Westminster College Professor to Discuss Surprising Discoveries of Founding of American Republic Based on Roman Republic

Thursday, October 4, 2012

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Dr. Dwight Castro, Westminster professor of classics, will present "De Re Publica Romana et Re Publica Americana: Some Surprising Discoveries" at the Faires Faculty Forum Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 11:40 a.m. in the Sebastian Mueller Theater of the McKelvey Campus Center.

The Founders of the American Republic looked to the ancient Roman Republic as an inspiration, and sometimes as a model, when designing and "selling" the form of government embodied in the U.S. Constitution. In developing a document of Latin terminology for a recent presentation at "Septimana Californiana" ("California Week"), Castro discovered how the realities of modern American government necessitated an exploration of periods of Roman history, other than just the Republic, in order to describe the three branches of the U.S. government.

Castro, who has been with Westminster since 1970, earned an undergraduate degree from Gettysburg College and master's and Ph.D. from Indiana University.

The Faculty Forum was established in 1990 by Dr. Barbara Faires, Westminster professor of mathematics emerita, during her term as dean of the college and vice president for academic affairs.  Faculty members from all disciplines volunteer to present lectures on their current research, artistic productions, and scholarship of teaching and learning.  Each forum presents new ideas with innovative lecture techniques.

Podcasts of the forums are available here.

Contact Castro at (724) 946-7150 or email for more information.

Contact Charlene Klassen Endrizzi, faculty development officer, at (724) 946-7189 for more information on the Faires Faculty Forum or click here.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 377 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 42 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.


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Dr. Dwight Castro, professor of classics