2019 Plenary Sessions

Ryan T. Anderson

Senior Research Fellow, The Heritage Foundation

When Harry Became Sally

The transgender movement has hit breakneck speed. It’s gone from something that most Americans had never heard of to a cause claiming the mantle of civil rights. Can a boy be“trapped” in a girl’s body? Can modern medicine “reassign”sex? What’s the loving response to a friend or child experiencing a gender-identity conflict? What should our laws say on these issues? Drawing on the best insights from biology, psychology and philosophy, When Harry Became Sally author Ryan T. Anderson offers a balanced approach to policy issues, a nuanced vision of human embodiment and a sober and honest survey of the costs of getting human nature wrong.

D. Michael Lindsay

President, Gordon College

Ancient Hinges: How the Classical Virtues Inform Transformational Leadership

The cardinal virtues of temperance, fortitude, prudence and justice were espoused by Plato, Cicero and Marcus Aurelius long before Christianity formally adopted them. Through the classical influence on the scholastics, Christian scholars like Thomas Aquinas and poets like Dante Alighieri came to understand the immense value of these virtues. If 2,000 years of scholarship has defended these virtues, we would be wise to take note. Drawing from his own research, D. Michael Lindsay argues for a renewed understanding of everything the cardinal virtues have to offer us in fulfilling our own callings and in shaping the lives of the next generation of leaders.

Davies Owens

Head of Vision & Advancement, The Ambrose School

What in the World is Classical Christian Education?

“Classical Christian Education” is one of the most difficult products to market. A simple and memorable definition eludes most people. We give an elaborate answer that includes Latin,uniforms, old books and the Trivium. The response back is often a look of curiosity … like being told that the best form of transportation is a covered wagon. Knowing who is asking the question – parents, teachers, students, donors or college advisors – and how to tailor your response makes a difference,too. In this session, we will examine various definitions and how to explain it clearly, winsomely and accurately in the areas of marketing, parent education and retention.