"As a head of school I was delighted when a first year teacher I brought to the conference caught the vision at a deep level. That could only have happened at the level it did by the small, intimate environment of the Arete format. Thank you for understanding that reality and making it possible."
A. Aikens
Crossville Christian School, Crossville, TN

about Alcuin

Join us for the annual gathering of the Alcuin Fellows, academic leaders, and faculty from around the country as we gather to contemplate wisdom and discernment. The Book of Ecclesiastes and Tertullian’s Enduring Question by Nicholas Wolterstorff will frame a rich and engaging conversation as we consider:

  • What does Jerusalem have to do with Athens?
  • How does the past lead to informed deeper study today?
  • How do we apply this to leading and teaching in a classical Christian school?
  • How do we textualize this discernment for our culture now?


Pre-Reading & Interactive Discussion

Our time together will involve a deep-dive conversation (rather than passive lecture or tips & tricks). More than 50% of our time together will be discussion-based. 

Anyone interested in the history and philosophy of education will enjoy this discussion. We will talk about the readings, explore ideas, and discuss how it all integrates with the philosophy of classical Christian education.

Pre-Reading Assignment

Virtual Option

Can’t join us in person? The SCL has re-engineered its virtual experience for online participants at the Fall Retreat. Join us virtually and engage in two-way conversation live. Or, save the recordings to enjoy later.

Featured Speakers

Joshua Gibbs

Now in his eleventh year as an educator, Joshua is also a a sought-after conference speaker on pedagogy and great books, the editor of FilmFisher, a frequent contributor at the Circe Institute, and the author of How To Be Unlucky, Something They Will Not Forget and the forthcoming Love What Lasts. Josh holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Idaho. At fifteen, Joshua fell in love with the woman he would one day marry. Paula and Joshua have two daughters, both of whom have seven names. Joshua's greatest academic interest is Late Antique Roman history, though he is also a caseophile and a collector of jazz records.

Chris Perrin

Dr. Chris Perrin is the co-founder of Classical Academic Press, a classical education curriculum, media, and consulting company and serves full- time as the CEO/publisher. Through CAP, Chris serves as a consultant to schools across the country. He is a nationally-recognized author and speaker committed to the national renewal of the liberal arts tradition. He is the director of the Alcuin Fellowship of classical educators and has published numerous books, articles, and lectures. Chris is a lover of goodness, truth, and beauty wherever it is found.

Kevin Clark

Kevin Clark, DLS, is the founder and President of The Ecclesial Schools Initiative, Inc. He believes his vocation as a Christian educator to be in service of the Church and the family as they seek to train children in the fear and admonition of the Lord. Kevin’s Christian Classical Education experience spans 17 years, including 15 at The Geneva School, where he taught extensively and later became Academic Dean. He has been an Alcuin Fellow for the last 10 years and is also a teaching fellow at Templeton Honors College at Eastern University. Kevin earned a doctorate from Georgetown University that focused on liberal arts education and interdisciplinary practice, and he is the coauthor of the book The Liberal Arts Tradition: A Philosophy of Christian Classical Education. Kevin and his wife, Taryn, have four children—Aubrey, Caedmon, Naomi, and Eleanor.