|Classical Conferences and Meetings in 2016|
NJCL—National Junior Classical League
July 25–30, 2016
Representatives: Connor Hart and Donald Sprague
ICC—Illinois Classical Conference
October 7–9, 2016
Adlai E. Stevenson High School
TFLA—Texas Foreign Language Association Fall Conference
October 13–15, 2016
Renaissance Austin Hotel
CAAS—Classical Association of the Atlantic States
October 20–22, 2016
The Heldrich Conference Center
New Brunswick, NJ
CAMWS SS—The Classical Association of the Middle West and South Southern Section
October 27–29, 2016
Courtyard by Marriott-Decatur and Conference Center at the invitation of Emory University
CAES—Classical Association of the Empire State
October 28–29, 2016
TCA—Texas Classical Association
October 28–29, 2016
ACTFL—American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
November 18–20, 2016
Boston Convention and Exhibition Center
AIA/SCS—Archaeological Institue of America and Society for Classical Studies Joint Annual Meeting
January 5–8, 2017
Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel
CANE—Classical Association of New England
March 17–18, 2017
Philips Exeter Academy
The 52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies
May 11–14, 2017
Western Michgan University
Representatives: Adam Velez and Laurel Draper
ACL—American Classical League
70th Annual Institute
June 29–July 1, 2017
Grand Valley State University
Grand Rapids, MI
NJCL - National Junior Classical League
July 24–29, 2017
|What Greek God/Goddess Are You a Mixture of?|
Yes, another one of those Facebook items!
Our good friend, Rick LaFleur, a.k.a. Dr. Illa Flora, regularly sends out postings of matters classical. If you’d like to receive emails like this, let him know. Here's an interesting sample.
Glancing at the cover of the August 11, 2016, Rolling Stone magazine (yes, I subscribe!!), I spotted (and am apparently among the last of Americans to do so!) singer-songwriter/actor Jared Leto's Latin tattoo, emblazoned just below his right clavicle:
PROVEHITO IN ALTUM!
I was of course myself most captivated by the relatively rare singular future imperative form, from proveho, provehere (Eng. "vehicle" is a derivative), meaning freely "(Thou shalt) venture forth onto/into the deep," i.e., advance fearlessly toward your goal whatever the perils.
Thanks to Jared Leto, whom you might have seen in the not-so-Great 2004 film Alexander (with Colin Farrell as Alexander the Great), this bit of Latin has gone viral !! Folks are even posting exotic scripts you can use in creating your very OWN tattoo (DISCLAIMER: I am NOT recommending this!)
Here's some background on the phrase's history as the motto of Memorial University College, Newfoundland, and its first use in a sixteenth- century Latin translation from the Greek New Testament (Luke 5:4)
Not sure if Mr. Leto was fully aware of all this, but Latin tattoos are always good for "business"!! (Think of Angelina Jolie's quod me nutrit me destruit, but that's a different story . . .)
Latin in Scotland
Like all good Latin teachers, Mark Pearsall (Glastonbury High School, CT), always has a keen eye on the lookout for something related to Latin. So, while on holiday in Scotland, he posted the following photographs on his Facebook page and graciously permitted us to print them here.
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Tempus fugit! That famous Roman maxim surely held true this summer. Not only did August fly by but many schools have been in session for some weeks! Parts of Indiana began on July 28th; Georgia opened its classrooms August 1st. Horrescō sciēns! Someone from Massachusetts like me shudders at the thought of beginning classes before Labor Day. Indeed, it was pure coincidence back in 1977 when I was commencing my teaching career at Loyola Academy in Wilmette, IL that I learned school started in late August. I had been planning to visit friends in Indiana but quickly adjusted those plans.
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|National Junior Classical League|
On July 26th after B-C's shipping masters Mike Frazier and Rene Vela loaded the car with boxes of books, banners, and display shelving, Connor Hart and Don Sprague braved the wicked traffic of Tristate 294 and the annoying construction and monstrous trucks of Interstate 65 en route to Bloomington, Indiana where we exhibited July 27th–29th at the National Junior Classical League's national convention at Indiana University.
The following afternoon they spent setting up the tables and banners. The B-C tables enjoyed prime real estate as they faced the entrance into the exhibit area. The B-C and LNM banners flanked each end of the display beckoning students and teachers alike to check out the B-C wares.
Social media and editorial assistant Connor Hart mans the B-C booth.
