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Welcome to FORMA, a podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and leaders who are carefully contemplating the intersection of classical thought and contemporary culture.In this episode David chats with Jeffrey Overstreet, an award-winning novelist, arts critic, and writing professor about the work and legacy of Madeleine L'Engle, whose birthday was November 29th. They chat about L'Engle's book Walking on Water, teaching writing with L'Engle in mind, and much more. To lear ...

Loeb Classics Editor, Jeffrey Henderson

Thu Nov 22 2018 (53:54)

Welcome to FORMA, a podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and leaders who are carefully contemplating the intersection of classical thought and contemporary culture.In this episode David chats with Dr. Jeffrey Henderson, general editor of the Loeb Classics. Dr. Hendersonis the William Goodwin Aurelio Professor of Greek Language and Literature, and former Dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, at Boston University. This conversation touches on th ...

Welcome to FORMA, a podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and leaders who are carefully contemplating the intersection of classical thought and contemporary culture.In this episode David chats with Dr. Jeremy Begbie about his new book A Peculiar Orthodoxy: Reflections on Theology and the Arts, which emphasizes "the role of a biblically grounded creedal orthodox as he shows how Christian theology and the arts can enrich each other." Topics of conversation include the o ...

Welcome to FORMA, a podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and leaders who are carefully contemplating the intersection of classical thought and contemporary culture.In this episode David chats with literature professor and crime fiction enthusiast, Dorian Stuber, about some of the best books, characters, and authors available in the world of crime/mystery fiction. 

Welcome to FORMA, a podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and leaders who are carefully contemplating the intersection of classical thought and contemporary culture.In this episode David chats with historian Andrew Robert about his new biography of Sir. Winston Churchill. Based on new archival material, including letters, diaries, and political documents never before accessible to historians, Churchill: Walking with Destiny is a landmark that offers readers the full a ...

Welcome to FORMA, a podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and leaders who are carefully contemplating the intersection of classical thought and contemporary culture. In this episode David chats with Brad Brizer, author of Russell Kirk: American Conservative about the life and legacy of Russell Kirk. They chat about his childhood, his mysterious family heritage, his eccentricities, his outsized influence, how he would feel about our current moment, and much more. ***T ...

Welcome to FORMA, a podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders who are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education and the arts.In this episode, David chats with the inimitable Ken Myers about the evolution of his career, how he sees his vocation, the creation of Mars Hill Audio, interviewing Johnny Cash (for his first ever interview!), writing his book, and much more.***This episode is brought to you by our friends at the H ...

Welcome to FORMA, a podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders who are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education and the arts.This episode features an interview that David conducted a few years back with Christine Perrin, a professor at Messiah College and author of a poetry collection called Bright Mirror, about the challenges of teaching poetry. It's one of our most popular episodes ever and is appropriate given the fact ...

Jake Mentzel of the Bookening Podcast

Wed Sep 12 2018 (51:56)

Welcome to FORMA, a podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders who are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education and the arts.In this episode, David chats with Jake Mentzel, one of the co-hosts of the Bookening Podcast from Warhorn Media, where they discuss great books from a Christian perspective. Conversation touches on the role of books in Jake's childhood, the proper place of books in the rightly ordered spiritual life ...

Welcome to FORMA, a podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders who are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education and the arts.In this episode Andrew Kern, Matt Bianco, and Brian Phillips (of the CiRCE Institute), chat about the role feelings should play in reading (and teaching reading). Many would say that feelings have nothing to do with good reading, but the guys propose a different perspective, relying on sources like ...

Welcome to FORMA, a podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders who are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education and the arts.In this episode, David chats with Greg Wilbur, founder and President of New College Franklin in Franklin, TN, about the state of higher education, the ideal student for a small liberal arts college, preparing for college, and much more.

Welcome to FORMA, a podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders who are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education and the arts.In this episode, David chats with Jack Baker and Jeffrey Bilbro, authors of the book, Wendell Berry and Higher Education: Cultivating Virtues of Place. Discussion touches on why Berry is so widely loved among people of so many persuasions and walks of life, his cynicism about modern higher education ...

Welcome to FORMA, a podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders who are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education and the arts.In this episode, David chats with Karen Swallow Prior, author ofthe forthcoming book On Reading Well: Finding the Good Life through great Books. They discuss Karen's approach to teaching literature, the origins of her love of reading and books, finding the virtues in Great Books, and much more. You ...

Joshua Gibbs on How to Be Unlucky

Thu Aug 02 2018 (01:03:36)

Welcome to FORMA, a podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders who are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education and the arts.In this episode, David chats with Joshua Gibbs, author ofthe new book How to Be Unlucky: Reflections on the Pursuit of Virtue, out now from CiRCE. In this wide-ranging discussion they chat about Gibbs' journey from bad student to good teacher, how good teachers should talk about their students probl ...

