Alcuin West Retreat

2020 Alcuin West
O Quintilian, supreme guide of unsettled youth,
Glory of the Roman toga, O Quintilian!


Join us for a transformative three days of discussion, fellowship, and interaction with one of ancient Rome’s greatest texts on education. Quintilian left to posterity “the justest rules and clearest method” of education—so said Alexander Pope, one of England’s foremost poets. At this year’s Alcuin West retreat we will follow Pope’s lead by turning back to Quintilian and his Institutio Oratoria (The Education of an Orator), classical Rome’s greatest educational achievement, and recover ancient wisdom for today’s classrooms.

February 27-29, 2019, at The Master’s University, Santa Clarita, CA

Retreat Overview

The retreat gets underway Thursday evening the 27th with dinner, fellowship, and an orienting lecture. We continue all day Friday with additional orientation and guided discussions, so participants should come ready to interact with the text and with one another. Then, on Saturday, we will visit the Getty Cultural Center.

Plenary Speaker: Dr. Christopher Schlect will orient us to Quintilian and his work

Facilitators: Friday’s discussions will be led by the West Coast Alcuin fellows

Excursion: We will visit the Getty Cultural Center on Saturday, led by Dr. Grant Horner, with discussion on “Christianity, Culture, and the Pursuit of Beauty.”

Cost: $95.00; Your registration includes the following:

  • Admission to all the events, including Saturday’s excursion to the Getty Cultural Center
  • Dinner on Thursday night
  • Light breakfast on Friday
  • Lunch on Friday
  • Coffee and snacks on Friday

Who was Quintilian? He enjoyed a distinguished career as a courtroom advocate and classroom teacher in the first century A.D. Upon retirement, he drew upon his lifetime of fruitful experience to compose the Institutio Oratoria—the Education of an Orator. In this timeless work, Quintilian weaves together his practical insights about classroom instruction with theoretical reflections on curriculum.

How to prepare? Attendees should come prepared to discuss books I and II of Quintilian’s Institutio Oratoria. They should read this selection beforehand and bring a copy along with them. A fine edition, published in 1920, is now in the public domain and can be downloaded free at this link. A more updated edition is available for purchase through Amazon. Ambitious readers will want to read all twelve books of this great work, but note that we will consider only books I and II at this retreat.

Retreat Hosts: The Alcuin Fellows (West Coast)

  • Grant Horner, Director of the Classical Liberal Arts Program, the Master’s College, Santa Clarita, CA.
  • Christopher Schlect, Director of Classical and Christian Studies Graduate Programs, New Saint Andrews College, Moscow, ID
  • Andrew Selby, Dean of Classical Instruction, Trinity Classical Academy, Valencia, CA
  • Shea Ramquist, History Instructor, Trinity Classical Academy, Valencia, CA
  • Keith Buhler, Philosophy Instructor, Trinity Classical Academy, Valencia, CA
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