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.
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:
- Vol. 6.1, Spring 1985
- Vol. 5.1, Spring 1984
- Vol. 4.1, Fall-Winter 1982-1983
- Vol. 3.2-3, Winter-Spring 1982
- Vol. 3.1, Fall 1981
- Vol. 2.3, Spring-Summer 1981
- Vol. 2.2, Winter 1981
- Vol. 2.1, Fall 1980
- Vol. 1.3, Spring 1980
- Vol. 1.2, Winter 1980
- Vol. 1.1, Fall 1979