Phoenix

3+ days / 30+ speakers
45+ lectures, seminars, and workshops
National Symposium for Classical Education

Phoenix Convention Center
March 23–25, 2022
Conference

Agenda

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 attendees will, for example, read and discuss a musical score, recreate a dramatic scene, look at and discuss a painting, and read poetry aloud.

There will also be student ensembles, professional performances, and displays of the art created by students from K-12 classical schools.
DAY 1

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23


4:30 PM

Registration Begins


6:30 PM

Opening Keynote—Frederick Turner: “Why Beauty Matters”


7:45 PM

Reception

A time to network and meet our sponsors, speakers, and other colleagues in K-12 education while listening to live music and enjoying wine and cheese. Will conclude by 9:30 PM.

DAY 2

THURSDAY, MARCH 24


8:00 AM

Welcome

Featuring a musical ensemble group from Great Hearts Archway Chandler

8:30 AM

Keynote—Anika Prather: “Peace and Unity at the Watering Hole of Classics”


9:30 AM

Workshops and Lectures

Participants will attend a lecture or workshop of their choice.

Lectures

• Juliette Aristides (Gage Academy of Fine Art), “The Transformative Power of Art”

• Nick Hutchison (Shakespeare’s Globe/Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts), “Shakespeare: Page to Stage (and on to Class)”

• James Matthew Wilson (University of Saint Thomas Houston), “Poetic Meter as Habituation to Metaphysics”

• Peter Quigley (University of Hawaii), “The Great Refusal vs. the Urgent Need: Understanding the 100 Year War Against Beauty”

Workshops

• David Rothman (Independent Poet and Scholar), “Learning the Secrets of English Verse: The Ballad”

• Mary Frances Loughran (Cana Academy), “Leading Your Students to See, Understand, and Enjoy a Work of Art”

• Timothy Dusenbury (Trinity Schools), “Music Through Composition: An Active Approach to Music Theory”

• Leigh Ann Garner (St. Olaf College), “Kodály-Inspired Pedagogy for Elementary Grades”

• Stefan Novinski (University of Dallas), “Staging the Medieval Spectacle”

• David Loar (Charleston Stage Company), “Physicalizing Shakespeare with Powerful Intentions: An Acting Workshop for Teachers”

11:00 AM

Seminars

• “Singing Schubert’s Song, Goethe’s Poem”: musical scores

• “The Play’s the Thing”: staged scenes

• “Conceptualizing Objects in Visual Art”: select paintings

• “Rendering the Proper Prosody”: select poems

12:00 PM

Lunch


1:00 PM

Lectures and Workshops


Lectures

• Mark Bauerlein (Emory College/First Things), “Yes! The Arts Have Standards—Very High Ones”

• Leigh Ann Garner (St. Olaf College), “Kodály-Inspired Pedagogy for Elementary Grades”

• Stefan Novinski (University of Dallas), “Educating the Body: a Modest Proposal (and a practical guide) on the Importance of Theater for Classical Education”

• David Rothman (Independent Scholar and Poet), “Learning the Secrets of English Verse: Curriculum and Pedagogy”

• James Hankins (Harvard University), “Leon Battista Alberti on Why Artists Need a Classical Education”

• Patrick Wolf (University of Arkansas), “A Tale of Two Classical Schools: The Founding of Anthem Classical Academy and Ozark Catholic Academy with a Focus on the Appreciation of Beauty”

Workshops

• Nick Hutchison (Shakespeare’s Globe/Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts), “Words, Words, Words: Shakespeare’s Advice to the Players (and Teachers)”

• David Loar (Charleston Stage Company), “Bringing Shakespeare to 3-D Life: An Acting Workshop for Teachers”

• Timothy Dusenbury (Trinity Schools), “From Quarrel to Choral: Rehearsal Techniques for Untrained Singers”

• Ambre Emory Maier (BalletMet), “Movement in the Classic Education Classroom”

• Andrew Zwerneman (Cana Academy), “The Confidence of Culture”

• Juliette Aristides (Gage Academy of Fine Art)

• David Conte (San Francisco Conservatory of Music)

• Christine Perrin (Messiah College)

2:30 PM

Special Session: Making the Arts Integral to the School—with Style!


3:30 PM

Networking


4:00 PM

Professional Performance


DAY 3

FRIDAY, MARCH 25


8:00 AM

Welcome


8:30 AM

Keynote—Carol Reynolds, “Prima Le Parole, Dopo La Musica (First the Words, Then the Music)”


9:30 AM

Workshops and Lectures

Participants will attend a lecture or workshop of their choice.

Lectures

• Christopher Pallatino (Cairn University), “Dadaism, Futurism, and the Bauhaus: The Legacy of the Artist and the Great War”

• Ambre Emory Maier (BalletMet), “Les Ballets Russe: Socio-political Dance in the Russo-Parisian Spaces”

• Barnaby Fitzgerald (Southern Methodist University), “The Emperor and the Painter”

Workshops

• David Loar (Charleston Stage Company), “Physicalizing Shakespeare with Powerful Intentions: An Acting Workshop for Teachers”

• Nick Hutchison (Shakespeare’s Globe/Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts), “I Will Go By Thy Direction”

• James Matthew Wilson (University of Saint Thomas Houston), “‘Art Never Improves: Poetic Rhythm and the Capaciousness of Form’”

• Karen Bohlin, “The Schooling of Desire: Lessons from the Masters”

• Mary Frances Loughran (Cana Academy), “Leading Your Students to See, Understand, and Enjoy a Work of Art”

11:00 AM

Seminars

• “Beholding Bach”: musical scores

• “The Play’s the Thing”: staged scenes

• “Conceptualizing Objects in Visual Art”: select paintings

• “Rendering the Proper Prosody”: select poems

12:00 PM

Lunch


1:00 PM

Lectures and Workshops


Lectures

• Matthew Post (University of Dallas), “Music and Morality”

• Albert Cheng (University of Arkansas), “Social Science Does Poetry: The Effects of Poetry on Attentiveness, Curiosity, and Affinity in a Science Class”

• Fred Putnam (Eastern University), “And the Star in the Wind is a Word“

• David Mason (The Colorado College), “Performance as Pedagogy”

Workshops

• Stefan Novinski (University of Dallas), “Exploring Shakespeare’s Characters Through Status Exercises”

• David Rothman (Independent Poet and Scholar), “Learning the Secrets of English Verse: Anglo-Saxon Strong-Stress Alliterative Meter”

• Andrew Zwerneman (Cana Academy), “Leading Students in the Study of Poetry”

• David Loar (Charleston Stage Company), “Bringing Shakespeare to 3-D Life: An Acting Workshop for Teachers”

• James Matthew Wilson (University of Saint Thomas Houston), “Teaching the Practice of Verse through its History”

2:30 PM

Special Session: Integration Across the Arts—a Panel Discussion Among Artists


3:30 PM

Networking


4:00 PM

Professional Performance

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