Kopff will speak April 25 about importance of classics Dr. E. Christian Kopff, a classics professor at the University of Colorado-Boulder, will address the importance of the study of classics during a talk at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 25 in Farber Hall at The University of South Dakota.
The lecture, free and open to the public, is being sponsored by the News and Views Committee of the USD Program Council, The Farber Center for Civic Leadership and the Intercollegiate Studies Institute.
Kopff, who is author of The Devil Knows Latin: Why America Needs the Classical Tradition, was invited by a group of students in the Honors Reading Circles. Retired USD classics Professor Brent Froberg has been moderating discussions with the students.
In the book, Kopff argues that individuals should continue to study the classics including ancient languages such as Latin and Greek. He believes such tradition forms the basis of liberal arts learning. Without the classical tradition, students, universities and a society are left without the sense of tradition, civilization or moorings � key elements in a modern society.