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Colloquium on Teaching Literature in a Classical Christian School

Wednesday, June 12, 1 – 9 pm

Join Louis Markos from Houston Baptist University and teachers from around the country as we encourage each other—and discuss how better to guide our students—to grow in wisdom and to love the true, good, and beautiful through timeless literature.

In a new format, attendees will hear from five different literature instructors. Time will be provided for “Q & A” and discussion of presentations.


Presentation by Louis Markos

Living in an Eschatological Universe: Virgil’s Aeneid and the Fall of Troy

It was Virgil—not in opposition to but alongside the Bible—who taught Christian Europe the shape of history and the power that moves it forward, the primacy of duty, the pain of letting go, and the burden of adapting new strategies. In this lecture, I will take the group scene by scene through Aeneid II, opening up the way in which Virgil presents the destruction of Troy as a happy fall (felix culpa): a great tragedy that provides the seed out of which greater good would come. — Louis Markos

1:00-2:00: Adrian Smith from Covenant Academy (TX): The Five-Act Drama of Life, Literature, and Scripture

2:00-2:15: Break

2:15-3:15: Christine Norvell from Regent Preparatory School of Oklahoma: On Teaching Tragedy in Tragic Times

3:15-3:30: Break

3:30-4:30: David Head from Seffner Christian Academy: Dante as a Role Model of the Classical Christian Humanist

4:30-4:45: Break

4:45-5:45: Sean Hadley from Trinitas Christian School (FL): Growing up with Jack: How Learning from C.S. Lewis spans the Grammar, Logic, and Rhetoric Schools

5:45-7:30: Dinner Break

7:30-8:30: Louis Markos Presentation

8:30-9:00: Concluding panel with all presenters

See more detail about speakers and workshops: Literature Colloquium Details (PDF)