The Climacus Conference is a classical Christian intellectual/spiritual event featuring scholars and voices across the fields of Theology, Philosophy, Classical Education, Literature, and History/Politics. It is unique in that it provides an opportunity for attendees to be enriched by thinking well across disciplines.
In it’s fifth annual installment, the Climacus Conference will continue in its endeavor to “develop the life of the mind through scholarly engagement with the classic liberal arts,” approaching this by means of the Greek Patristic understanding of the nous, the mind of the heart, enabling our ascension “of the ladder” (κλίμακος/climacus), as inspired by St. John Climacus and his Ladder of Divine Ascent. This year, the theme of the conference is beauty – namely in how we define it, the aesthetics of beautiful things, and the practice of that aesthetic, the “redemptive and salvific role of beauty in our lives.” The conference in very reasonably priced and should be of great interest to anyone interested in beauty, beautiful things, and the effects of beauty on our lives.
This year’s conference boasts eight lecturers. Among these is the founder of the Orthodox Arts Journal, Andrew Gould. Andrew will be speaking from his experience as an architect and liturgical artist whose designs “marry medieval Orthodox architecture with sympathetic influences from American building traditions.” He will talk about sacred architecture and liturgical art.
The other presenters, with the titles of their respective lectures are:
Fr. Jonathan Tobias – “Hell overcome by Beauty: the implications of the primacy of Divine Beauty over Violence”, and “Theosis as Beautification: the profound human response to the memory and destiny of Divine Beauty”
Nicholas Samaras – “Poetry as Spiritual Pilgrimage into Beauty”, and later, a reading of his own poetry
Molly Sabourin – “Devotional Reflection”
Fr. Alexis Kouri – “Beauty and Being”
Erick Hedrick-Moser – “On the Fitting and the Beautiful: Retrieving Augustine’s Lost Treatise on Theological Aesthetics”
Sam Granger – “Beauty, Blessed Vision, and Orthodoxy with Thomas Aquinas”
Meredith Trexler – “Aesthetic Experience and Becoming Good”
Please find all the relevant details at http://www.climacusconference.org.