Friends of the Western tradition are (or ought to be) friends of the Latin language as well. One of the curricular victories my humanities colleagues and I have been able to achieve at Faulkner is the introduction of Latin courses that are recommended for all Liberal Arts majors and required for majors in the pre-med track.
Naturally, those not as plugged into the Western tradition as they could be often have a hard time understanding why anyone today should bother studying Latin. Several publishers (e.g., Memoria Press) and other classically oriented organizations have produced apologias of varying quality for Latin. Here is a decent one I came across this week from the Department of Foreign Languages at CSU-Sacramento. Utilitarians take note: studying Latin will make you a better English speaker and reader. It will also make you taller, slimmer, and better-looking!
I have a publisher’s deadline today; that’s why I haven’t posted much new material this week. I hope to get back to a daily schedule of postings next week.