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Scholarly Publications

Owen Anderson

Owen Anderson

Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies
Arizona State University’s New College

Owen Anderson was the William E. Simon research fellow in the James Madison Program at Princeton University and a visiting scholar at Princeton Seminary in 2013-2014. Anderson’s main areas of research are natural theology, natural law, and religion in the Modern Age. He has served as faculty senate president and program lead. Owen has published seven books including The Declaration of Independence and God (2015) and The Natural Moral Law (2013) with Cambridge University Press. His most recent book is The Cambridge Companion to the First Amendment and Religious Liberty (2020). He regularly teaches courses in Philosophy of Religion, Introduction to Philosophy, Applied Ethics, World Religions, and Western Religious Traditions and Religion in America.

Mark Bauerlein, Ph.D.

Mark Bauerlein, Ph.D.

Department of English
Emory University

Mark Bauerlein earned his doctorate in English at UCLA in 1988. He has taught at Emory since 1989, with a two-and-a-half year break in 2003-05 to serve as the Director, Office of Research and Analysis, at the National Endowment for the Arts.

Apart from his scholarly work, he publishes in popular periodicals such as The Wall Street JournalThe Weekly StandardThe Washington PostTLS, and Chronicle of Higher Education. His latest book, The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future; Or, Don’t Trust Anyone Under 30 was published in May 2008. He recently co-edited a collection of essays entitled The State of the American Mind: 16 Leading Critics on the New Anti-Intellectualism, published in 2015.

Read his papers here: Your Syllabus Needs a Story 
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David Mason

David Mason

David’s many books include The Country I Remember, Arrivals, Sea Salt: Poems of a Decade, The Poetry of Life and the Life of Poetry, Ludlow: A Verse Novel, The Sound: New and Selected Poems, Voices, Places: Essays, and Davey McGravy: Tales to be Read Aloud to Children and Adult Children. Mason has also written the libretti for operas by composers Lori Laitman and Tom Cipullo, all of them available on CD from Naxos. His poems, essays, translations and reviews have appeared in such periodicals as The New Yorker, The Nation, The New Republic, Harper’s, The Hudson Review, Poetry, The Sewanee Review, The American Scholar, The Times Literary Supplement, The Irish Times, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Image. A Professor of English at The Colorado College, Mason has also worked as an estate caretaker in New York and a crab fisherman in Alaska. In 1997 he was a Fulbright Fellow to Greece, where he has lived and taught periodically over forty years. He has lectured in Mexico, Scotland, Ireland and Australia in addition to many parts of the United States. A native of Washington State, Mason divides his time between Colorado and Tasmania, where he owns five acres of land looking out on World Heritage wilderness and the Southern Ocean.

Gregory McBrayer

Gregory McBrayer

Dr. Gregory McBrayer received his M.A. from the University of Georgia and his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. Prior to teaching at  Ashland, he was an assistant professor at Morehead State University, a postdoctoral fellow at Emory University, and a visiting assistant professor at Gettysburg College. He has published articles in Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy and Kentron: Revue Pluridisciplinaire du Monde Antique, as well as reviews in InterpretationThe Journal for Hellenic StudiesThe American Journal of Islamic Social Science, and Political Science Quarterly.  He is author (with Mary Nichols and Denise Schaeffer) of Plato’s Euthydemus (Focus, 2011) and is the editor of Xenophon: The Shorter Writings (Cornell, 2018).

Read his paper here: Xenophon on the Purpose of History

Gregory Roper, Ph.D.

Gregory Roper, Ph.D.

English Department
University of Dallas

Greg Roper, Ph.D. has interests in Middle English literature, rhetoric and composition, literary theory, and pedagogy. He has published essays on Medieval penitential manuals and their influence on late Medieval literature, on the Canterbury Tales, and on teaching survey courses and literary theory. He has recently published a book using ancient and medieval notions of imitation to help students write better, entitled The Writer’s Workshop.

