1st Annual Luddy Classical Schools Conference has ended
Friday, October 7

8:00am EDT

Friday October 7, 2016 8:00am - 8:15am EDT
Lobby Thales Academy-Rolesville

8:15am EDT

Welcome and Logistics
Friday October 7, 2016 8:15am - 8:20am EDT
Gym Thales Academy Rolesville

8:20am EDT

Humanities Education in a Globalized World and Our Modern Prejudices

This presentation argues that classical education is often misunderstood due to a number of modern prejudices which distort the original concept. These distortions include the general neglect of several large spheres: the natural sciences, religion, and other cultures (beyond the Greco-Roman heritage). The paper attempts to correct these misunderstandings in order to present a model for classical education that is truly “classical.” At the end it is argued that this revised model can help us to make a stronger case for the relevance of classical education in the context of a globalized world.

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Jon Stewart

Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Jon Stewart was Associate Professor at the Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He is currently at Harvard University at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. In 2007 he was elected as a member of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences... Read More →

Friday October 7, 2016 8:20am - 9:05am EDT
Gym Thales Academy Rolesville

9:10am EDT

Character Formation in the Digital Age

This presentation will explore one of the central challenges for any classical school today, namely what it means to educate "digital natives,” those who did not reach maturity prior to the explosion of the internet and social media. What are the key obstacles to cultivating in our young people the intellectual and moral virtues and ultimately helping them become mature, integrated persons? For diagnostic purposes, John Henry will draw on both classical and modern thinkers, especially the Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard, whose exploration of the moral hazard to the individual posed by the “crowd” sheds light on the effects of social media, especially on teens in the crucial formative years. John Henry will argue that the intellectual formation fostered by the classical trivium and quadrivium is today more important than ever because it provides young people the ability to navigate a world shaped by massive amounts of information and by the social internet. Finally, John Henry will sample some striking passages in modern personalist thinkers like John Henry Newman and Dietrich von Hildebrand to show how the intellectual virtues fostered by classical education are not extraneous to but crucial for the growth of character.

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John Henry Crosby

President & Founder, The Hildebrand Project
John Henry Crosby is a translator, writer, critic, and cultural entrepreneur.  Late in 2003, searching for a life’s work that could integrate the quest for truth, the existential need for beauty, and the service of a great good, and beginning to despair of ever finding such a... Read More →

Friday October 7, 2016 9:10am - 9:55am EDT
Gym Thales Academy Rolesville

9:55am EDT

Break & Refreshments
Friday October 7, 2016 9:55am - 10:15am EDT
Mezzanine Thales Academy-Rolesville

10:15am EDT

The Classical Curriculum

Somewhere in the last few centuries, the school curriculum abandoned the quest for wisdom to pursue power, an infidelity that has been embodied in both curriculum (from arts to subjects) and pedagogies (from teacher to text book). This workshop takes a brief look at the Sirens and Cyclopes who seem to have distracted us and some of the consequences, but mostly it aims to show how a return to the journey home through the ancient Liberal Arts cultivates harmony, even in ages of discord and fragmentation.

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Andrew Kern

President & Founder, The CiRCE Institute
Andrew Kern is founder and president of the CiRCE Institute, co-author of The Lost Tools of Writing, and co-author of the best-selling book Classical Education: The Movement Sweeping America, which he wrote with Dr. Gene Edward Veith. Since establishing CiRCE as a research and consulting... Read More →

Friday October 7, 2016 10:15am - 11:00am EDT
Gym Thales Academy Rolesville

11:05am EDT

Speaker Panel Discussion Q&A
Friday October 7, 2016 11:05am - 11:20am EDT
Gym Thales Academy Rolesville

11:20am EDT

Break & Refreshments
Friday October 7, 2016 11:20am - 11:30am EDT
Mezzanine Thales Academy-Rolesville

11:30am EDT

Despoiling the Romans: What HS Latin Students can Learn from Classical Education

Augustine is famous for his doctrine of Despoiling the Egyptians – saying "Whatever has been said rightly by the pagan, we must appropriate to our own use." This motto in many ways is the spirit of my talk- that by understanding how classical pedagogy worked and by using its many features, the 21st-century student can sharpen his/her mind and despoil the classical authors of whatever is good, true, and beautiful.

First, we will look at how grammar and rhetoric were taught in the classical and late classical age (100 B.C. - 400 A.D.). Second, we will note the age’s pedagogical focus – training of the ear, tongue, and memory as the student’s principal tools. Lastly, we will discuss how the 21st-century Latin teacher can equip his/her students to learn like the Romans and so greater inherit the goods of a classical education.

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Charles McCants

Instructor in Humanities, St. Thomas More Academy
I am Instructor in Humanities at St. Thomas More Academy in Raleigh, NC, where I teach History and Latin, as well as various theology electives (2013-present). I previously taught Latin (9-12th grades) at Needham B. Broughton High School in the Wake County Public School System... Read More →

Friday October 7, 2016 11:30am - 12:15pm EDT
Room 115

11:30am EDT

Engagement and Comprehension through Kinesthetic Reading
Learn how to add a spin to traditional choral reading techniques. By adding movement and integrating technology, students embody texts. The result is increased engagement and a deeper understanding of text structure and connotative meaning.

