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W&M to host 112th CAMWS meeting

  • 112th CAMWS Meeting
    112th CAMWS Meeting  William & Mary’s Department of Classical Studies will be hosting the 112th annual Classical Association of the Middle West and South (CAMWS) conference on March 16-19.  
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William & Mary’s Department of Classical Studies will host the 112th Annual Classical Association of the Middle West and South (CAMWS) Conference March 16-19.

The Classical Association of the Middle West and South is a professional organization for classicists and non-classicists at all levels of instruction which promotes the classics through the broad scope of its annual meeting, through the publication of both original research and pedagogical contributions in The Classical Journal, and through its awards, scholarships and outreach initiatives.

"The annual meeting of CAMWS, is an ideal venue both for students giving their first professional paper and for seasoned professionals seeking a sounding board for creative, groundbreaking scholarship,” said William & Mary Classical Studies Professor Georgia Irby, co-chair of the local CAMWS committee. “Conference attendees are, without exception, astute, constructive and supportive.”

The three-day conference will begin with a reception the evening of March 16 at the Williamsburg Lodge. Between Thursday and Saturday, there will be seven pedagogical workshops, 15 panels, 12 paper sessions on a wide variety of pedagogical and scholarly topics and 10 roundtable discussions. Attendees are asked to register online. Three events, however, are free to the public: the showing of “Antony and Cleopatra,” the plenary session and the Friday afternoon sessions at the university.

Conference schedule

The 2015 conference kicks off on Wednesday with a special showing of the epic, silent film “Antony and Cleopatra” with performance of the original musical score by James Doering of Randolph Macon College.

On Thursday evening, there will be a plenary session on ancient Roman hairstyling by Janet Stephens at the Colonial Williamsburg Lodge. Stephens is the author of "Ancient Roman Hairdressing: On (hair) pins and needles" in the Journal of Roman Archaeology.

Friday afternoon's sessions will be held on the campus of William & Mary. The university is hosting a complimentary lunch for attendees (pre-registration necessary). Friday evening's banquet will be held in the Virginia ballroom at the Colonial Williamsburg Inn and will feature CAMWS President- Antony Augoustakis’ address entitled “Visualizing Epic and the awards for significant service to the discipline and the organization for 2015-2016, presented in Latin by CAMWS orator Jim May.

On Saturday evening, there will be a special fund-raising cocktail hour and dinner open to CAMWS members and members of the larger community of classics friends, with special programming, presentations and entertainment. Attendees of this black-tie event entitled "Campaign for CAMWS: A Gala Dinner Event" will be acknowledged as contributors to the 2016 Campaign for CAMWS.

Professor Jodi Magness will also give a presentation on “The Huqoq Synagogue Mosaics: Archaeology and Ancient Texts.” Magness is the Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

For more information, visit the organization’s website.