Living Latin at the Barnes Museum

An Active Latin Event for High School Students

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Sunday, May 17, 2015, 10am-3pm at the Barnes Museum


High School Latin students from the Philadelphia area are invited to join the Paideia Institute to experience Latin as a living language through conversations about art. The event will include sessions on spoken Latin and ancient art and aesthetics as well as a talk by Swarthmore College Professor William Turpin. Graduate students in classics will guide students through the museum galleries, lead Latin conversations about the artwork, and discuss their experience studying classics. Students will visit the museum galleries and graduate students in classics will lead Latin conversations about the artwork and discuss their experience studying classics in college.

High school Latin and Greek teachers are encouraged to attend with their students. Teachers will have the opportunity to participate in a discussion on conversational Latin pedagogy with Paideia staff while their students participate in spoken language sessions. 


The conference will take place at the Barnes Foundation at 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130. The Foundation's galleries display an impressive collection of Post-Impressionist and early Modern paintings. 

Guest Speaker

Profile William Turpin

The Paideia Institute is happy to welcome Professor William Turpin of Swarthmore College as guest speaker. Professor Turpin has a Ph.D. from Cambridge University and his research interests include Roman history, Latin literature, and late antiquity. 

Registration and Cost

The cost of the conference is $30/person and includes lunch and an entrance ticket to the museum. Limited scholarships are available for students with financial need. 

Registration for this event is now closed.