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.

Thank you, Professor Oosterhuis, for hosting the last annual meeting at Gonzaga University on April 5-6, 2019. The 2020 meeting will take place on March 20-21, 2020 at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon. The deadline for abstract submissions was January 10, 2020.

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Free CAPN Memberships for Students

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

Classical Association of Canada Meeting

The Classical Association of Canada will hold its next Annual Meeting at the University of Victoria in Victoria, BC on May 6-8, 2020. Abstract deadline was January 15, 2020.

AAH Meeting

The Association for Ancient Historians will hold its next Annual Meeting at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa on April 23-25, 2020.

ACL Institute

The American Classical League will hold its 73rd Annual Institute at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina on June 25-27, 2020. Abstract deadline was January 15, 2020.

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


An NEH Summer Seminar for Pre-Collegiate Teachers (July 13-31, 2020) 

In the summer of 2020 (July 13-31), there will be an NEH Summer Seminar for pre-collegiate teachers (K-12) on the topic of Roman Daily Life. This seminar is an opportunity to read Petronius and graffiti in Latin and look at Pompeian archaeology for various topics of Roman daily life. The Petronius reading forms a central core of the seminar, and thus an intermediate level of Latin proficiency (1 year of college level Latin) is required. The seminar will be held in St. Peter, Minnesota (1 hour from Minneapolis) on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College. The NEH pays each person $2700 to participate, which will more than cover the living and food expenses (approximately $1500) – each participant is responsible for their own travel expenses. The seminar has been organized by Matthew Panciera (Gustavus Adolphus) and will be co-taught by him, Beth Severy-Hoven (Macalester), Jeremy Hartnett (Wabash), and Rebecca Benefiel (Washington and Lee).

The application deadline is March 1, 2020. More information and directions on applying can be found at the seminar website Note that this is the LAST time that we will be offering this seminar, so if you are interested, please apply.

If you have any questions, write Matthew Panciera, the director of the seminar, at

Undergraduate Conference at Willamette University

The Fifteenth Annual Northwest Undergraduate Conference on the Ancient World (NUCAW) is scheduled for Saturday, April 25, 2020, at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. Abstract deadline is March 18, 2020. For more information, see the Call For Papers.

2020 Field School at Antiochia ad Cragum

The 2020 archaeological Field School at Antiochia ad Cragum on the south coast of Turkey will take to the field for the 15th season of research at this Roman-era city. This coming season we will be working at two bath complexes, as well in market shops on the Colonnaded Street, a late Roman Christian church, and studying the aqueduct system that brought water to the site. Over the years we have discovered many mosaics that are currently undergoing conservation, in which participants are involved. There will be two field school sessions. Session I will be from June 15 – July 14; Session II will be from July 15 – August 14, 2020.

Field school participants will be introduced to the basics of field archaeology. They will learn proper excavation techniques, archaeological survey, principles of field conservation, record keeping, site management, and archaeological surveying. Opportunities for field trips to nearby archaeological sites, such as Selinus, Lamos, Perge, Anamur, Alanya and the Alanya Museum will be arranged. Field School may be taken for academic credit through the University of Nebraska. The fee of $2700 per session includes room and board, transportation to and from the site, insurance, and weekend excursions to nearby sites and museums.

For more information, please contact Prof. Michael Hoff, School of Art, Art History & Design, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, by phone (402-472-5342) or email.

2021 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 2021 archaeological field school at the Ness of Brodgar run by Willamette University in cooperation with Orkney College should apply here by December 4, 2020. For more information, contact Professor Scott Pike.

Fully online MA in Latin from Kent State University

The Classics faculty of the Department of Modern and Classical Language Studies at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio offer a Master of Arts program in Latin Literature as a fully online, asynchronous program, which will make it available to students anywhere who wish to earn an advanced degree in Latin. The goal of the program is to give students graduate level training in the Latin language, as well other relevant fields such as literature, culture, archaeology and history.

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 Christopher Eckerman 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