Conventiculum Bostoniense, Latin By The Sea
- We are now accepting applications for the Summer 2017 Conventiculum Bostoniense.
- We are happy to have on board a number of adjutores – assistants – this year: they are talented instructors and researchers who are also skilled Latin speakers. They will enhance the immersion environment and provide more opportunities to our participants for interaction.
- Check sites.google.com/site/conventiculumbostoniense/ frequently for updates!
Vocamus vos, o magistri, ut linguam Latinam nobiscum in ora maritima colatis!
The Conventiculum Bostoniense is a full-immersion residential experience, designed for those with at least an intermediate-level background in Latin who want to gain some ability to communicate ex-tempore in correct Latin on a wide range of subjects. Anyone with that background and a strong desire to develop a Latin speaking ability are welcome to apply. Teachers in schools and universities will especially appreciate sessions devoted to active methods for learning and teaching Latin. In these sessions, teachers will both learn from each other and work on their own to develop activities that can be applied in the classroom with excellent results.
All participants will enhance and develop spoken and written expression in Latin both in the formal classroom setting, and informally, outside of class. To achieve an optimal immersion environment, participants will speak Latin exclusively with one another and the faculty “24-7”. Besides interacting with colleagues in Latin informally outside of class, students will take one of two different graduate-level courses: one for first time attendees and one for returning participants as described below.
The instructional activities draw from a wide range of active methods (TPR, Dictogloss, etc.), and include practice in oral expression, composition, and performance. Outside of class, opportunities for social interaction abound: students interact in Latin at meals and in the dormitories, and during excursions to the beach and local attractions, including museums, a local winery, and a historic New England center.
LATIN670 Active Learning Methodologies for Teachers of Latin
Designed as the first-year experience at the Conventiculum Bostoniense, this course introduces teachers of Latin to theories of second language acquisition and engages them intensively in speaking and writing Latin. All participants should be able to read Latin and should feel reasonably secure in their knowledge of basic morphology and syntax; however, previous experience in speaking Latin is not necessary. With the exception of nine hours of instruction in second language acquisition theory, students will communicate exclusively in Latin among themselves and with the instructors.
The course requirements for all students (two or three credits and auditors) include: preparation of certain course materials in advance of the Conventiculum; full participation in all instructional activities; and strict adherence to the requirement to speak only in Latin. In addition, those taking the course for credit are required to submit a portfolio at the end of the week, consisting of article and textbook assessments, a journal and all written work from the course. Three credit students will also be required to complete and present online a final paper in early November.
LATIN675 Living Text - Latin Science Fiction
This is a multidisciplinary course that studies the genre of science fiction from its origins in Cicero, down to Ludwig Holberg's Iter-Subterraneum Nicolai Klimii. Here are the texts we will consider, explained in more detail:
- Cicero's Somnium Scirpionis as extant in Aulus Gelius' Noctes Atticase
- Lucianus Iter-ad-luncam a book that spread primarily in Latin. What starts as science fiction devolves into wild fantasy-fun and strange
- Johannes Kepler's Somnium. The Latin text and an English translation are available at The Somnium Project: https://somniumproject.wordpress.com. A posthumous publication of Kepler's autograph manuscript. The story starts as pure science fiction and eventually turns into a prof that while the moon circles the Earth the Earth is circling the sun. It is an extremely clever explanation and proof of the Copernican system. Lots of research and writing onthis work in the last 20 yrs.
- Ludwig Holberg's Iter-subterraneum Nicolai Klimii (1741) . An Int'l best seller with many 18th century translations into vernaculars. The latin is fun and there is a series of wonderful illustrations from early editions. Holberg is today considered Denmark's Shakespeare for his many comedies which continue to be performed frequently in Denmark. A friendly warning: Holberg's writing is always more layered than it seems at first reading, and the Iter-subterraneum is no exception.
Course requirements for all students (2 or 3 credits and auditors) include: preparation of certain course materials in advance of the Conventiculum; full participation in all instructional activities; and strict adherence to the requirement to speak only in Latin.
Students taking the course for three credits will also be required to complete an individual final paper or project, due in early November.
Prerequisites: LATIN670 or permission of the instructors.
As a participant in the Conventiculum, you have the option to take courses for either two or three credits. All course requirements for the two credit option are completed by the conclusion of the immersion program, while three credit participants must complete a final project/paper in the fall.
This option is designed for school teachers over the age of 60 or college faculty who would like to attend the Conventiculum but who do not need graduate credit for their participation. Auditors will be expected to participate fully in all activities for the course they are attending (depending upon their experience with spoken Latin) and to adhere strictly to the requirement to speak only Latin, but they are not required to submit any written work. This option is also available for repeat attendees who have already taken both courses.
Location & Housing
The Conventiculum will be held in the facilities of Salem State University, Salem, MA - north of Boston. Sessions will meet at the campus conference center; students will be housed in apartments adjacent to the center. Housing for the Conventiculum consists of 2 or 4 bedroom apartments, each with its own full kitchen and common living area; all bedrooms are single occupancy with double beds and shared bathrooms (2 per apartment). Kitchens are not equipped, but bed linens are provided.
- Peter Barrios-Lech, Assistant Professor, Classics, UMass Boston
- Jacqueline Carlon, Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director, Classics, UMass Boston
- James Dobreff, Assistant Professor, Classics, UMass Boston
- Corinne Etienne, Associate Professor, Applied Linguistics, UMass Boston
Conventiculum Bostoniense Adjutores
We are happy to have on board a number of adjutores – assistants – this year. They are talented instructors and researchers who are also skilled Latin speakers. They will enhance the immersion environment and provide more opportunities to our participants for interaction.