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91st Annual Convention

The 91st annual convention will be held in Northfield, MN from March 22-24, 2019 at the invitation of the Delta Chi chapter of St. Olaf College.  The convention will begin on Friday evening and conclude by noon on Sunday.

Call for Papers


The registration fee is $60 by PayPal or $55 by check via U.S. mail. The price includes the reception on Friday evening and the activities on Saturday afternoon.  Registration is free for one faculty sponsor, provided that the registration is completed on-line by March 1 or received in reified form by March 1.  After March 1 registration must be made on-line, and the cost will increase to $65.

On-Line Registration Form

Hard Copy of Registration Form

Convention Highlights

We will hold the traditional certamen on Friday evening. (Teams will be assigned upon arrival). The prizes for the winning team are being supplied by our friends at the National Latin Exam. 

Delegates are invited to sign up to compete in a Latin Declamation Contest. Registration for this competition will take place on Friday evening. Contestants will be given a Latin prose passage to read before a panel of judges on Saturday afternoon. Judges will base their decision on pronunciation, interpretation of text, smoothness of delivery, demeanor and textural accuracy. The winner will receive a prize of $100 and will be invited to read the passage to the entire assembly at the Saturday evening banquet.  The runner-up will be awarded $50.

On Saturday morning, after the first business meeting, there will be a session of student papers, selected by the Eta Sigma Phi Program Committee. In the afternoon, there will be a variety of classically-oriented activities and lectures.  Some will be fun.

On Saturday evening, we will gather for a cena classica; classical attire is strongly encouraged! There will be a prize for the vir et femina vestiti splendidissime.

A second business session will take place on Sunday morning. The convention will conclude on noon on Sunday with the election and installation of new national officers and the selection of the host for the 2021 convention.

Hotel Reservations

The local committee, in consultation with Eta Sigma Phi, has reserved a block of rooms at Marriot Fairfield Inn for the conference.  The hotel is located at 114 2nd Street West, Northfield, Minnesota 55057.  The group rate is $134 per night for a room with two queen beds.  Reservations must be made by phone: (507) 366-5000 by February 8, 2019 to secure the convention rate.  Use the code ESPN (dana-dant, dana-dant) to reserve rooms at the conference rate.