The Louisiana Classicist

March 22, 2018

position available (to begin August 2018) : LSMSA

Filed under: announcement — Ann E. M. Ostrom @ 5:35 pm

An announcement for a full-time position in Natchitoches

Latin Instructor (Available August 2018)

The Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts seeks applicants for a Latin faculty with employment starting August 2018. This is a full-time position with all benefits of state employment. The successful candidate will be able to teach four levels of collegiate, accelerated Latin curriculum, with the potential of additional coursework in a second language as student interests and instructor credentials allow. In addition to teaching students in a small class setting, the successful candidate must be innovative, able to engage students from varying backgrounds and preparations for successful learning once at LSMSA, and willing to use office hours to tutor and assist students. The ability to mentor students and assist in their research is a key to a teacher’s long-term success and satisfaction.

Other duties include academic advising and sponsoring, chaperoning, or assisting in extra-curricular and student social activities outside of the normal school day.

Required Qualifications:
The qualified candidate must hold an MA Classics or comparable field along with evidence of two years teaching experience and/or professional activity.

Preferred Qualifications:
A Ph.D. or terminal degree in the subject area, with five or more years teaching experience. Research, creative work, performance, or some evidence of individualized work in one’s area of expertise.

How to Apply
Send cover letter, curriculum vitae, contact information for three references, transcripts from your final degree granting institution, and our Standard Application Form electronically to:
Here is a link to our Application Form:

Any questions you have may be directed to:

Sheila Kidd, PHR
Human Resource Officer
715 University Parkway
Natchitoches LA 71457
E-mail: skidd AT lsmsa DOT edu


March 14, 2018

position available: Mt. Carmel Academy, New Orleans

Filed under: announcement — Ann E. M. Ostrom @ 7:06 am

from the ACL job board:

Mount Carmel Academy is seeking a full-time Latin teacher for the 2018-19 school year. Latin I-V, including AP, is offered, and the candidate should be comfortable teaching most of these levels. A link to apply can be found here: Send all materials to bsimno AT mcacubs DOT org. Mount Carmel Academy is a private, all-girls’ Catholic high school for grades 8-12 in the Archdiocese of New Orleans. It is conducted by the Sisters of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, who have educated young ladies in New Orleans since 1833. The atmosphere of the school and the individual attention given to each student encourage and foster emotional maturity and spiritual development.*****Posted March 8, 2018

March 6, 2018

LJCL is this weekend. Come for the nostalgia, stay for the judging.

Filed under: announcement,meetings — Ann E. M. Ostrom @ 6:36 pm

Or is it come for the food, stay for the nerditude? Something like that.

At any rate, LCA is sponsoring the annual luncheon at the Holiday Inn South on Airline Highway in Baton Rouge. The meal begins at 11:30, but it is common for people to drop in and out as their schedules allow.

If you have the time before or after lunch, stop by the Graphic Arts room. The artwork these high school students can produce is truly stunning. There is always a category or two that is just waiting for you to judge it.

March 5, 2018

LJCL leadership – State of Emergency

Filed under: announcement — Ann E. M. Ostrom @ 6:20 pm

Please read this urgent message from our current Louisiana Junior Classical League State Chair:

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing this before convention and our Sponsor Meeting in order to give you time to seriously consider coming forward to become LJCL State Chair. My ongoing and serious health problems make it impossible for me to continue as State Chair after this year’s LJCL Convention. And because the term of our interim chair, Jessica Waddill, also expires at the close of convention, there will actually be TWO vacancies for State Chair.

If you have not been State Chair before, or if it has been a decade or so since you served, please consider serving. LJCL really needs you.

So that you can make an informed decision about being State Chair, I thought it would be helpful to spell out your responsibilities as well as the support you would have in performing this job.

