Published: Sept. 30, 2020

Virtually, that is, as the CU Boulder Classics Department and Colorado Classics Association turns young people on to ancient Greece and Rome.

The Classics Department at the University of Colorado Boulder will (virtually) host students from across the state for Colorado Classics Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 3.

Colorado Classic Day

Colorado Classics Day

As many as 250 middle school and high school students and teachers who share an interest in the ancient Greek and Roman worlds plan to attend. The event is designed to broaden students' horizons on the world of classical language and culture along with its intellectual challenges and enduring relevance to the modern world.

Dimitri Nakassis, chair of the CU Boulder Classics Department, said the event will include “a lively and diverse set of classes for the students.” The virtual format allows organizers to include expert colleagues from institutions across the state, including Colorado College, the U.S. Air Force Academy and Regis University.

Sessions topics and presenters include:

  • A Day at the Roman Circus, Isabel Köster, CU Boulder;
  • (in)Famous: Actors and Acting in Ancient Rome, Andrew Lund, Colorado College;
  • Write like Achilles, Elizabeth Bowman, CU Boulder;
  • The Art of Speaking Out: From Rome to Colorado, Brittney Szempruch, U.S. Air Force Academy;
  • Coquamus: Puls! Tim Smith, Loveland Classical Schools/Colorado Classics Association;
  • Riddles of the Sphinx, Travis Rupp, CU Boulder;
  • Space!!!!! Clayton Schroer, Colorado College;
  • It’s Not Easy Conquering the World: The Roman Legions and the Second Punic War, Ian Oliver, Regis University;
  • Majoring in Classics... It’s Pretty Major, panel discussion. 

This event is partly funded through a CU Boulder Outreach Award, which support research, teaching and creative work that connects with communities around Colorado and beyond. For more information, see the Classics Department’s schedule of events.