Outreach Programs

2016 Latin Forum Schedule

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Registration 9:30 - 10:00 Vollum College Center Lounge
Morning Lecture 10:00 - 11:00 Vollum Lecture Hall
Discussion Group - Students 11:00 - 11:45 Vollum Classrooms
Discussion Group - Parent guests 11:00 - 11:45 Vollum Lounge
Latin Teacher Meeting 11:00 - 11:45 Vollum Lounge
Lunch 12:00 - 1:00 Kaul Auditorium
Individual Seminars - Students & Teachers 1:00 - 2:00 Vollum Classrooms
Individual Seminars - Students & Teachers 2:05 - 3:00 Vollum Classrooms
Optional Calligraphy Scriptorium 3:30 - 4:30 Reservations required

Morning Keynote in Vollum Lecture Hall

What makes a Roman? Material Culture, Identity, and "Romanization"
Thomas Landvatter
Assistant Professor of Classics and Humanities
Reed College

Optional Afternoon Calligraphy Scriptorium

For nearly two millennia the Trajan inscription in Rome has served as the quintessential model of Roman capital letters. Fr. Edward Catich described the inscription as "the best roman letter designed in the Western world, and the one which most nearly approaches an alphabetic ideal." Join Jade Novarino, Reed '16, for an illustrated lecture and lettering workshop based on these most celebrated examples of Roman lettering. All materials will be provided.

2016 Individual Seminars for the afternoon sessions

I. Being a Stoic in Ancient Rome (and Today)
Professor Walter Englert
Today we often call people who do not show their emotions “Stoic,” but real Stoicism is much more than that. Originally, Stoicism was a philosophy that the Romans borrowed from the Greeks, and many Romans studied Stoicism and followed its teachings. In this seminar, we will explore what ancient Stoicism was, why many Romans found it attractive, and why many people today are adopting principles of Stoicism to help them live happier lives.

II. 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.

III. How to Get Elected in Republican Rome
Professor Ellen Millender
While elections for the public Rome could be highly charged, sometimes violent affairs, none were so contested as the elections for the highest post in the Republic, the consulship. The best source of information on the background to these elections is the little known Commentariolum Petitionis (the "little handbook on electioneering") or the De Petitione Consulatus ("on running for the consulship"), attributed to Quintus Tullius Cicero, brother of the famous Roman orator. In this seminar we will examine this text to understand the Roman notions about successful candidates, and break into groups and run campaigns according to Cicero's guide.

IV. Political Animals" Donkeys and Elephants through Roman Eyes
Professor Sonia Sabnis
The ass and the elephant, animal symbols of the Democratic and Republican parties in the United States, also were well known to the Romans, and there is abundant evidence in art and literature for how the Romans encountered and thought about these animals. In this seminar we will look at vocabulary, proverbs, and fables associated with these two animals as well as their representations in Roman art. We also will discuss the differences between the ancient and modern symbolic values of the donkey and the elephant and try to understand the sources of ideas (and underlying cultural assumptions) regarding these animals.

V. Those Thieving Romans: Stealing, Plagiarizing, Copying, and Appropriating in Roman Culture
Professor Jessica Seidman
People often assert that the Romans stole all of their best stuff from the Greeks: their gods, their epic poems, even their art. The Romans had absolutely no creativity or originality of their own, the argument goes, so they just changed some names (Zeus becomes Jupiter), translated it into Latin (the Aeneid is just the Iliad and Odyssey in Latin), or popped a Roman head on top of a Greek statue and called it a day. WRONG. In this seminar, we will look closely at some examples of appropriation in Roman mythology, literature, and art, both in the cultural context of ancient Rome and in light of more modern practices, and we will consider what makes something “original.”


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