The Commons Podcast - New Episodes!

Jun 12, 2020

The Commons Podcast is back, and this new season brings you lots of great interviews and conversations on school life and leadership! Here are some snapshots of what you can expect:

Classical Educators & the Church: An Interview with Dana Gage
Classical educator and pastor’s wife Dana Gage joined me to talk about how classical education and church life intersect. Gage tells her story of what it’s like to serve as both a teacher and pastor’s wife in NYC, and further discusses her article “Neglecting the House of God?” (Read it HERE)

A Spirit of Inquiry: An Interview with Dr. Pano Kanelos
In this episode, I had the privilege to interview Dr. Pano Kanelos (President of St. John’s College in Annapolis), discussing life at St. John’s, classical education at the college level, and the spirit of inquiry.

Understanding Hollywood’s “War” on the Family with Matt Bianco
Matt Bianco and I discuss how parents are portrayed by film and the media. There are frequent concerns about the apparent “war on the family,” so we dive into the subject. Are harsh parental portrayals intentionally destructive, or are those portrayals rooted in something else entirely?

The Problem of Quiet Classrooms: Technology & Isolation
In this short commentary, I reflected a bit on changes in classroom culture and the role technology has played in those changes. The days of walking into a high school or college classroom and asking students to quiet down seem long gone… 

Loving the Natural Sciences: An Interview with Dr. Gordon Wilson
Dr. Gordon Wilson (Senior Fellow of Natural History at New St. Andrews College) joined me to talk about his recent works: A Different Shade of Green: A Biblical Approach to Environmentalism & the Dominion Mandate and The Riot & the Dance (which includes a biology text and two stunning feature-length documentary films). Don’t miss it!

Dealing with Difficult People with Matt Bianco
Matt Bianco and I address conflict and difficult people. We will all face those circumstances, so we must learn to deal wisely with both.

I hope you enjoy listening to these episodes as much as I enjoyed recording them. As always, thanks for tuning in!

Brian  Phillips

Brian Phillips

Dr. Brian Phillips is the Director of CiRCE Consulting & the Headmaster of the CiRCE Academy.  He also serves as a pastor in Concord, NC, where he lives with his wife and their four children.

The opinions and arguments of our contributing writers do not necessarily reflect those of the Institute or its leadership.

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