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Recorded Live Learning Events from ClassicalU and Scholé Communities

–Wisdom from Cicero

"In the face of a true friend a man sees as it were a second self."

Upcoming Live Learning Events

Fireside Stories

with Dr. Anika Prather

March 7th, 2024

Time: 8:00pm EST

“We can’t fully understand human history without knowing about Africa and the Middle East and how their contributions shaped Greece, Rome and eventually the World (even America)…If we teach the truth, we won’t diminish the importance of our own ancestors, but we will come to see how we all have played an important role in the story of humanity.”

-Dr. Anika Prather, Christianity, Africa, and the Ancient World

Encounter the West African Griot storytelling tradition and listen as Dr. Anika Prather imparts this rich cultural experience and the formative value of hearing these oral narratives with students in the home or classroom. Participants will also learn of Dr. Prather’s forthcoming audio recordings where she shares from this heritage directly with students.

March 7th | Time: 8:00pm EST

One-time learning event, via Zoom

Dr. Anika Prather

Dr. Anika T. Prather earned her B.A. from Howard University in elementary education as well as a Masters in liberal arts from St. John’s College (Annapolis) and a PhD in English, Theatre, and Literacy Education from the University of Maryland (College Park). Her research focus is on building literacy with African American students through engagement in the books of the Canon. She self-published her book Living in the Constellation of the Canon: The Lived Experiences of African American Students Reading Great Books Literature. She has served as a teacher, supervisor for student teachers, director of education, head of school, and a professor in the Classics Department at Howard University. With her husband Damon, she founded The Living Water School, located in southern Maryland and attended by their three children. Anika is a popular speaker and has shared about classical Christian education with audiences at many organizations, including Great Hearts Academies, the Society for Classical Learning, St. John’s College, and the Classic Learning Test.

Mimesis in Writing and Rhetorical Training

with Paul Kortepeter

TBD , 2024

Time: EST

““There are, then, these three means of effecting persuasion. The man who is to be in command of them must, it is clear, be able (1) to reason logically, (2) to understand human character and goodness in their various forms, and (3) to understand the emotions-that is, to name them…”

-Aristotle, The Art of Rhetoric

Join Paul Kortepeter for a discussion on mimesis and its importance and influence on writing and rhetorical training.

What is the mimesis and what does it have to do with writing and rhetoric? How do we guide our students in sharpening these important skills?

Paul Kortepeter, author of Writing and Rhetoric from Classical Academic Press shares experience and wisdom in the classroom and guiding our students in modeling the examples of rhetoricians throughout history!

 Date TBD | EST

One-time learning event, via Zoom

Paul Kortepeter

Paul Kortepeter’s varied career includes movie development, teaching and publishing. He has a Bachelor’s degree in English literature from Earlham College and a Master of Fine Arts degree in cinema production from the University of Southern California. While a student at USC, he edited a documentary film on the homeless, In the Wee Wee Hours, that was nominated for an Academy Award. He spent the next six years in Los Angeles developing made-for-TV movies for USA Networks and for popular actors such as Jane Seymour, Pierce Brosnan, Walter Matthau and Isabella Rosellini. More recently, he worked as senior editor for Sunrise Publications, now a division of Hallmark Cards. While at Sunrise, he met artist Susan Wheeler and the two collaborated in creating picture books for Dutton Children’s Books and gift books for Harvest House Publishers. Paul helped to found The Oaks Academy, a private classical school in Indianapolis, where he currently serves as Curriculum Director and eighth grade teacher. He recently completed a writing program, Writing & Rhetoric, for Classical Academic Press.

Live Learning Event Recording

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Living the Liturgy: The Rhythm of Sacred Time

“The Church lies in the midst of the natural and supernatural cosmos like a source of light that sets all things revolving around itself…in Maximus’s view … the liturgy is ultimately always ‘cosmic liturgy’: a way of drawing the entire world into the hypostatic union, because both world and liturgy share a christological foundation.”

