers its members! We hope to see you virtually on November 7th!

2020 Fall Conference Call for Presentations and Information

We are delighted to announce that the Texas Classical Association will hold its 98th annual Fall Conference virtually this year on Saturday, November 7th.   We will host live presentations in the morning, including our keynote speaker’s presentation and our annual meeting.  The remainder of presentations will be recorded and available for you to view that afternoon or at a time that is convenient for you.  

   We are excited that Jackie Murray, Associate Professor of Classics at the University of Kentucky, will serve as our keynote speaker.   Professor Murray's talk will offer a reading of the Odyssey that will help us understand what racism is, how it is created and how it is maintained by societies through storytelling. "Racecraft in the Odyssey" considers the social mechanisms of the epic world of the Homeric heroes that create and reinforce the oppressive hierarchy the heroes imposed on those they enslaved. The Odyssey is an excellent text to think with about these issues because it provides a perspective from a different culture that is nevertheless deeply embedded in our own ways of constructing and maintaining racism. 

    At this time, the Texas Classical Association announces our call for presentations.  We invite educators, scholars and students from across Texas to share a 20-30 minute presentation at this conference. Those who wish to submit a proposal are required to be members of the TCA.  Presentations on any topic concerning the teaching and study of Classics are welcome.  If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please fill out this Google Form, indicating your preference to give a recorded or live presentation and a one-paragraph abstract no later than September 13th (this is an extended deadline). You may contact Nicole via email at president-elect@txclassics.org if you have any questions. 

     We hope that many of you will attend our virtual conference.  We suggest a conference fee of only $10, so this is the perfect time to learn more about the quality professional development we offer at our annual conference. 


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

The TCA Gareth Morgan Student Teacher Scholarship

Student teachers enrolled in a Latin certification program in Texas are encouraged to apply for the $500 TCA Gareth Morgan Student Teacher Scholarship. Undergraduate advisors should inform all student teachers of this scholarship. Applicants must be student teaching in Latin and must be maintaining a 3.00 GPA in Latin or classics, with a 2.85 GPA overall. The monies received will be used during the semester the recipient is student teaching. To apply, please complete the appropriate application and attach an official copy of your transcript plus two letters of recommendation, one from a Latin/classics professor and one from an education professor. Attach an additional sheet to the application if necessary. The recommending Latin/Classics professor of the scholarship winner will be awarded $50 or will have their fee for the next year's TCA conference waived.

Applications Due: June 1, 2021

The Reuben Shannon Lovinggood Scholarship for Teaching Materials

The TCA is proud to offer a $500 scholarship for new teachers or teachers in new programs to assist in the purchase of books and classroom materials.

Applications Due: June 1, 2021

Please email scholarships@txclassics.org for access to the scholarship application

The Anne Shaw 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, 2021

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 nominating Latin teacher of the winning student will have the next year's TCA conference fee waived.

Applications Due: June 1, 2021

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 John Rassias, in honor of his immense decades-long contributions to active language learning.

Applications Due: June 1, 2021

Please email scholarships@txclassics.org for access to the scholarship application

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