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We hope you will be able to join us at the 2015 SCL Conference in Stone Mountain (Atlanta), Georgia!


June 25-27, 2015


Sub-Themes of the Conference

  • Rescuing Science from Scientism

  • Art and Performance


Special Concert featuring Singer and Songwriter Andrew Peterson, Thursday evening June 25!










Featured Plenary Speakers include:


Plenary Address #1: Darwin's Doubt
Plenary Address #2:The God Hypothesis:Christianity and the University
Stephen Meyer, senior fellow with the Discovery Institute and author of the recent, highly acclaimed book Darwin’s Doubt.

Meyer received his Ph.D. in the philosophy of science from the University of Cambridge. A former geophysicist and college professor, he now directs Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture in Seattle. He has authored the New York Times best seller Darwin’s Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design (HarperOne, 2013) as well as Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design (HarperOne, 2009), which was named a Book of the Year by the Times (of London) Literary Supplement in 2009. He received WORLD Magazine’s Daniel of the Year Award in 2009.

In the 21st century, the information age has finally come to biology. We now know that biology at its root is comprised of information-rich systems, such as the complex digital code in DNA. Groundbreaking discoveries of the past decade are revealing the information-bearing properties of biological systems. Dr. Meyer examines the depth of digital technology found in living cells and develops an argument for intelligent design as the best explanation for the information at the heart of life.

In the textbook Explore Evolution and the TrueU DVD series, Dr. Meyer has modeled an innovative way of teaching science in which he exposes students to arguments about competing scientific theories as a way of advancing scientific education. This approach comports well with the classical model and the importance of exposing older students to competing arguments as they enter the rhetorical stage of their educational development. 
Plenary Address: The Integrated Imagination
Andrew Peterson, acclaimed singer, song-writer, and author or The Wingfeather Saga.  Andrew will also be giving a concert on Thursday evening.  Bio: For more than twenty years now, Andrew Peterson has been about the business of quietly changing lives in four-minute increments. In the city of Nashville where music is an industry in the same way fast food, generic greeting cards, and bumper stickers are industries, Peterson has forged his own path, refusing the artistic compromises that so often come with chasing album sales and radio singles and creating instead a long line of songs that ache with sorrow, joy and integrity, and that are, at the end of the day, part of a real, ongoing, human conversation.  To learn more about Andrew Peterson, visit his official website here: http://www.andrew-peterson.com/

Plenary Address: Why Read Stories? Connecting Great Books and the Good Life
Cherie Harder, President of the Trinity Forum Foundation.  Bio: Cherie Harder serves as Presidentof The Trinity Forum. Prior to joining the Trinity Forum in 2008, Ms. Harder served in the White House as Special Assistant to the President and Director of Policy and Projects for First Lady Laura Bush.

Earlier in her career she served as Policy Advisor to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, advising the Leader on domestic social issues and serving as liaison and outreach director to outside groups. From 2001 to 2005, she was Senior Counselor to the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, where she helped the Chairman design and launch the We the People initiative to enhance the teaching, study, and understanding of American history. Prior to that Ms. Harder was the Policy Director for Senator Sam Brownback and also served as Deputy Policy Director at Empower America.

Ms. Harder has contributed articles to publications including Policy Review, Human Events, the Harvard Political Review, and various newspapers, as well as a chapter on fashion to the volume Building a Healthy Culture (Eerdmans 2001). Her ghost-written speeches and articles have appeared in Vital Speeches of the Day, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, USA Today, and others. To learn more about Cherie Harder, visit the website of the Trinity Forum here: http://www.ttf.org/us-staff


Plenary Address: Spreading Classical Christan Education to All God's Children
Russ Gregg is the Head of School at Hope Academy in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Russ has a B.A. in  Global Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has served as Head of School since Hope Academy’s founding in 2000. He has been a resident of the Phillips neighborhood since 1994. In 1999, he was an administrator at Calvin Christian School in Edina, and quit his job to help lay the groundwork for a Christian school for his urban neighbors. Russ and his wife Phyllis, who teaches 3rd grade at Hope Academy,  live four blocks away from the school. They have three grown children. Russ serves on the Board of Directors of the Society for Classical Learning.





Teachers, Administrators, Board Members

Wednesday, June 24, 2015, 9am to 5pm

Fees (before May 31):   SCL Members: $145     Non-Members: $175

Fees (after May 31):      SCL Members: $175     Non-Members: $205



Regular Session

Thursday through Saturday, June 25 - 27, 2015

(conference ends at noon)

Fees (before May 31):   SCL Members: $395     Non-Members: $425

Fees: (after May 31):     SCL Members: $425     Non-Members: $455














This event will take place at the gorgeous Stone Mountain Resort near Atlanta, Georgia. This is the most beautiful venue we have ever secured for the conference.





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