The Classics Department at the University of Colorado Boulder will host students from across the state for Colorado Classics Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, on the south lawn outside the Duane Physics building.
About 200 primary, middle 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.
“Classics Day was born from the requests of Colorado high school Latin teachers and their organizational collective, the Colorado Classics Association,” said Jackie Elliott, associate professor of classics at CU-Boulder and coordinator for the program. “They have responded with great enthusiasm to our willingness to host the event and we are delighted to be partnering with them in this.”
Elliott and CU-Boulder faculty and graduate students will host sessions showcasing various aspects of the classical world and CU-Boulder research expertise. Sessions topics include:
- Decipher a Roman Epitaph, Peter Hunt, classics professor;
- Mosaics: The Ancient Instagram, Stephanie Krause, master’s student with a concentration in the teaching of Latin;
- Greek in a Day, Lauri Reitzammer, assistant classics professor;
- Digging for the Ancient Past, Sarah James, assistant classics professor;
- Write Like Achilles! (Linear B), Dimitri Nakassis, of the University of Toronto and visiting scholar in CU-Boulder’s Classics Department;
- Comics and Ancient Rome, Wesley Wood, master’s student;
- Animals in the Ancient World: Collections in the CU Museums, Beth Dusinberre, classics professor.
The event will also feature the popular Rocky Mountain Romans who wear era clothing and will show artifacts and demonstrate ancient commands and combat techniques.
Teachers or schools interested in attending Classics Day should contact Elliott at firstname.lastname@example.org in advance. Please include the number of interested participants, school name and location. Space is limited, but everyone is welcome.
Colorado Classics Day is supported by a CU-Boulder Outreach and Engagement Award and the Classics Department.
In case of inclement weather, the event will be held in room 1B50 in Eaton Humanities.
Jackie Elliott, 303-492-7944
Hannah Fletcher, Outreach and Engagement, 303-492-3949
Julie Poppen, CU-Boulder media relations, (M) 720-503-4922, (O) 303-492-4007