In Memoriam Norma Wynick Goldman: PCS Classical World Fashion & Design

Funded by a generous Program Grant from The Classical Association of the Atlantic States, the Philadelphia Classical Society, in partnership with Bryn Mawr College, will host the fourth Classical World Fashion & Design Show dedicated to the memory of Norma Wynick Goldman on Friday evening, December 18th.

Professor Goldman was best known by students for her wonderful text, Latin Via Ovid, in which she brought to life the intriguing stories of Ovid’s Metamorphoses. In addition, Professor Goldman, during her prodigious career, had amassed a sizeable and impressive collection of costumes based on antiquity.

In 2003, Dr. Goldman founded The Society of Active Retirees [SOAR] who have meaningfully contributed to the event each year.

At the 2012 inaugural show, Professor Michele Ronnick of Wayne State University paid tribute and homage to Dr. Goldman, followed by Dr. Henry Bender who collaborated with Professor Goldman at The American Academy in Rome and, in sequence, attested to the life and accomplishments of the eminent Dr. Rudolph Masciantonio for whom an annual PCS scholarship is named.

To participate in the show, students are encouraged to design and assemble costumes, or individual pieces, based loosely on an ancient Greek or Roman artifact. At the show, students will offer a brief description of the artifact and model or display the costume, as a way of connecting the material culture of antiquity to the languages studied.

It costs only $5 to participate or attend this family event.  The money raised will contribute to a scholarship to honor Dr. Rudolph Masciantonio, who introduced Latin as a FLES program in the Philadelphia School District in the early 70’s.

The scholarship recipient will be a 2016 graduate in good standing from Boys Latin Charter School in Philadelphia, who will major or minor in the Classics.  This event will be held in Bryn Mawr’s Thomas Great Hall which will be decorated according to a Saturnalia theme.

Doors open in Thomas Great Hall at 7 pm, followed by light refreshments provided by Arrowroot Natural Foods of Bryn Mawr and Anthony’s Coal-Fired Pizza in Wayne.  To register, or to contribute toward the scholarship, contact Magistra Mary Brown [], or visit the Philadelphia Classical Society website for more information [].