Each year, the Wyoming Summer Classics Institute brings about 20 to 25 people to the University of Wyoming campus for five days of reading, talking, and thinking about some period of ancient Greco-Roman civilization.
And the deadline to apply for this year’s Summer Classics Institute has been extended to May 1!
The theme of our tenth annual institute is “The World of Socrates. “ The institute will focus on Athens in the late fifth century B.C.—the height of the classical period, the age of high tragedy and the Parthenon, radical democracy, and bold and dangerous new thinking. It was also the time when Socrates hung out in gyms and the public squares, asking people to define concepts such as justice and virtue and cross-examining them to show them how little they understood. Then as now, such favors are not always appreciated: Socrates’ trial, conviction, and execution are one of the main black marks on the record of Athenian democracy.
Seminar readings for the institute will be some of Plato’s finest dialogues: Meno, Symposium, and Apology. We’ll also look at some other developments in Greek culture around this time in literature, politics, philosophy, and art.
You can find more in-depth description, as well as the application materials, on the Summer Classics Institute page on our website.
Come join us!