Past Speaker

Children are often called our greatest resource, as if they were deposits of tin. But a child is not (just as an adult is not) a lever in an economic machine, a vehicle for commerce, a revenue source for the all-powerful state. He is a human being, made in the image and likeness of God— made, that is, for goodness and truth and beauty.
~Anthony Esolen

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Anthony M. Esolen is a writer, social commentator, translator of classical poetry, and professor and writer-in-residence at Magdalen College of the Liberal Arts. He graduated from Princeton University and received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has also taught at Furman University, Providence College, and the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts.

Esolen’s numerous books include:
  • Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture
  • Defending Boyhood: How Building Forts, Reading Stories, Playing Ball, and Praying to God Can Change the World
  • The Politically Incorrect Guide to Western Civilization
  • Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child
  • Reflections on the Christian Life.
In addition to his books, he is the author of numerous articles in such publications as The Modern AgeChroniclesThe Claremont Review of BooksThe Public DiscourseFirst ThingsCrisis MagazineThe Catholic Thing, and Touchstone, for which he serves as a senior editor, along with a host of other online journals.

Plenary (Keynote)

Anthony Esolen is a keynote speaker at this year’s conference.

The Power of Poetry in a Classical Christian Education

Friday, June 18, 9:30 AM (CDT)

I think that it is a matter of the utmost urgency that Christians reclaim the high ground of the imagination, and that they will not do so with any reliability or effectiveness if they neglect the universal human art, and the art that concentrates more power in a small space than does any other, and that is poetry. We are fortunate, in a way, that the enemies of the faith have also abandoned that mountaintop, so we have no competition.

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