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University of Iowa News Release

Feb. 12, 2004

UI Symposium To Focus On Teaching Latin In 21st Century

The University of Iowa will host a one-day symposium on the future of teaching the Latin language Saturday, Feb. 28 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in room S401 Pappajohn Business Building. The event, "Latin Language Teaching in the Twenty-first Century: Exploring Fact and Fiction," is sponsored by the department of classics in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The program features two distinguished guest speakers, Anne Groton, professor and chair of classics at St. Olaf College, and John Gruber-Miller, professor of classics at Cornell College.

Groton will speak from 9:15 to 10 a.m. on "Facing the Facts about Teaching Latin," discussing the value of using the traditional grammar-oriented approach to teaching Latin while employing new and creative types of assignments. Gruber-Miller will speak from 10:45 to 11:30 a.m. on "Seven Myths about Teaching Latin," exploring beliefs and practices about language learning and teaching.

The symposium will also include a panel discussion with UI faculty members and students from the classics department as well as time for small group discussions.

There is no cost to attend the symposium, although there is a nominal charge for lunch. Organizers request that anyone planning to attend respond by Feb. 25 to Cory Connors, or 319-335-2323.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the department of classics in advance at 319-335-2323.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011,; Program: Cory Connors, 319-335-2323,