|The Latin for the New Millennium banner
beckons teachers to the B-C booth
Allan Bolchazy, Bolchazy-Carducci vice president, represented the company at the 2016 Texas Foreign Language Association (TFLA) Conference, held October 13–15, 2016, in Austin, TX, at the Renaissance Hotel. Phil Neill and Joni Dodson, B-C’s sales representatives for the state of Texas (with its 1,100 school districts!), assisted Allan in staffing the B-C booth.
Thursday evening saw publishers give presentations on their programs and texts. This is unusual for the conference, but since Texas is conducting a textbook adoption, they decided the publisher presentations would be desirable. Allan gave a presentation that provided attendees an overview of Latin for the New Millennium and its three levels and an overview of the company’s Caesar and Vergil texts designed for the AP Latin curriculum.
The exhibit hall was open all day Friday, and Saturday morning. Visitors to the B-C booth demonstrated great interest in our books. In addition to Latin teacher visitors, a Slovak gentleman, who remembered the late B-C founder Ladislaus "Lou" Bolchazy and his Slovak books, visited the booth. A number of other teachers and department chairs came by seeking information for their Latin teacher colleagues.
We had a great time talking with friends, customers, and all attendees. Were you unable to make the conference and still have questions? Did you attend and would you like to share a part of your experience? Feel free to comment or ask questions below. I'd love to hear from you!
The Illinois Classical Conference
met October 7–9 at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, IL. Assistant editor Laurel Draper represented Bolchazy-Carducci over the weekend. Chris Mural, the Latin teacher at Stevenson, was the local host and the organizer of the book exhibit. The ICC used book exchange, which raises money for scholarships, was also in the book exhibit.
One of the highlights of the weekend was Saturday’s luncheon. The luncheon was co-hosted with the Chicago Classical Club and featured a talk from Daniel Garrison (Northwestern University) on Latin as a modern language. Peter Burian (Duke University) gave the keynote address, titled “The Stronger Sex: Athenian Democracy and the Case of Lysistrata.” Matthew Sparapani, last year’s Teacher of the Year, spoke on the importance of community within the Latin classroom and within the classics profession.
Another highlight from the weekend was the awards ceremony. Chris Mural received the Teacher of the Year award. Marilyn Brusherd, a longtime member of ICC, the organizer of the book exchange, and a perennial volunteer at classics events for high school students, received the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Overall we had a great time talking with friends, customers, and all attendees. Were you unable to make the conference and still have questions? Did you attend and would you like to share a part of your experience? Feel free to comment or ask questions below. I'd love to hear from you!
The 2016–2017 Roman Calendar offers full-color images for each month featuring a chapter title page from Latin for the New Millennium, Levels 1 and 2, Second Edition, alongside the ever-popular sententiae. The calendar also contains information about our latest books, longtime favorites, apps, and more. Check the inside back cover for a reproducible worksheet that asks students to engage with the artwork included in the calendar.
For those completing the worksheet, here is September's image, question, and answer.
Ōdī et amō. Catullus wrote these contradictory words to express his conflicted and painful feelings about his beloved in Catullus 85. What English words can you find that derive from these three?
Ōdī, from the fourth conjugation verb odīre meaning "to hate," has given such words as "odious," "odium," and "ennui" to the English language. The conjunction et has provided "etc." (et cetera, "and the rest") and the ampersand (&). Amō, from the first conjugation verb amāre meaning "to love," yields such words as "amatory," "amorous," "enamor," and "paramour."
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Think your students know the answer to the October question on the worksheet? Tweet @BCPublishers the answer by October 25th for a chance to win five of our new buttons. We'll announce our answers, as well as the winner, at the beginning of November. Submit an answer for your class, or better yet, encourage students to participate individually.
Autumn has fallen upon us at last. Apples are leaving the orchards in bunches, leaves are taking up new residence on the ground, and people are compiling ideas for this year's Halloween costume.
|Mont Allen, dressed as a Charun,
claimed the first place prize and
an Etruscan noblewoman (partner
Stephanie Pearson) last year.
We at Bolchazy-Carducci are happy to announce our second annual Halloween costume contest: Dolus aut Dulce?
It was so nice seeing all the wonderful costumes from last year's participants, such as the blue-skinned, hook-nosed Charun and Etruscan noblewoman combination submitted by last year's winner, Mont Allen, and partner Stephanie Pearson. So if you plan on sporting a toga with some laurels, going for the whole hoplite, or fashioning your own set of wax wings, we urge you to take a picture of your classics-themed costume and send it to us.
|Marie Bolchazy and the late Lou
Bolchazy dressed for ACL 2005 in
a floral stola and a toga, respectively.
