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Gutenberg College Education Conference:
The Art of Learning


September 3-5, 2020


In the predominant view of education, the student’s primary job is to consume and store information, much like a computer. But such a view misses the true nature of learning. Learning is a dynamic process in which a student, like an apprentice, slowly builds skills and knowledge, constantly self-correcting toward mastery and a sound worldview. A key component of the process—frequently overlooked in modern education—is a student’s moral orientation toward truth. In this conference, we will explore the art of learning through talks and workshops in order to become better learners and better teachers.



Guest Speakers

Nancy Pearcey

Nancy Pearcey is the author of Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions about Life and Sexuality. Her earlier books include The Soul of Science, Saving Leonardo, Finding Truth, and two ECPA Gold Medallion Award Winners: How Now Shall We Live (coauthored with Harold Fickett and Chuck Colson) and Total Truth. Her books have been translated into eight languages. She is professor and scholar in residence at Houston Baptist University. A former agnostic, Pearcey has spoken at universities such as Princeton, Stanford, USC, and Dartmouth. She was highlighted as one of the five top women apologists by Christianity Today and was hailed in The Economist as “America’s pre-eminent evangelical Protestant female intellectual.”


Andrew Pudewa

Andrew Pudewa is the founder and principal speaker of the Institute for Excellence in Writing and a father of seven. Traveling and speaking around the world, he addresses issues related to teaching, writing, thinking, spelling, and music with clarity, insight, practical experience, and humor. His seminars for parents, students, and teachers have helped transform many a reluctant writer and have equipped educators with powerful tools to dramatically improve students’ skills. Although he is a graduate of the Talent Education Institute in Japan and holds a Certificate of Child Brain Development from the Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, his best endorsement is from a young Alaskan boy who called him “the funny man with the wonderful words.” He and his wonderful, heroic wife, Robin, have homeschooled their seven children and are now proud grandparents of eleven, making their home in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Live Writing Workshops with Andrew Pudewa

While the Art of Learning conference is taking place at New Hope Eugene, Andrew will present multiple writing workshops for students on Gutenberg’s campus. Learn more about Andrew’s writing workshops or register your student(s) here. Please note: Registrations for writing workshops with Andrew Pudewa are not included in the general conference price.


Leigh Bortins

Leigh Bortins is a nationally acclaimed educator, perhaps best known for her ability to demystify the fundamental tools of learning. As a teacher, author, and commentator, Leigh is credited with helping to launch the “home-centered learning” education movement.

After earning a degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan, Leigh worked in the aerospace industry before beginning her work as an educator. She also holds a D.Min. degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Hamilton, Massachusetts. In teaching study skills for 30 years to children and adults, she has written several books, including The Core, The Question, and The Conversation, a series which explores the classical trivium from a parent’s perspective. She has also authored complete K-12 curriculum guides for parents and homeschool tutors all across the country.

Leigh is the founder and chief visionary officer of Classical Conversations Inc., an organization that models the home-centered learning approach to empower learners of all ages. She trains facilitators dedicated to duplicating her methods and is thereby transforming education and improving the quality of family and community life.

Leigh is currently working on developing a math curriculum that maps the structure of learning K4-12 math from a classical, Christian perspective. Leigh’s emphasis on the time-tested enjoyment of learning and the fundamentals of education and critical thinking skills grew out of her own experiences in homeschooling her four boys with her husband Robert. They and their children and grandchildren live near Pinehurst, North Carolina.

Classical Conversations® is a classical education resource used by homeschoolers in all 50 states and 30 foreign countries. CC now has more than 125,000 students enrolled in its tutoring programs, which are provided by 2,500 CC communities.


(More to follow)


Thursday night, September 3, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Friday, September 4, 9:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 5, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


New Hope Eugene
1790 Charnelton Street
Eugene, OR 97401


Early Registration (before June 1)
Full conference (except banquet): $120 (Individual); $210 (Family); $60 (Student)
Friday only (except banquet): $80 (Individual); $140 (Family); $40 (Student)

June 1 and After
Full conference (except banquet): $150 (Individual); $263 (Family); $75 (Student)
Friday only (except banquet): $100 (Individual); $175 (Family); $50 (Student)

Friday Night Banquet
(The maximum attendance at the banquet will be 175.)
$30 (Individual); $45 (Family)

* The Friday night banquet costs extra.
* Financial Aid: Limited financial aid is available for those who wish to attend. If you wish to apply, please contact the Gutenberg office.
* Volunteer opportunities: We can also offer reduced costs for volunteers. If you would like to volunteer, please contact the Gutenberg office.


Limited lodging is available at Gutenberg College. To inquire about room availability at Gutenberg, contact the Gutenberg office.