Forward with Classics: A Book at Lunchtime

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About the Book

Despite their removal from England's National Curriculum in 1988, and claims of elitism, Latin and Greek are increasingly re-entering the 'mainstream' educational arena. Since 2012, there have been more students in state-maintained schools in England studying classical subjects than in independent schools, and the number of schools offering Classics continues to rise in the state-maintained sector. The teaching and learning of Latin and Greek is not, however, confined to the classroom: community-based learning for adults and children is facilitated in newly established regional Classics hubs in evenings and at weekends, in universities as part of outreach, and even in parks and in prisons.

This book investigates the motivations of teachers and learners behind the rise of Classics in the classroom and in communities, and explores ways in which knowledge of classical languages is considered valuable for diverse learners in the 21st century. The role of classical languages within the English educational policy landscape is examined, as new possibilities exist for introducing Latin and Greek into school curricula. The state of Classics education internationally is also investigated, with case studies presenting the status quo in policy and practice from Australasia, North America, the rest of Europe and worldwide. The priorities for the future of Classics education in these diverse locations are compared and contrasted by the editors, who conjecture what strategies are conducive to success.

About the Authors

Edited by Arlene Holmes-HendersonSteven Hunt and Mai Musié.

Arlene Holmes-Henderson is the postdoctoral researcher for the Classics in Communities project in the Faculty of Classics at the University of Oxford, as well as an experienced teacher of Classics in both Scotland and England.

Steven Hunt is the Subject Lecturer of the PGCE in Classics at the University of Cambridge. He taught Classics for over twenty years in state comprehensive schools and is author of Starting to Teach Latin (Bloomsbury, 2016).

Mai Musié is a co-founder of the ‘Classics in Communities’ project and Knowledge Exchange Officer within the Knowledge Exchange and Impact Team, Oxford. She has recently completed her PhD thesis on the Representation of Persians in the Ancient Novel.

Contributors: Mary Beard, Arlene Holmes-Henderson, Steven Hunt, Mai Musié, Emma Searle, Lucy Jackson Michael Scott, Emily Matters, Paula Corrêa, John Bulwer, Barbara Bell, Jane Maguire, Rowlie Darby, Lorna Robinson, Xavier Murray-Pollock, Peter Olive, Olivia Sanchez, and Nicola Felton, Corrie Schumann, Lana Theron, Patrick Ryan, Francesca Richards, Evelien Bracke, Aisha Khan-Evans, James Robson, Emma-Jayne Graham, Kathryn Tempest and Edith Hall.

About the Event

Mai and Steven will be joined an expert panel to discuss the book and its themes:  

Dr Peter Jones (Co-founder, Classics for All)

Dr Alex Pryce (Head of Student Recruitment, Oxford)

Chaired by: Professor Fiona Macintosh (St. Hilda’s, Oxford)

Lunch provided from 12.30pm. Discussion from 1-2pm.

Booking is essential. Register via Eventbrite.

Part of Book at Lunchtime, a fortnightly series of bite sized book discussions, with commentators from a range of disciplines.


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Audience: Open to all