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Disorder & Renewal
Spring 2024

Join the Abigail Adams Institute for this year’s installment of their twelve-week “The Great Conversation: How Should We Live?” series, led by J. David Franks. Participants will read and discuss excerpts from Abelard, Maimonides, Christine de Pizan, Machiavelli, and more. Register here

Atlanta, Georgia

Living Christian Values in Today's Public Square
March 26

While Christianity has served as the foundation for much of Western society, Christian values are increasingly challenged and pushed out of our schools, workplaces, neighborhoods and civic institutions. So how do we live our values today? Join First Things contributing editor Mark Bauerlein for a discussion on this very topic. You can register here.  

Atchison, Kansas

National Conference of the Institute for Catholic Liberal Education
July 9–12

The National Conference inspires and equips a growing community of Catholic educators to reclaim the Church’s full vision of education and to bring it to life in their classrooms. Join hundreds of Catholic educators as they come together to deepen their understanding of the nature and purpose of Catholic education and its roots in the liberal arts tradition. The theme for the 2024 National Conference is taken from Psalm 27:4—Behold the Beauty of the Lord. You can sign up here

Chicago, Illinois

C. S. Lewis Onstage
February 23–25

This one-man show at the Athenaeum Center captures the personality and fiction of the author of The Chronicles of Narnia and The Screwtape Letters, an Oxford don who could make his audience think as deeply as he made them laugh. Learn more here

Sunday, March 10

Come to the Athenaeum Center for a Celtic concert just before St. Patrick’s Day. Led by Ukrainian-American brothers Alex and Danylo Fedoryka, Scythian plays roots music from Celtic, Eastern European, and Appalachian traditions. You can learn more about the band and the event here

After Liberalism
Wednesday, May 15

Please join us for a conversation with Patrick Deneen and R. R. Reno on postliberalism. The two speakers will explore the effects of liberalism on individuals and society at large. You can find out more about the event here and register here

Landrum, South Carolina

Reason and Imagination: Literature as a Vehicle for the True, Good, & Beautiful
March 15–16

This installment of the bi-annual Carolinas Regional Convivium Irenicum at the Davenant House centers on using literature for encouraging the growth of classical Protestantism and retrieval of wisdom for the church. Please come for a Friday night and Saturday of fellowship, friendship, and conversation. Find more information here.

New York, New York

Seeking Truth in the Public Square
Friday, February 23

First Things and ISI’s Collegiate Network are pleased to host Dan McCarthy, Matthew Schmitz, and R. R. Reno for a panel on journalism. The three will discuss their journeys as writers and thoughts on journalism for our modern times. This panel is primarily geared toward young professionals and aspiring journalists, but all ages are welcome to attend. Register here.

Socrates in the City
Thursday, February 29

Socrates in the City host Eric Metaxas welcomes special guest James O’Keefe for an interview on Journalism and Freedom in regards to O’Keefe’s latest book, American Muckraker. The event will take place at the Union League Club in New York City. You can sign up here

Phoenix, Arizona

Renewing the Great Conversation: 2024 National Symposium for Classical Education
March 20–22

This year’s Great Hearts Symposium will explore the eternal questions that form the core of classical education, and expand offerings to include more classroom pedagogy, public policy, school operations and leadership panels and workshops. Find more information here

St. Louis, Missouri

Can Beauty Save the World?
Thursday, February 15

Join the Thomistic Institute of St. Louis University for a talk by Raymond Hain of Providence College on beauty. You can find out more and sign up here

Virginia Beach, Virginia

C. S. Lewis and Aquinas: Was Lewis Influenced by Thomism?
Tuesday, February 20

Join the Thomistic Institute of Regent University for a lecture on C. S. Lewis and Aquinas by Peter Kreeft of Boston College. Register here

Washington, D.C.

Constructing Conservatism in the Secular Age: The Annual First Things Lecture in Washington, D.C.
Monday, March 4

This year’s D.C. Lecture will be held in the Heritage Foundation’s Allison Auditorium. Oren Cass will speak on the future of contemporary conservatism. Cass is the founder and executive director of American Compass. You can find out more about the event here

West Lafayette, Indiana

The Unintended Reformation
Thursday, March 7

Join the Thomistic Institute of Purdue University for a lecture on the reformation by Brad Gregory of the University of Notre Dame. You can register here

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