Festival of Ideas

Festival of Ideas Fundraiser

Saturday, October 2, 2021, 8:30AM-3PM
Liberty Common High School, Fort Collins, Colorado

Schedule of the Day

8:30-9:00 Breakfast (Stoa)

9:00-10:00 Keynote (Colosseum)

10:10-11:05 Session 1

11:15-12:10 Session 2

12:10-12:50 Lunch (Served in the Great Hall)

1:00-1:55 Session 3

2:05-3:00 Panel Discussion with Featured Speakers (Colosseum)


Festival of Ideas is a colloquium at which content experts and secondary students lead diverse and vibrant conversations of intellectual curiosity and brilliance.  Speakers from a variety of disciplines, including mathematics, literature, philosophy, science, art, music, and history aim to give participants a taste of what true leisure feels like: a gateway to the good life—a life in pursuit of beauty, truth, goodness, and perfection.  These presentations are intended to inspire great conversations filled with wonder, passion, and discovery.

Meet Our Keynote Speaker
Jonathan Gregg
Jonathan Gregg is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Education at Hillsdale College, regularly teaching classes including The Classical Quadrivium, Mathematics and Deductive Reasoning, Logic & Rhetoric, and Teaching Secondary Mathematics. He has a B.A. in Mathematics and English from Hillsdale College, an M.A. in Humanities from the University of Chicago, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Mathematics Education from Michigan State University. Previously, he served as an Assistant Director of Hillsdale College’s Barney Charter School Initiative, and he has also taught middle/high school mathematics in the Great Hearts charter school system. His research interests center around the teaching and learning of mathematics in classical schools, Socratic pedagogy, Singapore mathematics, the educational philosophy of Martin Buber, and the classical quadrivium. He lives in Hillsdale with his wife, Casey, and their two children, Eliana (4) and Simeon (2).

His presentation this year is titled,
"I am the arrow shaft": Annie Dillard, Seeing, and Classical Pedagogy

One compelling representation of the quest to recover a traditional understanding of education that manages to remain relevant in the modern milieu can be seen through the life and work of Annie Dillard. Her Pulitzer Prize winning book, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, details her Thoreau-ian pilgrimage into nature as she observes, delights in, and meditates upon the world around her. In particular, she calls the reader to a new way of seeing, in which the natural world becomes both reanimated as a source of knowledge, beauty, and love and re-inscribed by the human and the divine. Following in Dillard’s footsteps, both teachers and students might undertake a similar journey: encountering the surrounding world; seeing the entangled beauty and violence, grace and chaos, order and disorder; and being captivated and pierced by that vision in such a way that those around us cannot help but undertake a pilgrimage of their own. It is in this vein that this lecture endeavors to proceed: tracing the different ways Dillard calls her reader to see in order to renew our vision for teaching and learning within classical education.


Contact: festivalofideas@libertycommon.org

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