The National Committee for Latin and Greek, a standing committee of the American Classical League, is a non-profit organization, founded by twelve national and regional classical associations and funded by those associations along with numerous other state associations and departments of Classics. The NCLG is dedicated to the advancement of the study of classical languages and civilizations in North America by developing an agenda of promotional projects and activities.


The NCLG, made up of NCLG officers and the designees of its sponsoring organizations, meets twice a year and serves as a forum for the identification of nationwide needs and priorities within Classics and for the subsequent planning and implementation of promotional strategies and programs. The NCLG provides a consensus of direction for the advocacy of Classics, drawing upon information, talents, and resources from constituent and affiliate organizations. The Committee endeavors to focus public awareness on the study of Latin, Greek, and the Classics through its public relations newsletter Prospects and through contacts with schools, universities, and the news media. The NCLG produces a variety of brochures, information packets, and statements about the value of classical studies which parents, teachers, and school administrators can use to help build and maintain programs. The Committee sponsors a Classics Alert Network (CAN) to highlight opportunities and to respond to crises affecting Classics programs in schools and universities. It communicates with the officers of sponsoring organizations through semi-annual mailings and the newsletters of the ACL and SCS. Its support for and participation in the Joint Committee for Languages and its cooperation with modern language associations nationwide encourages participation in the development of national language policy and in movements to advocate and to improve the study of all languages, ancient and modern.


The Committee relies on the expertise and financial resources of five founding sponsors and its parent organization: American Classical League, American Philological Association, Classical Association of the Atlantic States, Classical Association of the Middle West and South, Classical Association of New England, and the California Classical Association, South. In addition, the California Classical Association, North, Eta Sigma Phi National Honorary Society, National Latin Exam Committee, National Junior Classical League, and the Ontario Classical Association. Affiliate organizations in Europe include the Joint Association of Classical Teachers in Britain and the Netherlands Classical Association.