|Classical Conferences and Meetings in 2016|
CANE—Classical Association of New England
March 17–18, 2017
Philips Exeter Academy
Representative: Donald Sprague
CAMWS—The Classical Association of the Middle West and South
April 5-8, 2017
At the Invitation of the University of Waterloo
Holiday Inn, Kitchener, Ontario Canada
Representatives: Bridget Dean and Donald Sprague
Thursday, April 6, 2017
"Miss Me But Let Me Go: Dido Sings Farewell"
Philip Barnes (John Burroughs School), conductor: Rome's Golden Poets CD
"Iphigenia among the Barbarians: Tr.4.4b"
Helena R. Dettmer (University of Iowa), coauthor: A Catullus Workbook; Latin for the New Millennium, Level 3; Latin for the New Millennium Latin 3: Select Latin Enrichment Readings
Round Table: "Testing and Assessing Ancient Greek"
Leader: Wilfred E. Major (Louisiana State University), coauthor: Plato: A Transitional Greek Reader
"Unconscious Bias in the Hiring Process"
Alison Keith (University of Toronto), author: A Latin Epic Reader: Selections from Ten Epics
Friday, April 7, 2017
"Teaching Ablaut in Elementary Ancient Greek"
Rex Wallace (University of Massachusetts Amherst), author, Res Gestae Divi Augusti and An Introduction to Wall Inscriptions from Pompeii and Herculaneum
"Sailing through Practice in Elementary Greek: How to Use Psuedo-Skylax's Periplous"
Wilfred E. Major (Louisiana State University), coauthor: Plato: A Transitional Greek Reader
"The Politics of Greek Online Courses"
Anthony Hollingsworth (Roger Williams University), author: Cicero's First Catilinarian Oration: A Digital Tutor
Saturday, April 8, 2017
"College Professors and the New Standards for Classical Language Learning"
Ronnie Ancona (Hunter College and CUNY Graduate Center), author: Writing Passion: A Catullus Reader, Writing Passion Plus: A Catullus Reader Supplement, Horace: Selected Odes and Satire 1.9; coauthor: Horace: A LEGAMUS Transitional Reader and A Horace Workbook
"Ignorant is Bliss?"
James V. Lowe (John Burroughs School), conductor: Rome's Golden Poets CD
"All My Children: The Offspring of Cleopatra in Recent Fiction"
Gregory N. Daugherty (Randolph-MaconCollege), coauthor: To Be a Roman
11:10 a.m.–12:40 p.m.
"Festive Allusions: Ovid on the Ides of March"
Carole E. Newlands (University of Colorado), author: An Ovid Reader: Selections from Seven Works
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
Representatives: Allan Bolchazy, Laurel Draper, and Donald Sprague
NJCL - National Junior Classical League
July 24–29, 2017
Representatives: Connor Hart and Donald Sprague
Playmobil's line of history-related models includes Roman gladiators and, coming in August, a Roman warrior ship.
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Latin teachers will enjoy Colbert's piece on the Lupercalia. Caveat: May not be appropriate for all classrooms.
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As you begin to think about book orders for next year, don't hesitate to reach out with questions that might arise. As we look ahead to March, this issue includes some Latin selections from St. Patrick that you might use in class. The island of saints and scholars has a long tradition of studying the classics. Sometime before the 14th century, Vergil's Aeneid was translated into Middle Irish.
Wishing you a happy Presidents' Day weekend!
For several years, I have been using the great videos posted by LatinTutorial on YouTube as a resource for my students. These high-quality videos are clear and well-planned, and they cover a variety of topics. I have used the grammar videos to enable flipped instruction and also as a review tool. The culture videos are a great warm-up or enrichment activity that my students find fascinating. These videos are now located on a clean, well-organized, and easily searchable website.
While perusing the site a couple of months ago, I discovered a nice vocabulary practice tool. The vocabulary activity gives students the opportunity to practice the 1,000 most common Latin words. In addition to the practice mode, there's also a quiz mode that gives a twenty-five-word assessment and generates a score based on accuracy, speed, and word difficulty. I like to ask my students to practice for ten minutes as part of a homework assignment and then take a quiz. They can email their quiz results to me, but I usually ask them to keep track of their scores to see how they are progressing. My students find the quiz feature fun and the scores motivate them to practice regularly.
