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 Classical Association 

August, 2018 Message from the President

Salvete Sodales!

Summer is creeping by.  Hopefully it has been one of rest, relaxation and renewal.  The New Jersey Classical Association has much going on,
so please keep in touch.

This summer, I found myself at the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades, California.  It was built in the 1970’s as a replica of the Villa dei Papiri.
It is simply beautiful and houses quite a collection from the Ancient World.  
On your next trip out West, try to set aside time to visit this museum.  

In the meantime, however, Montclair State University, Department of the Classics, will have speakers presenting on September 26, 2018.  One of those speakers will be from the Getty Villa, making a presentation on Greek and
Roman Art.  
Also, Classics Day for your students at Montclair State will be held
on Friday, October 26, 2018. Don’t miss either of those events!  Mark your calendars.

There are many other upcoming events for Classicists, so check back to
our website for the pertinent information.

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Also, I happened to be in Grand Central Station, where there is a free  Brooks Brothers exhibit (until the end of August); they are celebrating 200
years of dressing men and women internationally.  What I did not know, that I discovered from looking at this exhibit, is that the Brooks Brothers’ logo is the golden fleece, alluding to Jason and the Argonauts and that which is coveted by all, their clothing.  Besides that allusion to mythology, a current J. Crew promotion is entitled “Carpe Denim!” J. Crew is advising their customers to
“Seize the jeans!”

We are always clothed in Classical allusions.

NJCA Fall Meeting

Our upcoming meeting is scheduled for Friday, October 19, 2018.
The day’s events will be at Princeton University (lunch at The Nassau Inn).  
This event will be a departure from our usual course of events for the day.
I know it will be enjoyable and informative for all.  Please see the posted agenda/schedule. The registration link is also included. Register, please,
as soon as you can, so that we may have an accurate count for the visits to the museum, the luncheon and the library.  In response to requests by many of you
for a meeting that was not held on a Saturday, we have answered that request;
this is our first meeting on a weekday. We hope it will be a success and that it
will satisfy that request that we try scheduling to accommodate those of you
who want to have your professional development time not spill over to your weekend time.

As always, we welcome any feedback that you have to offer on our gatherings.

Grants and Scholarships

We are always looking for ways to raise money to fund our scholarships.  
We usually sell books and miscellany at our meetings, but because of the set up
of our October 19, 2018, event, we will not be able to bring our goods for sale.  However, we will have a table at the CAAS event on Saturday, October 6. If you are there and you are looking for anything, visit the NJCA table at that event.

That being said, we are also going to search out and pursue ways to obtain grants to assist in the funding of our scholarships.  If you know of any grants,
or if you know of ways for us to search for such grants, please help us out
and send us any such information.

We will try to embark on a campaign to seek out ways to add to our funds and to collect donations from members to help contribute to those scholarship funds.  Think it over and share any ideas in this regard. All advice is needed and very welcome.


The presentation at the Princeton Art Museum will be one that will inform you of resources, programs and offerings for students and educators.  The event
at The Firestone Library at the University will be presented by Alan Stahl,
Curator of Numismatics.

Again, we ask that you let other teachers of the Classics know about our organization.  Send them a link to our website. Invite them to one of our gatherings.

Wishing you all the best and looking forward to seeing you at one of our events.

                                                        Dorothy Maxwell

                                                        NJCA President

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February, 2019  

February, 2019

Salvete, Sodales!

My previous newsletter stated about summer creeping on by; I’m happy to acknowledge that with midterm exams behind us and some glimpses of soft breezes, we’re nearing the end of winter. It would be nice if, like the Romans, we had only sandals to worry about as our foot gear.

At our October meeting in Princeton, we had the most wonderful time. Alan Stahl, Curator of Numismatics, at the Firestone Library, thrilled us all with his presentation on Classical Coinage.  Among the many coins that he presented were bronze, silver and gold Alexander the Great coins circa 336-323 BCE, Persian coins, and coins from the Roman Republic. He spoke in great detail about the obverse and reverse of the coins and on top of all of that, had great comic timing. A question posed to him was, “Why were the coins round?” and he quickly responded with, “So they didn’t wear a hole in their pockets!” We were allowed to touch and hold the coins--some were so tiny and light and others quite large and heavy.  A great experience was had by all. Since our visit to the Library, several of the instructors have planned trips and brought their students. Professor Stahl has been so generous with his time and his expertise.

We also enjoyed some time in the Princeton Art Museum, located in McCormick Hall at the University. They had so much on display from the ancient world, including: amphorae, statues, jewelry, carved reliefs and mosaics.

It is wonderful that we have these gems so nearby.  Take advantage and plan to take your students or just take yourself.  A day out in Princeton would be a delightful excursion that would be sure to nourish the soul!

Our October meeting was held on a Friday with the hope of seeing members who are unable to attend our Saturday meetings.  That plan was a success and, going forward, we will include a Friday meeting in our rotation. We will try for every third or fourth time, depending on our location rotation.

Some upcoming events to make note of are that the CAAS annual conference will be held in Silver Spring, Maryland on October 10-12, 2019; the Annual Conference for FLENJ will be on April 5-6, 2019, in Iselin, New Jersey; and the grand gathering of the year is the Centennial Celebration of the American Classical League--events to start on June 26, 2019, in New York City.

There are so many activities coming up, so check our site for information.

The “Contemporary” Ancient World

In trying to keep up with headliners, here are a couple of “breaking news” stories:

Newcastle University Press Office just released their information about “Roman soldiers' graffiti at Hadrian's Wall quarry to be recorded,” February 27, 2019.

Or, this article from Live Science entitled, “Stolen Mummy Feet, Arms and More Found Stashed in Speakers at Cairo Airport” which reminds us that ancient “stuff” is just as sought after as that latest technical device.

Find your breaking news and share it with your students.

Dig Day--Saturday, March 23, 2019

Our upcoming meeting is scheduled for Saturday, March 23, 2019. We will have Professor Gary Farney of Rutgers University discussing the excavation of the mid-Republican to mid-imperial villa located in the town of Vacone (modern day Vescovio)--The Upper Sabina Tiberina Project.  

We will also have Professor Deborah Chatr Aryamontri and Professor Tim Renner, both of Montclair State University, bringing us their update on the Villa of the Antonines Project in Genzano di Roma. We have been so fortunate to follow along and hear about the progress on this site for years now.

As always, we welcome any feedback that you have to offer on our gatherings, fundraising or outreach.

Again, we ask that you let other teachers of the Classics know about our organization.  Send them a link to our website. Invite them to one of our gatherings.

Wishing you all the best and looking forward to seeing you at one of our events.

                                                        Dorothy Maxwell

                                                        NJCA President

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