                                        Teaching Beowulf: From Reception History Back to Form and Intention
David Rothman

David Rothman

Most recently David Rothman served as the Director of the Graduate Program in Creative Writing at Western Colorado University, where he also directed the conference Writing the Rockies and edited the literary journal THINK. He has run a wide range of nonprofit arts and educational institutions and organizations and has served on many governing boards. His next book, forthcoming in early 2019, is a long poem, My Brother’s Keeper, from Lithic Press.

Read his paper here: A Couple of Do’s: Twenty Major Poetry Projects

Benjamin Storey

Benjamin Storey

He is winner of the 2016 Alester G. and Janie Earle Furman, Jr. Award for Excellence in Teaching as well as the 2011 Francis Bonner “American Scholar” Award, presented by Furman’s Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. In 2016-17, Storey was a Visiting Fellow at Princeton University. He has recently completed a book with Jenna Silber Storey entitled The Pursuit of Happiness: Four French Thinkers on Our Restless Quest for Contentment. His writings have appeared in the Journal of Politics, the Review of Politics, The New Atlantis, and elsewhere.

Read his paper here: The History of Happiness

Jenna Storey

Jenna Storey

As Managing Director of the Tocqueville Program at Furman, an intellectual community dedicated to the investigation of the moral and philosophic questions at the heart of political life, she works with her colleagues to oversee a society of undergraduate fellows, an engaged living program, a political thought club, a course-and-lecture series, a summer placement program and a postdoctoral fellowship. Dr. Storey is also a Board Member of Veritas Preparatory School in Greenville, SC, where her three children are currently studying.

Dr. Storey received her Ph.D. from the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago, where she was a John M. Olin Junior Fellow, and her B.A. from the University Professors Program at Boston University, where she also worked as Executive Assistant to the Superintendent for the Boston University-Chelsea Schools Partnership. She interned at the Pioneer Institute in Boston, a think tank devoted to state and local politics in Massachusetts. Her work has appeared in edited volumes as well as The Boston Globe, The New Atlantis, The Weekly Standard, and The Claremont Review of Books. She has published work on Carl Schmitt and Pierre Manent, and has recently completed the manuscript of a co-authored book with Benjamin Storey entitled The Pursuit of Happiness: Four French Thinkers on Our Restless Quest for Contentment. In 2018-2019 she won the Silas N. Pearman award for her teaching in the Engaged Living Program.

Read her paper here: The History of Happiness 

Frederick Turner

Frederick Turner

Turner received Hungary’s highest literary honor for his translations of Hungarian poetry with the distinguished scholar and Holocaust survivor Zsuzsanna Ozsváth, won Poetry’s Levinson Prize, and has often been nominated for the Nobel Prize for literature. Born in England, raised in Africa by his anthropologist parents Victor and Edie Turner, educated at Oxford University in English Language and Literature, he was naturalized as a U.S. citizen in 1977. He is a Shakespearean scholar, an environmental theorist, an authority on the philosophy of Time, poet laureate of traditional Karate, and author of over forty books, including:

  • Shakespeare and the Nature of Time  (criticism)
  • Natural Classicism: Essays on Literature and Science
  • Genesis  (an epic poem)
  • Rebirth of Value: Meditations on Beauty, Ecology, Religion and Education
  • Beauty: The Value of Values 
  • April Wind (poetry)
  • The Culture of Hope: A New Birth of the Classical Spirit
  • Shakespeare’s Twenty-first Century Economics: The Morality of Love and Money
  • Natural Religion
  • Epic: Form, Content, and History
  • Light Within the Shade: 800 Years of Hungarian Poetry, translated and edited with Zsuzsanna Ozsváth
  • Goethe’s Faust (translated and edited with Zsuzsanna Ozsváth)

In addition to being a professor at the University of Texas at Dallas, Frederick has taught at the University of California at Santa Barbara, Kenyon College, and the University of Exeter in England. A former editor of The Kenyon Review, he is a winner of the PEN Southwest Chapter Golden Pen Award and several other literary, artistic and academic honors, and has participated in literary and TV projects that have won a Benjamin Franklin Book Award and an Emmy.

