The Department of Classics

CAMWS meeting a "grand" success

Date: April 19, 2011

From the Spring 2011 edition of the CAMWS [Classical Association of the Middle West and South] Newsletter:


Report on the Annual Meeting


I am happy to report that the 107th Annual Meeting of CAMWS held in Grand Rapids, Michigan, April 6-9, 2011, was a "grand" success!  The program featured 331 presentations, covering every conceivable topic related to Classical Studies, all delivered in the space of three days.  The 70 sessions included 11 panels and 2 undergraduate paper sessions.  For the fourth year in a row, the Graduate Student Issues Committee also offered a pre-convention workshop.  As if that were not enough, Plautus' The Braggart Soldier was performed on the GVSU campus Thursday evening for those adventurous enough to take the bus to Allendale.


Our 457 attendees enjoyed elegant accommodations at the Amway Grand Plaza, and the hotel's tasty refreshments made visiting the book exhibit a pleasure in more ways than one!  It was an honor to have Mayor George Heartwell personally welcome CAMWS to Grand Rapids at the opening reception.  On Friday afternoon we were treated to not just one but two on-campus receptions, one at the Prince Center of Calvin College, the other at the Eberhard Center on the Grand Valley State University downtown campus.   At the latter reception Fred Antczak, Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences at GVSU, greeted the multitude and received a Special Service Award from CAMWS for his enthusiastic support of Classics. 

We owe a huge debt of thanks to our local committee, especially Peter Anderson and his colleagues at GVSU and Mark Williams and his colleagues at Calvin; they and their gracious undergraduates were models of team work and cooperation--and who could miss seeing them in their stylish purple caps?  At the Friday-night banquet Mark Williams, along with Keely Lake and Peter Knox, received ovations for their service to the  profession; Jim May's Latin rendition of the Michigan state song (to the tune of "O Tannenbaum") was worthy of American Idol.  From David Tandy's engaging presidential address ("Taxes, taxes, and more taxes") we learned how much the ancient Athenian economy has to teach us about the demands of citizenship in the modern world.  And at the business meeting the next morning we welcomed our own new citizens as we voted to add Nevada as the 32nd state in CAMWS territory.  What a bonanza!


--Anne Groton, CAMWS Secretary-Treasurer 


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