One of the great wonders of the modern age is its public, loud-mouthed opposition to form, and its private, apparently unconscious reverence for it. We've made a form of informality.
Nobody wonders practically whether form is useful or beneficial. Without form, there is nothing but chaos. Thought without form, if it exists at all, is incomprehensible. Music is probably the most beloved and the most formal of all the arts. Harmony, the soul of beauty, is impossible without form.
The Bible reveals a God who saw a world "without form" who proceeded to create forms in time and space, who "being in the form of God" took "the form of a bond servant." He forms us in the womb, and He is being formed in us through the Gospel. The cosmos is a cosmos precisely because it is one great form filled with content.
Consider: Language is formal. The arts are formal. Sports are formal. Love is formal.
To think about anything is to think about form and to think about form is to think about everything.
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Please note: Space is still available for the pre-conference.
Refunds and Cancellation
Refund requests received by January 1st, 2019 will be honored in full, minus a $20 cancellation fee per person. Cancellations received between Janaury 1st and April 1st, 2019 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 2018 conference do NOT qualify for refunds under any circumstance.
Please allow 45 days for a refund to be processed, to allow us to find someone on the wait list to take the seat.
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9:30 am - 4:00 pm: Pre-conference
7:00 pm - 9:00 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: Karen Swallow Prior
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 Prize Banquet
8:30 am - 9:45 am - Keynote 5: Joshua Gibbs
10:00 am - 11:10 am - Keynote 6: David Hicks
11:30 am - 12:30 pm - Panel
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm - Closing Thoughts by Andrew Kern