The Louisiana Classicist

September 9, 2011

Ken Kitchell AND CAMWS will be in LA soon

Filed under: announcement,calendar,meetings — Ann E. M. Ostrom @ 7:38 pm

A recent message from Kris Fletcher (Louisiana State University) announces a visit by another former Louisiana Classicist and founding member of LCA, Ken Kitchell:

Dear Friends,

First off, I hope this finds you all well and re-energized for another school year. As always, the new school year brings new exciting events, and I’d like to tell you about some of these so that you can hopefully take part in them.

As many of you know, this year marks the 30th anniversary of the Louisiana Classical Association (LCA). The LCA is bringing some special guests to town to mark the occasion, and has graciously offered to sponsor — along with Eta Sigma Phi and Students for the Promotion of Antiquity — another installment of the LSU Classics Colloquium. I therefore invite you to come hear Kenneth Kitchell speak on “Latin, Race, and Elitism: A Curious History, a Doubtful Future,” Friday September 16th, at 4 o’clock in 132 Prescott on the LSU campus. (Information about parking here:

Many of you will remember Ken from his time at LSU and as a past president of the LCA. He is currently a Professor at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and is perhaps best known for his continuing work on Latin pedagogy and the place of Latin in the educational curriculum. Most recently he has co-authored with Thomas Sienkewicz a new introductory Latin textbook, ‘Disce!’ He is a tireless advocate for the teaching of Latin and for the constant re-examination of how to teach Latin, and his talk promises to address these vital issues.

I apologize for the short notice for this event, but there was a lot of work going on behind the scenes to make this happen, and I thank Albert Watanabe for his Herculean efforts in coordinating all of this. You can also contact Albert (awatan AT lsu DOT edu) if you would like more information about the LCA.

The other piece of news to share is that, thanks to an effort spearheaded by Willie Major, LSU will be hosting the annual meeting of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South on March 28-31, 2012. This is the largest regional Classics conference in the country, and offers a wide variety of talks on all things Classical and pertaining to just about every level of instruction in Classics. I urge you not only to consider attending this event, but also to consider giving a paper. All the relevant information on how to do this can be found here (, but feel free to contact me (kfletc8 AT lsu DOT edu) if you have any questions about the process.

Again, welcome back and best of luck in the upcoming year. I hope that you can join us next Friday, and I look forward to seeing many of you at various Classics-related events this year.

All best,



September 8, 2011

new publication from former LA Classicists

Filed under: announcement,link,resources — Ann E. M. Ostrom @ 5:55 am
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Mary English and Georgia Irby, both formerly at Louisiana State University, will soon see the publication of A Little Latin Reader by Oxford University Press.  Forthcoming in October, the book offers selections of traditional authors as well as of inscriptions, arranged according to grammatical topic, starting right off with nominative and accusative uses, and taking small steps through all of Latin grammar from there.  The table of contents are available on the book’s webpage at OUP, along with some reviews and a link to request an examination copy.

As I recall, we were all sitting in the office we shared when the seeds of this idea were planted in Georgia’s and Mary’s minds.  Good to see that it has come to fruition!

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