Georgia, we're bringing our regional conference your way!
A Contemplation of Prudence – 2024 National Conference
July 17
- July 20, 2024
Francis Marion Hotel

Registration will open Oct. 2, 2023 at 12pm ET.

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

Further details coming soon, including more confirmed speakers, paideia prize winner, and schedule.

The 2024 Paideia Prize Winner:

Confirmed Speakers

Katerina Hamilton

Director of Press

John Hodges

Director, Center for Western Studies

Greg Wilbur

Michael Buck Holler

Director of Consulting

Heidi White

Jonathan Councell

Dr. Matthew Bianco


Andrew Kern

President & CEO

Andrea Lipinski

Vice President of Training and Consulting

Francis Marion Hotel

The historic Francis Marion Hotel, named for the Revolutionary War hero Francis Marion, the “Swamp Fox,” has a long tradition of gracious service, elegant accommodations, and hosting splendid banquets and events dating back to its opening in 1924. Built by local investors at a cost of $1.5 million from plans by noted New York architect W.L. Stoddard, the Francis Marion was the largest and grandest hotel in the Carolinas. The 1920s was the Golden Age of railroads, radio and grand hotels, and the Charleston Renaissance was in full bloom and the Francis Marion Hotel was “the place to be”.

Please click here to book your hotel room on our block at the discounted rate! Use code CIRCE24.

Please click here to book your hotel room on our block at the discounted rate! Use code CIRCE24.

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July 17

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July 18

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July 19

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July 20

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Frequently Asked Questions

No. The banquet registration is included in the standard conference registration.
Absolutely. Nearly all of the sessions will be available to purchase as downloadable mp3s a few weeks after the event.
Breakfast is provided Thursday, Friday, and Saturday along with lunch on Thursday and Friday, and dinner at the banquet on Friday evening. The Wednesday evening reception includes heavy hors d’oeuvres.
The conference will end at lunchtime on Saturday, July 15th.
Refund requests received by January 1st, 2024 will be honored in full, minus a $20 cancellation fee per person. Cancellations received between January 1st and April 1st, 2024 will receive a 50-percent refund, minus the cancellation fee. No refunds will be granted after May 1st unless your seat can be replaced by someone on the waiting list, in which case we will refund 50% of the registration. Please note that seats pre-ordered at the 2022 conference do NOT qualify for refunds. Cancellations and refund requests must be made by email:
A “colloquy” is a session that is designed to be discussion-based. Each colloquy is moderated by one of our speakers whose job is to kindle the conversation and maintain the session’s civility. Because of the Socratic nature of these sessions, they are limited to twelve per colloquy. There are two colloquies and 5 workshops per break-out period.
There are typically 2 plenaries each day, the Friday night banquet, the Thursday Poetic Knowledge Panel, approximately 35 total workshops, and 14 total colloquies.
The conference begins at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, July 17th with a welcome reception and meet-and-greet. Food is provided. The sessions begin Thursday morning, July 18th, at 8:30 am.
Due to the length of our waitlist, we do not allow the transfer of tickets, except under extreme circumstances. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions about this policy please email us at