By Oswald Sobrino, J.D.; M.A. (Econ.); M.A. (Theo.); M.L. (Master of Latin), doctoral student, University of Florida.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

For Classics Aficionados (Updated with Added Link)

Julius Caesar, accepting the surrender of Verc...
Julius Caesar accepts the surrender of Vercingetorix. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here is a link to a short paper on Caesar's Gallic War.

Here is another classics link--this time to a short paper on the Rape of Lucretia as recounted by the Roman historian Livy.

Sandro Botticelli [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Friday, March 23, 2012

Latin Poetry Website

The Old Schools,Cambridge University
The Old Schools,Cambridge University (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Take a look at this fine website summarizing the work of a Latin poetry workshop I participated in last summer here in the U.S. (link). Our teacher for the workshop was a professor from Cambridge University. Why is this important? All good poetry communicates truths and realities, things we are hungry for as humans. The poetic medium gives us a means of grasping such verities that other forms of communication lack.

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Sunday, March 4, 2012

Dignity and Hope Through Music

José Antonio Abreu at TED
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José Antonio Abreu
It is ironic that, in so many affluent nations in the West, the popular experience of music has become bizarre and often degrading and narcissistic. In contrast, in the developing but oil-rich nation of Venezuela, a musical pioneer has now for decades, along with the assistance of many others, used classical music as a way of bringing order, hope, and discipline to poor, non-elite children in that country. He is still doing so in spite of the country's political and social problems.

That man is José Antonio Abreu, who, in addition, to making a global contribution to classical music through El Sistema, his network of schools for teaching classical music to the poor children of Venezuela, also had a career as an economist and government official. You can view the wonderful story and accompanying video at this New York Times link

I often speak with friends on how to address the social ills of the inner city. Here is one way we can do it. Some are already doing it here in the United States. Training in classical music brings hope and exhilaration to lives that have been surrounded by hopelessness. Everyone benefits, including the audiences; and the audiences include not just those in an auditorium.
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