Outreach Programs

2014 Latin Forum Schedule

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Registration 9:30 - 10:00 a.m. Vollum Lounge
Morning Lecture 10:00 - 11:00 Vollum Lecture Hall
Discussion Groups 11:00 - 11:45 Vollum Classrooms
Lunch 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Kaul Auditorium
Individual Seminars 1:00 - 2:00 Vollum Classrooms
Individual Seminars 2:00 - 3:00 Vollum Classrooms
"Demystifying the
College Admission

Reactor Tour

3:15 - 4:30

3:15 - 4:30

Vollum Lounge
VP & Dean of Admission & FA,
Milyon Trulove

Reservations required.
Meet in chemistry lobby


Morning Keynote in Vollum Lecture Hall:

Moonwalking with Cicero:  How the Romans Memorized, Remembered, and Forgot

Jessica Seidman
Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics and Humanities
Reed College


Individual Seminars for the afternoon session:

A Walk through the Roman Forum
Professor Walter Englert
The Roman Forum was the heart of the city of Rome and the Roman Empire.   We will discuss the history of the Roman Forum, its layout, major buildings, and the sorts of activities that took place in it.  We will use maps and on-line resources to recreate the Roman Forum and discuss why it was such an amazing and important place for the ancient Romans.  

Dwarfs, Giants, and Sleeping Dragons:  Latin Education in the Post-Roman World
Professor Michael Faletra
The school motto of Harry Potter’s Hogwarts is in Latin (draco dormiens numquam titillandus), as are the slogans of many non-fictional colleges, universities, and high schools throughout the world.  In this seminar, we will survey some of the major ways in which the intellectual legacy of ancient Rome, along with the Latin language itself, survived the fall of the Western Empire in the fifth century and became the core of the medieval educational system.  We will look closely at the structure of medieval Latin education, explore opinions about it from medieval learners, and look at some of the ways in which it has persisted into the modern world.

The Art and Risks of Political Vitriol
Professor Ellen Millender
According to Plutarch's biography, the famous first-century BCE orator Cicero met a violent death at the hands of thugs sent to kill him on the order of the triumvir, Marcus Antonius.  Antonius then ordered Cicero's head and hands to be nailed to the speaker's podium. Why did Cicero, the leader who saved Rome from destruction in 63 meet such a brutal death in 43?  In this seminar we will examine passages from some of Cicero's political speeches, especially his Second Philippic, to try to understand how and why his skills as a speaker and a pundit drove his political opponents to become violent adversaries.

Latin Tattoos and Roman Tattooing
Professor Sonia Sabnis
Nothing spells the failure of Google translate more than Latin tattoos, yet, when rendered correctly, the ancient language lends austerity and grace to important mottoes and sentiments. In this seminar we will look at the best and worst of Latin tattoos and inquire into the circumstances in which the Romans themselves used tattoos. The Latin word, stigma, already implies a punitive and shame-bringing practice supported by historical sources, but even in antiquity subcultures co-opted tattooing to serve and proclaim alternative identities.


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