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Virtual Attendance of the CiRCE National Conference

July 18-20, 2024

Online Conference Viewing, in Community.

Did you want to attend the national conference but couldn’t get tickets or make the trip this year? Gather together with friends and colleagues to watch online! 

Bringing the community and fellowship of the CiRCE National Conference to local communities, the CiRCE Festa offers the best of the conference to your hometown. You don’t have to stream the conference alone (and long for the banquet, friendships, and post-talk chats) anymore!

What is CiRCE Festa?

National Conference attendees often say their favorite part of the conference is the community. At CiRCE, we thought everyone should have an opportunity to experience the conference this way, not just those in attendance. And so, the Festa was born. 

The Festa is a local gathering to watch the live stream of our National Conference. Think of it as a mini conference, where you get to set the tone and include all your conference favorites. Festa is a Latin term meaning a “feast day,” a “holiday,” and “joyous.” 

We want all attendees to experience the conference as a feast. So, for the first time, we are offering the opportunity to register a group of people to live stream the conference together. While supported by CiRCE, these groups are not hosted by CiRCE but by individuals who want to bring the conference to their own community. 

Our online attendees may now enjoy the benefits of meeting together, just like our in-person attendees!

“The streaming worked beautifully. We’re all looking forward to the recordings – we’ve already discussed wanting to go back and re-watch a few.”

 
“Everything you sent was wonderful — the notebooks, pens, and coffee!

“The sessions lifted our gaze and reminded us that there is more to education than only the academics.”

Who Should Attend?

All are invited. We hope for this to be a gathering of schoolteachers, administrators, home schooling parents, co-op leaders, and high school students who are unable to attend our National Conference in person but wish to view the streaming portion of the conference within community, in their own homes, school, co-ops, or churches 

1.Host a Festa

Register a group

2.Gather
& Watch

Gather together and watch the conference

3.Discuss
& Feast

Eat good food and have rich discussions

Groups get Goodies!

We hope each attendee feels as included as those in Charleston, so since you can’t make it to the National conference in person, we’re sending a piece of it to you! 

Festa attendees receive a 1) CiRCE branded notebook(s), 2) CiRCE stylus pen(s), and 3) digital copies of the conference program.


Each group will also receive 4) a bag(s) of freshly roasted coffee beans from our good friends at Ground Work Commons in Concord, NC, who have been generous enough to roast a unique coffee bean specifically for our groups watching online together.


In addition to these offerings, which we hope make the group experience more enjoyable, each group member will receive 5) FREE video and audio recordings of all the sessions, a $90 value.

If you choose to host a Festa, we’re here to help with the details. You will also receive a “Tips for hosting” card.

The 2024 National Conference

A Contemplation of Prudence

The 2024 CiRCE National Conference will take place in Charleston, SC, July 17-20, at the Francis Marion Hotel.

The fragmented and immature condition of our age is a cliche, a living one that plays itself out in our apparent inability to deliberate together and our evident unwillingness to exercise self-control.

One gets the impression that, whatever else we are doing, we are not educating our children well.

Classical education cuts to the heart of the matter. Because it always took the education of “the whole child” for granted, it has always taken seriously both public and private decision-making. It offers those who are willing to listen a long tradition with practices, models, and principles for the cultivation of prudence.

For our 2024 national conference, the CiRCE Institute has called classical educators to contemplate prudence. Come join us!

Speakers

(More to be added soon!)

Andrew Kern
John
Hodges
Dr. Matthew Bianco
James Matthew Wilson
Angel Adams Parham
Ken Myers
Ken
Myers
Laura Berquist
Joshua Gibbs
Heidi White
Heidi White
Wes Callihan
Wes Callihan
Greg
Wilbur
Christopher Perrin
Dr. Eliot Grasso

Schedule

All Schedule Times in EST.

JULY 18
THURSDAY

8:30 – 9:45am – Plenary I – Andrew Kern
10:15 – 11:30am – Pillar I – John Hodges
12:00 – 1:00pm – Breakout Session A – Heidi White –

2:30 – 3:30pm – Breakout Session B – Christopher Perrin –

4:00 – 5:00pm – Poetic Knowledge Panel
5:30pm – State Of Circe – Andrew Kern

JULY 19
FRIDAY

8:30 – 9:45am – Plenary II – Ken Myers
10:15 – 11:30am – Pillar II – Laura Berquist – Classical Education in the Light of Prudence
12:00 – 1:00pm – Breakout Session C – Dr. Matthew Bianco –

2:30 – 3:30pm – Breakout Session D – Joshua Gibbs – Sorry, There Is No “Rhetoric Stage”

4:00 – 5:00pm – Breakout Session E – James Matthew Wilson – What Makes a Poem a Poem?

JULY 20
SATURDAY

9:00 – 10:00am – Plenary III – Wes Callihan – The Ancient Art of Memory and the Cultivation of Prudence
10:30 – 11:30am – Plenary IV – Musical Performance
12:00 – 1:15pm – Q&A Panel and Closing Remarks – Andrew Kern

Sign up your group (or yourself!) today.

The live-stream of the conference and the video recordings are produced by our friends at Roman Roads Press!