Like last year, all we need from you is a photo of you in a classics-themed costume. Send it to us via Twitter to @BCPublishers, using the hash tag #BCPub. Do this, and you automatically make yourself eligible for one of three prizes! One photo will be accepted per Twitter account. If multiple people are in one picture all wearing classics costumes, the prize would only go to the owner of the account that tweeted the picture. If by request the contestants ask that another member of the picture stand as the contestant, one that is not the Twitter account member, or not a Twitter member at all, we will accept that as well.
Teachers, tell your students; students, tell your teachers. Tell all of your friends! No need to wait until October 31 to send a picture. We will start accepting photos this week and will continue to accept pictures until 11:59 PM CT on Tuesday, November 1st. Even if it is not your Halloween costume, so long as you have a photo featuring a classics-themed costume, we'll accept it!
Tempus fugit! Looking back, 2016 was quite an eventful year full of conferences, contests, and new books for the classroom. Before 2017 sneaks up on us, we thought we would take a second to recap everything that's happened in the last twelve months.
Conferences. Bolchazy-Carducci has been all over the continental United States this past year. Assistant editor Laurel Draper went over to Monmouth, IL, for the Illinois Classical Conference in October. Shortly afterward editor Don Sprague found himself in Wilmington, DE, at the Classical Association of the Atlantic States, returning for a moment before heading back east, to Syracuse, NY, for the Classical Association of the Empire State. These few weeks set the pace, for in the subsequent months, B-C staff traveled to San Diego, CA (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) and San Francisco, CA (Archaeological Institute of America/Society for Classical Studies
|The Bolchazy-Carducci booth at Kalamazoo, MI.
and American Classical League); Austin, TX (Modern Language Association
and American Classical League); Williamsburg, VA (Classical Association of the Middle West and South); Northampton, MA (Classical Association of New England); Kalamazoo, MI (International Congress on Medieval Studies); and Bloomington, IN (National Junior Classical League). Did you miss us on our national tour? Don't worry, you can follow this link to find out which conferences we will be going to next.
Contests. With the above conferences came almost as many fishbowl drawings. Some people went home with a medieval Latin book bundle, others with an annotated Latin textbook collection, and some with brand new titles from the past year. Regardless of the bundle, the winners, teachers, and students alike went home happy. This past year marked the first time Bolchazy-Carducci conducted a classics-themed Halloween costume contest, Dolus aut Dulce? We saw some beautiful costumes from students, teachers, and entire classrooms. Mont Allen, Assistant Professor of Classics & Art History at Southern Illinois University, and partner Stephanie Pearson, Assistant Professor of Classical Archaeology at the Humboldt University-Berlin, dressed together as a blue-skinned, hook-nosed Charun, one of the psychopompoi of Etruscan mythology, "claiming" an Etruscan noblewoman clutching her mirror and claiming the prize to this year's contest. The second annual Martia Dementia contest was even more successful than last year's, with more participation from students and teachers. Homer claimed the throne previously held by Lucan, and the Brookfield Academy Upper School, sponsored by their teacher Ruth Osier, took home the glory and the spoils. Make sure you follow us on Twitter and Facebook so that you never miss out on a chance to win B-C prizes. What will you win next year?
|Mont Allen, right, and partner
Stephanie Pearson dress as a
blue-skinned Charun and
an Etruscan noblewoman.
New Books. We had a lot of exciting new releases this past year. Bonnie Catto released Latin Mythica II: Troia Capta, a follow-up to her Latina Mythica,. Rose Williams's Latin of New Spain, a set of representative selections from Neo-Latin works, hit the shelves as well. Dale Grote's The Vulgate of Mark with the Synoptic Parallels brought engaging narratives of the Vulgate to the Latin classroom. Jo-Ann Shelton provided students with insight into political and social life of ancient Rome with Pliny the Younger: Selected Letters. G. B. Cobbold gave a lively prose rendition of all six books of the De Rerum Natura with his Lucretius: The Nature of the Universe. Kenneth Kitchell gave selections covering all aspects of medieval life with The Other Middle Ages: A Medieval Latin Reader. Lastly, Richard LaFleur provided a lively translation of Maurice Sendak's classic children's book with Ubi Fera Sunt: Where the Wild Things Are in Latin.
|Richard LaFleur's translation
of Maurice Sendak's classic,
Where the Wild Things Are.
Founder's Day. Lastly, this year marked the 4-year anniversary of the passing of Bolchazy-Carducci founder Ladislaus "Lou" Bolchazy. Good food and good company filled the office as old friends and colleagues joined us in Mundelein for an annual luncheon as we celebrated Founder's Day. Everyone looked back fondly on the founder and the legacy he left behind.
|Founder Ladislaus "Lou" Bolchazy sporting a toga.
Looking Ahead. That about wraps up the 2015–2016 year. We anticipate just as much excitement in the upcoming year. Students and teachers can l
ook forward to more contests, such as Dolus aut Dulce?
and Martia Dementia.
Look forward to seeing us at a conference near you too, so be sure to enter a fishbowl drawing to win a book bundle. Here's to the 2016–2017 year!