Renowned Latin expert to speak on campus Aug. 30

by Dennis Brown

Rev. Reginald Foster, O.C.D., a renowned teacher and advocate of Latin and an official papal translator, will lead a presentation and discussion on the language at 4 p.m. Aug. 30 (Thursday) in the Barry Moot Courtroom of the Notre Dame Law School.p. Titled “Is Latin Really Dead? Why the Academy and the Church should Preserve the Latin Language,” the talk is free and open to the public.p. A native of Milwaukee and a Carmelite priest, Father Foster has worked for the past 30 years in the Department of Letters of the Vatican’s Secretariat of State, writing and translating papal documents and official correspondence into Latin.p. Father Foster also teaches Latin during the academic year at the Gregorian University in Rome and is known and admired by a rapidly growing number of Americans for a popular summer course that he calls “Aestiva Romae Latinitatis” (Summer Latin in Rome). The six-week summer program draws scholars and teachers from around the world for six weeks of intensive training in the language.p. Father Foster’s visit to Notre Dame is sponsored by the University’s Department of Classics, Medieval Institute, Department of Theology and Law School.

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