Newswise — New York University’s Center for Ancient Studies will host “Transforming Classics: 150 Years of Classical Studies in New York,” a November 13 symposium that will consider the discipline’s impact on art, education, and performance in New York City.

The event, presented by NYU’s Center for Ancient Studies and the Society for Classical Studies, will be held in NYU’s Hemmerdinger Hall, Silver Center for Arts and Science, 100 Washington Square East (enter at 32 Waverly Place or 31 Washington Place [wheelchair accessible]). 

On November 13, 1868, a group of scholars resolved to form the American Philological Association (APA), now the Society for Classical Studies (SCS). The APA was originally a society for “lovers of philology.”

The organization shifted gradually, however, as new humanities disciplines and fields emerged, to become the largest North American organization devoted to classical philology and then to Classics/Classical Studies. It was renamed the Society for Classical Studies in 2014. 

Throughout the 150-year history of the APA/SCS, New York’s scholars, teachers, students, and institutions have played a central role in developing and transforming this field. Speakers will discuss how New York-based organizations and programs have shaped what counts as Classics, changed who gets to participate in and lead the field, and/or opened up new directions that connect the study of the Greco-Roman world with other ancient and modern traditions. 

The full program may be viewed here:

The event is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required. To RSVP, please visit:  For more information, call 212.992.7978 or email [email protected]. Subway Lines: 6 (Astor Place); R, W (8th Street)


NYU’s Center for Ancient Studies was created in 1996 to promote interdisciplinary and cross-cultural study of the past. Directed by Matthew S. Santirocco, and supported largely through endowment, the Center funds travel grants for undergraduate and graduate students, annual research conferences and lectures, and summer outreach seminars for faculty from across the United States (in collaboration with the Faculty Resource Network). Scholarly organizations that are based at the Center include the American section of the Institute for Etruscan and Italic Studies and its journal, Etruscan News, and the Aquila Theatre Company.   

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