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Tuesday, June 28 • 10:00am - 11:30am
10C Science Fiction in the Latin and Classical Humanities Classrooms

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Science Fiction (SF) is a powerful vehicle for stimulating students’ imagination about other cultures and languages. Because so much SF builds upon classical models, strategic use of SF in the Latin classroom can be an engaging way to develop students’ skills of perception, critical thinking, story analysis, cultural awareness and understanding of languages. Four presentations will discuss useful SF texts for the Latin and classical humanities classrooms and offer specific examples of assignments for teachers to use. The first presentation surveys fifty years of classics-based SF, including standard and little-known stories, movies, and television shows. The second uses the Cambridge Latin Course tie-in Dr. Who episode, “Fires of Vesuvius,” to emphasize Roman values. The third develops writing exercises around the recent YA series, Red Rising (Pierce Brown), about a Roman-like (and influenced) civilization on Mars. The final presentation addresses connections between Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games and Ovidian and Catullan poetry.

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Natalie Cannon

Department Chair & Teacher, Eanes ISD
Salve! I am Natalie Cannon, and I teach Latin, Mythology, and Roman Cultures to the talented and quirky students at Westlake High School. My colleague and I co-sponsor a very large, active Latin Club. I am the President of the Austin-area Armadillo Classical Society, was awarded membership as a PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator, and am also a member of the TCA, ACL, ACTFL, and TCEA. This is my 10th year of teaching Latin, and 9 of those years... Read More →

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Robert Cape

Professor of Classics, Austin College
I teach Latin, Greek, and ancient history at Austin College (Sherman, TX). I also teach courses on women in antiquity, film and the ancient world, and science fiction and classics. My favorite author is Cicero! Talk to me about AP Latin, science fiction and classics, or just about anything, really.
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Keely Lake

Teacher of Latin and Ancient Greek; Coordinator of Interdisciplinary Programs, Wayland Academy

Tuesday June 28, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am
San Jacinto Center Rooms 208/210

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