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Sister Bernadette's Barking Dog
The Quirky History and Lost Art of Diagramming Sentences
by Kitty Burns Florey
Whenever I read a book that I'm thinking of reviewing, I make little check marks in pencil to note passages that intrigue me. Well, in this short book (only 150 pages), I checked thirty passages. Florey gives an offbeat history of diagramming sentences. She begins by detailing her experience diagramming such sentences as "The dog barked" in Sister Bernadette's sixth grade class. Florey has a comic flair. For example, she compares "trying to stuff the complexities of the English language into flat visual structures" to "trying to force a cat into the carrier for a trip to the vet." Another example of her comic flair is her comment that the world's most famous copy editor found four grammatical errors in a three-word sentence—alas; no one remembers what the sentence was.
The focus of diagramming is on grammar, not on sense. She notes that Noam Chomsky indicated that nonsense can be grammatical as in the sentence, "Colorless green ideas sleep furiously." And of course, Lewis Carroll's nonsense poem Jabberwocky is quite grammatical. She easily diagrammed its first line, " 'Twas brillig and the slithy toves did gyre and gimble in the wabe."
I found the author's discussion of the writing of Ernest Hemingway, Henry James, Marcel Proust, Joyce Carol Oates, Jack Kerouac, and F. Scott Fitzgerald fascinating. And I loved her Mark Twain quotes. But I was even more enchanted with her analysis of the writing of Gertrude Stein (must not refer to her as just Gertrude or just Stein) and Eudora Welty. All of Florey's discussion of authors was in the context of diagramming sentences of theirs.
Gertrude Stein loved diagramming sentences and not only wrote that she did but also said so in front of large audiences. Her writing, according to the author, is always thought provoking and sometimes not intelligible. In The Paris Wife, Ernest Hemingway is quoted as saying that he couldn't make sense of some of Gertrude Stein's writing. She loathed commas and refused to use question marks but now and then did use an apostrophe.
Gertrude Stein adored Henry James and wrote, "Henry James nobody has forgotten Henry James even if I have but I have not." Florey quoted a sentence of James taken from The Portrait of a Lady: "His attention was called to her by the conduct of his dog, who had suddenly darted forward with a little volley of shrill barks, in which the note of welcome, however, was more sensible than that of defiance." Florey proclaims that Sister Bernadette would have loved to diagram this sentence and, therefore, provides the diagram that the Sister would have constructed.
Of special interest to Latin teachers is the coverage on Eudora Welty. Her interest in the intricacies of language developed when she studied Latin, "which made her understand 'the beautiful, sober accretion of a sentence.' " She noted that once you have mastered the "elegantly succinct ablative absolute in Latin (and incidentally, seen how clumsy its English equivalent can be: 'With the dog barking furiously, the girl drew a diagram' versus 'Cane fortiter latrante, puella diagramma describebat),' you will probably never have trouble with your own language again." So Latin teachers and language lovers—read this book for fun and be sure to recommend it to your students.
Marie Carducci Bolchazy, EdD
President, Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers
Don't leave your students out! Carpe Martiam Dementiam! Encourage them to enter the third annual Martia Dementia contest that will pit gods, goddesses, authors, and politicians against one another. Students can enter individually or make it a class activity and submit a class entry.
|Winter / Spring Webinar Series|
Tuesday, February 21, 6–7:00 pm ET
The Art of Translating Latin
Presenter: Robert Cape, PhD, Professor of Classics, Austin College, Texas
The current AP® Latin Exam expects students to "translate" using different approaches to translation. This webinar explains those different ways translation works and equips teachers with strategies to help students express their comprehension of Latin texts as specifically directed. The strategies are relevant for students in all Latin courses and help them understand how and why teachers do, indeed, sometimes require a "literal" translation.
