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Pre-Conference: Rhetoric, Logic & Peace (with Dr. Sarah Ruden)


When: Wednesday, July 18th; 9 am - 4 pm. 

Join Dr. Sarah Ruden -- translator of the Aeneid, author of The Face of Water, and renowned cultural critic -- for an all-day contemplation of the myriad ways our curricula can cultivate sanity and decorum in public discourse. Relying on her experiences in traditional Quaker meetings, legal studies, and university classrooms, Dr. Ruden will guide this conversation about what proper classroom discourse looks like, how it can be achieved, and what that might mean for our students as they move into the culture. With a special emphasis on proper decorum, the place of formal logic, and the problem with modern discourse, this pre-conference will be a mixture of lecure and conversation, thus simultaneously contemplating and modeling the ideas being discussed. 

Breakfast and lunch included. 

Click here to claim a seat (space is limited). 


WED., JULY 18th

9:30 am - 4:00 pm: Pre-conference with Sarah Ruden

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm: Registration and Reception


8:30 am - 10:00 am - Keynote 1: Andrew Kern

10:20 am - 11:30 am - Keynote 2: John Mason Hodges

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm - Breakout Session A

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm - Lunch

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm - Breakout Session B

4:00 - 5:00 pm - Poetic Knowledge Panel (Speakers TBD)


8:30 am - 10:00 am - Keynote 3: Justin Jackson

10:20 am - 11:30 am - Keynote 4: Ken Myers

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm - Breakout Session C

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm - Lunch

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm - Breakout Session D

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm - Breakout Session E

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm - Paideia Prizie Banquet (Ralph Wood)


8:30 am - 9:45 am - Keynote 5: Sarah Ruden

10:00 am - 11:10 am - Keynote 6: Adam Andrews

11:30 am - 12:30 pm - Panel

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm - Closing Thoughts by Andrew Kern


I’ve already registered for the conference, do I need to register for the banquet also?
No. The banquet registration is included in the standard conference registration.

I can’t make the whole conference but I want to come to the Paideia Prize banquet. Can I do this?
Certainly! Click “register” next to the banquet only line on our registration page.

Will recordings of the sessions be available after the conference?
Absolutely. Nearly all of the sessions will be available to purchase as downloadable mp3s or in CD format a few weeks after the event.

Are meals included in the registration fees?
 Lunches Thursday and Friday are included, as is the Friday evening banquet. The Wednesday evening reception includes heavy hors d'oeuvres.

What time does the conference end?
The conference will end at lunch time on Saturday, July 21st, with Andrew Kern’s closing comments.

I saw the word “colloquy” on your schedule page. What does it mean?
A “colloquy” is a session that is designed to be discussion-based. Each colloquy is moderated by one of our speakers whose job is to kindle the conversation and maintain the session’s civility. Because of the Socratic nature of these sessions, they are limited to twelve per colloquy. There are two colloquies and 5 workshops per break out period.

How many sessions does the conference have?
There are typically 2 plenaries each day, the Friday night banquet, the Thursday “Great Conversation” panel (formerly the Poetic Knowledge Panel),  approximately 35 total workshops, and 14 total colloquies.

What time does the conference begin?
The conference begins at 7:00 pm on Wednesday July 14th with a welcome reception and meet-and-greet. Food is provided. The sessions begin Thursday morning, July 14th, at 8:30 am.