A Contemplation of Worlds

The 2022 CiRCE National Conference 

July 13-16 | Charleston, SC

The Conference has sold out. There will be cancelations throughout the year, so please join our waiting list. We also have added the option of attending virtually!

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Virtual Attendance Registration!

For the first time we are now offering the opportunity to register for a portion of the national conference in an all-virtual format, produced by Roman Roads Press! Registrants will be able to listen to 14 sessions over three days, beginning the morning of Thursday, July 14, and concluding around lunch time on Saturday, July 16. Along with access to theses sessions, registrants to the online offering will also receive recordings of these talks at no extra cost.


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!

Didn't manage to get a seat? Join the waitlist! There will be cancelations throughout the year.

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Refunds and Cancelations

Cancellations and refund requests must be made by email to [email protected]. 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.

Due to the Length of the Waiting List, We Do Not Permit the Sale or Transfer of Tickets. We Apologize for Any Inconvenience.

The 2022 Paideia Prize Winner: Gregory Wilbur

Gregory Wilbur is founder and president of New College Franklin—a Christian college that concentrates on the classics and the seven liberal arts with a discussion-based approach and spiritual formation. In addition to teaching and developing curriculum, his current academic focus is advancing the disciplines of the Quadrivium by bringing together leading voices in its renewal. He has contributed to eight books, numerous publications and websites, and is the author of Glory and Honor: The Music and Artistic Legacy of Johann Sebastian Bach.

He earned his Masters in Music Composition at the University of Alabama. As an award-winning musician, he has released seven albums of his compositions of congregational psalms, hymns and service music as well as a theatrical musical and film scores, and his hymns can be found in more than ten hymnals. Having taught for almost thirty years, he is a frequent speaker on music, the Quadrivium, arts, liturgy, and worship and serves as Chief Musician and liturgist at Cornerstone Presbyterian Church in Franklin, TN.

He, his wife, Sophia, and daughter, Eleanor, enjoy reading, cooking, taking walks and enjoying life in middle Tennessee.


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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, Dr. Matthew Bianco, Heidi White, and Katerina Kern. 

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)

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