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Speaker Highlights

Choose from approximately 8 speakers and workshops during each of four daily sessions, plus plenary sessions, meetings, topic-specific and general teacher training, peer meetups, and networking events. Pre-conferences offer more specialized focus. Our vendor list is also growing.

Speaker Bios | Schedule | Workshop Synopses

Special Plenary — Lessons from China: Walking Faithfully Under Persecution
Classical Christian education is beginning to take root in China, but at a time when government persecution against the church is growing more and more severe. Hear a first-hand account of how classical Christian schools in China are dealing with these challenges and how we in the West might learn from them.

Special Plenary — Senator Ben Sasse
Ben is a U.S. senator representing the great state of Nebraska. A fifth-generation Nebraskan, Ben grew up walking beans and detasseling corn, experiences that taught him the value of hard work. He comes to the Senate having spent the previous five years as a college president. When he was recruited to take over the failing Midland University, Ben was just 37 years old, making him one of the youngest college presidents in the nation. The 130-year-old Lutheran college was on the verge of bankruptcy when he arrived, but became one of the fastest-growing higher education institutions in the country by the time of his departure. Most of Ben’s career has been spent guiding companies and institutions through times of crisis with straight talk about the core issues. He has worked with the Boston Consulting Group and McKinsey and Company, as well as private equity firms and not-for-profit organizations, to tackle failing strategies across a broad array of sectors and nations. Find out more: Senate Website

Erick Erickson
Erick Erickson is the host of Atlanta’s Evening News on WSB and editor of The Resurgent. Erickson has been a contributor for both CNN and Fox News and The Atlantic named him one of the most influential conservative voices in America. He studied political science and history at Mercer University and earned a law degree at Walter F. George School of Law. He is currently working towards his Ph.D. in theology. Erickson lives with his family in Macon, Georgia where his children attend a classical Christian School. Find out more: TheResurgent.com

George Grant
Back by popular demand, George Grant is pastor of Parish Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Franklin, TN. He founded Franklin Classical School in Franklin, served as assistant to D. James Kennedy, taught at Knox Theological Seminary, promotes classical Christian education around the globe, and is the author of more than 60 books. Find out more: George Grant Talks with the CiRCE Institute

Abdu Murray
Abdu Murray is a speaker and Senior Vice President of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. For most of his life, Abdu was a proud Muslim who studied the Qur’an and Islam. After a nine year investigation, Abdu discovered the Christian faith. The author of several books, he has spoken to diverse international audiences and has participated in debates and dialogues across the globe. Abdu holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Michigan and earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School. As an attorney, he was named several times in Best Lawyers in America and Michigan Super Lawyer. Find out more: AbduMurray.com

Keith McCurdy
Keith McCurdy has worked with families and individuals for more than 25 years in the field of mental health logging more than 75,000 clinical hours of experience. His primary focus is helping others better understand how a Christian Worldview, not psychology, should be the primary influence in parenting and relationships today. He has developed and regularly offers parenting retreats entitled “Raising Sturdy Kids” to help parents operate from the correct parenting paradigm and has extended and customized this powerful program for schools and students. For many years Keith has been a consultant and speaker nationally to schools both within and outside of the world of Classical education. He also served as the Chairman of the Board at Faith Christian School, a Christian classical school in Roanoke, VA.

Dr. Brian Williams
Brian A. Williams is Dean of the Templeton Honors College at Eastern University and Assistant Professor of Ethics & Liberal Studies. Previously, he was Lecturer in Theology and Christian Ethics at the University of Oxford and Director of Oxford Conversations, a collection of curated video interviews with leading Christian academics and scholars. He holds an MPhil and DPhil in Christian Ethics from the University of Oxford (UK), where he was a Clarendon Scholar; an MA and ThM in Systematic and Historical Theology, and a BA in Biblical Studies. He is currently an Alcuin Fellow and a Research Fellow with the Institute of Classical Education.

Dr. Daniel Coupland
Daniel Coupland is chairman of the education department and dean of faculty at Hillsdale College. He has served as advisor for the classical education minor and the liberal arts teacher apprenticeship for the past eleven years. Dr. Coupland was Hillsdale’s Professor of the Year in 2013. He holds a B.A. in Spanish, an M.A. in Linguistics, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum, Teaching, and Educational Policy.

Dr. Mitch Stokes
Mitch Stokes is a Senior Fellow of Philosophy at New Saint Andrews, teaching graduate courses in philosophy and undergraduate courses in mathematics and logic. He earned a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, an M.A. in Religion (Philosophy of Religion) at Yale University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy at University of Notre Dame. While serving as a senior engineer in Florida in the 1990s, Dr. Stokes also attended Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando.

Laura Tucker
Laura Tucker was a founding member of Rockbridge Academy, a classical and Christian school in Millersville, MD, where she served as the director of instruction from 1995–2011. She has over 30 years of experience in K-12 education as a teacher, administrator, reading specialist, and educational diagnostician. She holds an MEd from Loyola University and a national certification for educational diagnosticians. She and her husband, Rob, an ACCS national board member, have two adult sons who attended Rockbridge Academy.

Gregory Wilbur
Gregory Wilbur is President and Dean of the College, permanent Trustee, and Senior Fellow at New College Franklin. He is also the Chief Musician of Cornerstone Presbyterian Church (PCA) and writes and speaks regularly on the arts, worship, and education. Mr. Wilbur has composed award-winning works for choir, orchestra, film, and corporate worship as well as commissions. He received a B.A. in Music with a minor in English, followed by a M.M. in Composition.

Dr. Louis Markos
A returning favorite, Dr. Markos continues to inspire and entertain. He is a professor of English and scholar in residence at Houston Baptist University, where he holds the Robert H. Ray Chair in Humanities and teaches courses on British Romantic and Victorian Poetry and Prose, the Classics, C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien, and Art and Film. Dr. Markos is the author of eighteen books, including On the Shoulders of Hobbits: The Road to Virtue with Tolkien and Lewis and From Achilles to Christ: Why Christians Should Read the Pagan Classics. A prolific lecturer and writer, he has also written stage adaptations of great works of literature which have been performed off-Broadway and is committed to the concept of the Professor as Public Educator, believing that knowledge must not be walled up in the Academy but must be disseminated to all who have ears to hear. He earned a B.A. in English and history and an M.A. and Ph.D. in English.

Douglas Wilson
As a founder of the movement and pastor of Christ Church in Moscow, Idaho, Douglas Wilson continues to offer fresh insight and provokes us to go further up and further into classical Christian education. Find out more: Douglas Wilson on Amazon

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— Dr. Daniel Coupland, 2019 Speaker

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