The Loveland Classical Schools' Annual Classical Symposium is a free community event to participate in a lively exchange of ideas and the "Great Conversation", led by LCS' own experts in classical education. Speakers from a range of backgrounds and teaching positions within LCS will be presenting on topics of special interest.
2019 Keynote speaker: On the Cello from Bach to Britten: an Introduction and Performance by Barbara Thiem -Barbara Thiem is an internationally acclaimed cellist who combines teaching cello and coaching chamber music with her active schedule of solo, concerto, and chamber music performances in Europe and the United States.
A free casual lunch will be provided. Event registration will be opening shortly, please check back within the next few days.
Please find below the available sessions and their associated descriptions. Please complete the event registration to sign up for the topics of interest to you.
The Necessity of Classical Education in a Post-Truth World- Ian Stout
Contemporary society resides in the realm of “post-truth” and its subtle assumption that no fundamental Truth exists, only relative truths. Classical education takes a stand against this postmodern abyss, pulling from the greatest thinkers of our civilization to consider Truth, Goodness, and Beauty as real entities to study and embody.
We Want Leaders But Are Too Afraid To Produce Them- David Rotner
When students leave our schools we are under the delusion that they are on the path to becoming leaders, who in a few short years will be the ones running the show, so-to-speak, as we ride off into the sunset. Overall, we want everyone to be happy all of the time, leaving us treading water in a pool of mediocrity at best. This seminar will examine C.S. Lewis’ Abolition of Man, as well as a few other articles which discuss how the current state of education is falling short of producing individuals who are capable of leading this great country. These sources bring to light the idea that although playing it safe may be the easy thing to do, it’s surely the wrong way to educate the future “leaders” of America.
The History of the Alphabet- Marques Kem
Mr. Kem will present on the most important technology ever invented by man (except maybe the wheel): the ability to encode language with symbols. The focus is on Egyptian, Phoenician, Greek, and Roman scripts.
An Exploration of the “Lyric”- Tim Smith & Rebecca Faust Frodl
We describe many forms of art as having a certain quality that we label as “lyrical” – but what exactly do we mean when we use that adjective? It has been many centuries since picking up an actual lyre defined the word, and yet poems and songs can be described as “lyrical” and there is a vocal role called a “Lyrical Soprano.” Mrs. Faust-Frodl (Choral director) and Mr. Smith (Classics teacher) have a few ideas about what “lyrical” means, and we invite participants to join us in a discussion to investigate what we mean when we describe something as “lyrical.” Drawing upon examples from poetry, song, and musical performance, we will attempt to determine what sets a “lyrical” work of art apart from the rest.
Demonstrating Proof Beyond the Possibility of Doubt; Attempting to Define the Undefinable in Euclid’s Elements- Nick Weeks
Euclid’s Elements is the second most translated and most distributed book in the history of the world (second only to the Bible). Join us for a look at the foundations of this important work as we wrestle with and discuss the inaugural definitions and the first proposition from Book I. We will also look at a short excerpt from an interview with President Abraham Lincoln wherein he describes what led him to study Euclid and what benefits he was able to extract from the Elements.
Why You Should (not) Be Moral: Reflections on the Life and Works of Oscar Wilde, the Moral Immoralist- Florian Hild
We will discuss the lessons Oscar Wilde teaches us about morality. His colorful life and his funny, poignant, and brilliant works will lead us to consider the dangers of mindless obedience to a good moral code, Wilde’s disdain for heartless puritans and snobs, and his beautiful vision of true religion.
Mathematics and the Liberal Arts Tradition- Joy Dowdy
The concepts of unity, causality, truth, and beauty all arise naturally in mathematics. In this session, we will look at the fundamental role that the study of mathematics has played in the development of the liberal arts tradition.
Lucretius and the Ancient Poetics of Atoms-David Hetrick
Have you ever wondered where the idea of atoms came from? In this session, we will delve into the ancient origins of atomic theory, from the Greek philosophers to the Roman poet Lucretius. Lucretius’ magnificent didactic epic On the Nature of Things transformed the Greek philosopher Epicurus’ prose treatise On Nature into Latin dactylic hexameter (the meter of epic poetry).
Turning Students Off Learning: A Teacher’s Response- Cherylann Dozier
Ruby Payne’s research opens doors to understanding and responding to students who demonstrate Emotional Poverty (EP). Discover solutions and critical strategies for reaching students who struggle to learn.
Ceramics- Rebecca Staudenmaier
Ceramics is as old as civilization itself. Many aspects of ceramics make it different from other media in art, such as it’s tactile nature, relationship to chemistry and the constant tug-of-war of art vs craft. This presentation will explore these ideas as well as give a brief introduction to the history of ceramics. We will then learn about some of the specific terms and materials. Finally, there will be a demonstration of basic throwing techniques, joining and altering pieces and various ways to decorate work.
Classical Symposium 2019
LCS Academy Campus