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Graeme Pitman Aug 22, 2014

 

Hosted next week at our new offices in Concord, NC, we're excited to invite you to this free inaugural event! Join us as Andrew Kern leads a discussion on the Great books and their importance to the Christian.

Space is very limited!  To reserve a spot now, please email Brian Phillips at brian@circeinstitute.org.

 

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David Kern Aug 22, 2014

The coming of age tale is, I suspect, as old as coming of  age itself.

Many of our most beloved books and stories reveal what Dr. Eva Brann aptly calls “a trip towards . . . identity.”

Consider: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, David Copperfield, Treasure Island, Candide, Jane Eyre, Great Expectations, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Catcher in the Rye, and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, to name just a few, are all prime examples. And these don't count the myriad unwritten tales that were passed down through oral tradition and local legend.

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Devin O'Donnell Aug 22, 2014

At the end of last school year, Joshua Gibbs suggested some of the benefits to our technological age. In a lecture on the Dark Ages of Greece, Yale professor Donald Kagan explains his gullibility towards the ancients:

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Joshua Gibbs Aug 19, 2014

Special thanks to Grant Horner, whose idea about delaying the syllabus inspired this article.

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Danny Breed Aug 18, 2014

Does it disturb you that children generally lose their creativity the older they get? Have you considered that this might not be accidental or a mark of maturity, but rather a result of a system that conditions conformity? As with other things in society, this is an intentional undermining of humanity and the image of God within mankind. Creativity is an aspect of the image of God and thus it ought to be cultivated through education not diminished.

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Chuck Hicks Aug 18, 2014

Ezra Pound (1885 - 1972) was no stranger to great controversy, having found himself caged by American troops in Pisa in 1945 for supporting the Italian fascists during World War II. In some ways this tragic turn events was inevitable for an artist who left America for Europe in search of an older and more orderly civilization. The author of the 120-section epic poem Cantos (composed over a half century), Pound did the literary world an immense favor in mentoring and helping to publish T.S. Eliot.

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Kate Deddens Aug 15, 2014

Ilúvatar said again: “Behold your music! This is your minstrelsy; and each of you shall find contained herein, amid the design that I set before you, all those things which it may seem that he himself devised or added.”

The Silmarillion, by J.R.R. Tolkien

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David Kern Aug 14, 2014

In the forward to her book, Homeric Moments: Clues to Delight in Reading the Odyssey, Eva Brann wrote that “reading Homer's poems is one of the purest, most inexhaustible pleasures life has to offer - a secret somewhat too well kept in our time.” If this is true, and I suspect that it is, then I'm going to be one of the happiest people on earth this fall.

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Brian Phillips Aug 11, 2014

Exhausted. There really was no other word for how I felt, and it was only November. Somehow, the dreary February feeling that every teacher dreads had arrived several months early. With twenty-five weekly class periods of teaching and my duties as head of the rhetoric school, bookended by “morning duty” and afternoon meetings, I was exhausted. Like Bilbo, I felt like butter spread over too much bread. 

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Christine Perrin Aug 11, 2014

Someone recently asked me what it means to read poetry classically.  As I’ve been mulling over this question, I’ve been reading Andrew Louth’s book Discerning the Mystery which explores the legacy of the Enlightenment, in particular its definition of truth, and the legitimacy of the humanities’ unique way of apprehending it. It raises questions such as:  what can we know about what we are reading?  what establishes its authority?

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