Published on July 18, 2012  

Almost 40 Birmingham-area elementary and middle school students are at Samford University for two weeks for LatinSummer, the largest and oldest program of its type in the nation. The program, focused on ancient Rome and the Latin language, is presented by Ascanius: The Youth Classics Institute in cooperation with Samford’s Department of Classics. 

LatinSummer has been offered throughout the Mid-Atlantic and the Northeast but this is the first time it has come to Alabama.

The two-week LatinSummer program started July 16 and runs through July 27th from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. each weekday. Students will have classes in mythology, various aspects of Roman culture and the Latin language. LatinSummer students also will take part in a wide range of hands-on activities such as carving inscriptions, building models, playing language games and creating Roman clothing.

LatinSummer Birmingham is led by a team of college and high school students as well as certified teachers, including Nick Atchison of the University of Alabama, Katie Phillips of Furman University, Natalie Pugh of Oak Mountain High School and Samford alumna and program director Lisa Yeager of ACCESS Distance Learning in Birmingham.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.