Aequora Program Featured on ABC57

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Author: Brigid O'Keefe

The Notre Dame Aequora Program was recently featured on ABC57. A reporter with the network observed Notre Dame Classics students as they taught their fifth grade students about mythology, history, and Latin at Clay International Academy. Clay International students were given a chance to talk to the reporter and excitedly tell her what they were learning about, while Notre Dame students and program director Professor Elizabeth Mazurek expressed their motivations for joining the program and the value it holds. …

Classics Department Trip To See Oedipus Rex

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Author: Brigid O'Keefe

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This past weekend, the Classics Department traveled to Chicago to see a performance of Sophocles' Oedipus Rex at the University of Chicago's Court Theatre. Students and faculty began the day at the Oriental Institute, which displays the history, art, and architecture of the ancient Near East. After lunch and some time to explore the city, the group reconvened at the theatre to enjoy the performance. When asked what he thought of the performance, junior Classics major Will Lamara said, "Seeing the play performed on a modern stage really gave me a different perspective on the story. Reading the text of an ancient play can make it seem stoic and serious, but watching it actually be performed shows that it is just as lively and full of emotion as any modern work."…

New Course, Spring 2020: Democracy Ancient and Modern

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Author: Brigid O'Keefe

This course examines the theory, practice, and development of ancient Greco-Roman democracy. Particular attention is devoted to comparing ancient with modern forms of self-rule. Among the special topics studied are the origins of Greek democracy, its advantages and disadvantages as a form of government, alternatives to democracy, and democracy as an abiding legacy of classical civilization for the modern world. Familiarity with ancient Greco-Roman history is recommended, but not required.…

New Course, Spring 2020: History of Rome II: The Empire

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Author: Brigid O'Keefe

This course examines the history of the Roman Empire, from the establishment of a veiled monarchy under Augustus to the Christianization of the empire following the reign of Constantine (ca. 1st century B.C. to 5th century A.D). Throughout the course, we will analyze and interpret ancient textual and archaeological evidence, from both Italy and the provinces, to assess the multi-faceted institutions and cultures of the Roman people. This body of material includes the writings of emperors (Augustus, Marcus Aurelius) and ancient historians (Tacitus, Suetonius, Ammianus Marcellinus), as well as the personal letters of Pliny to the emperor Trajan. Major themes discussed in the course include the nature of despotism, dynasties and the problem of succession; imperial governance of the Mediterranean (central, provincial, and local); cultural diversity and acculturation (so-called "Romanization"); religions and the imperial cult (worship of the Roman emperor); citizenship; urbanism, politics, and the economy; mortality and ecology; and the discrepant identities of women, children, slaves, freedmen, and freeborn under the imperial system of Rome.…

New Course, Spring 2020: Latin Pedagogy and Aequora

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Author: Brigid O'Keefe

In this service-learning course, students who are participating in the Aequora program have the opportunity to earn academic credit by supplementing their teaching experience with critical study of current methods and theory in Latin language pedagogy.  In addition to teaching once per week at either Clay International Academy or Saint Joseph Elementary, students will meet as a class once a week to discuss assigned readings and to share perspectives.  Students will come away from the course with a better understanding of Aequora’s teaching philosophy and how it relates to larger developments in foreign language pedagogy.  Students will be graded on the basis of: 1) class participation; 2) short summaries of articles and book chapters; 3) a research paper on a topic related to current developments in foreign language pedagogy.  …

Classics Department Chair Coins New Scientific Term

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Author: Brigid O'Keefe

Associate professor and chair of the Classics Department, Luca Grillo, working with a team of researchers at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, has developed a new scientific term: in fimo. The term refers to excrement that has been examined experimentally. In developing the term, Professor Grillo analyzed the histories and connotations of four different Latin words- laetamen, merda, stercus, 

Notre Dame Aequora Program Brings Latin to Local Elementary School

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Author: Brigid O'Keefe

This January, the Notre Dame Aequora Program began its partnership with Clay International Academy, a South Bend elementary school. The Program, headed by Professor Luca Grillo and Professor Tadeusz Mazurek, consists of twenty Notre Dame undergraduate and graduate students who go to Clay Academy once per week to teach Latin to fifth-grade students.

Aequora Program Wins Grant From Center for Social Concerns

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Author: Brigid O'Keefe

The Notre Dame Aequora Program, headed by Prof. L. Grillo and Prof. T. Mazurek, has been awarded a grant from the Center for Social Concerns that will help support our students as they bring the study of Latin to the students of Clay International Academy. Specifically, this grant will be used to cover the cost of materials from the Paideia Institute, transportation costs, and help sponsor an event for our elementary school students on Notre Dame's campus.…

Aequora Program

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Author: Brigid O'Keefe

Aequora Meeting

On Wednesday, November 15, the Classics Department hosted an informational meeting about our new Aequora Program for potential volunteers. The Aequora Program invites Classics students to volunteer and teach Latin to elementary school students at Clay International Academy. Students were given the opportunity to learn about the curriculum they would be teaching and to meet the principal and director of the International Baccalaureate program from Clay International Academy.…