February 9-10 Conference in Phoenix: "What Is Western Civilization?"

National Association of Scholars

Please join us in Phoenix, Arizona for NAS's first conference of 2018, "What Is Western Civilization?" We are delighted to partner with Great Hearts Academies.

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What Is Western Civilization?

February 9-10, 2018

Veritas Preparatory Academy
3102 N 56th St #100
Phoenix, AZ 85018

Conference: Friday, February 9, 4:00pm-7:30pm, Saturday, February 10, 8:00am-9:00pm (full schedule below)

Lodging: Scottsdale Marriott Suites Old Town, 7325 East 3rd Avenue, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. Reserve a room online with our group rate, or call (480) 874-6038 and mention the National Association of Scholars.

Tickets

Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner included

 

NAS Member*

Non-Member

Early Registration (by January 15)

$50

$75

Student Early Registration (by January 15)

$25

$50

Late Registration (after January 15)

$75

$100

Student Late Registration (after January 15)

$40

$65

*Current NAS members have received a discount code by email. If you are a current NAS member and have not received this code, please email Ashley Thorne at [email protected]

 

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Sponsor and exhibit at the conference >

 

Conference Schedule

FRIDAY, February 9, 2018

If you are interested in visiting a class at Veritas Preparatory Academy during the school day on Friday, February 9, please let Ashley Thorne know by emailing [email protected]

4:00pm Registration open

5:00pm Welcome and opening remarks

Robert Jackson, Chief Academic Officer, Great Hearts Academy
Ashley Thorne, Executive Director, National Association of Scholars

6:00pm Plenary Address: Training the Soul in Virtue: Lessons from the West

Rachel Fulton Brown, Associate Professor of History, University of Chicago

Dinner on your own (a list of recommended local restaurants will be provided)

 

Saturday, February 10, 2018

8:00am Registration and breakfast

9:00am Plenary Address: Why Civilization, Not Culture?

Peter Wood, President, National Association of Scholars

9:30am Panel 1: When Did Western Civilization Begin?

Paul Rahe, Charles O. Lee and Louise K. Lee Chair in the Western Heritage, Hillsdale College
Carol McNamara, Associate Director for Public Programs for the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership at Arizona State University
Keith Whitaker, President, Wise Counsel Research

10:45am Break

11:00am Panel 2: How Does Western Civilization Contrast with Other Civilizations?

Bruce Gilley, Associate Professor of Political Science, Portland State University
Karen Taliaferro, Assistant Professor, School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership at Arizona State University
Robert Edward Gordon, Research Fellow and Lecturer, American Culture and Ideas Initiative at the Fred Fox School of Music, University of Arizona

12:30pm Luncheon Keynote: The Lost History of Western Civilization

Stanley Kurtz, Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center

2:00pm Break

2:15pm Panel 3: How Should Western Civilization Be Taught?

Stuart Diamond, Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow
David Randall, Director of Communications, National Association of Scholars
Bryan Smith, Vice President, Great Hearts Academies

3:30pm Conversations

4:30pm Break

4:45pm Panel 4: Western Civilization’s Relation to Aesthetics and the Fine Arts

Daniel Asia, University of Arizona, Professor of Music, Fred Fox School of Music, University of Arizona
Aaron Mobley, Professor of Music, Berkeley City College
David Rothman, Director of Graduate Program in Creative Writing; Director of Poetry Concentration, Western State Colorado University

6:00pm Reception

7:00pm Dinner and Keynote Address: The Art of Western Civilization: Democracy, Christianity, Individuality

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