Outreach Programs

2016 Latin Forum Schedule

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Registration 9:30 - 10:00 a.m. Vollum College Center 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


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


2015 Individual Seminars for the afternoon session:

(2016 topics will be posted in early October)

I.  A Poem about Everything: Lucretius’ On the Nature of Things
    Professor Walter Englert
Lucretius wrote his epic poem De Rerum Natura (On the Nature of Things) in about 55 BCE. In it Lucretius shows his readers how to look at everything in the world as made up of atoms and void, and claims this will bring his readers great happiness. In this seminar we will discuss Lucretius’ amazing poem, look at some of it in Latin, and talk about what it means to write a poem about everything.

II.  How to Bury a City: Pompeii and Archaeological Site Formation
      Professor Thomas Landvatter       
Pompeii is perhaps the most famous archaeological site in the world—but it's also a particularly strange one. Buried in 79 CE by an eruption of Vesuvius, Pompeii was frozen in time, offering an incredible window into daily life in the Roman Empire. This is not the most usual manner of preservation. In this seminar, we will discuss the unique nature of Pompeii in comparison to other Roman archaeological sites, to explore archaeological site formation and interpretation more generally.

III.  The Real Housewives of Ancient Rome
        Professor Ellen Millender        
They may have lived in the wealthiest and most decadent city in the ancient world, but life wasn't just a matter of crime and debauchery for the powerful women who lived in ancient Rome. Come and meet Clodia, who really loved her brother; Agrippina, an affectionate niece and over-indulgent mother; and Messalina, who just liked weddings and intrigue a bit too much. And then there is Augustus' wife, Livia, who may or may not have bumped off multiple members of the imperial family to get her own son on the throne. And the antics don't stop there....

IV.  Latin from an Indo-European Perspective    
       Professor Sonia Sabnis        
In this seminar we will look at Latin from the perspective of Indo-European linguistics. We will talk about Latin roots in English and other modern languages, and we will also look at some of the similarities and differences between Latin and its relatives: other languages of ancient Italy, ancient Greek, and Sanskrit.

V.  Never Forget Those Principal Parts Again! Using Ancient
     Memorization Techniques    

     Professor Jessica Seidman        
When it comes to remembering stuff, it would seem that the Romans were missing some key technology: the teleprompter, the vocab flashcard app, and, maybe most importantly, the sticky note. Yet the techniques that they did employ are the same ones that the top competitors in the World Memory Championship use today. We will learn how the Romans exploited the close connections between space, sensory perception, imagination, and memory, and then try it out ourselves in a memorization tournament.


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