The Louisiana Classicist

September 13, 2010

LCA Organizational Meeting in October

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from Albert Watanabe, Secretary-Treasurer of Louisiana Classical Association (LSU)

LCA Organizational Meeting, October 30, 2010, 10-12 a.m., LSU, 324 Hodges Hall. (Lunch at Chimes following the meeting). Directions to Hodges will be sent closer to the date of the meeting.

In light of recent cuts in Classics programs and faculty in Louisiana, the LCA executive committee has called for an organizational meeting to assess the status of programs across the state, to work out strategies for maintaining programs and to support faculty who have lost positions. Recently at LSU the Latin major has been eliminated and seven instructors were let go. Earlier in the year Centenary College cut its Latin program and one position was lost there. We are calling this meeting to find out about other programs, both college and high school, which may be at risk and about how we can support them. We also want to learn about successful strategies for maintaining programs from those schools which have weathered budget cuts. We also wish to support faculty who have lost their positions. If you are able to help us in this regard, please let us know. I have surveyed faculty here at LSU and they have suggested the following topics for discussion: (1) on-line courses; (2) certification; (3) publicity of Classics to the general public; (4) lecture series (5) financial exigency. Please let us know about other topics that need discussion. Even if you are unable to attend the meeting, please email me about your programs and concerns, especially if your program is at risk.

contact Albert via email: awatan AT lsu DOT edu

or post a comment here!


March 10, 2010

Dr. Jean D’Amato Thomas

Filed under: announcement — Ann E. M. Ostrom @ 11:49 am

Posted on behalf of Dr. Davina McClain (NSU):

It is with a heavy heart that I share with you the news that Dr. Jean D’Amato Thomas passed away this morning. Jean was part of the NSU/Scholars’ College/Natchitoches community for 20 years and gave her all to the town, the university, to her friends, and to her students. While she has been ill, her friends and former students have traveled from Boston and Baltimore and Dallas and Houston, Washington, D.C., and even Italy to be by her side, to help her, and to say goodbye.

It is hard, really, to find the words to express how much she meant and will always mean to everyone whose life she touched.

Visitation for Dr. Jean D’Amato Thomas will take place on Friday March 12, 9am-10am at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home on Kyser Avenue.

After a private burial service, there will be a memorial service at Trinity Episcopal Church at 3pm on Friday March 12th, 2010.

The family has asked that, in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to the NSU Foundation in memory of Dr. Jean D’Amato Thomas to build a scholarship fund to support students who want to study abroad.

February 23, 2010

Latin in Danger of Being Cut at Centenary College

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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.

December 23, 2009

2010 Educational Seminars: To Greece or Italy

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The 2010 Educational Seminars: To Greece or Italy


2010 Greece Classics Summer Seminar

Program Overview

The Greece Classics Summer Seminar or the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA) Summer Sessions’ is a six-week intensive introduction to Greece from antiquity through the modern period. The program is open to U.S. high school or college teachers of Greek, Latin, Ancient Studies, or the Classics. The program emphasizes the topography and monuments of Greece in their historical context, the interpretation of literature and historical writings, and how ancient sources may be used to interpret archaeological discoveries.

2010 Italy Classics Summer Seminar

Program Overview

The Classical Summer School is designed to provide its participants with an understanding of the development of the ancient city of Rome and its immediate environs from the earliest settlements to the age of Constantine through a careful study of material remains and literary sources. The eight-week program is open to high school teachers of Latin, Greek or Classical Studies. The development of architecture, sculpture, painting, the ‘minor’ arts, and inscriptions of the republican and imperial city will be studied as they reflect the continuous expansion of Roman power and cultivation. Participants in the program will learn to read the material remains by becoming familiar with the techniques of interpreting ancient city planning, architecture, and the various forms of art. The second phase of the program is conducted by the Vergilian Society at Cumae and focuses on the social history of ancient Greeks, Romans, and others along the Bay of Naples.

