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The Latin/Greek Institute
Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016

Katherine Lu Hsu, Director

Suklima Roy, Program Manager

Rita Fleischer, Director of Alumni Relations


Latin Greek Institite - The Graduate Center, CUNY

History of the Institute


The Latin/Greek Institute was founded in 1973 as a collaborative effort between Brooklyn College and the City University Graduate Center. Initially offering Latin instruction only, the Basic Greek program was launched in 1978. Advanced programs, later known as the Upper-level programs, were added in the years that followed.

The Institute's uniquely intensive pedagogy has drawn media attention since its inception. The scope of its ambitions and its influence on the teaching of classical languages continue to distinguish it today. The Institute has been featured in:

The New York Times (1973, pdf),

The New Yorker's "Talk of the Town" (1978, pdf),

CUNY Matters (1998, pdf),

Brooklyn College News (2014, link),

the New York Post (2018, link), and

Graduate Center News (2019, link)




More than 2,000 students have trained in Latin and/or Greek at the institute. Many students develop lifelong friendships with each other over the summer; they also remain in contact with the institute for decades.

All alumni are encouraged to keep in touch with the institute. To send an update about recent pursuits or notification about address changes, e-mail Rita Fleischer.


Alumni Newsletter

Our annual newsletter provides an opportunity for alumni to share about life events, hobbies, academic or professional news, and even current reading lists. Our archive of newsletters provides a glimpse into the rich and varied lives of Institute alumni: