I am forwarding to Anahita the following APA announcement. The
organization's new interest in the internet as a medium for outreach and
publication is especially welcome. Impressive fact: the most visited part
of the Perseus Project is Tom Martin's highly accesible Overview of Greek
History, accounting for 10% of all hits to cgi-bin/text. Between Oct 15
1998 and two weeks ago, the overview was accessed 189,679 times -- and this
excludes hits simply to the Table of Contents (factor that in and you have
On a related note, Anahita currently has 470 subscribers from 28 countries;
you may see the names for yourself by sending a message to
[log in to unmask] with the message "rev anahita by country" in the body.
best wishes, Ross Scaife
APA ANNOUNCES NEW DIVISION OF OUTREACH
The APA is pleased to announce that it has established a new Division of
Outreach to promote a wider public understanding and appreciation of
classics. Its goal is to strengthen our organization's ability to communicate
with a broadly constituted audience. We are eager to reach out to teachers and
students in secondary and elementary schools; academics in a variety of other
disciplines; K-12, college and university administrators; lawyers, physicians,
the clergy and members of other learned professions; journalists and the mass
media; public policy makers and public opinion shapers. We also hope that our
outreach efforts will attract the interest of individuals from a diverse group
of ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
A Vice President for Outreach will be elected later this year to head the
new division from December 30, 1999 through January 2004. Judith P. Hallett, a
member of the Board of Directors, has been appointed Interim Vice President
for 1999. Joining her on the new Outreach Committee, which will oversee
activities in the Division, will be the APA Executive Director; Robin
Mitchell-Boyask, the APA Web Page Editor; Helene Foley, APA Past President;
Ward Briggs, Jr. from the APA Finance Committee; former Virginia Lieutenant
Governor Donald Beyer, Jr. of Don Beyer Volvo in Falls Church, Virginia;
Margaret Brucia of the Committee on Education; and Frank Frost, who recently
retired as Professor of History at the University of California at Santa
The Committee would like to express its deep appreciation to former
APA Director Barbara McManus for her outstanding work as chair of the Ad
Hoc Committee on Outreach in 1997-1998. We would like to thank as well those
members who responded to the Ad Hoc Committee's initial call for
participants over the past few months. They will be hearing from Professor
Hallett shortly about the new Committee's plans.
Among the outreach activities which the new Committee plans to
undertake is coordinating the collection of information on classics in the
media for the APA web site (www.apaclassics.org). The "Agora"
section will expand its listing--along with brief descriptions--of newspaper
and magazine articles;radio/television segments and programs; television
documentaries and feature films; and comments by public figures dealing with
the languages, literature, history and culture of classical antiquity.
During the next few months the Committee would also like to institute a
section on the APA web site--tentatively named "Minerva"--to feature and
recognize significant technological contributions to our field, such as
classical websites and projects involving internet pedagogy. Both the
"Agora:Classics in the Media" and "Minerva" sections will be regularly updated
and revised by Professors Hallett and Mitchell-Boyask.
We hope that as many of you as possible will contribute to both
sections--and help keep our membership apprised of how classics is being
represented to the general public and in cyberspace. Please send any items
you would like Professor Hallett to have posted or information which you
would like her to include in these sections to her at [log in to unmask];
or by fax (301-314-9084); or at the Department of Classics, University of
Maryland, College Park MD 20742.
In connection with these two web site initiatives, the Committee is also
exploring the possibility of establishing two new APA awards. One would
recognize exceptional support for the classics by an individual or group
from outside the classics profession; the other, outstanding work by a
classicist or group of classicists, appearing in print or the electronic
media, which is directed toward a non-specialist audience. To start raising
the funds needed to subsidize these awards, and to begin identifying and
reaching out to members of the general public with an interest in classics,
we are hoping to sponsor a few programs and events in different regions of
the US and Canada during the fall of 1999.
Professor Hallett is eager to hear--at their earliest possible
convenience--from members who would like to work with the Committee on these
particular initiatives as well as from those with ideas for additional
Committee activities ([log in to unmask]). The APA is blessed
with a wealth of resources in the talents, creativity and above all
energies of its diverse membership. There is much that our organization can
do to heighten awareness of our field and to expand our intellectual
community if we pool these resources and invest
these energies wisely.
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