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Michelle Hicks

Literature/Trivium Teacher, Thales Acadmey

Friday October 7, 2016 11:30am - 12:15pm EDT
Room 131

11:30am EDT

Growing Good People Through Good Books: Developing Empathy, Tolerance, and Dreams Through the Thales Academy Literature Curriculum.
As we find ourselves in the midst of the technology driven Modern Age and as more and more schools are under pressure to develop competitive STEM programs for the emerging job markets of tomorrow, we must ask ourselves, where do we “fit” the more human studies of Literature and Writing into this blueprint for the future? How do we defend the relevance of Literature? This presentation is for instructors who wonder how they might both better understand as well as articulate the importance of Literature, classic texts, and the output of creative writing to both current and prospective parents as well as the student body whom we teach. Teachers who attend the presentation will be introduced to sound academic principles and approaches to developing non-cognitive skills amongst our student body. Additionally, attending teachers will hopefully leave the presentation with the ability to develop their own impassioned mission statement correlating the study of Literature to cultivating character in our students, which they can then relate to any skeptical audience. STEM may be able to build our future, but Literature can save it.

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Jeremy Hartzell

Humanities Teacher, Thales Academy
Jeremy Hartzell teaches literature, history, and logic at Thales Academy High in Rolesville, NC. He earned a BA in English from Eastern Illinois University and an MA in English with a concentration in Creative Writing from East Carolina University. As a member of the Wake County Cohort... Read More →

Friday October 7, 2016 11:30am - 12:15pm EDT
Room 108

11:30am EDT

History and Moral Knowledge

This talk considers the relationship between a few modern ethical theories and the ancient question of how one should live. I want to explore the suggestion (advanced by Bernard Williams and others) that because these theories (and theories generally) are unsatisfying vis a vis this question we would do well to look to alternative resources in our attempts to answer it, perhaps in a special way to the rich narratives of history, to Aristotle's "completed lives." 

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Wesley Kirkpatrick

Dean of Studies, St. Thomas More Academy
Dr. Wesley Kirkpatrick leads St. Thomas More Academy’s academic and college placement programs and teaches courses in the core humanities. He studied at Notre Dame, where his mentor was the philosopher Alvin Plantinga. Since coming to STMA Dr. Kirkpatrick has received awards from... Read More →

Friday October 7, 2016 11:30am - 12:15pm EDT
Room 119

11:30am EDT

Moral Formation in a Mediated and Buffered Culture

Understanding the character of young people and how they learn is not a matter of having a good theory about “youth education” but of actually knowing young people as particulars, not simply as an age group, and being attentive to, and reflective about, the culture in which they are immersed. It is a commonplace to lament the toxicity of the culture, but it may be that we are still failing to appreciate the profound transformative effect it has, especially on young people. As Pope Benedict noted in his 2011 address to Carthusian monks at St. Bruno monastery, we are witnessing an “anthropological mutation” in the younger generations resulting from, among other things, their near constant immersion in mediating technology. This presentation will address the nature of this mutation and the significance it has for us as teachers thinking about moral formation.

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Jake Noland

Supervising Instructor, St. Thomas More Academy
Before joining STMA in 2013 I taught at the University of Richmond, VCU and Texas A&M University. I hold a BA in Philosophy from UVA, an MPSA and PhD in Philosophy from Texas A&M and an MBA from the University of Richmond.

Friday October 7, 2016 11:30am - 12:15pm EDT
Room 118

11:30am EDT

Poetry in the 21st Century: Classical Foundations in a Modern Application
In this discussion, teachers will learn how poetry can be used to develop non-cognitive and analytical skills, improve communication, and inspire personal and academic reflection among students. Teachers will come away with a clear understanding of how to implement poetry into their classrooms in a meaningful way that encourages 21st century learning.

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Hagen Donahue

Humanities Teacher, Thales Academy
Hagen Donahue is a native of the Raleigh area, and she graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in Secondary English education. She is currently teaching humanities courses at the junior high and high school level at Thales Academy. Hagen Donahue’s teaching philosophy... Read More →

Friday October 7, 2016 11:30am - 12:15pm EDT
Room 110

11:30am EDT

Socratic Seminar: Recovering the Best of Oral Learning for a Literate World
This presentation will explore the intellectual contributions of Walter Ong and Marshall McCluhan to orality theory, and will argue that Socratic Seminar allows us to recover the communal learning approach while retaining the increased complexity created by the shift from oral learning to literate.

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Josh Herring

Humanities Instructor, Thales Academy Rolesville
Joshua Herring was born in Alabama, and raised in Tennessee and Virginia. His father has been in the Southern Baptist ministry for over thirty years, and his mother homeschooled him and then taught at Stonebridge School. He attended Hillsdale College in Michigan, majoring in history... Read More →

Friday October 7, 2016 11:30am - 12:15pm EDT
Room 124

11:30am EDT

Socratic Seminars & Apple iBooks: Goals, Practices, & Resources for Leading Effective Socratic Seminars
A Socratic Seminar is a pedagogical tool, whereby students closely read a text and discuss its points in a group setting. In a successful Socratic Seminar, students understand the main ideas of a text in a significantly deeper way while learning how to discuss great ideas with courtesy and civility with their peers. This presentation will focus on the goals, strategies, and the resources necessary to implement Socratic Seminars effectively on a regular basis in our classrooms. As the goal of Classical education is to teach students how to think, and not what to think, Socratic Seminars offer one of the strongest and most effective tools to build critical thinking skills. Students read through a great text, whether it is from the Bible, Plato, Thucydides, or Tocqueville, and then have the opportunity to interact with those ideas and the authors that have shaped the course of Western thought. Socratic Seminars become all the more important to implement regularly in the classroom, given that these lesson plans have immense potential to influence both the character and the intellect of our students.

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Winston Brady

Curriculum Adviser, Thales Academy
I have been teaching at Thales Academy since 2011, including the full round of Humanities course, Trivium, Latin, History and English. I just finished my Master in Divinity at Southeastern, am very happily married to Rachel Brady, and have a newborn baby son crawling around at home... Read More →

Friday October 7, 2016 11:30am - 12:15pm EDT
Room 111
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