Great Books and Great Questions: Diverse Voices in Pursuit of the True, Good and Beautiful

Dr. Angel Adams Parham and Dr. Brian Williams discuss how diverse voices can aid us in the pursuit of the true, the good, and the beautiful.

Many classical schools have an interest in including diverse voices, but are also concerned to stay true to their mission of keeping their curricula firmly devoted to the study and contemplation of classic texts. Otherwise, one runs the risk of being subjected to the unceasing winds of social and cultural change. Is it possible to maintain the classical core while also hearing from voices that have not traditionally been part of that core? Even if it is possible, what are the pros and cons of taking such an approach? Join Angel and Brian in conversation on these questions.

Dr. Angel Adams Parham

Dr. Angel Adams Parham is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Nyansa Classical Community. Nyansa provides after-school programming and curricula designed to connect with and draw students of color into the beauty of classical literature and the great conversation. She is also Associate Professor of Sociology at Loyola University-New Orleans. Dr. Parham's sociological training provides an in-depth understanding of the social and economic challenges facing many low-income communities of color, while her Christian faith emphasizes the importance of combining this sociological knowledge with a commitment to students’ spiritual formation and the cultivation of their moral imagination. She is also a wife and mother of two beautiful girls who are homeschooled according to classical Christian principles and pedagogies.

Dr. Brian Williams

Dr. Brian A. Williams is Dean of the Templeton Honors College and Assistant Professor of Ethics & Liberal Studies at Eastern University in Pennsylvania. Previously, he was Lecturer in Theology and Christian Ethics at the University of Oxford and Director of Oxford Conversations, a collection of interviews with influential Christian academics and scholars. He holds an MPhil and DPhil in Christian Ethics from the University of Oxford, an MA and ThM in Systematic and Historical Theology, and a BA in Biblical Studies. Currently, he is an Alcuin Fellow and a Research Fellow with the Institute of Classical Education. Dr. Williams is the author of The Potter’s Rib: The History, Theology, and Practice of Mentoring for Pastoral Formation.

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