Beauty will Save the Child: How the Christian Classical Tradition Satisfies the Needs of the “Whole Child” 

Date: March 4 & 5, 2022 / Lunch provided both days

Hosted by Naperville Christian Academy, Naperville, IL

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Fyodor Dostoevsky famously argued that “beauty will save the world.” What does it mean, then, for your child?

Lately, educators commonly express a desire to teach the “whole child.” However, ask your typical professor or teacher what this means, and they often express uncertainty regarding even the nature of children, much less how they can teach the “whole child”.

Not the Christian classical tradition! In this CiRCE regional conference we take Dostoevsky's glorious assertion so seriously that we try to understand the beauty the child’s soul requires, the true nature of the child, and the subsequent manner in which he or she should be taught. If Dostoevsky is correct and beauty will save the world, it will do so by first saving the child.

Which aspects of your child do you want to see redeemed? (That’s a trick question!). Come join us as we contemplate the bold claim that beauty will save the child.

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Lunch provided both days


9:00am - 10:30am Opening Remarks and Plenary A 

11am - 12pm Plenary B

12pm - 1:30pm Lunch (provided)

1:30pm - 2:30pm Breakout A

3pm - 4pm Breakout B

4:30pm - 5:15 Panel A


9:00am - 10:30am Opening and Plenary C

11am - 12pm Breakout C 

12pm - 1:30pm Lunch (provided)

1:30pm - 2:30pm Breakout D

3pm - 4pm Plenary D

4:30pm Panel B

Conference Talks

Andrew Kern - Plenary I - Beauty Will Save the Child

Dr. Agnes Howard - Plenary II - Using What You Have: Finding Beauty (and Not) in History

Debbie Harris - Plenary III - Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread: Finding Nourishment in Unexpected Places

Dr. Matthew Bianco - Plenary IV - The Precedence of Beauty

Andrew Kern - Seminar 1 - How Beauty Will Save the Child

Jason Barney - Seminar 2 -  Capturing Hearts through the Beauty of Artistry

Jason Barney - Seminar 3 -  Capturing Hearts through the Beauty of Narration

Dr. Matthew Bianco - Seminar 4 -  Silence is Beautiful

Andrea Lipinski - Seminar 5 -  Beauty in the Daily

Andrea Lipinski - Seminar 6 -  Beauty in the Teacher

Katerina Kern - Seminar 7 -  The Moon and the Missing Mother: Images of the Mother in Fairy Tales

Katerina Kern - Seminar 8 -  Artefacts of Beauty in Medieval Europe

Molly Rychener - Seminar 9 -  Enchantment for the Ages

Debbie Harris - Seminar 10 - A Foreigner in a Strange Land: Bringing Classical Education to Under-Resourced Youth in the Urban Context

Dr. Adam Mearse - Seminar 11 -  Old Books Will Save the Child - Maybe the Neighbors Too!