New Jersey
 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.

Vestis feminam et virum reddit.

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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September 2019  

September 2019

Salvete, Sodales!

Back to school already--where does the time go?  I hope that you all had a restful and nourishing summer. For those of you who have returned to the daily routine of living by the bell, I hope you are getting back in to a paced routine.  For those of you who are in a daily routine of another type, enjoy your days.

There is so much going on!

First of all, please register for the fall meeting which will be held in Hamilton, New Jersey.  This will be a special event. We wanted to do something different in honor of the Centennial Celebration of the American Classical League and Ginny suggested that we visit Grounds for Sculpture.  Plans have been confirmed and that’s exactly what we will be doing.  It will be a day to be enjoyed by all.

In the morning, we will begin by gathering to register and have a light breakfast at Rossi’s Bar & Grill (see the Agenda for the addresses and telephone numbers of our two venues for the day).  At Rossi’s, we will hold our business meeting and we will hear our guest speaker, Matthew Feuer, an expert in art history.  At the conclusion of Matthew’s presentation, we will stay gathered at Rossi’s for our lunch.  Enjoy, chat and relax during lunch, after which, we will all travel to the Grounds for Sculpture for an afternoon there to take in all of the works at your own pace.  The Grounds for Sculpture is open until 6:00 p.m., so you may feel free to stay there until its closing time.

This is a deviation from what is our usual NJCA agenda and it promises to be a lovely day.

We are still always trying to find new ways to raise funds for our scholarships.  We are trying something new by including a donation box on the registration attendance at our fall meeting and on the membership form.  Even if a dollar is added, it is a small contribution that will go a long way.  

We are also trying to send out information about NJCA to educators in the State who may not be familiar with our organization.  If you know of a Classicist, who does not know about us, please send along contact information and we will send them an invitation.

There has been some talk about the future direction of our organization.  We are hoping to bring this topic up for discussion at the next couple of meetings, so that we are able to gather information and gain valuable input from our general membership.

We are going to continue with our plan to try to vary the days of the week and the locations in the State for our meetings.  In that regard, our spring meeting on March 6, 2020, which is a Friday, will be held in Stockton. Again, we hope that this will allow us to see members who are unable to attend our Saturday events.  

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; and Classics Day at Montclair State University will be held on November 1, 2019. There are so many activities coming up, so check our site for information.

The “Contemporary” Ancient World

In trying to keep up with headlines, here are some interesting selections: 

From Amazing Stock on You tube, published on August 30, 2019:


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


                                                         Dorothy Maxwell

                                                         NJCA President

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