SALVI’s mission is to propagate communicative approaches to Latin language acquisition, making the entire Classical tradition of Western culture more available to—and enjoyable for—students, teachers, and the general public.
Septentrionale Americanum Latinitatis Vivae Institutum (English: North American Institute for Living Latin Studies) was created in October 1996 in Los Angeles, California, by a group of professors and students of Latin literature concerned about the long-term future of classical studies in North America. SALVI’s mission is to propagate communicative approaches to Latin language acquisition, with a particular focus on the first years of language study, i.e. the period during which the basic tenets of grammar are learned.
On February 6, 1997, the State of California recognized SALVI as a not-for-profit public benefit educational and literary corporation, granting it tax-exempt public charity status in California under section 23701d of the California Revenue and Taxation Code. Federal tax-exempt status under section 501c(3) of the Internal Revenue Code was granted one year later on February 6, 1998, making SALVI a full-fledged 501c(3) public charity. Any contributions made to its activities are deductible from the donor’s Federal and California Income taxes, where such taxes apply.
No part of the assets of SALVI, as a public benefit corporation, can ever inure to the benefit of any private individual. Officers and directors serve without compensation, and organization has no employees. The tax returns, Act of Incorporation, and Bylaws of SALVI are public information and are available on demand from the Treasurer.
Justin Slocum Bailey (Iustus):
Justin Slocum Bailey teaches Latin and guitar at Pacifica Christian High School in Santa Monica, CA. He holds a B.A. in linguistics, English, and German from the University of Michigan and an M.A. in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. Justin is a frequent contributor to conversations on liberal arts education and foreign language pedagogy both in online forums and at professional conferences, and has been an ardent supporter of SALVI since first attending Rusticatio Virginiana in 2008.
Eugene Hamilton (Eugenius):
Eugene Hamilton teaches Latin in Casper, WY.
Raymond Kelly (Raimundus):
Raymond Kelly works in the field of finance, but is an avid student and teacher of Latin. He has attended Rusticatio, Iter Romanum, and Biduum Virginianum.
Emily Lewis (Aurelia)
Member At Large
Emily Lewis is a Latin teacher at Westborough High School in Massachusetts. She received her B.A. in Latin from Bryn Mawr College. An avid proponent of student programs for Latin, Emily is highly active in the Junior Classical League and has served in the past as one of the Certamen coordinators for the state of MA. In addition, she coaches her school’s Certamen teams. She first discovered spoken Latin in her 9th grade Latin class, but did not truly make use of it until she attended her first Rusticatio in 2008
Nancy Llewellyn (Annula)
Nancy Llewellyn is Associate Professor of Latin at Wyoming Catholic College. She holds a Ph.D. from UCLA, an M.A. from the in Rome (where she also studied at the Gregorian University with Reginald Foster), and a B.A. from Bryn Mawr College. Since 1998, she has led numerous workshops on spoken Latin for students and teachers in California, Michigan, New Jersey, Oklahoma, and Virginia.
Dawn Mitchell (Aurora)
Dawn Mitchell teaches Latin at a large public high school near Baltimore Maryland. Dawn has an MA from Indiana University in Classics. Her first experience with living Latin was at Rusticatio Californiana in 2003. Since then, she has enjoyed multiple immersion experiences, including Iter Romanum and Septimana Californiana. Dawn's work with SALVI thus far has revolved largely around planning and executing the East Coast immersion events, Rusticatio Virginiana and Biduum Virginianum.
Jacque Myers (Iacoba)
Jacque Myers teaches Latin to middle school students, ages 10-14, at Mirman School in Los Angeles. She holds an M.A.T. in Latin from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She began speaking Latin in 2001 at the Kentucky Conventiculum, and first participated in the Rusticatio Californiana in 2005.
David Morgan (David):
David Morgan is Professor of French (Department of Modern Languages and Literatures) at Furman University. He has given papers and served as an instructor at numerous living Latin workshops in the U.S. and Europe.
Jason Slanga (Iason)
Jason Slanga teaches Latin at Dulaney High School, north of Baltimore, Maryland, is the state sponsor of Maryland Junior Classical League, and serves on the board of the Maryland Foreign Language Association (MFLA). He has presented on the use of technology in the language classroom at MFLA, and at the North-East Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Language (NECTFL). Jason studied computer science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, before changing his focus and earning a B.A. of Ancient Studies. He attended his first Rusticatio in 2007.