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Nov 7, 2014

 

Welcome, once again, to our discussion of Hamlet! In this episode we discussion Act 3, Scenes 3-4: the fall out of the play-within-the-play. Enjoy! 

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P.S. Please excuse the loud performance of Gertrude by one Mr. Andrew Kern . . . 

Sep 25, 2014


Welcome, once again, to our discussion of Hamlet! In this episode we discussion Act 3, Scenes 1-2, two of the most important scenes in the play. Enjoy! 

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Sep 19, 2014

 

Welcome to our discussion of Hamlet! Here in part 3 we discuss Act 2: The Spies. 

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Sep 11, 2014

 

Welcome to our discussion of Hamlet! Here in part 2 we discuss Act 1.  We banter about Hamlet's sanity, Ophelia's purity, Polonius' manipulations, and TS Eliot's . . . wrong-ness . . .

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Sep 4, 2014

 

Welcome to our discussion of Hamlet! Over the next several weeks we'll be discussing Hamlet, one act a time, here on the Quiddity pdocast. In this eposidoe we preview our discusison and talk about first impressions of the play. 

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Jun 27, 2014

 

In this week's edition of Quiddity Andrew Kern and Tim McIntosh, our friend from Gutenberg College, discuss Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited, Earnest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises and the fractured post-World War 1 culture - and how our modern times aren't so far off from the 1920's. They reflect on what this means for teachers and parents in 2014. 

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Jun 20, 2014

In this week's edition of Quiddity, Andrew Kern and the podcast crew reflect on ways to cultivate a love of learning: what to worry about, when to be patient, and even a little bit about the role of video games. 

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Jun 6, 2014

In this week's edition of the podcast Brian Phillips, Chuck Hicks, and David Kern contemplate the important of sports - and physical activity in general - for classical educators. 

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May 30, 2014

 

In this week's edition of Quiddity we are proud to present a recent interview with Andrew Kern conducted by popular blogger and author, Sarah MacKenzie. In this conversation Andrew and Sarah discuss teaching from a state of rest - which also happens to be the subject of Sarah's new book, which you can learn more about here.  In fact, this interview is a part of the digital companion to the book. Many thanks to Sarah for letting us present this interview! 

Check out a sample of the book here and make sure you check out her blog here. 

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May 16, 2014

 

For many classical educators, whether in the home or in a more traditional school, summer can be a strange season - a sort of in-between period. Almost like a warm, green, beach-infused purgatory. On the one hand summertime means a break, on the other hand it can be terrifying because means a break in momentum. In this podcast Andrew Kern, Chuck Hicks, Brian Phillips, and David Kern discuss how to optimize the summer time. Hint: they talk a lot about letting the anxiety go. 

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May 9, 2014

In this week's edition of Quiddity, the CiRCE Podcast, we discuss our Great Books Bracket and reveal the Final Four. Then we discuss who we think will win it all. Yes, we're taking this thing very seriously. 

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Jan 31, 2014

While we thoroughly enjoy our weekly coversations here on the podcast - and the interviews that often come with them - there are far wiser folks out there who we think you should hear too. That's why from time to time we bring you a favorite lecture from one our annual conferences. In this week's edition of Quiddity, we present a lecture from the esteemed Dr. Peter Kreeft called "What Judgment Means to the Pursuit of Wisdom". This lecture was presented at the 2013 CiRCE conference in Baltimore, MD. 

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Jan 24, 2014

 

In this edition of Quiddity, we discuss the new Coen Brother's movie: the much buzzed about, Inside Llewyn Davis. We talk plot, acting, music, Wittgenstein, and much more. 

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Jan 17, 2014

 

In this week's edition of Quiddity, the podcast of the CiRCE Institute, Brian Phillips, Chuck Hicks, and David Kern introduce this year's CiRCE Magazine. We preview each of the magazine's articles and talk about the role silence plays in our lives, raising boys, and other topics the magazine brought up. 

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Jan 10, 2014

 

In this week's episode of Quiddity, the podcast of the CiRCE Institute, Andrew Kern, Graeme Pitman, Chuck Hicks, Brian Phillips, and David Kern contemplate the value of the novel, what makes a novel great, and whether character or theme is more central to a novel's success. Then we interview Greg Wolfe, director of the Seattle Pacific MFA program in creative writing and publisher of Image Journal, about Slant Books--his new literary imprint--and the novels it's published so far. 

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Question of the episode: What is your desert island (ha...) novel? 

Jan 6, 2014

 

In the first 2014 edition of Quddity, the podcast of the CiRCE Institute, Andrew Kern and Brian Phillips discuss what truly classical assessment should look like, how to assess our students in a way that treats them human beings, and much more. 