-Hans Urs von Balthasar, Cosmic Liturgy: The Universe According to Maximus the Confessor (p. 322)

Join host Dr. Christopher Perrin and Dr. Junius Johnson for a discussion on living according to the liturgical calendar.

What is the liturgical calendar, why is it important, and how do we incorporate it in our daily lives?

Dr. Perrin and Dr. Johnson share their experience and wisdom as we enter into the season of Lent! Enter the Lenten season contemplatively and liturgically, and find rest for you, your family, and classroom.

 

Dr. Junius Johnson

Junius Johnson is an independent scholar, teacher, musician, and writer. He is the executive director of Junius Johnson Academics, through which he offers innovative classes for both children and adults that aim to marry the sense of wonder with intellectual rigor. An avid devotee of story, he is especially drawn to fantasy, science fiction, and young adult novels. He performs professionally on the french horn and electric bass. He holds a BA from Oral Roberts University (English Lit), an MAR from Yale Divinity School (Historical Theology), and an MA, two MPhils, and a PhD (Philosophical Theology) from Yale University. He is the author of 5 books, including The Father of Lights: A Theology of Beauty. An engaging speaker and teacher, he is a frequent guest contributor to blogs and podcasts on faith and culture, and is a member of The Cultivating Project. Explore his work at juniusjohnson.com.

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Ethics of Beauty III- The Reconciliation of Men and Women in Christ​

“Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.”― Augustine of Hippo

Join guest-host Christine Perrin, MFA, for a much-anticipated THIRD interview with author and Orthodox Christian theologian Dr. Timothy Patitsas to discuss gender and the reconciliation of men and women in Christ from his book The Ethics of Beauty. Rediscover the older Beauty-first response to moral questions, the integrity of the soul, and the best possible human life.

 

Dr. Timothy Patitsas

Dr. Timothy Patitsas earned his doctorate in systematic theology from The Catholic University of America in 2003 and has been Assistant Professor of Orthodox Christian Ethics at Holy Cross School of Theology since 2005. In 2006 he became the director of the St. Helen’s Pilgrimage, the School’s study abroad program in Greece, Mt. Athos, Constantinople, and Jerusalem. In 2020 he was named the Interim Dean of Hellenic College, America’s oldest Orthodox Christian liberal arts college. 

His book The Ethics of Beauty, published in 2019 with St. Nicholas Press, presents a comprehensive Orthodox worldview in contemporary language. In 2019, he co-founded Beauty First Films, whose mission is to produce films that transport the viewer to a place of awe, beauty, and holiness.

The Sounds of the Season: Finding Christ in Our Holiday Music

“Christmas is built upon a beautiful and intentional paradox; that the birth of the homeless should be celebrated in every home.”

— G. K. Chesterton

December is the only month we live to a soundtrack. At home, in our cars, and in stores, it is as if everyone has agreed to listen to the same playlist on repeat. In this talk, Dr. Junius Johnson will show us how to turn these beloved songs, even the most secular, into occasions for reflection on the mystery of the nativity and restore a sense of schole to our preparations for Christmas.

 

Dr. Junius Johnson

Junius Johnson is an independent scholar, teacher, musician, and writer. He is the executive director of Junius Johnson Academics, through which he offers innovative classes for both children and adults that aim to marry the sense of wonder with intellectual rigor. An avid devotee of story, he is especially drawn to fantasy, science fiction, and young adult novels. He performs professionally on the french horn and electric bass. He holds a BA from Oral Roberts University (English Lit), an MAR from Yale Divinity School (Historical Theology), and an MA, two MPhils, and a PhD (Philosophical Theology) from Yale University. He is the author of 5 books, including The Father of Lights: A Theology of Beauty. An engaging speaker and teacher, he is a frequent guest contributor to blogs and podcasts on faith and culture, and is a member of The Cultivating Project. Explore his work at juniusjohnson.com.

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