3 days / 25+ speakers
45+ lectures, seminars, and workshops
National Symposium for Classical Education

Phoenix Convention Center
March 23–25, 2022


Both days will feature scholarly lectures on the arts, with workshops in the morning and afternoon, as well as focused seminars built on the direct engagement with various art forms. Seminar participants will, for example, read and discuss a musical score, recreate a dramatic scene, look at and discuss a painting, or read poetry aloud together.

There will also be student ensembles, professional performances, and displays of the art created by students from K-12 classical schools.

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Common Readings

  • Elaine Scarry’s On Beauty and Being Just (Princeton UP, 1999)
  • Roger Scruton’s Beauty: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford UP, 2011)
  • Helen Vendler’s “The Ocean, the Bird, and the Scholar” (Jefferson Lecture 2004)
  • T. S. Eliot’s “Tradition and the Individual Talent” (1919)

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Example Lectures

  • “The Arts in America, Two Decades after the National Endowment for the Arts Report” (with the co-author of the NEA Report)
  • “Redeeming the Plastic Arts: How Greek Philosophy Encountered the Iconic Imagination”
  • “Engaging Students Through Performance: Classrooms as Rehearsal Spaces”
  • “The Relationship of Beauty and Morality: the Roles of Nature, Convention, and the Refinement of Judgment”

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Sample Seminars

  • “Beholding Bach” (musical scores)
  • “Enacting Shakespeare” (staged scenes)
  • “Investigating Impressionism” (select paintings)
  • “Rendering the Romantics” (select poems)

Symposium schedule coming soon!

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