Levin Grant Reception for Lyla Cerulli, 2016 Recipient
On Friday, 14-Oct, students and Faculty in Classics assembled to celebrate Lyla Cerulli, the first ever Saul and Ruth Levin Educational Enrichment Grant recipient. At the event, Lyla presented a PowerPoint illustrating how she used the money to further her education in classics.
Lyla, a Latin and psychology major, is passionate about Latin. For Lyla, it is a living language, one that continues to be spoken, written, and enjoyed in all its facets.
No surprise, then, that Lyla wanted to spend the grant money to help fund her four weeks at the Living Latin in Rome program sponsored by the Paideia Institute, an organization dedicated to promoting Latin and ancient Greek as living, spoken languages.
Living Latin in Rome: Intensive Study, Memorable Fun
The program describes itself as "an intensive Latin experience set in the city of Rome." Students speak Latin sub arboribus, that is, outside, under the trees; they explore texts in situ, at ancient historical sites; they meet in camera, in air-conditioned, wifi-enabled classrooms. Field trips take them to sites in Rome, to sites just outside Rome, to places as far afield as Pompeii and Naples. But just on its own, a four-week-long stay in Rome is an unforgettable experience.
To bring her experience to life for reception attendees, Lyla prepared a PowerPoint presentation featuring images and text: an image of the Fons Bandusiae and a slide with Horace's poem honoring the spring just outside his native town of Venusia; the ruins of the Forum Romanum and Poggio Bracciolini's meditation on those ruins; a passage from Plautus and an image of students performing that text.
Further Information and Links
- Pdf of Lyla's PowerPoint
- More information on the Levin Grant
- More information on the Paideia Institute and its programs, including Living Latin in Rome