One of the elements of classical and Christian thought which is rather in need of restoration today is the concept of civic virtue. In “A Brief History of Civic Virtue,” Veritas humanities and classics teacher Rick Trumbo traces the idea of civic virtue from its origins in Greco- Roman republicanism through its Medieval and Renaissance development into what Alexis de Tocqueville called the American notion of “enlightened self-interest.” The workshop will provide documents and discussion topics for teachers of ancient, Medieval, and early American history and teachers of government as an aid to helping Classical Christian schools recover this often-neglected element of moral philosophy.
Rick Trumbo graduated with a B. A. in Humanities from Hampden-Sydney College in 1976. He earned a Master of Humanities at the University of Richmond in 1983. He has taught history, government, and Latin over 35 years as a high school teacher. He is currently an instructor in Ancient and Medieval humanities, and Latin, at Veritas School in Richmond, Virginia, where he has taught for six years. He has held various administrative and departmental roles during his career and also serves as a ruling elder in the PCA.