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 one of two $500 TCA Gareth Morgan Student Teacher scholarships. 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. The recommending Latin/Classics professor of a scholarship winner will have next year's TCA conference fee waived.

Applications Due: June 15, 2020

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 15, 2020

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

The Peter Snetsinger TCA Professional Scholarship

All teachers and professors are encouraged to apply for the $500 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 applicant must have been an active TCA member for at least two years. 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 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 conference following completion. Recipients will be eligible to reapply after five years.

Applications Due: June 15, 2020

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 recommending Latin teacher of a scholarship winner will have the next year's TCA conference fee waived.

Applications Due: June 15, 2020

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 the teaching of Latin in the state of Texas.

Applications Due: June 15, 2020

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

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