Conventiculum Dickinsoniense (2009–)
A six-day immersion seminar in active Latin led by Terence Tunberg and Milena Minkova.
Dickinson Latin Summer Workshop (2006–)
A six-day reading seminar 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.
Dickinson Latin Workshop (2001–)
A full-day Saturday workshop with a visiting scholar.
July 5-11, 2018
The Conventiculum Dickinsoniense is an immersion seminar designed for those who want to acquire some ability at ex-tempore expression in 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 this reading ability depends on frequent use of a dictionary. 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, 2018. The participation fee for each participant will $400. 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 cookout at the Dickinson farm. Included in this price is also the facilities fee, which allows access to the gym, fitness center, and the library, as well as internet access. The $400 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 $400, once it has been received by the seminar’s organizers, is not refundable. This is an administrative necessity.
Registered participants should plan to arrive in Carlisle, PA on July 5, in time to attend the first event of the seminar. This first event is an opening dinner and welcoming reception for all participants, which will begin at about 6:00 p.m., in which all languages are acceptable. The actual workshop sessions (in which Latin will the exclusive language) will begin early the next morning on July 6.
For more information and application instructions write to: Professor Terence Tunberg:
Dickinson Latin Workshop: Maffeius, Historiae Indicae
July 12–17, 2018
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.
Christopher Francese (Dickinson College)
Leni Ribeiro Leiti (Federal University of Espírito Santo, Vitória, Brazil)
The text for 2018 will be taken from the Historiae Indicae of Giovanni Pietro Maffei (1536–1604). This 16-book history tells the story of the Portuguese voyages of conquest and discovery in the sixteenth century around the coast of Africa, to the Malabar Coast of India, on to Malacca, China, and Japan. It was widely read and admired all over Europe in its time, and draws on a variety of sources, some of which are now lost. We plan to read the sections of the work that describe the wonders of China, Brazil, and the Indian Ocean.
Jacques de Sève, “Le Pangolin,” illustration from Georges-Louis Leclerc, comte de Buffon, Histoire Naturelle, générale et particulière, avec la description du Cabinet du Roi (1749–1804). Source: Gallica http://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b105279332/f1.item
Maffei’s Latin is elegant, but not difficult. Contemporaries compared his style to that of Caesar. Yet he is no humble imitator, and the hallmarks of his writing are clarity and variety. In the words of fellow historian Faminio Strada, “nothing anywhere unkempt or careless; indeed, elegant perfection from beginning to end—unless his only fault is that he has no faults.” His vocabulary is strictly classical, except when he needs terms for unfamiliar items, such as “tea” (chia) or “pangolin” (cabim); even so, for “chopstick” he manages to find an appropriate word in Varro and Pliny the Elder, paxillus (“small stake, peg”). Though no full commentary exists, the moderators will supply notes on such special usages.
The participation fee for each participant will be $400. The fee covers lodging, breakfast, lunch and dinner in the Dickinson cafeteria, 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 fee does not cover the costs of books or travel. Please keep in mind that the participation fee, 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., July 12. The final session ends at noon on July 17, 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.
Application deadline: May 1, 2018.
Fee deadline: June 1, 2018.
TO APPLY: please contact Ms. Terri Blumenthal, email@example.com by the application deadline. The fee is due in a check made out to Dickinson College, by the fee deadline.
For more information please contact Prof. Chris Francese (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Terence Tunberg and Milena Minkova, Conventiculum Dickinsoniense, July 2017
- Chris France and Marc Mastrangelo, Psychomachia, July 2017
- Cpt. Antonio Salinas (West Point), Caesar's Art of War, April 2016 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LiVXQdA8RQE&feature=youtu.be
- Terence Tunberg and Milena Minkova, Conventiculum Dickinsoniense, July 2016
- Chris Francese and Rob Hardy, The Venerable Bede, July 2016
- Caroline T. Schroeder (University of the Pacific), Children and Education in Late Antiquity, March 2015
- Terence Tunberg and Milena Minkova, Conventiculum Dickinsoniense, July 2015
- Chris Francese and Andrew Fenton, Ilias Latina, July 2015
- Terence Tunberg and Milena Minkova, Conventiculum Dickinsoniense, July 2014
- Chris Francese and Wells Hansen, Dickinson Latin Workshop, July 2014
- Andrew Becker (Virginia Tech) “Sound (and Sometimes Sense) in Latin Verses: Accents, Rhythms, Meters, Poems,” March 23, 2013.
- Terence Tunberg and Milena Minkova, Conventiculum Dickinsoniense, July 5–11, 2013.
- Christopher Francese and Meghan Reedy, Ovid’s Fasti, Book 4, July 11-16, 2013
- David Gilman Romano (University of Arizona), and Nicholas Stapp (University of Arizona), “Ancient Corinth and Roman City Planning,” November 16, 2013.
- Terence Tunberg and Milena Minkova, Conventiculum Dickinsoniense, July 6-12, 2012
- Christopher Francese and Meghan Reedy, Propertius’ Elegies, July 13-17, 2012
- Hans-Friedrich Mueller (Union College) “Julius Caesar in his Time: The General as Historian” March 26, 2011
- Terence Tunberg and Milena Minkova, Conventiculum Dickinsoniense, July 5 -11, 2011
- Christopher Francese and Meghan Reedy, Tacitus’ Germania, July 13-17, 2011
- Carl J. Richard (University of Louisiana, Lafayette) “Greeks and Roman Bearing Gifts: How the Ancients Inspired the Founding Fathers,” November 11, 2011.
- Terence Tunberg and Milena Minkova, Conventiculum Dickinsoniense, July 5 -10, 2010.
- Stephen Heyworth (Wadham College, Oxford University), “Roman Myth and Ovid’s Fasti” Febraury 21, 2009.
- Christopher Francese and Meghan Reedy, Cicero’s De Re Publica, July 12–17, 2009.
- Christopher Francese and Meghan Reedy (Dickinson College), Catullus (entire), July 13-19, 2008.
- Christopher Francese and Meghan Reedy (Dickinson College), Seneca’s De brevitate vitae, July 15–21, 2007.
- Christopher Francese, Ovid's "little Aeneid" (Metamorphoses 13.623–14.582), July 23–28, 2006.
- John Donahue (William & Mary), “From Dining Table to Banquet Hall Workshop,” November 5, 2005.
- R. Scott Smith and Stephen Trzaskoma (University of New Hampshire) “How Did the Greeks Believe in their Myths?” November 6, 2004.
- Garrett Fagan (Pennsylvania State University) “Attractions of the Arena: Roman Gladiatorial Spectacles” March 8th, 2003.
- Madeleine Henry (Iowa State University) “Ancient Roman Women,” November 8th, 2003.
- Ann Olga Koloski-Ostrow (Brandeis University), “Pompeii and Herculaneum: Windows on Roman Life” February 23, 2002.
- John Traupman (St. Joseph’s University), November 10, 2001.