SALVI founder Nancy Llewellyn honoring former Vice President Dawn Mitchell and former President Jacque Myers at the 20th Anniversary Gala.

From the President’s Corner: News From Our 20th Anniversary Party

There’s been a lot of good news recently in the spoken-Latin world, and SALVI had a chance to celebrate it last weekend at our 20th Anniversary Party at Claymont. All around the country, we’ve seen steadily increasing interest in communicative approaches to Latin. In the past year, we’ve run eight different events in four states… Read more »

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Rusticatio Tironum 2017 A Rousing Success!

Rusticatio Tironum, our special week-long immersion program for people with limited experience with spoken Latin, just finished up and was a rousing success.  A great big thank you to an extraordinary group of participants and an extraordinary staff.  At SALVI we take pride in providing the safest entry into spoken Latin on the planet, and… Read more »

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Just THREE WEEKS LEFT. Register now for SALVI’s Birthday Bash!

Don’t miss out on the chance to reconnect with Rusticatio friends at the biggest party SALVI has ever thrown, with the world premiere of a brand-new all-Latin musical!  Our 20th Anniversary Celebration Weekend is just three weeks away.  Register here and secure your spot!  Our Celebration Weekend features all the Latin and all the fun… Read more »

The 2017 Active Greek Institute is jointly sponsored by UMB Classics, the Classical Association of Massachusetts, and the Polis Institute

Exceptional Last-Minute Opportunity for Teachers!

 Our good friend Prof. Jim “Jacobus” Dobreff of the University of Massachusetts at Boston Classics Department has just made an exceptional last-minute opportunity available to SALVI people who are also precollegiate classroom teachers.  If you are a high school or middle school teacher, an alumnus/a of any Rusticatio or SALVI Biduum, and you wanted to… Read more »

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20th Anniversary Party Logo Released

We’re delighted to release our logo for this milestone event!  Get it on T-shirts and other SALVI swag at our 20th Anniversary Celebration Weekend and be the envy of your friends in the faculty workroom, grad student lounge, conferences, or anywhere Living Latin is cool. And the number of places where it IS cool is… Read more »

Claymont Court, aka Villa Argillamontana, our Party Headquarters

20th Anniversary Celebration: Preview Highlights here!

FLASH Program Update!  June 24, 2017Alexis Hellmer of Studium Angelopolitanum (Puebla, Mexico) will be joining us as a featured speaker in Latin.  SALVI’s Elliott “Elias” Goodman will also be sharing unpublished results of his National Latin Survey, recently concluded under the aegis of Columbia University Teachers’ College.Program Update!  June 9, 2017Professor Fred Ahl of Cornell… Read more »

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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 »

  • 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 »

  • Evan Smith (Faber) writing in Greek while speaking Latin.

    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!

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    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 »

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    Paideia Institute Launches Living Latin and Living Greek Blogs

    The Paideia Institute has begun Living Latin and Greek blogs as a way to provide intrinsically interesting, relatively easy reading (and listening!) material for people who want to keep their Latin and Greek sharp.  Take a look at their latest offering about Aristotle going around on all fours (per manus et genua) getting ridden like a… Read more »

  • John Kuhner giving a Latin tour of the Northwest University Botanical Garden in Potchefstroom, South Africa.

    From the President’s Corner: Salve, Munde!

    This past fall, I was asked to take over the presidency of SALVI on an interim basis (we will have regular elections this summer for president and vice-president).  In this interim period we have been working on a few projects: one was the rewriting of our bylaws in order to get more regularity in the… Read more »