Welcome to FORMA, a podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders who are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education and the arts.In this episode, David chats with Alan Noble, author of Disruptive Witness: Speaking Truth in a Distracted Age. Conversation touches on Alan's experiences in the homeschooling world, the reasons he wrote the book, the challenges of teaching and raising kids in an age like ours, and much, much more. ...

Welcome to FORMA, a podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders who are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education and the arts.In this episode, David chats with John Hodges, the director of The Center for Western Studies, about how to approach the challenge of pop music in our homes and classrooms. Topics include: the prerequisites for cultivating discernment, the subjective vs. the objective in music appreciation, how much ...

Featuring Buck Holler

Welcome to FORMA, a podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders who are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education and the arts.In this episode, Andrew Kern and old friend Buck Holler, a head mentor in the CiRCE Institute Apprenticeship program, discuss what we mean when we talk about "types" - and why they matter so much in education.

A Brief Biography of Reason, Part 3

Fri May 04 2018 (01:15:24)

Welcome to FORMA, a podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders who are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education and the arts.In this episode, Andrew Kern and CiRCE friend, the inimitable Tim McIntosh, regular contributor to our Close Reads podcast, continue their ongoing conversation about the history and biography of reason. This is part 3 of 3.

Welcome to FORMA, a podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders who are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education and the arts.In this episode, David Kern chats with Jason Baxter, a professor and writer from Wyoming Catholic College, about his new books, A Beginner's Guide to Dante's Divine Comedy. This seeks to help "readers better appreciate and understand the complexity and layers of meaning of Dante's spiritual masterpi ...

Welcome to FORMA, a podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders who are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education and the arts.In this episode, Andrew Kern and CiRCE friend, the inimitable Tim McIntosh, regular contributor to our Close Reads podcast, continue their ongoing conversation about the history and biography of reason. This is part 2 of 3.

Welcome to FORMA, a podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders who are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education and the arts.In this episode, we're bringing you a conversation between Andrew Kern and CiRCE friend, the inimitable Tim McIntosh, regular contributor to our Close Reads podcast, about the history and biography of reason.

Welcome to FORMA, a podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders who are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education and the arts. In this episode, David chats with author Jonathan Rogers about his "middle-grade" books, the Wilderking Trilogy. Topics include the genesis of the series, his various influences, American literature, and much more. To sign up for his e-newsletter on writing click here. Click here to find the audio ...

Welcome to FORMA, a podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders who are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education.In this episode, Andrew Kern and Matt Bianco chat some moreabout how to choose what books to read. Topics include how to choose books for yourself, how to choose books for your children, and how to recommend books to others.

Welcome to FORMA, a podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders who are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education.In this episode Sarah Mackenzie, host of the Read Aloud Revival podcast, joins David to discuss her new book, The Read Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids, which is due out on March 27th. Topics of conversation include the challenges of curating books for her audience, teaching ...

Previewing the new issue of FORMA!

Mon Mar 05 2018 (37:36)

Join David, Graeme Pitman, and Matt Bianco for a quick preview of the forthcoming issue of FORMA, which is headed to mailboxes this month. The guys discuss visiting Wendell Berry, designing the cover, and much more, including the themes of the issue and the articles. To learn more about FORMA head to circemagazine.com. This episode is brought to you by our friends at CLT--the Classic Learning Test! Check out their alternative to the ACT and SAT at clt.org.

Welcome to FORMA, a podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders who are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education.  In this episode, Andrew Kern and Matt Bianco...

Welcome to FORMA, a podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders who are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education.  In this episode, Andrew Kern and Matt Bianco chat about the challenges of teaching reading. Topics include how easy it is to corrupt reading for kids, why some people hate reading, universal questions that can help anyone read well, and much more.   

John Hodges on Cultivating a Love of Music

Wed Jan 31 2018 (01:06:26)

Welcome to FORMA, a podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders who are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education.  In this episode, David chats with John Hodges, our friend...

Welcome to FORMA, a podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders who are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education.  In this episode, David chats with John Hodges, our friend from the Center for Western Studies, about ways of cultivating a love of music. Topics include teaching music when you are "musically limited," self-education in music, composer study, musical pieces that children love, pop music, and much more. 

Welcome to FORMA, a podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders who are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education.  In this episode, we are re-running a conversation David...

Welcome to FORMA, a podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders who are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education.  In this episode, we are re-running a conversation David had on the old Quiddity podcast with our friend James Daniels, in which they discussed how to cultivate human-ness in our students and children. Topics of conversation include common places in the classroom, habits vs. subjects, how the seven liberal arts ...