Traffic was steady, interest strong, and sales frequent. Mirroring national enrollments, folks from VA, TX, MA, and GA constituted the majority of teacher customers. As students learned that they were welcome to visit the exhibit space entitled "Teaching Materials," student traffic increased. It's so very edifying to witness the enthusiasm of students as they check out the B-C titles. Hot titles at the convention included Classical Mythology and More, Ubi Fera Sunt, Roman Map Workbook, Latina Mythica I and II, and the kiddy books by Marie Carducci Bolchazy and Rose Williams (I Am Reading Latin Series/Stories).
The NJCL Book Drawing // Geri Dutra, retired NJCL administrative secretary, graciously pulled the winning drawing entry. // The winner himself, Carlos Cerda, who has helped establish a JCL chapter at Strake Jesuit, hopes the Latin program will grow there. // Mother of the winner, Elizabeth Cerda, who home schools her children and believes strongly in the value of Latin with Connor thanks Connor on behalf of her son.
NJCL proved a great opportunity for Connor, our social media guru, to experience the fruits of his labors. Ruth Osier, Brookfield, WI, whose class entry won Martia Dementia, stopped by to redeem her prize—a $100 gift certificate for B-C materials. She shared with Connor in real time how much her students enjoyed participating in the contest. Matthew Moore, who was the Roman Calendar winner for the month of June, also stopped by and chatted with Connor. (Editor's Note: Learn how Ruth Osier employed Martia Dementia as a class project. Check out the April 2016 issue of eLitterae.)
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|Resources & Teaching Tips|
√ The Olympics
National Geographic has provided an excellent piece on the Olympics that discusses customs that have fallen into desuetude.
Base of a funerary kouros, ca. 510 BCE, from Kerameikos cemetery, Athens. Saiko, Creative Commons 3.0.
√ Michael Phelps vs. Leonidas of Rhodes
Phelps's gold medals in Olympiad XXXI make him the all-time winner. Have students search various reports on this achievement and share them in class to see how they differ. Students can also develop an inventory of the various facts culled from the popular press articles like this one from the Washington Post.
√ "Ice Breaker" for the Latin Classroom
Here's a video of Richard LaFleur, a.k.a. Dr. Illa Flora, reading his Latin translation Ubi Fera Sunt of Maurice Sendak's classic children's book, Where the Wild Things Are, at a recent book-signing at Books and Beans in Little Switzerland, NC.
An Interview with Author Dale A. Grote
DES: Please share with us both how your interest in the Synoptic Gospels came about and your experiences teaching them.
DAG: I have to confess that the word "synoptic" was just a curious sound to me until I was drafted into teaching a survey course in western religious thought early on in my academic career. Having no idea where to begin, I decided that the class should read and discuss the texts themselves. (What other approach would a classicist take?) It was then that I learned how the first three gospels shared a literary interdependence. I used this to build the daily classroom agenda. Over the couple of years that I taught the class, I developed a fairly comprehensive body of materials, discussion topics, and a sense of what kinds of historical help the students needed to get their minds engaged in the text. So how does this turn into a Latin book?
The motivation to convert it into a Latin text was the result of dashed expectations. No one else seemed to be writing the book I wanted to use: an intermediate text with accessible Latin for students who'd grown weary of participles and weren't ready for the more challenging classical authors. As my retirement started to loom, I figured I'd best do it myself. I wanted lots of doable Latin about a topic sure to stimulate interest. The Vulgate of Mark, supplemented with the parallel passages from Luke and Matthew seemed just right.
DES: Discuss for which groups/courses you believe The Vulgate of Mark with the Synoptic Parallels works well.
DAG: It's a Latin book pitched toward students emerging from a year of college-level Latin or two years of high school or home school Latin. I'm a college professor and the book developed from my own classroom experience, but as I wrote the book I also had in mind Christian-based homeschool consortiums.
DES: Which of the gospel passages have been your students' favorites? Which are your favorites?
DAG: That's a tough question. There are some passages that really convey how mysterious the disciples found Jesus to be. When Peter witnesses the transfiguration of Jesus with Moses and Elijah, all he thinks about is where the three will stay the night! Others are the beautiful and evocative parables. Jesus's agricultural analogies of the kingdom of God are striking. Still others are just hard to understand and generate agitated discussion. For example, Jesus says he cloaks his teaching in parables when speaking publicly to prevent some people from converting and being saved. This is hard to understand, let alone accept. Students have a lot to say about it, as you can imagine.
DES: Explain the criteria you apply when deciding to compose a note to accompany the Latin readings.
