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Classics in Pittsburgh

Zee Ann Poerio of Excellence Through Classics asked me to spread the word about summer classics programs in the Pittsburgh area. I’ve been to ETC programs before, and they’re always very good. Some of them are geared to elementary school teachers, but Zee would love for more homeschooling parents and kids to be involved. If you need more information, contact Zee at

JULY 22 – JULY 24, 2009

In collaboration with local, state, national, and international organizations including the Pennsylvania Classical Association, The Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, Wayne State University Press, Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, and the Primary Latin Project in the UK. Elementary and Middle School teachers will learn creative ways to bring the ancient past into the present through history, culture, language, art, food fashion, and technology. No previous background in Classics is required. Certificates of attendance will be issued and ACT 48 Credits provided for PA Teachers.

WEDNESDAY – July 22, 2009 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM TOUR, TEA with lunch, & CLASSICS TALK Following a tour, and tea with lunch, our Guest speaker Barbara Bell, Director of the Primary Latin Project in the UK and author of Minimus: Starting Out In Latin and Minimus Secundus will speak briefly about tea customs in the UK and will present a Classics talk in the Gilfillan Farmhouse at 1950 Washington Road, (Upper St. Clair) Pittsburgh, PA 15241. Built circa 1857 in the Greek Revival Gothic Architectural style, the Gilfillan Farmhouse is an historic landmark.

THURSDAY – July 23, 2009 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM THE MUSEUM AS A MULTIDISCIPLINARY RESOURCE Includes multiple presenters in collaboration with the Carnegie Museum of Art at 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Highlights will include a Minimus:Starting Out in Latin training session for teachers by Barbara Bell, a Fashion Show of ancient costume by Norma Goldman, a scholar in ancient costuming and Pittsburgh native, Hands On Technology and Archaeology with Andrew Reinhard of Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, and Art, Mythology, and Ancient Coins by Zee Ann Poerio of Excellence Through Classics. (Includes lunch in Museum Cafe.)

FRIDAY – July 24, 2009 9:00 – 2:00 PM CLASSICS WORKSHOP & BOOK FAIR Book talks by Barbara Bell, Norma Goldman, and James R. Clifford, Jr.; Interactive technology presentations and classroom activities by Andrew Reinhard and Zee Ann Poerio; and Ancient Roman military exhibit by George Metz (Gallio Velius Marsallas) of Legion XXIV at the Barnes & Noble at 301 South Hills Village Mall, Pittsburgh, PA 15241 (Includes boxed lunch.)

Participants will receive free resources, giveaways, lesson ideas, and be eligible for door prizes at each event. Please visit the ETC website for updates and complete list of speakers at Contact Zee Ann Poerio, at: for more information or to request a registration form. Registration is $25.00 for each event.