The Louisiana Classicist

May 24, 2010

recognition for two Louisiana Classicists

Filed under: announcement — Ann E. M. Ostrom @ 11:42 am
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Nathalie Roy (Episcopal, Baton Rouge) forwards these two announcements from CAMWS:


Winners of the Teacher Training Award for 2009-2010 were:

* Ryan G. Sellers, Memphis University School
* Daniel N. Ristin, Regina Dominican High School
* John T. Young, Browning School
* Lindsay S. Herndon, Spotsylvania High School
* Rebecca Westgate, St. Vincent’s Academy
* Andrew M. O’Brien, St. Paul’s Episcopal School

New Director of the Classical Summer School of the American Academy in Rome

Professor Susann S. Lusnia, FAAR’96, has been appointed to a three-year term as the Director of the Classical Summer School of the American Academy in Rome, starting in 2011. She will succeed Professor Gregory S. Bucher of Creighton University, Director of the Classical Summer School for the years 2008-2010.

An Associate Professor of Classical Studies at Tulane University, Dr. Lusnia teaches courses in Roman art and archaeology, topography of ancient Rome, architecture of the Roman Empire, Pompeii, and ethics in archaeology. She has excavated at Carthage and Troy.

Before coming to Tulane University in 2000, she taught at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College (1999-2000, now Randolph College) and the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome (1998-99).

“Precious few know Rome, the Academy, and its Classical Summer School as well as Susann Lusnia,” remarked AAR Mellon Professor T. Corey Brennan (FAAR’88) of the appointment. “Susann taught for two years in Rome at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies, had two additional years in the city as a Rome Prize Fellow, and also is a past Assistant Director of the Academy’s Summer School. And for almost a decade, she has taken on leadership roles – Secretary, Vice-President, and most recently as President – in the Classical Society of the American Academy in Rome, the organization that provides crucial scholarship aid to students in the Summer School. Susann Lusnia is an expert on a dazzling range of topics in Roman studies, and has won Tulane’s top undergraduate teaching award. The Academy is genuinely blessed to have her as Greg Bucher’s successor.”

In addition to the two-year Pre-Doctoral Rome Prize (The Frank Brown-Samuel H. Kress Foundation, 1994-6), Dr. Lusnia has received a Fulbright Grant for research in Italy (1991-2), a Franklin Research Grant from the American Philosophical Society (2005), and the Suzanne & Stephen Weiss Presidential Fellow award for excellence in undergraduate teaching at Tulane University (2007).

Dr. Lusnia is the author of the forthcoming book, Creating Severan Rome: The Architecture and Self-Image of L. Septimius Severus, published in Collection Latomus (Bruxelles). She has published articles and reviews in American Journal of Archaeology, Bryn Mawr Classical Review, Classical Journal, Latomus, New England Classical Journal, and Traumatology, as well as a chapter contributed to the volume Representations of War in Ancient Rome, edited by Sheila Dillon and Katherine Welch, published by Cambridge University Press in 2006 and just released in a paperback edition in 2009.

Dr. Lusnia received her B.A. in Latin from Mary Washington College (now University of Mary Washington) in 1985. She earned her M.A. (1990) and Ph.D. (1998) in Classics, with a concentration in classical archaeology, at University of Cincinnati.

The Classical Summer School of the American Academy in Rome was established in 1923 for high school teachers and graduate students of Latin, ancient history and the classics, but its audience has become more varied over the years, including college teachers and those working in related fields. It is designed to provide participants with a well-founded understanding of the growth and development of the ancient city of Rome and its immediate environs from the earliest times to the age of Constantine through a careful study of material remains and literary sources.

Information on the upcoming 2010 program.

Well done, Susann and Andrew!


May 20, 2010

LatinSummer looking for host schools

Filed under: announcement — Ann E. M. Ostrom @ 9:35 am
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From Matthew Webb (via LatinTeach listserv):

Ascanius: The Youth Classics Institute would like to invite your school or school district to apply to host LatinSummer 2011, 2012, or 2013. The Institute and its student program, LatinSummer, are dedicated to promoting the study of Latin and the classical world at the elementary school level. Over the past ten years, LatinSummer has been an inspiration to hundreds of elementary school students throughout the nation. One student from LatinSummer 2009 thinks that it “is a great program. You learn a lot, the kids are just like you, and it?s FUN!”

LatinSummer is the largest program of its type in the nation. Held in July or August of each year, students of the two-week program take part in exciting classes, on topics such as Classical Latin, Conversational Latin, Classical Mythology, Roman Culture and Daily Life, and Classical Greek. In each of these classes, participants broaden not only their cultural horizons, but also their knowledge of the foundations of the Western world, by learning about the Olympian gods and goddesses, Roman history and architecture, and much more. They also have the opportunity to learn, and even speak, the Latin and Greek languages. Further, participants take part in a daily activity period that encourages them to think creatively and critically about the ancient world. One parent at LatinSummer 2009 commented, “my kids got a lot out of the program, learned many new things, expanded on knowledge they already had, and wanted to keep coming. It was interesting and had the right amount of challenge.”

Latin has consistently been proven to increase English vocabulary skills and reading comprehension, especially among elementary school students. In one study, elementary school students who took Latin performed a full five months ahead of their peers in control groups. Latin has also been proven to increase students’ skills of logic and reason, to enhance their ability to think critically and creatively, and to improve their sense of self-confidence. Latin is a powerful tool that has also been used by elementary teachers and administrators to satisfy state and national standards, and to include students who have historically been excluded from the regular classroom. As Doug Bunch, founder of the LatinSummer program, notes, “our program is now a national model. By teaching students about the past we can help them understand the present. When students study Latin, they learn far more than a language and culture. They learn to appreciate humanity.”

The Institute invites all interested schools or school districts to apply to host its LatinSummer programs in 2011, 2012, or 2013. We enthusiastically encourage you to contact the Institute at (866) 33-9466 or email Doug Bunch (dbunch AT ascaniusyci DOT org). More information on the Institute and its programs, can be found online at

There is also a video available at Vimeo.

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