Outreach Programs

Latin Forum

Since 1987, the Reed College Classics department has sponsored a forum on Rome for high school students and teachers of Latin. Each November, students and teachers from around the Northwest gather on a Saturday to explore a topic related to the culture and literature of the early Romans. Reed faculty members facilitate morning discussion groups on the keynote address and lead afternoon seminars on a related topic.

There is no cost to attend; however, students must be in high school and currently or recently enrolled in a Latin course to participate in the program. Pre-registration is required.

"The goal of this program is to give students of Latin a sense of how interesting and wide-ranging the field of Latin and Classics can be and to challenge them to think about the Romans as remarkable people who dealt creatively with many of the same issues that face us today."
—Walter Englert, Omar and Althea Hoskins Professor of Classical Studies and Humanities, emeritus

"Your wonderful invention of more than 25 years still provides such impetus and joy to the classically inclined of the Pacific Northwest. As always, my students were delighted and talked of the experience with great enthusiasm."
—Michael Reinbold, High School Latin teacher emeritus

32nd Annual Program
Saturday November 16, 2019

2019 Program Information
2019 Registration Form

Keynote Address:   When Humans Become Artifacts: inventing and displaying body casts at Pompeii
Kevin Dicus, Assistant Professor of Classics
University of Oregon

Professor Kevin Dicus
Professor Dicus’ primary interest is the archaeology of Italy during the mid- to late-Republican period. Since 2006 he has worked as Excavation Supervisor for the Pompeii Archaeological Research Project: Porta Stabia, for which he is now co-authoring the first volume of the final excavation report. Other interests include material culture theory, formation processes in the archaeological record, the sacred landscape of the Tolfa Mountains north of Rome, and waste management strategies in ancient urban settings, which is the subject of his current book project.

Professor Dicus received his PhD from the Interdepartmental Program of Classical Art and Archaeology at the University of Michigan, and both his B.A. (English and Anthropology) and M.A. (Classics) from the University of Arizona. He joined the Department of Classics in 2015 and teaches topics about the archaeology of the ancient Mediterranean world as well as Latin and literature courses.