Responsibilities- these are divided between the two state chairs as they see fit.
• Financial- The chairs are responsible for our bank account and will write checks, make payments throughout the year. I have updated our account so that you can be added onto the account quickly. You will receive mail, check sponsor’s payments for accuracy, and email confirmation receipts.
• State Board- You will supervise the State Board through the JCL year, convention to convention, maintaining regular contact with the State President especially. You should also plan on attending monthly meetings of the Board; these have been at various locations and are determined by the Board.
• National Convention- This is an amazing trip and an opportunity to know our Board and to grow professionally!
You will attend, at LJCL’s expense, National Convention in late July; this year it is in Oxford Ohio. You will arrange a side trip for the weekend before convention, travel by bus to and from convention, hotels during the side trip for the group. You will collect and manage the monies travelers pay for the side trip. Before NJCL convention and during it, you will coordinate with the NJCL office for the Louisiana Delegation.
• Membership
Using Google forms on our website, you will gather in and deposit each chapter’s state dues in the fall. Starting this year each chapter pays for their national membership and ACL through NJCL directly.
• Fall Forum- You will supervise the planning of this October event at the the State President’s school; you may have to contact that school to arrange its use. You attend this Saturday event and assist with set-up and take-down. Most of the work is done by the State Board.
• Certamen Tournaments- the past two years the Board has sponsored regional Certamen tournaments across the state. You will be needed to supervise, help arrange the venues, and to attend these.
• LJCL Convention- This is our biggest State event, usually the first or second week in March!
You will arrange and sign the contract with the hotel for convention, supervise the planning of convention from October though February, completing or delegating the many tasks on the list the Convention Chairs are working on for us; you will write checks for the hotel, the stipends for the Convention Chairs, for reimbursements to the State Board; at convention the State Chairs are the contact persons for the hotel and supervise the running of convention.
• The term of office-
According to our constitution, State Chairs serve a term of two years, although some have served longer.
Assistance – you are NOT on your own!
1. Jessica Waddill who very graciously is filling in as interim Chair has agreed to either mentor the new Chair(s) or to continue as one of the Chairs. Please know that she cannot attend National Convention, however.
2. The Convention Chairs are willing to aid in all aspects of LJCL Convention; they have worked very hard over the past two years to make the convention arrangements and convention itself run smoothly and predictably. They are also creating a document that will spell out exactly what jobs need to happen when in preparation for LJCL.
3. I can assist with National Convention issues- the pre-convention trip, registration, transportation, and the like. This year I have made the preliminary arrangements with the bus, hotels, and attractions and have made a cost sheet for the trip. There are also summer meetings to prepare our delegation for NJCL that you should try to attend.
4. Jessica, the Convention Chairs, and I are revising a document that spells out a month-by-month schedule of jobs so you can perform your job more effectively.

Please consider stepping up and becoming State Chair. If you have any questions about the job, feel free to contact me at 318-470-5636 or here at my email,

In amicitia,
Robert Gilchrist
LJCL State Chair

October 1, 2017

“Complexity and Contradiction in Diocletian’s Palace” – a Lecture from LOYNO AIA (10/3/2017)

Filed under: announcement — Ann E. M. Ostrom @ 8:23 am
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from the Loyola New Orleans AIA chapter“:

Complexity and Contradiction in Diocletian’s Palace

Date: Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Time: 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Location: Whitney Bank Presentation Room, Thomas Hall

A Lecture by

Dr. Goran Nikšić

City of Split, Service for the Old City Core,

Obala kneza Branimira

The Charles Eliot Norton Memorial Lectureship of the AIA

free admission and free parking on campus (West Road Garage and the Horseshoe)

Co-sponsored by the Department of Classical Studies and the New Orleans Society of the Archaeological Institute of America

The meaning of Diocletian’s Palace has been oversimplified in most of scientific research during the past two centuries. Although the original purpose of this building has recently been established as the imperial manufacture of textiles, the consequences of such new historical approach on the understanding of the architecture have not been contemplated. The well-known interpretation of the Palace as a classical monument is being substituted with an analysis based on Venturi’s terms, describing the complexity and contradiction of the building on both formal and functional levels. The general design is both schematic and intricate, utilitarian and symbolic. Architectural elements depart from their usual treatment – columns support themselves and are decorative rather than structural, spaces are at the same time open and enclosed. On the functional level there is a clash between the industrial and domestic use, between the profane and sacred, proletarian and imperial. However, these contradictions and ambiguities were not intentional; they are a result of the pragmatic procedure of the architect obliged to solve the seemingly incompatible requirements by the emperor. Following many centuries of constant change and adaptation to the demands of a living city, today the Palace is faced with a challenge of being reduced to a mere tourist attraction. Understanding of the real meaning of the place as a complex, ambiguous and contradictory building could help rectify such a one-dimensional view.

