Cari magistrae magistrique,
We are excited to invite you to Baylor Latin Day 2024!
Keeping with our tradition, we have scheduled Latin Day on the first Friday of March (March 1, 2024) to avoid conflict with JCL Area conventions. We will be back with familiar events such as:
- a certamen tournament
- a declamation contest
- a probatio competition
- a humorous adaptation of a Plautus play
- a graphic arts contest
- a presentation on Roman history
- lunch at campus cafeterias
- a campus tour
We will begin gathering at 8:30 am, with formal activities beginning at 9:00. And we usually wrap up before 3:00pm.
This year we will use an online registration form, linked here: Registration Form.
You can expect something like this:
The day will begin with a short and entertaining lecture on Roman history from one of our faculty. Following that we will welcome submissions for our Graphic Arts contest. Students are invited to submit creative projects in the graphic arts, in line with the contest run by the Junior Classical League (a list of types can be found here: http://www.njcl.org/pages/njcl-graphic-arts). These projects should promote the study of Latin or some aspect of Classical culture. I am consistently impressed by what your students do, and I am looking forward to some great ideas again this year. These will be out for display throughout the day. Each school may submit up to four projects. Entries can be submitted on Latin Day itself, but we ask that they be pre-screened by teachers. Winners will be announced at the end of the day.
We will follow the project competition with the first rounds of certamen and our probatio competition. Probatio is a group-based competition using certamen-style questions. Those who are not involved with certamen will still have the chance to show off their knowledge and compete. Since we can only accommodate eight certamen teams, we encourage you to sign up quickly by sending your school name and the names of your four team members to Dan_Hanchey@baylor.edu. The competition will last throughout the day with each team assured of participating in at least two rounds. As in recent years we have instituted a certamen style consistent with the JCL competitions.
We will also hold a sight declamation contest. Participating students will have the opportunity to read and perform a Latin passage out loud in a competition format. They will be judged on quality of pronunciation (using a traditional Classical pronunciation) and delivery. The passage will not be available before Latin Day. Instead, students will receive the passage on Latin Day and be given a few minutes to prepare. The contest will be preceded by a short discussion of ancient rhetorical techniques and delivery strategies. Students who can incorporate any of these techniques, even just a little, will receive extra credit in the judging of the performances.
As in years past we will have lunch in campus cafeterias and offer an optional campus tour, after which our own Dr. David White will direct some current Baylor students in an English performance of a Plautine play. Dr. White has extensive experience in theater, and always puts on a high-quality, highly-entertaining play. We will conclude the day with the final rounds of certamen, wrapping up with some awards at around 3:15 pm.
Schools arriving on Thursday night can contact our office manager (254-710-1399) for hotel recommendations and phone numbers. Hotel costs are not included in the registration fee. We are in between office managers at the moment and so will likely have an interim office manager helping s through the first month or two of 2024. The registration fee for all participants is $15/student, which can be paid on Latin Day. The fee goes toward covering lunch and a Latin Day t-shirt. We are unable to accept electronic payments at this time.
We always enjoy the ride at Latin Day. Whether you’ve come before to Latin Day, or if you attended JCL at Baylor, or if you’ve never been on campus, we hope you will join us for the fun on March 1.
Associate Professor and Undergraduate Program Director of Classics, Baylor University
Steps to Prepare for Latin Day:
- submit registration form online (with certamen team if applicable)
- prepare creative projects
- bring payment on Latin Day