Professor Cape is professor of classics at Austin College, Texas. He earned a BA and an MA at the University of Arizona and an MA and PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles. As instructor and researcher, Cape examines elements of Greco-Roman culture from the perspectives of language (Greek and Latin), history, material culture, theory, and reception. His primary areas of interest are Roman oratory and the negotiation of social values, gendered speech and action in Roman/Hellenic culture, Latin pedagogy, and receptions of the ancient world in science fiction. He has served as Chief Reader for the AP Latin Advanced Placement Program. He earned a Society for Classical Studies Excellence in Collegiate Teaching Award, an Ovatio for distinguished professional service from the Classical Association of the Middle West and South, and an Austin College Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award. Professor Cape is presently authoring, for Bolchazy-Carducci, a text on Cicero geared to the IB Latin curriculum.
Tuesday, February 28, 6:00 –7:00 pm ET
Introducing the NEW Second Edition of Latin for the Millennium Levels One and Two
Presenter: Donald Sprague, Editor, Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers
LNM Editor Donald Sprague will lead participants through a visual tour of the additions made to the Second Edition of Latin for the New Millennium, Levels 1 and 2. In providing this overview of LNM, Second Edition, Sprague will also delineate the student- and teacher-friendly features of this series.
This presentation is ideal for those wishing to learn more about Latin for the New Millennium, Second Edition, and for those considering its adoption for their school or classes.
Donald Sprague serves as an editor and director of high school outreach for Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers. He produces the monthly B-C eNewsletter, eLitterae, and serves as the point person for Latin for the New Millennium. Previously, he taught Latin and Greek and served in various administrative positions at Loyola Academy in Wilmette, IL, for 26 years. At Loyola, he founded the school’s classics summer study tour and the honors program. He taught humanities and ethics at Kennedy-King College, City Colleges of Chicago, for eleven years. Sprague has served as president of the Chicago Classical Club and treasurer of the Illinois Classical Conference. In 1990, he was Illinois Latin Teacher of the Year. Sprague regularly leads groups to Rome and places classical.
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|Resources & Teaching Tips|
√ Today’s Lorenzo Valla
Make a 2017 connection for students reading the Latin for the New Millennium, Level 2, Latin selection from Lorenzo Valla's Ēlegantiārum linguae Latīnae librī sex (Six Books Concerning the Proper Uses of the Latin Language). Valla held the position of secretary to the pope, Nicholas V. This position evolved to the current position of Latin secretary to the pope. The two most recent secretaries have been Americans—Monsignor Reginald Foster and Monsignor Daniel Gallagher. This article about Gallagher's appointment as Professor of the Practice of Latin at Cornell University may help students connect the humanist Valla to his successor.
√ Patrick of Ireland
As the final part of their millennium celebrations, the people of Aghagower, County Mayo, Ireland, commissioned this statue. It commemorates St. Patrick’s founding a church in Aghagower and his gathering before spending forty days on Croagh Patrick. Photo courtesy of Andreas F. Borchert, Creative Commons 3.0.
Latin for the New Millennium provides a Latin reading about Patrick in the first chapter of the LNM 2 workbook as a complement to the text's reading from Bede. Teachers may download the workbook selection and duplicate for their students.
For upper-level students, we offer a selection from Patrick's Confessio, one of the unadapted Latin readings from the fifth and sixth centuries provided in A.W. Godfrey's Medieval Mosaic Second Edition.
√ Daphnis and Chloe
Catch this podcast (forty-five minutes) that tells the story of the lovers Daphnis and Chloe. Make sure you do so in the next twenty days before the podcast is removed from the internet!
√ Gaming the Classics: Rome via Board Games
Our CANE colleagues offer a review of board games that you can use in the Latin classroom.
√ John Hurt as Caligula
This three-minute YouTube clip comes from the BBC's classic series based on Robert Graves's I Claudius.
√ Selections from Smithsonian Magazine
This overview of the archaeology of an ancient incense route provides insight into the interconnectedness of the ancient world.
The intriguing story of a Roman gravestone found in the Macy's mansion in New York will interest budding archaeologists and fans of problem-solving.
For a change of pace, a special period of Latin literature, and some interdisciplinary reading, check out Latin of New Spain. This article about Mexico's floating gardens complements the Latin readings in Latin of New Spain.
Latin for the New Millennium, Level 2, introduces students to the cultural connections between early Europe and Islam. Heloise and Abelard's son is named Astralabe (a variation on astrolabe). This article connects the astrolabe to the smartphone!
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