What is IJCL?
IJCL, which stands for Illinois Junior Classical League, is a chapter of the NJCL.
The main purpose is to gain an active appreciation and understanding of the civilizations of ancient Greece and Rome, thereby better enabling us as individuals to interpret and appraise our world today.
We have a sound structure, which provides a sound basis for expansion of our horizons and perspectives, intellectually, socially, and aesthetically.We have a viable organization, which can effectively create in others a sense of awareness, interest, and appreciation as far as the value of the Classics is concerned.
What is NJCL?
Formed in 1936, the National Junior Classical League (NJCL) is an organization of junior and senior high school students sponsored by the American Classical League. Composed of local and state/provincial chapters across the United States, Canada, and Australia, it is the largest Classical organization in the world today with over 50,000 members. Its purpose is to encourage an interest in and an appreciation of the language, literature and culture of ancient Greece and Rome and to impart an understanding of the debt of our own culture to that of Classical antiquity.
What do you do at IJCL?
Latin Convention, as the state convention is usually called, has activities for everyone. There are two mandatory testing sessions, oratory and dramatic interpretation contests, certamen, sight Latin reading, and four general assemblies. IJCL also features fun events, such as colloquium, impromptu art, a bounce house, costume contests, a talent show, art competitions, a toga banquet, and also a dance.
Isn’t Latin a dead language?
On the contrary, here at IJCL, we like to believe that Latin is eternal. It’s the mother of five different romance languages: Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, and French. Many English words also come from Latin, including the word “defenestrate,” which stems from “de-” meaning out of or down from, and “fenestra” meaning window. Simply, this word means to throw one out of window. Which is what our IJCLers will do to you if you are so foolish as to ask this question.