PLEASE NOTE: The 2021 CiRCE National Conference has been rescheduled for Thursday, July 22nd - Saturday, July 24th after being postponed in 2020 due to COVID-19.
The CiRCE Institute proudly announces that noted author, teacher, and translator, Dr. Anthony Esolen, is the recipient of the 2020 Russell Kirk Paideia Prize, presented annually to someone who has dedicated his or her life to the cultivation of wisdom and virtue. Past winners have included Wendell Berry, Stratford Caldecott, Eva Brann, Ralph Wood, Louise Cowan, Peter Kreeft, David Hicks, Cindy Rollins, and George Grant.
Dr. Esolen is the author of, among other books, Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child, Ironies of Faith: The Laughter at the Heart of Christian Literature, and Life Under Compulsion: Ten Ways to Destroy the Humanity of Your Child. And his translation of Dante's Divine Comedy for Modern Library Classics is a beloved contemporary classic. His writing has appeared in numerous journals and magazines, including Modern Age, First Things, Crisis, and Touchstone, for which he is a senior editor. He has taught at Furman University and Providence College, and today teaches and is writer-in-residence at Magdalen College of the Liberal Arts.
Please join us on Friday, July 18, as we celebrate the work of this dedicated preserver of the Western Tradition during the annual Russell Kirk Paideia Prize-giving banquet. Note: Registration for the conference does include a seat at this banquet.
Details, including session titles, are forthcoming. These times may be subject to change.
Wednesday, July 21
9 am - 4 pm: Pre-conference. Topic coming soon.
7 - 9 pm: Registration & welcome reception
Thursday, July 22
8:30 am: Opening Panel
10:00 am: Opening Plenary Session (Andrew Kern)
11:45 am: Breakout Session A
12:45 pm: Lunch
2:15 pm: Breakout Session B
3:45 pm: Plenary B
Friday, July 23
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 24
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)