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Dec 20, 2013

In this Christmastime edition of Quiddity, the podcast of the CiRCE Institute, Brian Phillips talk to author, pastor, and educator, Dr. George Grant, about Christmas traditions in his home, his work setting up classical Christian schools in Indonesia, and much more. Then we conclude the podcast with a lively - and strange - game of Christmas-themed trivia. You won't want to miss either segment. 

And Merry Christmas from the CiRCE team! 

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Dec 13, 2013

 

In this episide of Quddity, the CiRCE podcast, Chuck Hicks, Brian Phillips, Graeme Pitman, and David Kern discuss Christmas traditions (both commemorative and celebrative), Christmas gift ideas, and why Dicken's A Christmas Carol has resonated for so long. 

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Dec 6, 2013

 

In this episode of Quiddity, the CiRCE podcast, Chuck Hicks, Brian Phillips, Graeme Pitman, and David Kern contemplate whether beauty is, as the common saying claims, in the eye of the beholder. They may or may not provide any useful conclusions, but the conversation was interesting nonethless. 

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Nov 8, 2013

 

For this week's podcast we bring you a wonderful 2013 conference talk from Memoria Press's Martin Cothran called Les Miserables vs Schreck: The Difference Between Ironic and Heroic Literature and the Difference It Makes. 

Modern literature and film have largely abandoned the heroic mode in favor of the ironic. All modern narrative seems to subvert rather than exalt. What is the heroic and how does it differ from the ironic and what are the implications of the answer to this question? Can the modern soul still be reached by a heroic story? To what extent is the ironic story a legitimate narrative form? How have Christian writers responded the modern emphasis on the ironic?

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Oct 18, 2013

 

In this episode of Quiddity, the CiRCE podcast, David Kern and Brett McCracken discuss Joss Whedon's interesting new film adaptation of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. They compare it to the famous Kenneth Branaugh/Emma Thompson version, consider the merits of setting the play in a modern context, and much more. 

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Click here to read Brett McCracken's review of the film for Christianity Today.

Oct 4, 2013

 

In this edition of Quiddity, the CiRCE podcast, Brian Phillips, Chuck Hicks, and David Kern discuss what it means to have a "life in reading". Plus we discuss fall traditions (including books we like to read this time of year) and life in the South. There's even talk of eating bear and how to pronounce "Appalachian". 

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Sep 27, 2013

 

In this week's edition of Quiddity, the CiRCE podcast, we offer this 2013 conference talk from  Dr. Christopher Perrin, the director of the Alcuin Fellowship, the co-chair of the Society for Classical Learning, and the publisher of Classical Academic Press. 

We are familiar with some traditional Latin commendations like cum laude, magna cum laude, and summa cum laude.  We are also very familiar with the grades with which we were branded (A, B, C, D and F) and the composite GPA which has also defined our humanity.  What most of us don’t know is how any of these designations emerged and to what purpose.  In this seminar, we will trace the origins and evolution of “grades” (from the middle ages to the present) and contrast modern assessment to traditional methods that were not so data-driven, nor well-acquainted with multiple-choice exams.   We will conclude with a discussion of mentorship in contrast to metrics and consider who some secular modern writers who are decrying the prevailing curriculum of “test-prep.”  We will also discuss how more traditional methods of assessment can be implemented within a system of education that demands numerically-based grades.

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Sep 20, 2013

In this edition of Quiddity, The CiRCE Podcast, we chat with Alissa Wilkinson, chief film critic at Christianity Today and professor at The King's College in New York City. Alissa shares some thoughts on helping students solve writer's block, how to cultivate good readers, and how homeschooling helped improved her writing. An prolific writer, who has an MFA from Seattle Pacific University and has worked on Wall Street in information technology, Alissa offers a unique and experienced perspective on the many challenges that accompany both writing and teaching writing. 

Alissa blogs here. 

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Sep 13, 2013

In this edition of Quiddity, the CiRCE Podcast and the audio companion to this website, Debbie Harris describes what it's like teaching classically in an inner city school, how to cultivate a love of beauty in students who rarely see anything beautiful, and why good classroom management and school culture is driven by relationship. 

Debbie Harris, a longtime speaker at our conference, graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a Bachelors Degree in Liberal Studies (with a California K-8 certification) and has spent twelve-plus years as a classroom educator, primarily in the elementary grades. She has taught at Foundations Academy in Boise, Idaho and Hope Academy, an inner city classical school, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She lives in Oakdale, Minnesota with her husband and two sons. Debbie has focused on mentoring teachers in classroom management strategies and classical techniques since 2002. Beginning in 2006, she has served as the Dean of Teaching Staff and Curriculum at Hope Academy. She works for the CiRCE Institute as a consultant in classroom management.

Click here to learn more about Hope Academy. 

