Advanced Formation
Webinar Series
Summer 2020 | Online | FREE

This summer, take time to be a student again! Relive the days when you could read great books and leave the teaching anxieties to someone else.

The Institute’s Advanced Formation Webinar Series will give you an opportunity to read, digest, and discuss Mere Christianity and Beowulf, Tolkien and Dante, Grammar and Rhetoric, Math and Science. In these hour-long sessions, excellent Catholic liberal arts teachers will share their insights and address your questions.

All webinars will begin at 1:00 p.m. Pacific/4:00 p.m. Eastern.

July 1: Mere Christianity, Book 1
Dr. Arthur Hippler – Religion Dept. Chair, Providence Academy
As a preparation to defending Christian belief, C. S. Lewis argues that we live in a universe that has meaning and purpose. His starting point — the moral law. How do we know that there is a moral or “natural” law ? Why is law not just a form of “herd instinct” or “social convention” or “social convenience”? How does this law show a “mind behind the universe”?

July 8: Beowulf
Dr. Gregory Roper – Associate Professor of English, University of Dallas
Examine how this great early poem explores the nature of heroism, culture, violence, and evil. Come for a lively lecture and discussion of the main events of the poem, helping you explore the structure and content of this crucial text in the classical curriculum. For ease of reference, it would be best to have the Kennedy translation, but if you do not have it, you can use whatever translation you like.

July 15: “The Rhetoric of Grammar: Why the Simple Sentence Isn’t All that Simple and Other Grammatical Surprises”
Dr. Alyssan Barnes – English Dept. Chair, Live Oak Classical School
This selection from The Ethics of Rhetoric presents a philosophical look at sentence types (simple, compound, and complex) as well as parts of speech (subject, verb, etc.). A truly fascinating  demonstration of how grammar reveals reality.

July 22: “Tolkien and Faerie Tales”
Dr. Andrew Seeley – Director of Advanced Formation, ICLE;
Tutor, Thomas Aquinas College

JRR Tolkien not only wrote great epic fantasy tales, but he reflected deeply on his craft, which he understood as an art of making Faerie stories. This webinar, will explore some central ideas from his classic, “Essay on Faerie Stories”, and how these ideas are embodied in some of the stories reference in the Essay, and his own short story, “Smith of Wooten Major.”

August 5: “Beati pauperes spiritu: Dante meets Beatrice and the rich young man meets Christ”
Luke Macik, J.D. – Headmaster, The Lyceum

TBA: “Math Ancient & Modern”
Three presentations will introduce participants to the ancient mathematical disciplines of the Quadrivium, reflect on the profound effects of modern algebraic thinking, and consider the proper role of mathematics in today’s curriculum. 

For more information on the ICLE Advanced Webinar Series,
contact Dr. Andrew Seeley:
844-425-3832 x701

Webinars are free, but registration is required.