Convivia Latina: Conversations about Classics


Convivia Latina are intimate gatherings for Paideia alumni with outstanding scholars from the nation's best universities. Each convivium includes a lecture on a classical author followed by a question and answer session, lunch, and reading sessions in small groups. Convivia are designed to help Paideia's alumni deepen their knowledge of classical authors in an intimate and friendly setting and to build a community in the field of classics from the high school through the university level. The Convivium Latinum series is organized by Paideia's Alumni Board.

Upcoming Convivia: Convivium Latinum Tillianum 

Date: October 11, 2015, 11am-2pm

The Convivium Latinum Tillianum is sponsored and hosted by the Lindenbaum Family in New York City.

Speaker: Dr. Dan-el Padilla Peralta, Columbia University

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Dan-el Padilla Peralta is a fellow in the Columbia University Society of Fellows in the Humanities and will be joining the faculty at Princeton University in 2016. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 2014. Dr. Peralta's scholarship focuses on religious practice in the Roman Republic and Empire. Dr. Peralta is also the author of the memoir Undocumented: A Dominican Boy's Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League, published in July 2015.

Topic: Migration and Trauma: Aeneas to Aylan

Dan-el will discuss migration in ancient literature and recent disturbing developments in the migration and refugee crisis in Europe.


Convivia Latina are open to Paideia Institute alumni and their guests. Space for this convivium is limited, so the number of guests will be limited to one per alumnus. Please RSVP to the Convivium Tillianum using this online form. 

Previous Convivia Latina

Spring 2015 Convivium Latinum Dorfmanianum (Sponsored by the Dorfman Family)
Topic: Cicero's Letters
Speaker: Prof. Yelena Baraz, Princeton Universit

Fall 2014 Convivium Latinum Pragerinum (Sponsored by the Prager Family)
Topic: In the Footsteps of the Ancients: Latin in the Renaissance
Speaker: Prof. Leah Whittington, Harvard University

Spring 2014 Convivium Latinum Crystalinum (Sponsored by the Crystal Family)
Topic: Can Cicero Make You Happy?
Speaker: Prof. Katharina Volk, Columbia University

Fall 2013 Convivium Latinum Baumanianum (Sponsored by the Baumann Family)
Topic: Julius Caesar, Man of Letters
Speaker: Prof. Matthew McGowan, Fordham University