A Contemplation of Worlds

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The 2022 CiRCE National Conference 

July 13-16 | Charleston, SC


Why This Theme?

In Genesis 1 God creates the world and calls it good. In John 3, we learn that God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son.

Yet in John 1 we are admonished, “Love not the world,” and in Romans, “Do not be conformed to the World.”

It would seem the Bible presents two very different things that we give the name “Worlds.” Greek gives two main words for the world: Cosmos and Aion. In Latin, these are Mundus and Saecula.

What, then, is the World? Or rather, what are the Worlds and how should we live in and relate to them? Does the Christian Classical tradition offer insight on this question? Does it help us live wisely in this present World? We think so. Come contemplate worlds with us!

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Refunds and Cancelations

Cancellations and refund requests must be made by email to matthew@circeinstitute.org. Refund requests received between January 1st and April 1st, 2022 will receive a 50-percent refund, minus the cancellation fee. No refunds will be granted after May 1st unless your seat can be replaced by someone on the waiting list, in which case we will refund 50% of the registration.  Please note that seats pre-ordered at the 2021 conference do NOT qualify for refunds. Please allow 30 days for a refund to be processed, to allow us to find someone on the waitlist to take the seat.

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The Francis Marion Hotel

Address:  387 King St, Charleston, SC 29403

The historic Francis Marion Hotel, named for the Revolutionary War hero Francis Marion, the “Swamp Fox,” has a long tradition of gracious service, elegant accommodations, and hosting splendid banquets and events dating back to its opening in 1924. Built by local investors at a cost of $1.5 million from plans by noted New York architect W.L. Stoddard, the Francis Marion was the largest and grandest hotel in the Carolinas. The 1920s was the Golden Age of railroads, radio and grand hotels, and the Charleston Renaissance was in full bloom and the Francis Marion Hotel was “the place to be”.

Meticulously restored in 1996 with a $12 million National Trust for Historic Preservation award winning restoration, the Francis Marion Hotel now combines 1920’s style and grace with 21st Century comfort and convenience in the heart of historic Charleston on Marion Square. Rising 12 stories, many of the Hotel’s 235 guestrooms and suites offer spectacular views of Charleston’s historic harbor, church steeples and legendary King Street. The Francis Marion Hotel, with its central downtown location, is an easy walk to the antebellum homes, magnificent gardens, antique shops and boutiques, and world-class restaurants.


Details, including session titles, are forthcoming. These times may be subject to change.

Wednesday, July 13

9 am - 4 pm: Pre-conference. With Andrew Kern and Matthew Bianco.

7 - 9 pm: Conference Registration & Welcome Reception 

Thursday, July 14

8:30 am: Plenary A 

10:00 am: Plenary B

11:45 am: Breakout Session A

12:45 pm: Lunch

2:15 pm: Breakout Session B

3:45 pm: Panel Discussion 

Friday, July 15

8:30 am: Plenary Session C

10:15 am: Plenary Session D

12:00 pm: Breakout Session C

1:00 pm: Lunch

2:30 pm: Breakout Session D

4:00 pm: Breakout Session E

7:00 pm: 2020 Paideia Prize Banquet

Saturday, July 16

8:30 am: Plenary Session E

10:00 am: Q&A Panel

11:30 am: Plenary Session F

12:30 pm: Closing Remarks (Andrew Kern)