Classroom Practices for Cultivating Virtue

Jenny Rallens

Imitation teaches us more than subjects and skills; our behaviors, dispositions, and affections are also formed primarily by imitation. We can’t just hold up Augustine’s faith, Bach’s counterpoint, or Christ’s life and expect students to imitate them. The student’s disposition toward learning... Read More

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From Copywork to Composition: Learning Writing by Imitation

Andrew Pudewa

Come and contemplate the underestimated value of simple copywork, discover the power of text reconstruction, experi- ence the delight of author imitation, and learn the surprising relationship between text analysis and creativity.

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The Poetic Knowledge Panel

Multiple Authors

A Lively Conversation about WH Auden’s “Shield of Achilles”  In this annual conference feature, John Mark Reynolds, Christine Perrin, and Wes Callihan will model effective, inspiring, and insightful conversation about a great poem.  

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Hell & Education: Dante’s inferno and the Seven Liberal Arts

Dr. Brian Phillips

A brief jaunt through just the earliest cantos of Dante’s Inferno brings hordes of questions and warrants great consider- ation. On this particular jaunt, we will try to notice what Dante teaches us about education, the seven liberal arts, and the formation of souls.

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Christ & Imitation: How Christ Fulfills All

Dr. Brian Phillips

St. Matthew structured his gospel to both retell the whole Old Testament and to show that Christ, in His Person and discourses, fulfills all that God promised. This talk journeys through the Gospel of Matthew, exploring how in Christ “all things hold together,” and ending with particular... Read More

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Borrowing and Stealing: The Paradox of Finding Your Own Ideas and Voice through the Masters


Christine Perrin

This session will present case studies (a fund of particulars) in poetry that show how an artist begins with attention and homage to another artist and moves into a synthesis of his/her own voice with that of the master (a father or mother poet). This process has vast implications in terms of the... Read More

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The Temple: Model of Heaven, Model of the Soul, Model to Imitate

Andrew Kern

From Genesis 1 through Revelation 22 the Bible reveals a God who is seeking a dwelling-place. This discussion essays an overview of the purpose of the various temples in scripture and how they reveal both the Lord of Creation and His Image, who serves as a priest. Andrew will argue that our role as... Read More

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The Mimetic Self: Image of God, Temple of God


Andrew Kern

The autonomous self of the modern has given way to the role-playing self of the post-modern. But the human is called to neither autonomy nor mask-wearing. The authentic person is an image and a temple, and this matters. This workshop explores what it means and why it matters.

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A Contemplation of Imitation

Andrew Kern

In this opening talk of the conference, CiRCE President Andrew Kern will introduce the theme and set the tone for the event.

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Piety, Imitation, & Art: A Circle of Paideia

Ravi Jain

If education begins in imitation, then the primary question of our students will be, “who ought I follow?” Thus the most important lesson we can teach our young students is how to listen to the right voices, a first step towards proper piety. We must also teach them of imitation itself. How might... Read More

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