Wethersfield Institute Latin Pedagogy Seminar
Directed by Dr. Patrick M. Owens
Hosted at the Wethersfield Estate
June 19-21, 2017
Latin teachers from around the country are invited to attend an active Latin pedagogy seminar with Patrick M. Owens, a teacher training session, hosted and funded by the Wethersfield Institute. Dr. Owens is an award winning teacher, expert Latin speaker, and an experienced teacher-trainer, who brings together the history of classical pedagogy with best-practices in second language acquisition for a fascinating and delightful seminar. The seminar will focus on using adaptive methodologies for various educational levels and environments. Dr. Owens will present several ways in which teachers can introduce or expand active (i.e., spoken) Latin in the classroom. Dr. Owens’ seminar will be especially helpful to teachers using or interested the Lingua Latina per se Illustrata series (including Familia Romana), of which he was an editor. Instructors of all levels from grammar school to the post-secondary levels as well as home-schooling parents, are invited to register.
At the Wethersfield Institute’s Active Latin training workshop, Dr. Owens provides hands-on training for Latin teachers interested in experiencing and learning more about teaching Latin via active methods in their classrooms. Dr. Owens will trace the history of spoken Latin and classical pedagogy from antiquity through the history of the Catholic Church and the Reformation to the Second Vatican Council and the contemporary resurgence of Classical Liberal Education in the US.
Presenter Information: Dr. Patrick M. Owens is a renowned authority on active Latin and an award winning pedagog. Formerly a professor of Latin at Wyoming Catholic College, Dr. Owens is currently a fellow at the Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship where he works on Patristic sources and Early Modern Reception. His interest in spoken and active Latin pedagogy began as an undergraduate at Fordham University when he traveled to Rome to study under Fr. Reginald Foster. He then devoted himself to Neo-Latin literature as a student of the Accademia Vivarium Novum. Dr. Owens earned an M.A. in Classics from the University of Kentucky’s Institute of Latin Studies. In 2015 he defended his doctoral dissertation on Lucretian reception at the Pontificium Institutum Altioris Latinitatis in Rome. Dr. Owens has organized and moderated dozens of seminars for spoken Latin and Latin pedagogy across America. He is currently the editor of the largest dictionary of Neo-Latin vocabulary and modern colloquial terminology.