Salt: A World History, Mark Kurlansky
FAVORITE PLACE TRAVELED
Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, England
MR. LUKE DEWEESE
LATIN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE
tB.A.. Classical Languages, Ave Maria University
M.A., Classical Languages, University of Kentucky
Post-grad coursework, Classical Languages, Fordham University
Ph.D. (in progress), Medieval and Byzantine Studies, Catholic University of America
Mr. Luke DeWeese is finishing his doctorate in Medieval and Byzantine studies at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., has lived in eight states and four countries to pursue divine Wisdom in an academic context. Along the way, he has befriended Philology, Philosophy and Theology, and Music (mainly Gregorian Chant).
Mr. DeWeese began the study of Latin in the fall of 1998, always with an eye to the serious engagement of philosophical and theological texts. He was the first classical languages and early Christian literature major to graduate from Ave Maria University after AMU’s refounding as a university in Florida. He then completed a master’s degree in classical languages at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, where he was required to speak Latin as much as possible and to sharpen his skills in Latin prose composition. During this academic coursework, for three summers he also studied in Rome with Reginald Foster, the greatest Latinist of our own time and chief Latinist to four popes. After completing his Master's, Mr. DeWeese returned to formal academic study and did a year of coursework in classical languages at Fordham University in New York. Thence, he commenced doctoral studies at CUA.
After fifteen years of serious study in the humanities, Mr. DeWeese is now eager to pass on what he has received by teaching. His preferred method of instruction in Latin is to follow Reginald Foster’s example as much as possible by promoting the active uses of Latin. These include speaking and written exercises, as well as reading a wide array of authors from all periods of Latin literature, ancient, medieval, renaissance, and modern. Mr. DeWeese joins the Chesterton Academy team as the Latin teacher.