Saturday, October 20, 2012

Classics professor reveals discoveries about the foundations of the U.S based on the Roman Republic - video

SPQR. Design: Philippe Remacle.
SPQR. Design: Philippe Remacle. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Dr. Dwight Castro, Westminster professor of classics, presented "De Re Publica Romana et RePublica Americana: Some Surprising Discoveries" at the Faires Faculty Forum on Oct. 10.

The Founders of the American Republic looked to the ancient Roman Republic as an inspiration, and sometimes as a model, when designing and "selling" the form of government embodied in the U.S. Constitution. In developing a document of Latin terminology for a recent presentation at "Septimana Californiana" ("California Week"), Castro discovered how the realities of modern American government necessitated an exploration of periods of Roman history, other than just the Republic, in order to describe the three branches of the U.S. government.

You can listen to the presentation here or download the podcast from iTunes University.  
Castro, who has been with Westminster since 1970, earned an undergraduate degree from Gettysburg College and master's and Ph.D. from Indiana University. 

The Faculty Forum was established in 1990 by Dr. Barbara Faires, Westminster professor of mathematics emerita, during her term as dean of the college and vice president for academic affairs.  It is a unique venue that celebrates faculty teaching, research and passion for scholarship while also serving as platform for peer review and reflection.
Faculty members from all disciplines volunteer to present lectures on their current research, artistic productions, and scholarship of teaching and learning.  Each forum presents new ideas with innovative lecture techniques.