Every year, the Latin Academy staff chooses a theme around which all of our activities are centered. The mos maiorum of the in-person Academy has been that we have a theme lecture early on in the Academy during which a staff member explains the ancient context of the theme, ways it has been used throughout history, and how it can be applied to our own lives both during and after Academy.
Since this year's Academy is different, we're doing the theme differently! Today, students divided up into groups of five to research and discuss this year's theme: nil humani alienum. Over the course of the next two weeks, they will come up with their own interpretation of the theme and present it to the Academy at the end of the second week.
Some of the groups are focusing on comparing the ancient context of the theme to modern interpretations. Others are interested in the possible ways the theme can be translated depending on context. Still others are focusing on the theme's relevance to present day issues.
Students are also already coming up with creative ways to present their group's interpretation, such as a children's book, a video skit, and a rap to Vivaldi played by group members.
This is an experience that is totally unique to GLA MMXX and the students are already rising to the occasion! Staff members are very excited to see what they come up with!
This blog will document the MMXX virtual session of the Virginia Governor's Latin Academy.