The Louisiana Classicist

February 23, 2010

Latin in Danger of Being Cut at Centenary College

Filed under: announcement — Ann E. M. Ostrom @ 9:43 pm
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LCA has learned that the president of Centenary College will recommend that the Latin program be eliminated from the Ancient & Modern Languages Department. He will be meeting with Centenary’s board of trustees on March 4th. If the recommendation is accepted by the trustees, Stephen Clark’s position will be phased out by the end of next academic year.

This news is especially disconcerting since it not only involves the elimination of a Latin program from Louisiana but also the loss of a fellow Classicist.

We ask LCA members to support the Latin program at Centenary and Stephen Clark in every way. Soon we will post a draft of a collective letter in support of continuing Latin at Centenary. Those who wish to sign this letter can e-mail Albert Watanabe at awatan AT lsu DOT edu and he will add your name to the letter. LCA would welcome other suggestions to help keep Latin at Centenary College.

posted on behalf of Albert Watanabe, Secretary-Treasurer of Louisiana Classical Association.  When emailing Albert, replace the correct symbols for AT and DOT.


1 Comment »

  1. CAMWS is helping to spread the word too:

    Dear CAMWS member,

    Please read the urgent message below from Steve Clark, Associate Professor of Classics and French at Centenary College of Louisiana (;, and consider sending a letter of support.

    Time is short, but we may be able to do some good if we act quickly.
    Thank you!
    –Anne Groton, CAMWS Secretary-Treasurer

    Message from Stephen Clark:
    As part of a plan to restructure the curriculum at Centenary College of Louisiana (a private liberal arts institution), the president, David Rowe, has announced his intention to recommend to the Board of Trustees that the Latin program be phased out at the end of spring, 2011. As the sole Classicist at the college, I have offered this program since 1988. During many of those years I also made courses in Greek available.

    In addition to the Latin program, the president proposes to phase out the German program. This plan leaves only two of the original four languages offered in the Department of Ancient and Modern Languages. The French major and minor will remain. The Spanish major is to be phased out, but the minor will stay. My colleagues in the languages department feel that this drastic restructuring of the curriculum poses a serious threat to the principles of liberal arts education that we have worked hard over the years to promote in our language programs.

    Dr. Rowe, who stepped into the president’s office last August, has offered a vision for the college: “Centenary College will define church-related liberal arts education for the 21st century.” He says that he wishes to place great emphasis on international study. How does this connect, the members of our languages department wonder, with cutting two of the four language programs that have been offered for years at Centenary?
    Rumors and speculations are in the air, and many members of the Centenary community are stunned by the president’s recommendations. The Board of Trustees is expected to act on them on March 4.
    Statements of support for the Latin program, as well as for the German program if some are so inclined, would be very much appreciated. They may be addressed to the following persons:

    Dr. David Rowe
    President of the College

    Dr. Daniel Keck
    Interim Provost and Dean of the College


    Stephen Clark (
    Associate Professor of Classics and French
    Centenary College of Louisiana
    Shreveport, LA 71104

    Comment by Ann Ostrom — February 25, 2010 @ 9:14 am | Reply

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