Read his paper here: Summarizing Epic

Carol Reynolds, Ph.D.

Carol Reynolds, Ph.D.

Music History (retired)
Southern Methodist University

Dr. Carol Reynolds weaves energy, humor, and history into everything she does.   After a career as a professor at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, “Professor Carol” and husband Hank moved to a ranch and began creating Fine Arts courses for students and adults.  Her unprecedented Discovering Music: 300 Years of Interaction in Western Music, Arts, History, & Culture and Exploring America’s Musical Heritage reach across the world.  Her new course History of Early Sacred Music will appear this summer, as well as online courses on Russian Music, Research Skills for Students Entering College, and a new series on American Music.  A pianist and organist, she is a popular speaker for the Van Cliburn Series, The Dallas Symphony, opera companies, and museums.  She works frequently in Eastern Europe and Russia as Study Leader for The Smithsonian.

Brian Williams

Brian Williams

Dean of the College of Arts & Humanities
Templeton Honors College at Eastern University

Brian Williams holds a D.Phil and M.Phil from the University of Oxford, where he was a Clarendon Scholar; and an M.A. and Th.M. from Regent College (Vancouver, Canada). His current research examines the tradition of Didascalic Christian Humanism, focusing on the works of Hugh of St. Victor, Philip Melanchthon, and John Henry Newman. Dr. Williams’ broader academic interests include virtue ethics, the history of education, religious political theology, Dante Alighieri’s Commedia, and the intersection of moral theology and social anthropology. He is the co-editor of Everyday Ethics: Moral Theology and the Practices of Ordinary Life (Georgetown University Press, 2019).

Dr. Williams is a board member of the Philadelphia Commons Institute, and is an Academic Fellow of the Alcuin Fellowship and a Research Fellow of the Institute for Classical Education. He also taught Theology, Philosophy, and Literature at Cair Paravel Latin School (Topeka, KS); led Quo Vadis Travel Seminars in Europe and the United States; and has experience in several fields of business.

Read his paper here: The Workshop of Humanity: Reading Toward Virtue 

Jeffrey S. Lehman, Ph.D.

Jeffrey S. Lehman, Ph.D.

Education Department
Hillsdale CollegeDr. Jeffrey Lehman, identifies Augustine as one of his favorite authors, because Augustine “focuses upon the most important things for our journey in this life—pursuing the truth and embracing love.” And Lehman believes that the liberal arts help students to approach those most important things.

Lehman heard about Hillsdale years ago, when he attended several CCAs and talked to friends who worked at Hillsdale, including Dr. Stephen Smith of the English Department. When he heard about an education position opening up, it “seemed like a good fit, given my experience teaching the liberal arts and my commitment to classical education through the great books.” Upon being hired to teach at Hillsdale, Lehman, his wife Jennifer, and their four children packed up and moved from southern California—where he had taught at both Biola University and Thomas Aquinas College—to Michigan. While some pity him for leaving California for the Midwest, Lehman says, “I love the seasons and I love the way Midwesterners approach life—it is very personal, very family-oriented.”

This semester, Lehman is teaching three courses. He coordinates the Education Department’s liberal arts teacher apprenticeship program, in which Hillsdale students observe and teach classes at Hillsdale Academy or at other classical schools around the country. He is also teaching “Logic and Rhetoric” and “Quadrivium,” a course on the role of arithmetic, geometry, music, and astronomy in a liberal education. He wants to teach his students the foundational role of these classical liberal arts and how they are the starting point for a liberal education. But, as he is the first to admit, “they are just the beginning.”

Read his paper here: The Cave, the Quadrivium, & Classical Education


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