The Paideia Institute’s New York conference, the largest spoken-Latin gathering, now draws scores of representatives from new Latin programs sprouting up around the country. The infectiously energetic Dr. Pedicone, a self-described social entrepreneur, said, “Latin isn’t a dead language, it’s undead—it’s a zombie language. And this is the zombie apocalypse!”Share
In its six years of existence, the institute reports, its annual operating budget has grown from $50,000 to more than $2 million. It now offers six “Living Latin” programs in Europe, as well as dozens of other classical-themed events around the U.S. Its newest program, Aequora, helps inner-city youth improve their English literacy by studying Latin.
“We’ve made it cool to speak Latin,” Dr. Pedicone said. “We’re proving that interest in the classical humanities is alive and well.” (Read more.)