Sunoikisis 2013 – Latin Seminar

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Salvete! We would like to extend our deep gratitude to all the participants in this summer’s Sunoikisis Latin Course Development Seminar. The seminar planted the seeds that will no doubt blossom into a fruitful harvest this fall. This is due in no small part to the zealous labor of all participants; the course this Fall will prove to be nothing less than a superlative experience.

We had the pleasure of welcoming 17 professors to this summer’s Sunoikisis Latin Course Development Seminar focused on the literature of the Early Roman Republic. Through vibrant discourse the participants broadened their knowledge of Early Republican Latin Literature. Topics included: the evolution of comedy, socio-historical context, performance, dramaturgy, slavery, gender and sexuality, and reception. By the end of the seminar the professors had formulated a schedule of lectures and readings based around the aforementioned topics and the work of Plautus, Terence, and others.

Students in the Latin Literature from the Early Republic course this fall will read excerpts in the original Latin as well as works in translation. Each week there will also be common sessions for all participating institutions on Tuesdays at 7-8pm (EST) via Google Hangouts. These common sessions will feature discussions conducted by each participating professor and will utilize the secondary scholarship from the development seminar. Dr. Ryan Fowler will also host a common office hour on Thursdays at 11-12am (EST) via Google Hangouts.

We would like to thank especially Prof. Niall Slater from Emory University for graciously acting as the course consultant as well as Dr. Ryan Fowler, our CHS Sunoikisis Fellow in Curricular Development, for serving as course director. We also had the pleasure of having Dr. Gregory Nagy, the director of the Center for Hellenic Studies and professor at Harvard University, and Dr. Kenny Morrell, the director for the CHS Outreach and professor at Rhodes College, sit in on some of the Latin planning sessions.

In attendance were Prof. Kevin Crotty (Washington and Lee), Prof. Eric (Del) Chrol (Marshall University), Prof. Ben DeSmidt (Carthage College), Prof. Heather Gruber (Concordia College), Dr. Ryan Fowler (CHS Sunoikisis Fellow in Curricular Development), Prof. David Guinee (DePauw),Prof. Hal Haskell (Southwestern University), Prof. Kathryn Milne (Wofford College), Molly Pasco-Pranger (University of Mississippi), Prof. Polyvia Parara (University of Maryland-College Park), Prof. Joseph Romero (University of Mary Washington), Prof. David Sick (Rhodes College), Prof. Niall Slater (Emory University), Prof. David Yates (Millsaps College), and Prof. Heather Vincent (Eckerd College).

If you are interested in participating in the Latin Literature from the Early Republic course this fall but are not a student in a participating institution, please contact us.

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