DAG: I didn't set out with a thesis in mind or a point I was trying to prove when I wrote the commentary. Mostly they represent issues that came up during classroom discussions over the years. But my general pedagogical approach was to say only enough to get the wheels turning, or, to switch metaphors, to clear the underbrush of historical and grammatical questions so that the students can get to the texts themselves and ask their own questions.
DES: How did you come to study Latin and Greek?
DAG: It was partly aesthetic. Greek texts are beautiful, aren't they? Mostly, I think I got tired of being told by others what Plato said, or what Virgil is really like. I wanted to see things with my own eyes and make my own decisions.
DES: What do you enjoy most about teaching Latin and Greek?
DAG: I probably just enjoy explaining things. Being able to unravel a problem that students are having and showing them the way out is very rewarding to me. If I weren't teaching classics, I think I'd be teaching something else: small engine repair, needlepoint, or whatever.
DES: What advice would you give someone starting out as a new Latin and/or Greek teacher?
DAG: In every class, start where your students are. That is, find out what they want to get out of several years of hard work before you say anything. Once you get them talking, the rest is easy. You can slowly build on that. Above all, be flexible. Don't panic if you didn't cover the supine by week 3 as per the syllabus. If you're inspiring them to learn and showing them how to think about language, the supine will come. Give answers only as a last resort. Try to get them to find the answers themselves by asking questions. Remember, a master gardener doesn't feed the plant; he/she feeds the soil.
Dale A. Grote received a BA in classics from Cornell College, an MA in Greek from the University of Iowa, and a PhD in classics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He taught at Berea College in Kentucky, and he is currently Associate Professor of Classics at UNC Charlotte. He is the author of A Comprehensive Guide to Wheelock’s Latin (Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, 2006) as well as scholarly articles on Sophocles, Aristotle, and Plato.
Editor's Note: Professor Grote is working on a syncope lesson from this text for teachers’ one-time use in their classrooms. Watch for this in the September eLitterae.
|Fall 2016 - Preliminary Schedule|
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Tuesday, October 4, 2016 6:00–7:00 pm ET
Playing Around with Plautus
Presenter: Catherine Martin, Canterbury School, Fort Wayne, IN
This webinar will give participants an overview of how two scenes from Plautus's Pseudolus (the play that was the basis for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum) can be used with all levels of Latin. The strategies used will be applicable to other works as well. Martin will also provide pertinent background on Plautus, Roman comedy, and ancient drama in performance.
Catherine Martin has been teaching Latin (8th grade through AP® Latin) at Canterbury School in Fort Wayne, IN for the past eighteen years. She earned her BA in classics from Columbia University and just completed her MA in classics from the University of South Africa. Her master's thesis focused on the relationship of mothers and sons in Homer and Attic tragedy. On the lighter side of things, she became a fan of Plautus as an undergraduate and directed a production of The Rudens with Barnard/Columbia Ancient Drama Group. She also enjoyed a brief gladiatrix phase that involved consulting for an historical novel, presenting a paper on the Pam Greer film The Arena, and publishing a short piece in Classical Outlook.
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 6:00–7:00 PM ET
Latin for the New Millennium: Using the Aural/Oral Component
Presenters: Milena Minkova and Terence Tunberg, Professors of Classics, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
Let two accomplished educators and living Latin enthusiasts gently walk you through the aural/oral opportunities presented by Latin for the New Millennium, Levels 1 and 2. Coauthors, Drs. Minkova and Tunberg, will set you at ease as they provide various suggestions and strategies for implementing or enhancing the spoken Latin component of your classes. They will share with you the bounty of aural/oral activities and exercises in the LNM Teacher Manuals and demonstrate how teacher-friendly they are!
Milena Minkova and Terence Tunberg, coauthors of Latin for the New Millennium, Levels 1 and 2, are world-renowned Neo-Latinists and scholars of Latin literature through the ages. They are especially esteemed for their enthusiastic promotion of active Latin. Their celebrated Conventiculum Latinum Lexintoniense—the Conversational Latin Seminar held each summer at the University of Kentucky—has spawned a network of similar programs across the country.
Tunberg earned his BA and MA in classics at the University of Southern California, did postgraduate research and doctoral work in medieval studies at the University of London, England, and earned a PhD in classical philology from the University of Toronto, Canada.
Minkova earned her MA and PhD in Christian and classical philology from the Pontifical Salesian University in Rome, Italy and an MA and PhD in classics from the University of Sofia in Bulgaria.
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