Classical Association of the Pacific Northwest

The Classical Association of the Pacific Northwest (est. 1911) is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to support and promote the study of classical languages and civilization in the Pacific Northwest (see our Mission Statement). Current members come from the United States (Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, California, Colorado, and several other states) and Canada (British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario). The Association holds an annual two-day meeting, usually in late March.

The 53rd annual meeting of the Classical Association of the Pacific Northwest will take place on March 15-16, 2024 at the University of Oregon in Eugene, OR. Keynote speaker will be Prof. Ann Kuttner (University of Pennsylvania). Her talk is entitled, "Tablets that Talk to Book and Scroll: Imagery of the Written Word on Late Antique Ivory Diptychs."

The link to the CAPN 2024 Annual Meeting Website is now open at
Abstracts were due by January 15, 2024 to

Future In-Person Meeting Sites:

Current CAPN Officers:


CAPN Membership Fees For 2024

CAPN offers free membership to all high school students, undergraduates, and graduate students. Just let us know when you send us your membership form and sign up to our mailing list. The regular membership fee for everyone else is only $20/year.

ACL Institute

The American Classical League will hold its Annual Institute at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ, between June 26 and June 29, 2024.

By the way, CAPN offers a scholarship for primary and secondary teachers that past applicants have been able to use to defray the cost of traveling to Classics conferences and workshops such as the ACL Institute.

2024 Dig the Neolithic Field School at the Ness of Brodgar in Scotland

Since 2002, excavations at the Ness of Brodgar on the Orkney Islands, off the north coast of Scotland, have been uncovering a large ceremonial complex from ca. 3200 BCE that predates Stonehenge. Together with nearby monumental sites such as the chambered cairn of Maeshowe, the Stones of Stenness, and the Ring of Brodgar, the Ness of Brodgar, a narrow land bridge between two inland lakes, forms the Heart of Neolithic Orkney, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The excavation has received numerous awards, most recently the 2019 Shanghai Archaeology Forum's Discovery Award. This award is given out every two years to an archaeological excavation or survey whose discoveries significantly further or even alter our knowledge of the human past, locally and/or globally.

Students interested in participating in the summer 2024 archaeological field school at the Ness of Brodgar run by Willamette University in cooperation with Orkney College should apply here by December 1, 2023. For more information, contact Professor Scott Pike.

CAPN Lecture Program

CAPN members are willing to come to schools within the CAPN region to speak on various topics. If you are interested in inviting a lecturer please contact him/her directly. A posting on this list implies that the speaker is willing to lecture to a CAPN area school without expectation of honorarium. It is expected that the host institution will cover the travel and hospitality expenses of the speaker. A small amount of money is available from the CAPN general fund to defray some of these expenses. Please contact Ortwin Knorr for this information.

List of currently available lecturers and their topics

Other Links of Interest

Call for nominations for the CAPN Teaching Award
CAPN Membership Directory
Information on CAPN Scholarships
A brief history of CAPN