SPQR app review in CO

With apologies to the good folks a Classical Outlook (the journal of the American Classical League), I wanted to make more widely available Sharon Kazmierki’s favorable review of Paul Hudson’s SPQR app for iPad in the latest issue (print only). We need more reviews of apps and other digital resources by experienced teachers and scholars like Sharon. Paul lives in Bath, England, and is not a subscriber to CO, so this is partly for his benefit, but also for anyone interested. Paul has plans to include some DCC content in SPQR in future. He is a great example of an app developer who is an active part of the community he is trying digitally to serve, so I wanted to support his good work. Sorry about the coaster in the shot . . .


Conventiculum Dickinsoniense 2014

Rush statue Mary Lou BurkeCONVENTICULUM DICKINSONIENSE     July 7-13, 2014               


The Conventiculum Dickinsoniense is an immersion seminar in active Latin. It is specifically designed for all cultivators of Latin who wish to gain some ability to express themselves ex-tempore in correct Latin. A wide range of people can benefit from the seminar: professors in universities, teachers in secondary schools, graduate students, undergraduates, and other lovers of Latin, provided that anyone who considers applying has a solid understanding of the grammatical essentials of the Latin language. A minimum requirement for participation is knowledge of Latin grammar and the ability to read a Latin text of average complexity, even if using a dictionary often.  But no previous experience in speaking Latin is necessary. Sessions will be aimed at helping participants to increase their ability to use Latin effectively in spoken discourse and to understand others speaking in Latin. After the first evening reception (in which any language may be spoken),  Latin will be the language used throughout the seminar. Participants will be involved in intensive activity each day from morning until early evening (with breaks for lunch and mid-afternoon pauses). They will experience Latin conversations on topics ranging from themes in literature and art all the way to the routines and activities of daily life, and will enjoy the benefits of reading and discussing texts in the target language. Activities will involve both written and spoken discourse, both of which engage the active faculties of expression, and each of which is complementary to the other. The seminar will not merely illustrate how active Latin can be a useful tool for teachers, it will show how developing an active facility in Latin can directly and personally benefit any cultivator of Latin who wishes to acquire a more instinctive command of the language and a more intimate relationship with Latin writings.


Prof. Milena Minkova, University of Kentucky

Prof. Terence Tunberg, University of Kentucky

We can accept a maximum number of 40 participants. Deadline for applications is May 1, 2014. The participation fee for each participant will $300. The fee includes lodging in a single room in campus housing (and please note that lodging will be in a student residence near the site of the sessions), two meals (breakfast and lunch) per day, as well as the opening dinner, and a special cookout at the Dickinson farm for one night. That also covers the facilities fee, which allows access to the gym, fitness center, and the library, as well as internet access. The $300 fee does not include the cost of dinners (except for the opening dinner and the cookout at the Dickinson farm), and does not include the cost of travel to and from the seminar. Dinners can easily be had at restaurants within walking distance from campus.  Please keep in mind that the participation fee of $300, once it has been received by the seminar’s organizers, is not refundable.  This is an administrative necessity. 

For more information and application instructions write to:

Professor Terence Tunberg /

email: terence.tunberg@gmail.com

photo: Mary Lou Burke via flickr

Dickinson Summer Latin Workshop 2014

Cur Quaeris Quietem bookplateDickinson Summer Latin Workshop

July 13-19, 2014

The Dickinson Summer Latin Workshop is intended for teachers of Latin, as a way to refresh the mind through study of an extended Latin text, and to share experiences and ideas with Latinists and teachers. Sometimes those who are not currently engaged in teaching have participated as well, including retired teachers and those working towards teacher certification.

In 2014 we will read selections from Lucretius’ De rerum natura.

In a sometimes lyrical, sometimes argumentative style, Lucretius argues that all matter is composed of atoms, and describes their movements (Books 1 and 2). He says that the soul itself is made of atoms, and is therefore mortal, and thus that we should not fear death (Book 3). He discusses the theory of sense perception and emotion (Book 4), of cosmology and the origin of culture, and argues that the world is not divinely made and governed and that the gods are not to be feared (Books 5 and 6). Throughout, Lucretius’ goals are both scientific and therapeutic.


Christopher Francese (Dickinson College)

Wells Hansen (Assistant Editor, Amphora, formerly of Milton Academy)

Participants must have a firm grasp of the basics of Latin grammar and a solid working vocabulary. But we aim at a mixture of levels and experience.

Deadline for applications is May 1, 2014. The participation fee for each participant will $300. The fee covers lodging, three meals per day, the facilities fee, which allows access to the gym, fitness center, and the library, as well as wireless and wired internet access while on campus. The $300 fee does not cover the costs of books or travel. The recommended book is W.E. Leonard and S.B. Smith, The Latin Text of Lucretius (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1942). Please keep in mind that the participation fee of $300, once it has been received by the seminar’s organizers, is not refundable. This is an administrative necessity.

Lodging: accommodations will be in a student residence hall near the site of the sessions. The building features suite-style configurations of two double rooms sharing a private bathroom, or one double and one single room sharing a private bathroom.

The first event will be an introductory dinner at 6:00 p.m., Sunday, July 13. The final session ends at noon on Saturday, July 19, with lunch to follow. Sessions will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. each day, with the afternoons left free for preparation.

TO APPLY: please contact Mrs. Terri Blumenthal, blumentt@dickinson.edu by the application deadline May 1, 2014. The fee for 2014 is $300, due in a check made out to Dickinson College, by the fee deadline June 1, 2014.

For more information please contact Prof. Chris Francese (francese@dickinson.edu).