As Director of the Center for Hellenic Studies, I have dedicated myself to keeping alive the Center’s original mission, as envisioned by Paul Mellon, of making classical learning available to all. In pursuit of this ideal, the CHS has undertaken a series of ambitious new initiatives, especially in the realm of reforming existing practices in academic publishing (electronic as well as in-print). The CHS is committed to be in the forefront of devising new procedures and protocols.
The Workshop on Technology and the Classics emerged from dialogues among our CHS colleagues and friends, especially Ross Scaife, editor of the Stoa Consortium based at the University of Kentucky, Neel Smith and Tom Martin at the College of the Holy Cross, and Christopher Blackwell at Furman University. Our goal was to bring together scholars at different stages of their careers, differing in their experience with electronic analysis and publication of texts, but united in their enthusiasm for applying technological tools to their research.
The vision, energy, and good-will of the Workshop participants who met for a week in Washington in June of 2003 will continue to benefit our discipline for years to come.
We have high hopes that the achievements of this Workshop will foster new collaborations and generate new ideas that will further the Center’s mission and make the Classics ever more visible, more accessible.