Sunoikisis Latin Seminar 2012

Hello, everyone! We are so grateful to all the professors who attended the Sunoikisis Faculty Development Seminars this summer at the Center for Hellenic Studies. Thanks to the dedicated group of professors and scholars present, the Sunoikisis courses to be offered in the fall should be nothing short of excellent.

A few weeks ago we had the pleasure of hosting fourteen distinguished professors here at the CHS to plan a Sunoikisis course on Latin Literature from the Medieval Period and Late Antiquity. Through a series of discussions, the group members expanded their knowledge of Medieval and Late Antique Latin and chose the authors they wished to include in the course syllabus. The course director, Professor David Guinee, and course consultant, Professor Bridget Balint, worked hard to create a thorough syllabus for the conference, which allowed the participating professors to experience a wide range of Latin literature as well as a generous amount of scholarship.

Participants began with the 5th century works of Jerome and Augustine, which led to an exploration of the “invention” of Christian Rome, before moving on to a discussion of allegory and personification. The next morning featured conversations about the Liberal Arts and Insular Latin, while in the afternoon the professors learned about the 8th century Carolingian Renaissance and Monastic culture. On the third and final day of the conference, participants discussed women and poets of the 12th century and ended with a conversation about Latin and the Vernacular. Participants read selections from the Vulgate, Augustine’s Confessions, Prudentius’ Psychomachia, and the Carmina Burana, as well as works by Cassiodorus, Bede, Alcuin, Heloise, and Abelard, among others.

Students in the Sunoikisis Latin course this fall will experience a wide variety of Latin literature and secondary readings. The coursework will be supplemented by weekly common sessions for all participating students, held on Wednesday evenings via Multipoint Interactive Videoconferencing (MIV). Each common session will consist of a brief lecture by a participating professor on a subject relevant to the week’s readings as well as a group discussion on the topic.

Once again, we would like to extend our thanks to the professors who participated. In attendance were Prof. Holly Sypniewski (Millsaps College), Prof. Susan Satterfield (Rhodes College), Prof. Lindsay Samson (Agnes Scott College), Prof. Curtis Dozier (Vassar College), Prof. Kristina Meinking (Elon University), Prof. Joseph Romero (University of Mary Washington), Prof. Scott Rubarth (Rollins College), Prof. Steve Maiullo (Hope College), Dr. Ryan Fowler (CHS Sunoikisis Fellow in Curricular Development), Prof. Brad Cook (University of Mississippi), Prof. Sarah Bond (Washington and Lee), Prof. Hal Haskell (Southwestern University), Prof. Bridget Balint (Indiana University), and Prof. David Guinee (DePauw University, CHS Sunoikisis Fellow in Curricular Development). This course would not be possible without their time and efforts in planning it. We especially wish to thank David Guinee and Bridget Balint for their work as course director and course consultant, respectively.

If you are interested in participating in the course on Latin Literature from the Medieval Period and Late Antiquity but are not a student at a participating institution, please contact us.

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