The Literary Conservative

Timothy Bartel

Presented at the 2017 National Conference in Austin, TX. Using the writings of T.S. Eliot and Geoffrey Hill on memory and tradition, this lecture argues for the importance of preserving both the great texts and poetic forms of the past in order to save the literary and educational enterprise of... Read More

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Nostalgia: Your Own Personal Old Testament

Joshua Gibbs

Presented at the 2017 National Conference in Austin, TX. The former days were better than these. Things used to be good, but they are not good any longer. In Ecclesiastes, Solomon does not forbid us from declaring the former days were better. Rather, Solomon forbids us to inquire why the former... Read More

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A Morning Time Immersion

Cindy Rollins

Presented at the 2017 National Conference in Austin, TX.

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Flannery O'Connor: A Writer for Our God-Forgetting Time

Ralph Wood

Presented at the 2017 National Conference in Austin, TX. Why do many Christians fail to see anything redemptive in O'Connor's violent and grotesque stories? Our aim is to see they are comic in the Christian sense of the word, most especially in "The River," a story that many people find appalling... Read More

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Math, Mimesis, and Memory: The Blessings of Collective Memory in the Mathematics Classroom

Amanda Butler

Presented at the 2017 National Conference in Austin, TX. In most classrooms, students arrive with diverse math backgrounds and varied working knowledge of mathematical concepts. How does a teacher not only overcome this apparent obstacle but celebrate it so that all students experience... Read More

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Building Character Through Musical Memory

Dr. Carol Reynolds

Presented at the 2017 National Conference in Austin, TX. Despite seeming simplicity, childhood tunes form the foundation for our aural ability and musical memory as adults. They also instill and imprint critical tenets of virtue, perseverance, and spiritual courage.

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Memory and Chivalry: Lessons from Sir Gawain

Brian Phillips

Presented at the 2017 National Conference in Austin, TX. Sir Gawain, one of the noblest knights of King Arthur's Round Table, bravely rose to face the Green Knight's challenge. In doing so, his word, his courage, and his loyalty were all tested. More than that, Sir Gawain faced a test of memory.... Read More

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The Persistence of Memory: Why the Past Won't Die

Greg Wilbur

Presented at the 2017 National Conference in Austin, TX. As philosophy becomes more detached from biblical truth, the arts have sought to embody alternative world views. Ironically, the very attempts to distance themselves from biblical roots almost always necessarily uses the collateral of... Read More

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Inconsolable Secrets: Great Books and the Risk of Remembering

Adam Andrews

Presented at the 2017 National Conference in Austin, TX. In his 1949 essay "The Weight of Glory," C.S. Lewis described the human heart as constantly longing for beauty and constantly seeking it in the intellectual and artistic glories of a cultural tradition. "But all this is a cheat," he warned... Read More

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Why, What, and How Poetry Remembers

Christine Perrin

Presented at the 2017 National Conference in Austin, TX. I have finally stumbled upon an unambiguously good use for my iPhone (which has caused me no little amount of existential doubt and distress): on it I have a short personal catalogue of poems recorded by my voice. At least twice a week, I... Read More

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