The Louisiana Classicist

March 29, 2010

Villa Vergiliana in jeopardy

Filed under: announcement — Ann E. M. Ostrom @ 6:35 pm
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Forwarded by Emily Batinski (LSU)

Dear Colleagues,

I’m writing to ask all of you to send a letter to the Italian officials indicated below on behalf of the Villa Vergiliana, a place that is essential not only to the Vergilian Society but also to the Centro, as it is our base when we travel to the Bay of Naples twice a year on our field trips. All who have been there remember fondly the hospitality of Maria, Biagio, and Mina Sgariglia.

Letter templates are attached in both Italian and English. PLEASE ADJUST THEM AS NECESSARY. In the past, under similar circumstances, an outpouring of support from American scholars has been very successful. It’s time to take pen in hand again.

Thanks for your help at this busy time of year.



Michael Maas
Department of History, MS-42
Rice University, 6100 Main Street
Houston, TX 77005
office phone: 713-348-2264; FAX: 713-348-5207


1) Ambassador Mr. Giulio Terzi
Embassy of Italy
3000 Whitehaven Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20008
Fax: (202) 518-2151

2) Ambassador David Thorne
United States Embassy
Via Vittorio Veneto 119/A
00187 Rome ITALY
Fax: 011 39 06 4674 2244

3) Ministro dei Beni Culturali ed Ambientali
Sen. Sandro Bondi
Via del Collegio Romano 27
00186 Roma ITALY

4) Segretario Generale Arch. Roberto Cecchi
Ministero dei Beni Culturali ed Ambientali
Via del Collegio Romano 27
00186 Roma ITALY

5) Direttore Vincenzo Capobianco
Agenzia del Demanio – Direzione Area Operativa
Coordinamento Operation Beni Demaniali
Via Barberini, 38
00187 Roma ITALY

6) Direttore Generale per i Beni Architettonici, Storici, Artistici ed Etnoantropologici
Arch. Mario Lolli Ghetti
Via S. Michele, 22
00153 Roma Italy

PDF copy of the sample letters


February 23, 2010

Latin in Danger of Being Cut at Centenary College

Filed under: announcement — Ann E. M. Ostrom @ 9:43 pm
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LCA has learned that the president of Centenary College will recommend that the Latin program be eliminated from the Ancient & Modern Languages Department. He will be meeting with Centenary’s board of trustees on March 4th. If the recommendation is accepted by the trustees, Stephen Clark’s position will be phased out by the end of next academic year.

This news is especially disconcerting since it not only involves the elimination of a Latin program from Louisiana but also the loss of a fellow Classicist.

We ask LCA members to support the Latin program at Centenary and Stephen Clark in every way. Soon we will post a draft of a collective letter in support of continuing Latin at Centenary. Those who wish to sign this letter can e-mail Albert Watanabe at awatan AT lsu DOT edu and he will add your name to the letter. LCA would welcome other suggestions to help keep Latin at Centenary College.

posted on behalf of Albert Watanabe, Secretary-Treasurer of Louisiana Classical Association.  When emailing Albert, replace the correct symbols for AT and DOT.

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