Welcome to FORMA, a podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders who are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education.  In this episode Andrew Kern continues his conversation...

Welcome to FORMA, a podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders who are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education.  In this episode Andrew Kern continues his conversation with Susan Wise Bauer (author of The Well Trained Mind) about her new book, Rethinking School: How to Take Charge of Your Child's Education, which is now from Norton.  Topics include the reasons she wrote the book, kids who don't have a place in the system ...

Susan Wise Bauer on "Rethinking School"

Tue Dec 19 2017 (01:06:59)

Welcome to FORMA, a new podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders who are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education.  In this episode Andrew Kern chats with Susan Wise...

Welcome to FORMA, a new podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders who are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education.  In this episode Andrew Kern chats with Susan Wise Bauer (author of The Well Trained Mind) about her new book, Rethinking School: How to Take Charge of Your Child's Education, which is due out in January from Norton.  Topics include the way we do school today and why it doesn't work, how parents are looking ...

Welcome to FORMA, a new podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders who are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education.  In episode 8, David chats with Christopher Perrin,...

Welcome to FORMA, a new podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders who are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education.  In episode 8, David chats with Christopher Perrin, founder of Classical Academic Press, about the role the early and medieval monastics played in preserving Western culture, Christian and secular alike. Topics include the evolution of Dr. Perrin's interest in the subject, ways the monastics made the Wester ...

Welcome to FORMA, a podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders who are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education.  In episode 7, David chats with Emily Wilson, translator...

Welcome to FORMA, a podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders who are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education.  In episode 7, David chats with Emily Wilson, translator of a brand new and much-lauded edition of the Odyssey. Dr. Wilson, the first woman to translate Homer's epic, is a professor at the University of Pennsylvania. Conversation touches on her childhood love of the poem, the myriad challenges of translation, a ...

Welcome to FORMA, a new podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders who are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education, aesthetic wonder, and Christian community.  In episode...

Welcome to FORMA, a new podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders who are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education, aesthetic wonder, and Christian community.  In episode 6, David chats with Ty and Jenny Rallens about what it was like growing up in the world of classical education, their studies in classical languages at Oxford, and the way forward in the classical renewal.    *** After homeschooling through high school, ...

Welcome to FORMA, a new podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders who are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education, aesthetic wonder, and Christian community.  In episode...

Welcome to FORMA, a new podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders who are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education, aesthetic wonder, and Christian community.  In episode 5, David chats with film critic, Josh Larsen, about his new book,  Movies Are Prayers: How Films Voice Our Deepest Longings.  ** Josh Larsen is the co-host of the radio show and podcast Filmspotting, as well as editor and film critic at Think Christian, ...

Welcome to FORMA, a new podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders who are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education, aesthetic wonder, and Christian community.  In episode...

Welcome to FORMA, a new podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders who are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education, aesthetic wonder, and Christian community.  In episode 4, David chats with culture critic, Brett McCracken, about his new book,  Uncomfortable: The Awkward and Essential Challenge of Christian Community. Topics include: why we need to be less concerned with finding a church that makes us feel comfortable, B ...

Welcome to FORMA, a new podcast from the CiRCE Institute Podcast Network featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders who are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education, aesthetic wonder,...

Welcome to FORMA, a new podcast from the CiRCE Institute Podcast Network featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders who are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education, aesthetic wonder, and Christian community.  Here, in episode three David chats with Adam Andrews, director of the Center for Lit and a highly sought-after speaker on all things literature, about the value of the Great Gatsby. Topics include questionable content in li ...

Welcome to FORMA, a new podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders that are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education, aesthetic wonder, and Christian community. ...

Welcome to FORMA, a new podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders that are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education, aesthetic wonder, and Christian community.  Here, in episode two, David chats with author and speaker Leigh Bortins who founded Classical Conversations 20 years ago. Topics included the C.C. origin story, the growth of classical education in recent decades, and advice for homeschooling parents.  Join CC to ...

Welcome to FORMA, a new podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders that are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education, aesthetic wonder, and Christian community.  Here in...

Welcome to FORMA, a new podcast featuring conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders that are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education, aesthetic wonder, and Christian community.  Here in episode one, David chats with Angelina Stanford about her recent article on the ways that mystery stories are the cure for what ails our modern times.  Topics include why mystery stories became popular when they did, why their traditional form of is freei ...

Forma Preview

Tue Sep 19 2017 (04:44)

Coming soon, Forma features conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders that are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education, aesthetic wonder, and Christian community.

Coming soon, Forma features conversations with authors, teachers, creators, and community leaders that are carefully contemplating the nature and practice of classical education, aesthetic wonder, and Christian community.