All travel and program expenses are supported by U.S. Department of State and the Fulbright Commissions in Athens and Rome and administered by American Councils for International Education, the American School of Classical Studies at Athens and the American Academy in Rome and the Vergilian Society at Cumae

For additional program information and an application for the 2010 Educational Seminars please visit: American Councils for International Education

posted to the latinteach listserv by Timothy Hair.

December 9, 2009

Latin Immersion Programs at SALVI

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SALVI (Septentrionale Americanum Latinitatis Vivae Institutum or North American Institute for Living Latin Studies) is proud to announce two exciting summer programs for 2010: Rusticatio (July 18-24) and Iter Romanum (July 1-8).

Rusticatio, July 18-24, 2010, Charles Town, West Virginia

Rusticatio is a week-long, full-immersion Latin workshop offering high-energy conversation exercises and readings from Latin literature.

In an intimidation-free environment crucial for progress in a second language, Rusticatio participants live together for seven days while they speak, read, write, cook, and relax-all while communicating entirely in Latin. Through a variety of exchanges, including instructional sessions, a common kitchen, daily shared tasks, down-time, and excellent food and wine (which are abundant and included in the price), Rusticatio participants enjoy unparalleled camaraderie while they experience firsthand various teaching methods that are directly applicable to secondary and university Latin classrooms.

For more information about Rusticatio and application instructions, please visit our website

Iter Romanum, July 1-8 2010, Rome, Italy

Iter Romanum is a unique, week-long, full-immersion tour of Rome – tantum Latine! We will tour Rome’s sites – ancient, medieval, Renaissance and modern – read excerpts from Latin literature, discuss what we see, read and hear, and listen to our distinguished tour guides (mystagogi) as they show us around the fascinating city known as caput mundi – all while spending the week living, performing all of our tasks, and holding all of our conversations in Latin only. Each day will be structured around a visit to an historical site in or around Rome. Possible destination sites (subject to change) include:

Roman Forum, Palatine Hill and Circus Maximus, Domus Aurea, Colosseum, St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican necropolis and the tomb of St. Peter, Vatican Museums, Villa Borghese, Ostia Antica.

For more information about Iter Romanum and application instructions, please visit our website

If you have any further question about either of these programs or about SALVI, please contact us directly at info AT latin DOT org.

From Jennifer (Guenevera) Nelson, Praeses, SALVI; posted to the latinteach listserv. For the SALVI email address, substitute the appropriate symbols for AT and DOT.

December 5, 2009

Announcing a New Journal: Teaching Classical Languages

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Teaching Classical Languages ( is a peer-reviewed electronic journal dedicated to exploring how we teach (and how we learn) Latin and Greek. It is meant for all who teach Latin and Greek, graduate students, coordinators, and administrators. Teaching Classical Languages is the successor of CPL Online and is sponsored by the Classical Association of the Middle West and South.

The mission of Teaching Classical Languages is to provide accessible, high quality research that offers Latin and Greek teachers immediate classroom applicability and long-term theoretical approaches that can help them become better teachers.  As an electronic journal, Teaching Classical Languages has a unique global outreach. It offers authors and readers a multimedia format that more fully illustrates the topics discussed, and provides hypermedia links to related information and websites.

The first issue offers innovative articles about social networking in the Latin classroom, using music in beginning Greek, and core vocabulary in beginning Greek textbooks.  All three articles take advantage of online publication, offering screen shots, audio of the songs, handouts for the classroom, or appendices that list the common core vocabulary in two popular Greek textbooks.

Andrew Reinhard, “Social Networking in Latin Class: A How-To Guide”

Georgia L. Irby-Massie, “‘That Ain’t Workin’; That’s the Way You Do It’: Teaching Greek through Popular Music”

Rachael Clark, “Greek Vocabulary in Popular Textbooks”

Teaching Classical Languages welcomes articles offering innovative practice and methods, advocating new theoretical approaches, or reporting on empirical research in teaching and learning Latin and Greek.  Please take a moment to take a tour through the new journal and spread the word.

From an announcement on the latinteach listserv.

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