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Join us at Belmont Abbey College in Charlotte, NC on October 14-15 for the first of what we hope are many regional First Things reader summits. Our topic: Friendship in an Age of Polarization. 

First Things editor R. R. Reno will commence the summit by giving our Friday evening lecture. On Saturday morning, instructors from Belmont Abbey College will guide participants through two small-group seminar discussions of seminal works on friendship. Readings and room locations will be circulated to registrants digitally in advance.

To register for this complimentary reader summit, please fill out the form below. 


Friday, October 14

5:00 pm: Lecture, The Haid Ballroom

Saturday, October 15

Seminar sessions will be held in Stowe and St. Leo's Halls. Group and room assignments will be finalized a week before the summit begins.

9:00 am: Seminar 1: Conceptions on Friendship

- Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics (excerpts from Book XIII)

- Cicero, Laelius de Amicitia (excerpts)

- C. S. Lewis, The Four Loves (excerpts)

10:15 - 10:45 am: Break

10:45 am – 12:00 pm: Seminar 2: Literary Depictions of Friendship

- 1 Samuel (excerpts on story of David and Jonathan)

- Gregory the Nazianzen, Funeral Oration for St. Basil (excerpts)

- Willa Cather, Two Friends