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New Latin Musical’s WORLD PREMIERE at SALVI Anniversary Weekend

Join us for the WORLD PREMIERE of AURICULA MERETRICULA… MUSICULA!  at our 20th Anniversary Celebration Weekend’s gala dinner on Saturday night!  By kind permission of Hackett Publishing and with the blessing of the play’s two authors, Ruby Blondell and Ann Cumming, we’ve given everyone’s favorite skit from Rusticatio Tironum the Broadway treatment: original music by SALVI’s own… Read more »

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SALVI is Headed to the Twin Cities!

SALVI is proud to announce the launch of an ALL-NEW Latin-immersion weekend event in Minnesota: Biduum Minnesotanum! Biduum Minnesotanum 2017 will take place on April 28-30, 2017 (Friday evening to Sunday lunchtime).This event will feature a full panoply of Latin activities and the supportive enthusiasm you would expect from a SALVI event.  We are pleased… Read more »

Nancy Llewellyn in action.

Report on Paideia’s Living Latin in NYC

Four members of the SALVI Board of Directors served as faculty at last weekend’s Living Latin in New York City conference held February 18 and 19, an annual event of the Paideia Institute first held in 2013. In a lineup of seventeen speakers from all parts of the US and abroad, the number of SALVI… Read more »


Ad Argillamontum Restaurandum: Supporting Claymont

by Jason SlangaI just finished up my fifth Biduum Latinum Virginianum at the Claymont Mansion in Charles Town, WV. Many of you have heard me talk about (and yes, even, lovingly, laughed at me) my time spent at “the mansion.” It is, as much as any other place on this planet, where I feel at… Read more »

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2017 Amy High Fellowship Winner Revealed!

Amy High Fellowship  Electum habemus!  April 23, 2017.  The 2017 Amy High Fellowships Committee is pleased to announce that from an exceptionally large and strong field of applicants this year, it has chosen a winner to receive the 2017 Amy High Fellowship.  Our winner is Walter Melvin Roberts III of Detroit Greek and Latin, Detroit,… Read more »

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More Active-Latin Events Popping Up In The U.S.

One of the very gratifying things is seeing new Latin programs pop up elsewhere which are not affiliated with SALVI.  I received word several months ago of a brand-new one going to occur this summer: Dr. David Noe, professor of Classics at Calvin College, and Dr. Patrick Owens are teaming up to offer a weeklong… Read more »

Daniel Gallagher presenting his copy of Commentarii de Puero Inepto to Pope Francis.

Pope’s Latinist Heads for the Ivy League: An Interview With Daniel Gallagher

Just a few days ago, Cornell University made an interesting announcement: it was going to appoint its first-ever Professor of the Practice of Latin, Daniel Gallagher, starting Fall 2017.  “Professor of the Practice” is an academic term of art for faculty appointments given to people with particular expertise in a field (Joe Biden just received a… Read more »

David Morgan at Rusticatio.

Remembering David Morgan

It was four years ago, on February 6th, 2013, that David Morgan passed from our midst while awaiting a liver transplant.  He was one of the greatest Latinists in the world; and also one of the best men: humble, gentle, dedicated, learned, kind.If you have not signed up to be an organ donor, the anniversary… Read more »

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From the President’s Corner: With America’s Greatest Latinist in Milwaukee

One of the great privileges of seasonal work – my day-job is in a plant nursery – is the freedom to travel. And this year we have been particularly lucky to make two trips – one just before the nursery season, and one just now right after – to Milwaukee to visit Reginald Foster. He… Read more »


Registration for Rusticationes Opens!

We have now opened registration for all our summer programs!  Please visit the event pages for full information about the events and registration.Our rusticationes filled up early and quickly last year, so we have expanded, offering three separate weeks of Latin immersion in 2017, with an exciting slate of teachers including Nancy Llewellyn, Justin Bailey,… Read more »

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    The Perfect Antidote to Winter and Rough Weather – Announcing Biduum Noveboracense

    SALVI is proud to announce that we are creating a new Latin-immersion weekend event in New York: Biduum Noveboracense!  Biduum Noveboracense 2017 will take place on January 13-15, 2017, which happens to be Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, so even if you’re a busy teacher, you can get in a full weekend of Latin immersion… Read more »

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    From the President’s Corner: Did the Romans Really Understand Cicero? Live, in real time?

