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Why Is Latin So Important?!


Date: April 3, 2018

Time: 8:00 pm ET


Have you ever wondered why Latin is a valuable subject to study? Or why in the world English, a Germanic language, is so powerfully influenced by Latin--the granddaddy of Romance languages??  Then this talk is for you.  Come on out and find out what William the Conqueror had to do with it!  

Send an email here. Say that you'd like to register for this webinar: "Why LATIN?--April 3"

Past Webinars:

RECORDINGS: We regularly host online discussions about current issues of interest to homeschoolers and classical educators. Sign up below if you'd like to have access to the recordings of previous webinars. 

Reviving the Study of Economics!


Moderator: Daniel Everett Harvey

Date: April 2016

Time: 8:00 - 9:30 pm Eastern Time


Lately, with the popularity of so-called "democratic socialism," Everett has spent countless hours scratching his head and wondering what in the world has happened to the minds of his generation. He always knew that there was a need for better study of economics in this generation--but now it is obviously urgent!!  He is putting together some great resources that homeschooling parents can use to increase the economic literacy of their students. So please come on out and discuss this issue with Everett. He would love to get your thoughts and questions!

What Is the Benedict Option? 


Date: Friday,  August 28

Time: 2:00 - 3:00 pm ET


Rod Dreher has attracted lots of attention with this new term.  Do we need it? Do we agree with it? Do we even know what it is?!  Is it any different from what thinkers like Bonhoeffer or Niebuhr have called us to over the past few decades: a simpler life, focused on Christian values and community? 


Blog Posts To Read:

Rod Dreher's blog, for instance: The Benedict Option Omnibus

And this blog: Home, Retreat, and the Benedict Option

From Circe: The Ghetto, The Monastery, & the Classical Christian School

Books to Read:

Beauty in the Word by Stratford Caldecott

Culture Making by Andy Crouch

The classics on this:

Ideas Have Consequences by Richard M. Weaver

Christianity & Culture by T.S. Eliot 

Christ & Culture by H. Richard Niebuhr

Leisure: the Basis of Culture by Josef Pieper

The City of God by St. Augustine

And, of course, I should have included this one: 

            After Virtue by Alasdair MacIntyre

            (The book from which the idea originated! See its last page.)


What Is the Benedict Option? - Part 2


Date: Tuesday,  October 6, 2015

Time: 8:00 - 9:15 pm ET


In August we got started on a great discussion over these issues. So we decided to continue in September, after we all had time to do more reading.  (See original reading list under the August Webinar.

More Articles To Read:

Here is a great summary of what Dreher is calling for:

Critics of the Benedict Option

First Things Article, "The Church As Culture"

My Blog, "Artes Vitae"

(And all of those below)

Let me know if you have a blog about it that we should add here!

How Words Shape Reality Words, words, words:

Linguistics, analogical thinking, and human reasoning

Friday, June 5, 2015 


Presented by Ben Finnegan:  Words are things of beauty, meaning, and power. To what extent are they shaped by reality, and to what extent do they shape the way we view reality? Come consider the very nature of language and life and how they inter-relate in this Great Ideas Discussion at the Harvey Center.  


What About "Worldview" Courses?

March 27, 2015


Presented by Chris Finnegan.  We had great discussion about the concept of “worldview.” What is “worldview education,” why might it be important, and should we make time in our busy school schedules for such study?  How can we incorporate “worldviewish” thinking--seeing things as integrated wholes instead of in bits and pieces-- in our homeschools and families, and ought we? And how do we keep our children from becoming intellectually arrogant instead of compassionate towards others? 

2014 Webinars:


'Vigorous' Education!

Would you like to discuss a vigorous approach to education and find out how it compares to a rigorous one. Many ask, "What is the difference?" The word rigorous comes from the Latin noun rigor, which means "stiffness" as in rigor mortis. Vigorous comes from the Latin noun vigor, which means "full of life." Come on out Wednesday night to explore these ideas with us. 

Studying Greek and Latin

Dale Grote, Ph.D. discussed the different types of Greek study. Along with teaching and studying ancient Greek and Latin at UNCC, Dr. Grote leads tours to Greece and speaks modern Greek. He answered such questions as... What approach should we have to the study of these languages? What are the main differences between ancient, medieval, and modern Greek? Should one study Latin or Greek first?  

February 2014: Logic

Tina Maclennan hosted our discussion on "What is logic, anyway?" What in the world is the difference between “formal logic” and “informal logic” and “material logic”? Where should you (or your students) begin in their study of logic, and why?  



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