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From my inbox, I discovered another insightful essay by our beloved Professor Carol (Reynolds). Dr. Reynolds has generously served as an Academic Advisor of the Institute and regular participant in the annual Symposium. But, more importantly, she offers a voice of reason and modesty in a time of extreme passions and overt hubris. So, when Professor Carol speaks, I lean in and...

Today we will be ‘reviewing the tape’ from the 2019 National Classical Education Symposium, where our theme was literature and the art of seminar. Dr. Bernhardt Trout, a professor of chemical engineering at MIT, joined us for that Symposium, delighting the audience with an exposition of the life and work of the great Enlightenment humanist and natural scientist,...

In the continued quest for a COVID-19 vaccine, this week’s issue of Science contained an editorial pointing to the misguided comments of two French doctors, who had suggested (in the editorialist’s words) that “ethical and safety standards for testing vaccines and treatments in [African] nations are lower than in other countries.”  While social media was quick to confront the doctors’...

As we continue our video coverage from Symposium 2020, today’s clip features Dr. Mark Bauerlein (Emory University), relating some of his own experiences from the college classroom, in an effort to provide some context for what students want out of a course on literature: namely, a coherent narrative.  Recounting the 1987 curricular debates at Stanford, Bauerlein points out that, contrary to the vocal detractors of the Western...

Former Poet Laureate of Colorado and Professor of English at The Colorado College, Dr. David Mason is an extraordinarily gifted poet who offers us a clear-eyed, honest, often haunting vision of the world, through lyrics, libretti, and narrative poems.  He also recently penned a moving panegyric for the great Australian poet, Les Murray. One of Mason's most moving narratives,...

Today’s guest contributor is Dr. Brian Williams, Dean of the Templeton Honors College and Fellow of the Institute for Classical Education. In all of his various roles, Dr. Williams brings a wit and wisdom to his work, for he understands that we must meet this generation with the truth and goodness of the Tradition, in all of its...

Today we are reviewing the tape of a 2019 interview with Dr. David Diener, headmaster of Hillsdale Academy and professor of education at Hillsdale College. In his dual role of school leader and scholar, Dr. Diener brings a unique perspective to the work of K-12 classical education, in that the understands first-hand how practitioners and...

"Exploration is wired into our brains,” said Buzz Aldrin, one of the first two men to land on the moon (following Neil Armstrong’s “giant leap for mankind”). 2018 was the 60th anniversary of NASA, and there are plenty of videos like the one linked above to review the space agency’s remarkable history. To think that in one decade, America...

Who doesn’t want to be happy?! Fortunately, that’s the focus of genuine philosophy, as our Tradition so deeply reveals. As Aristotle put it, human flourishing (eudamonia) is “a certain sort of activity of the soul expressing virtue.” Such activity of the soul spans the human experience, including our daily interactions with others.  At this year’s National Classical...

Today's guest contributor is Dr. Colleen Sheehan of Arizona State University. Dr. Sheehan reminds us that there is much political sense and a great deal of civic sensibility found in the novels of Jane Austen. Sheehan seems comfortable suggesting that Austen has more political insights than the vast majority of today’s pundits--if only they would...