In memory of Dr. Horace Perry, “H.P.” Jones, the University of Louisiana at Monroe’s history honor society, Phi Alpha Theta, will hold the Ides of March poetry reading, at noon, on Friday, March 14, under the sacred “Linden” tree, located on the north side of Stubbs Hall, near the ULM Student Center.
Jones started the event in the mid-1990s and held the event every year, encouraging others to join him and celebrate togetherness, while original works of poetry were read aloud.
The Ides of March is reserved for the 15th day of March, and is held in memoriam of the day Julius Caesar died.
After the conclusion of each reading, the audience maintains the Roman custom of giving the reader five claps.
During the reading, the ULM Student Government Association will dedicate a tree to the attending members of Jones’s family, in honor of the beloved history professor.
About H.P Jones:
Jones was named after the famous Roman Poet Laureate Horace who coined the phrase, carpe diem or “seize the day.”
Jones died in his home at the age of 83, on Tuesday, March 19, 2013. He retired from ULM after nearly 50 years of service, on May 19, 2012.
Courtesy ULM of Public Information