Living Latin in Paris
December 27, 2015 - January 3, 2016
Living Latin in Paris is an intensive Latin experience focusing on medieval Latin and set in Paris. Participants read important Latin texts from the medieval to the Renaissance period that relate to the city of Paris, the intellectual capital of medieval Europe. Daily readings are paired with visits to important historical and literary sites in Paris and its environs. Both on site and in the classroom, participants are encouraged to communicate with instructors and each other in Latin. The program's goal is to provide an intensive period of medieval Latin study while helping participants form strong connections with medieval Latin literature and culture.
Participants must be over the age of 18 by December 26, 2015 and should know the basics of Latin grammar. This usually means the equivalent of one year of college or two years of high-school Latin. No experience speaking Latin is required, but experienced Latin speakers are also encouraged to apply.
Classroom and Housing
Classes for Living Latin in Paris are held in the monastery of the Congrégation du Saint-Esprit (Holy Ghost Fathers), one of the last remaining monasteries in the Latin Quarter. Le Quartier Latin received its name because the medieval university of Paris had attracted from every corner of Western Europe students who communicated with each other in Latin.
To make the course as accessible as possible to all, there are four housing possibilities of different comfort and price:
(1) a bunk bed in a youth hostel;
(2) one bed in a hotel room shared with another course participant. Participants selecting this option will be matched by gender and age;
(3) a single hotel room;
(4) a hotel room shared with a non-participant.
Co-Founder, Executive Director
Eric Hewett, co-founder and executive director of the Paideia Institute, graduated from Rice University with a B.A. in Linguistics in 1996. He spent the next seven years living and traveling in Western Europe, working as a teacher, tour guide, and translator. He speaks French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Basque and is a published translator of Basque poetry. In 2004 Eric moved to Rome, where he has earned an M.A. in Patristic Sciences from the Augustinianum Pontifical Institute and a joint Ph.D. in Medieval Philosophy from the University of Salerno and Patristic Sciences from the Augustinianum. Eric directs the European operations of the Institute, serves as the Institute's treasurer and administrates Living Latin in Rome. In his spare time, he enjoys reading history, brushing up his Sanskrit, and meaningful conversations over good French food.
Matthew McGowan is associate professor of classics and director of the Honors Program at Fordham University. He has a B.A. in Classics from the College of the Holy Cross (1993) and a Ph.D. from New York University (2002). His scholarly interests range broadly over Greek and Latin literature, ancient religion, and the classical tradition. His first book, Ovid in Exile: Power and Poetic Redress in the Tristia and Epistulae ex Ponto, appeared in 2009 with Brill, and he is now at work on a history of Latin lexicography, Dictionaries in Ancient Rome: The Art of Defining Latin Words, 200 BC--800 AD. He teaches a wide array of courses, from classical myth to Latin prose composition. Since 2009, Prof. McGowan has been president of the New York Classical Club, which has co-sponsors Paideia's Living Latin in New York City and offers its members scholarships to Paideia's summer programs.