    Most of the speeches of Cicero are under an hour in length, if you recite them aloud.  But in most universities studying one of his speeches might take a good chunk of an entire semester.  Could the Romans really have understood language this complex, live, in real time?I trust I would not shock you if… Read more »

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    Save the Dates! SALVI Summer Programming 2017.

    We are ready to announce dates and summer programming at Claymont for 2017!  Our schedule at Claymont in West Virginia is as follows:Rusticatio Tironum: June 30 – July 6.  A Rusticatio designed especially for beginners.  Led by John Kuhner (“Ioannes Capillatus”).Rusticatio Omnibus: July 7 – 13.  The “original” Rusticatio, where a mix of beginners and… Read more »

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    From the President’s Corner: SALVI Board Elections 2016.

    SALVI just had board elections in September, and seats its new board this month.  This was one of the key things I wanted to achieve during my one-year interim presidency: a rewrite of SALVI’s bylaws, and holding elections by the new bylaws.  The result of the election are as follows:President: Interim President John Kuhner elected… Read more »

  • SALVI Founder Nancy Llewellyn snaps an "ipsimaginem" at Claymont with Sumayya from Al-Jazeera International.

    Al-Jazeera International Visits Rusticatio Veteranorum.

    Reporter Tom Ackerman from Al-Jazeera International contacted SALVI about doing a piece on SALVI, Rusticatio, and the Living Latin movement, and we were able to arrange a visit during Rusticatio Veteranorum this year.  They produced a wonderful piece for their Al-Jazeera English broadcast, which we have uploaded to Tutubium and embedded here (Al-Jazeera has left… Read more »

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    Rusticatio Tironum – Evaluations and Testimonials

    The evaluations from Rusticatio Tironum 2016 are in!  We’re incredibly proud of the responses we got this year, and of our all-volunteer staff: duces Nancy Llewellyn and Jason Slanga; repetitores Diane Anderson, John Young, and Josh Higginbotham; coqui Tim Smith and Murphy Moellers; cellarii Cathy Reed and Jake Schilling; sodales Edie Barry, Natasha Marple, and Mercedes Barletta; and SALVI’s… Read more »

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    Iacobeia and Faber

    If you’re a Latin teacher and haven’t seen Jacqui Bloomberg’s blog about her travels during her sabbatical year – the blog is entitled Iacobeia – you’re in for a treat.  One of the greatest difficulties teachers typically have is the insularity of their work – particularly teachers of the Classics.  You have so much to… Read more »

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    2015 SALVI Amy High Fellow Lauded

    Eric Mentges, the 2015 SALVI Amy High Fellow, was recently given a “Golden Apple Award” and featured on ABC News in Erie, Pennsylvania – which (our guess would be) only happens to pretty special Latin teachers. Macte virtute, magister Mentges!

  • As these Rusticatores are about to find out, you do get a few minutes to get ready, but in life you have to pull, because you can bet someone else on the other side is going to be pulling in the other direction.

    Rusticatio Tironum 2016 Full; Waitlist Opened.

    Mirabile dictu, Rusticatio Tironum MMXVI is now FULL.  It’s an amazing program (take a look at these testimonials), and there usually are a few cancellations between March and July, so we encourage interested parties to fill out a registration form and get on the waitlist.  More comfortable Latin speakers can still register for Rusticatio Veteranorum,… Read more »

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    Announcing Academia Aestiva MMXVI at the Getty Villa

    The dates for Academia Aestiva this year are June 27th to July 1st.  This is a spectacular opportunity for high school students to spend a week immersed in classical culture – in the middle of Los Angeles.  Imagine speaking Latin for a week in a reimagined Roman Villa, while studying the Getty Museum’s superb collection… Read more »