St Thomas
NOTE: Biduum Minnesotanum 2017 has concluded, but check back soon to see dates and details for Biduum Minnesotanum 2018!

 (Septentrionale Americanum Latinitatis Vivae Institutum, or North American Institute for Living Latin Studies) proudly presents the first-ever Biduum Minnesotanum (2017), a full-immersion Latin weekend workshop. An energizing two-day event on the campus of the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul MN, Biduum allows participants to experience a sort of mini-Rusticatio: a chance to try out speaking in Latin among new and old friends, an opportunity to strengthen your skills with other Latinists in the powerful and community-building context of an language-immersion experience.  

Features of Biduum:

  • supportive, intimidation-free environment
  • communicating entirely in Latin
  • high-energy conversation exercises
  • learning and relaxing in Latin
  • experiencing, as a student, active teaching methods
  • games for a variety of learning styles
  • techniques that will streamline your teaching
  • readings from Latin literature presented in Latin
  • pedagogical discussions

The event serves two groups simultaneously: It offers a mid-year “fix” of immersion Latin for experienced Latin speakers. And it gives the curious a weekend—not a full week—of immersion Latin. You can get a taste during the Biduum, and then come back for more in the summer at Rusticatio!  (Curious to hear what people think of SALVI programs? Take a look at reviews for Rusticatio.)

Program Dates: April 28-30, 2017 (Arrival: Friday, April 28, between 3 and 6 p.m.; Departure: Sunday, April 30, between noon and 3 p.m.)  We end the event by lunchtime on Sunday, giving participants a half-day and evening before returning to work.

Eligibility: You are eligible to attend this workshop if have graduated high school, are at least 18 years of age, and have already learned Latin on paper and are interested in developing active command of the spoken language. Please note that Biduum is not an introductory Latin course and thus it is not for people who have no knowledge of the language. Typically, participants have completed, at a minimum, the equivalent of two years of traditional college Latin or four years of a high school Latin program. It is not necessary to have previous experience speaking Latin.

StThomasConstruction-021Location: We reside and conduct our workshop sessions on the campus of the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul MN.  Registration will happen in the O’Shaughnessey Education Center (OEC) Building, and workshop meetings nearbyOvernight-guest participants will stay in on-campus apartments directly across from OEC.  Day-student participants will find ample parking in the immediate area.

University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105 

Cost:  [For students of the University of St. Thomas and other area postsecondary institutions: see note below on cost and registration.]  $330 per person with on-campus housing (2 nights) while availability lasts; $180 without housing.  Both prices INCLUDE all meals (see note below), tuition, and instructional materials. Prices do not include alcoholic beverages, snacks beyond those already provided, or transportation to and from UST (though SALVI will help arrange carpooling). To attend, please complete the registration form at the bottom of this page and pay through PayPal using the “Buy Now” button below or by sending a check payable to SALVI to:

Edie Barry
SALVI Treasurer
3445 Hicks Road
Sebastopol, CA  95472

a) Full-time students wishing to attend the daytime portions of Biduum Minnesotanum on Saturday only should not use this registration page but contact Dr. Quartarone directly at:
b) Meals included for all non-student participants are dinner Friday; breakfast, lunch and festive Cena Latina Saturday; breakfast Sunday and snacks at the start and end of the event. Late-night drinks and snacks are the responsibility of those partaking.

Biduum Minnesotanum Instructors:

Nancy Llewellyn PhD

Nancy_LlewellynNancy Llewellyn is widely regarded as one of the most innovative Latin teachers in America.  She founded SALVI in 1997 to help further the cause of living Latin and promote research-proven, active methods of teaching the language she loves so much.  She has taught at many Latin immersion programs, including Rusticatio CalifornianaRusticatio VirginianaBiduum VirginianumBiduum AngelopolitanumIter Romanum, among others.   She holds a Licenza from the Pontifical Salesian University in Rome (where she also studied at the Gregorian University with Fr. Reginald Foster), and a PhD in Classics from UCLA.  She is currently professor of Latin at Wyoming Catholic College, and a member of SALVI’s Board of Directors.

Jason Slanga BA

Jason_SlangaJason Slanga holds a BA in Ancient Studies from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and spent several years teaching in the Baltimore County public schools while learning to teach Latin as an active, spoken language and training other teachers to do the same. He was instrumental in the creation of a new Latin curriculum for Baltimore County in 2011, incorporating the philosophies and current best practices of modern language instruction. His presentations at state and regional language conferences have been awarded Best of MFLA 2008, and Best of Northeast 2013. A former SALVI Board member, Jason often serves on staff at Biduum Virginianum and Rusticatio. He now lives in Albuquerque NM and continues to serve the Latin community as a driving force behind new social-media-based initiatives including the Latin Reading Challenge and the Quomodo Dicitur podcasts.

Event Host

Lorina Quartarone PhD

Lorina_Quartarone (1)Lorina Quartarone is Associate Professor of Classical Languages and Section Coordinator in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN.  She holds a PhD in Classics from the University of Washington.  A proponent of active language teaching, Dr. Quartarone is an alumna of Rusticatio, Pedagogy Rusticatio, Conventiculum Vasintoniense (bis), Septimana California, Tusculanum Minnesotense, and Conventiculum Bostoniense (bis).

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