Prof. Noe, looking for that distant Latin word at Tusculum ’18!

Prof. Tipton, dressed for success with Latin!

Students ages 14-18 are invited to apply for an immersive Latin language summer camp. 

Drs. David C. Noe and Joseph A. Tipton will lead this event on the campus of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, June 17-21, 2019.

June 17-21 • Application Consent Form • Student Information form Health Form

Camp activities will include:

  1. Reading and discussing in Latin a wide variety of authors from all eras of the language
  2. Sharing meals, games, athletics, and campfires all in Latin
  3. Recitations, competitions, dramatic interpretations, and lots of hilarity in Latin
  4. The formation of abiding, literary friendships with other young people your own age who are learning Latin and loving the humanities


1. Do I have to know how to speak Latin already in order to participate?
Minime. Two years of experience studying Latin is required, or the equivalent, but no prior experience using the language actively is needed.

2. What are the accommodations like? The College dormitories are very comfortable, en suite facilities. Dorm rooms house two students each in a suite connected by a common bathroom.

3. How much does this opportunity cost? $650. This includes all lodging, meals from, and instruction from June 17-21, and transportation to and from Gerald R. Ford International Airport and back for participants who need it. We also have a day-camp option for $350 for those who want to commute. If you choose this option, you can purchase meals on campus or bring a sack lunch.

4. How do I pay? You can make out a check to Calvin College and send to the address on the application form. If you choose to  pay with a credit card via PayPal, please add a 3% processing fee and send to TUSCULUM EMAIL AT GMAIL DOT COM.

5. What if the prospect of speaking Latin makes me nervous?
Then you are not alone. The moderators bring many years of experience helping others develop their capacity to use Latin in an active fashion, and will work diligently to reduce the amount of anxiety and increase the amount of joy you take in the language.

6. I see that this is hosted at a Christian college. Is this a religious activity?
No. You will be expected to abide by common standards of moral conduct, but there will be no religious activities conducted during the week. The purpose of our camp is to help you develop your skill in understanding and speaking Latin.

7. Who are the instructors?

Dr. David C. Noe has organized and led multiple spoken Latin events at Calvin College (2013, 2015, 2016), the Bidua Latina Calviniana, and events at Christian schools in Idaho and Texas, having taught Latin, Greek, and the humanities at the primary, secondary, and university levels for more than 20 years. As a translator of 16th and 17th-century Latin theological and philosophical treatises, Dr. Noe has gained broad familiarity with Latin authors from many eras. And as an alumnus of multiple conventicula, Dr. Noe brings a wealth of experience both as a student and instructor to helping students activate their latent knowledge. He lives in Michigan with his wife and four children, and teaches at Calvin College, having earned the Ph.D. from the University of Iowa.

Dr. Joseph A. Tipton is on faculty at New St Andrews College in Moscow, ID, where he teaches spoken Latin, spoken Classical Greek, and Reformation literature. Having earned his PhD from the University of Pittsburgh and his MA from the University of Kentucky, he is also a graduate of the University of Kentucky’s spoken Latin program, the Institutum Studiis Latinis Provehendis. He has helped lead spoken Latin conventicula in Moscow, Texas, and Boston and is a regular facilitator at the UK summer conventiculum in Lexington, KY. He has taught at the secondary, undergrad, and graduate levels, and is director of NSA’s Wenden House, a graduate student translation program focusing on untranslated Latin texts of the Reformation. When not immersed in the ancient languages, he can be found spending time with his lovely wife and playing with their newborn son.

Please send additional questions to TUSCULUM.EMAIL@GMAIL.COM


Application, Consent Form, Student Information form, Health Form

The moderators reserve the right to cancel the event by June 1 in case of insufficient registration. If cancelled, all deposits will be returned.