Symposium 2022 Recommended Readings

Symposium 2022 Recommended Readings

The 2022 Symposium, “For the Love of Poiesis: Teaching the Fine Arts,” explored the fine arts—from music and dance to painting and sculpture—with a focus on the way students in classical settings learn, not only to understand and appreciate fine art, but to create it themselves. Making (poesis) is the experience which gives shape to the soul.


General Reading 

Roger Scruton, Beauty: A Very Short Introduction 

Frederick Turner, Beauty: The Value of Values  

Elaine Scarry, On Beauty and Being Just

T. S. Eliot, Tradition and the Individual Talent T.S. Eliot

Helen Vendler, The Ocean, the Bird, and the Scholar


Contributor Books 

 Owen Anderson, The Declaration of Independence and God 

Juliette Aristides, Beginning Drawing Atelier 

Mark Bauerlein, The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future 

Karen Bohlin, Teaching Character Education Through Literature: Awakening the Moral Imagination in Secondary Classrooms 

James Hankins, Virtue Politics: Soulcraft and Statecraft in Renaissance Italy 

Bruce Herman, Through Your Eyes 

Junius Johnson, The Father of Lights: A Theology of Beauty, Patristic and Medieval Atonement Theory 

Andrew Kern, Classical Education: The Movement Sweeping America 

Mary Frances Loughran, Cana Writing Guide: Writing Well, Thinking Clearly 

Robert Maranto, Educating Believers: Religion and School Choice 

David Mason, Ludlow 

Christopher Perrin, An Introduction to Classical Education: A Guide for Parents 

Anika Prather, The Black Intellectual Tradition: Reading Freedom in Classical Literature 

Carol Reynolds, Hurrah and Hallelujah! 100 Traditional Songs 

David Rothman, My Brother’s Keeper 

James Matthew Wilson, The Strangeness of the Good 

Andrew Zwerneman, History Forgotten and Remembered


Conference Papers

Frederick Turner, “What is Beauty


Image: Abraham van Strij, Reading Old Woman at Window, oil on canvas,


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