August 5, 2017

LCA Annual Meeting 2017

Filed under: announcement — Ann E. M. Ostrom @ 8:18 am

From Mallory Monaco Caterine, LCA President (Tulane University:

Save the date! The Louisiana Classical Association’s 2017 fall gathering will be held at Tulane, Jones Hall 204, on Saturday, September 30. We will begin with an informal lunch at 12:30pm, followed by presentations on research and teaching by our members. The business meeting will take place at 3:30pm, after which we will adjourn to a happy hour at a nearby location TBD.

If you’re interested in presenting some of your work, please email at mmonaco AT tulane DOT edu at your earliest convenience.

Lastly, please let us know if you’ll be able to attend! You should be receiving an email message from our secretary, Graham Waddill, soon with registration and annual dues payment information.

April 22, 2015

Annual Meeting of LCA and Special Guest Lecture

Filed under: announcement,meetings — Ann E. M. Ostrom @ 6:03 am
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Two announcements from Graham Waddill, Secretary-Treasurer of the LCA:

First, a guest lecturer at LSU on Thursday, 23 April at 4:30:


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The second, to remind our members of the LCA meeting on Saturday, 25 April, on the third floor of Hodges Hall on the LSU campus. The agenda will be:

9:00-9:30 Registration & Light refreshments

9:30-10:30 Speakers

  • Christopher Caterine (Tulane) will be speaking on “A Minor Inconvenience: Cato the Younger and the Cognomen ‘Uticensis.'”
  • Kris Fletcher (LSU) will be speaking on “Using University and College Mottoes in the Elementary Latin Classroom.”
  • Albert Watanabe (LSU) will be speaking on “Same Ole Stories: Parallels to Greek Myths.”

10:30 Business Meeting

We look forward to seeing everyone and catching up with our friends and colleagues from around the state!

February 9, 2015

Cambridge Training Opportunity

Filed under: announcement,opportunities — Ann E. M. Ostrom @ 6:02 am

Nathalie Roy (Episcopal) would like everyone to know about an workshop coming to Baton Rouge on March 14.

Course details
Cambridge Latin Workshop for teachers. Details of the course will be available soon. Topics at past workshops have included

  • reading methodology;
  • teaching stages;
  • assessment;
  • online environment;
  • materials available to use;
  • activities to reinforce learning;
  • transitioning to authentic literature

Each workshop is tailored to the needs of the participants based on their feedback.

Crowne Plaza Executive Center Baton Rouge,
4728 Constitution Avenue
Louisiana 70808

Timings and meals
The workshop runs from 9 – 4.
Continental breakfast is included but lunch is on your own.

The cost of the one-day workshop is $50. The cost includes tuition only and does not include lunch.

To register, please either book online (coming soon) or download and return the booking form.

December 3, 2014

Volunteers Wanted!

Filed under: announcement,meetings,opportunities — Ann E. M. Ostrom @ 6:41 am

from Susann Lusnia (Tulane University) regarding the upcoming Joint Annual Meetings of the APA SCS and AIA in New Orleans, LA

Volunteers are needed to assist with conference registration in two shifts on Thursday (15/15), Friday (15/10), and Saturday (5/5) of the event. There are also a few spots to volunteer for special events: the SCS Presidential Panel (1), the SCS Play (1-2), and the SCS Plenary Session (1-2).

Volunteers who work 8 hours will be given free conference registration as a “thank you” for your service.

We’re using VolunteerSpot (the leading online signup and reminder tool) to organize the signups for the volunteer slots.

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our Sign-Up on VolunteerSpot:
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.

Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Susann by emailing her: slusnia AT tulane DOT edu

November 9, 2014

in memoriam

Filed under: announcement — Ann E. M. Ostrom @ 7:35 am
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Louisiana and the world of classics have lost two longtime friends and supporters.

Carlos Fandal

Carlos Fandal

Jane Webb informs us of the passing of Carlos Fandal, retired professor at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, at the end of October. From his obituary:

Carlos Fandal was also a life-long advocate for the study of Latin and the classics. He helped found the Louisiana Classical Association, which he served as an officer and as editor of The Classicist. He proposed the project for developing Latin programs for teaching Latin in rural Louisiana and participated in an NEH seminar in Rome in 1989 on “Roman Art in a Social Context.”


Bonnie Owens

Bonnie Owens

Earlier this week, we also lost Bonnie Owens from Denham Springs High School, suddenly and unexpectedly.  Bonnie had previously taught at the Dunham School and Hosanna Christian Academy.  She also served as Louisiana Junior Classical League’s State Chair, and continued to sponsor the Denham Springs Chapter of JCL.

We offer condolences to their families, friends, and colleagues.

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