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Sep 6, 2013

In this week's edition of Quiddity, the CiRCE podcast, CiRCE President Andrew Kern joins Brian Phillips and David Kern to explain his claim that, in our age, we have more than three times the necessary time to teach the seven Liberal Arts to our students. The conversation touches on the power and role of metaphor in teaching, why imitation is so important, and what an education that focuses on these Liberal Arts looks like, even in the youngest of students. 

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Aug 29, 2013
 

In this special edition of the Quiddity Podcast we bring you this 2013 conference plenary from Ken Myers, author of All God's Children and Blue Suede Shoes, and founder of Mars Hills Audio Journal. 

The making of judgments requires some sort of standard against which to make measurements. While the normal nihilism of contemporary culture is often described as being thoroughly without standards, all judgments assumed to be merely expressions of preference, very few people possess the Promethean confidence to assert their preferences requires some sort of standard against which to make measurements. While the normal nihilism of contemporary culture is often described as being thoroughlywithout standards, all judgments assumed to be merely expressions of preference, very few people possess the Promethean confidence to assert their preferences rful arbiters of quality.

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Aug 23, 2013


In this week's episode of Quiddity, the CiRCE podcast and the audio companion to this website, David Kern chats with author and culture critic Brett McCracken, whose new book Gray Matters: Navigating the Space Between Legalism and Liberty, came out earlier this month from Baker Books. They talk about why he was motivated to write this book, how to cultivate cultural discernment in young people, and why so many recent books have challenged common Chrisitian conceptions of cultural engagement. 

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Here's the video trailer for Gray Matters

Aug 16, 2013

In this week's edition of Quiddity, the CiRCE podcast and the audio companion to circeinstitute.org, David Kern chats with Cindy Rollins and Dr. Chris Perrin about starting the year off well. Topics of conversation include how to avoid biting off more than you can chew, what to do when you inevitably do, and how to keep learning from being a "School year" thing. 

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Aug 9, 2013

In this week's edition of Quiddity, the CiRCE Podcast and the audio companion to circeinstitute.org, Dr. Brian Phillips and David Kern offer a follow-up conversation to last week's discussion about teaching literature without killing it, this time a contemplation on fairy tales, the Moral Imagination, and why stories should never end with the words "and they all lived happily ever after". 

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Aug 2, 2013

In this edition of Quiddity, the audio companion to circeinstitute.org, Dr. Brian Phillips and David Kern discuss the art of teaching great literature in such a way that reckons with the fact that many students will hate the process. What is the nature and purpose of literature and how can we can teach it according to both? What role does "the spark notes" approach play and how do we deal with what Flannery O'Connor referred to as the "mystery and manners" of literature? 

We'd love to hear your thoughts. Repond in the comment section below or on Facebook or Twitter. 

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May 29, 2013

Our friend AJ Hofstter is the marketing director at Rivendell Sanctuary, a sister organization based in Minnesota that is doing some amazing things in the world of higher education. In this podcast discussion, AJ offers some advice on how to choose a college, considers what college ought to look like, and describes his own work at Rivendell. 

To learn more about Rivendell (and AJ), visit their website

May 13, 2013

Standardized tests have been in the news a lot lately. 

As the new Common Core initiatives take root, our national educational system increasingly insists and depends upon them. Yet in places like New York City, Chicago, Seattle, and others, students, parents, and teachers are responding - and the media is taking note. 

In the newest edition of our Quiddity podcast, Brian Phillips and David Kern discuss these stories and consider what it all might mean for classical educators. 

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May 1, 2013

The end of the school year can be tough, a slog. For many of us, this is the time of the year when we're faced with students who are ready for summer vacation and therefore who are, in many cases, unmotivated. In our experience, most high school seniors have had one foot out the door for months, and the rest of the kids are just tired of working hard and want to swim and sleep and watch TV. Some of them even want to just read the books they want to read! But it's also a time when we, as teachers, are tired. 

Dr. Christopher Perrin, our good friend from Classical Academic Press, is here to discuss this, to help us identify ways to engage and motivate half-interested students at the end of the school year, when the end is in sight but the time between now and then seems so far away. When Pinterest looks more interesting than that stack of papers and a nice leisurely stroll sounds better than another Latin lesson. 

Listen now. 

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Mar 5, 2013

In the April 2012 edition of Quiddity, the CiRCE Podcast, I had the really fun opportunity to interview Cindy Rollins. Cindy is a regular contributor to our website and blogs here. Cindy has more than 20 years experience as a homeschooler and therefore has a wealth of knowledge (very nearly second to none!).

In this conversation we discussed good books for children grades 7 and under, some of which are classics of which you’ve probably heard (Little House On the Prairie) and others are works with which you may not be so familiar (the works of John Buchan and Little Britches).

Cindy has some really interesting things to say about those Little House books (some bold claims) and about how to deal with questionable language in children’s literature.
So sit back – or run or drive or however you listen – and enjoy.

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