National Endowment for the Humanities awards $210,500 grant to College of Notre Dame of Maryland

College of Notre Dame of Maryland has received a grant of $210,566 from the National Endowment for the Humanities for a 2010 summer institute on Latin and the classics for teachers. The grant will be used to fund a five-week program (June 27-July 28, 2010) in the United States and Italy for 25 middle and high school teachers. One week will be spent on College of Notre Dame’s campus in Baltimore, with nationally-known guest lecturers. The following four weeks will be spent in Italy.

The 2010 summer institute marks the 10th time that a program like this one has been held on College of Notre Dame’s campus.

The institute’s theme is, “Houses of Mortals and Gods: Latin Literature in Context.” The program will explore the private life of ancient Romans, particularly the home, the household and the house. Through the use of literary texts and site visits, the institute will also extend the theme to public life, looking at temples as houses of the gods and tombs as houses of the dead.

Sister Therese Marie Dougherty, S.S.N.D., professor of classical languages at College of Notre Dame, will coordinate the summer institute. In Baltimore the group will hear lectures on historical and archaeological background by Kurt Raaflaub of Brown University and Glenn Bugh of Virginia Tech.

In Italy they will observe archaeology in progress in Pompeii at the invitation of Steven Ellis of the University of Cincinnati and hear a lecture by Roger Macfarlane of Brigham Young University on the computer technology used to restore the ancient papyri discovered in Herculaneum. Darius Arya of the American Institute for Roman Culture and Henry Bender from St. Joseph University in Philadelphia will lead the group through the Roman Forum and other monuments of ancient Rome.

Information and application forms will be available from Dougherty in early November by calling 410-532-5559. The deadline for applications is March 1. Applicants who are selected for the institute will be notified in early April.

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