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 22, and concluding around lunch time on Saturday, July 24. Along with access to theses sessions, registrants to the online offering will also receive recordings of these talks at no extra cost.


Anthony Esolen: Recipient of the 2020 Russell Kirk Paideia Prize

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. Restful Teaching with Andrew Kern and Matthew Bianco.

7 - 9 pm: Conference Registration & Welcome Reception 

Thursday, July 22

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 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)


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.

Will recordings of the sessions be available after the conference?
Absolutely. Nearly all of the sessions will be available to purchase as downloadable mp3s 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 24th.

What is the cancellation policy? 
Refund requests received by January 1st, 2020 will be honored in full, minus a $20 cancellation fee per person. Cancellations received between Janaury 1st and April 1st, 2020 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 2019 conference do NOT qualify for refunds. Cancellations and refund requests must be made by email:

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 21st with a welcome reception and meet-and-greet. Food is provided. The sessions begin Thursday morning, July 22th, at 8:30 am.

Do you allow the transfer of tickets?
Due to the length of our wait-list we do not allow the transfer of tickes, except under extreme circumstances. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions about this policy please email us at david (at)