Classical Association of the Pacific Northwest

The Classical Association of the Pacific Northwest 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 new Mission Statement). Current members come from the US (Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, California, Colorado, and several other states), Canada (British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario). The Association holds an annual two-day meeting, usually in late March, and publishes a Bulletin twice a year (fall and spring).

Our next meeting will be held at Portland State University, on March 24th and 25th 2017; the historian Richard Talbert (UNC Chapel Hill) will give the keynote. The 2018 meeting will be at the University of Puget Sound.

Call for Papers 2017: the deadline is January 22nd, 2017 (Note new deadline!).

CAPN Membership information and dues form (or pay when you register for the conference on the same form)

Current CAPN officers:


Statement from CAPN's Executive Committee:

CAPN's mission is to support and promote the study of classical languages and civilization in the Pacific Northwest. The classical world included all kinds of people, and we, too, welcome and support the efforts of our diverse community of students, scholars, and teachers with their diverse viewpoints and backgrounds. Vigorous debate can only further our understanding and appreciation of the rich diversity of the ancient world.


Call for Papers: The Department of Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies (CNERS) at the University of British Columbia is proud to present its 17th Annual Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference. The Conference will be held at the Thea Koerner Penthouse at UBC’s Vancouver campus on Friday, May 5th and Saturday, May 6th, 2017. This year’s theme is Community. Abstracts due by Friday, January 16th, 2017.

Silk Road Conference at Portland State

The Art and Archaeology of the Silk Road, October 12, 2017. Call for Papers. Abstracts due January 15th, 2017. We invite papers that explore the portable arts and built environment of the Silk Road from its beginnings through the period of its fragmentation under the Mongol Empire. Papers may investigate case studies in specific visual and material culture topics or archeological sites or take a broader, comparative approach. We are particularly interested in having a geographic range of topics represented in the material shared at the conference in order to explore possible themes such as diplomacy in art, hybridity, exoticism, regionalism, and globalization.

Roman myth exhibition at Gonzaga

Gonzaga University is hosting an exhibition on Roman myth and mythmaking, which will run from Sept. 17th to Dec. 17th at the Jundt Art Museum. The show will feature ca. 120 objects from the Univ. of Pennsylvania museum, the Michael Carlos Museum at Emory, and the American Numismatic Society. On Sept. 22nd, there will be a visit by a troupe of Roman military reenactors, and there is an associated 10-week lecture series on Thursday nights all fall. For further information about the lecture series please see the Gonzaga University Classical Civilizations Department Facebook page.

New Latin Educators Scholarship

The National Latin Exam announces five $2000 scholarships to high school seniors or college undergraduates who desire to teach Latin. Deadline February 15th.

More Scholarships available!

Applications are invited for the Henry Bean, S.J., Classics Scholarships at Holy Cross. They give out these four-year, full-tuition scholarships to two incoming Classics majors each year, and they'd like to spread the word to high school students, teachers, and any others interested in studying the Classics. The deadline is January 15th.

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. Some money is available from the CAPN general fund to defray some of these expenses. Please contact Andrew Goldman for this information.

List of currently available lecturers and their topics

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