August 9 & 10, 2024

Young children are sponges. They absorb everything: language, ideas, and customs. As they mature, they continue to absorb, but they also gain the capacity to judge new information. They are becoming independent. Maturity and independence do not come easily or quickly, however; they are the products of a lifelong search for truth in humility before God. Nor is independence optional. We have a moral responsibility to hold fast to God’s truth and not succumb to the pressures and assumptions of the world. At this year’s Education Conference, Gutenberg College invites you to explore with us the challenge of teaching and finding independence of mind.

Speakers & Workshop Leaders

Amanda Butler

Amanda Butler

Classical Conversations
Talk: “Developing Independence of Mind through Virtue”
Workshop: “How Math Can Foster Independence of Mind”

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Andrea Lipinski

Andrea Lipinski

CiRCE Institute
Talk: “Cultivating Judgement, Cultivating Independence”
Workshop: “Cultivating Attention”

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Davies Owens

Davies Owens

BaseCamp Live
Keynote Address: “Teaching Independent Thinking in a Digital-Dependent World”
Workshop: “Fine Tuning Parent-School Relations for Positive Student Impact”

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Charley Dewberry

Charley Dewberry

Gutenberg College
Workshop: “Science and the Independent Mind”

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Eliot Grasso

Eliot Grasso

Gutenberg College
Talk: “The Independent Mind in Pursuit of Truth”

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Chris Swanson

Chris Swanson

Gutenberg College
Talk: “The Challenge of Culture”

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Young Philosophers Live!

A Saturday event for teens who are in town during this year’s Education Conference

“Personal Identity”

Young Philosophers Live will combine the best of two worlds: the great outdoors and thoughtful discussion. After breakfast at the conference on Saturday, we will take a short drive to either Hendricks Park or Spencer’s Butte, depending on how ambitious we feel. We’ll walk around the gorgeous arboretum or hike to the top of the local landmark and then go to Gutenberg for lunch. After lunch, we’ll discuss personal identity, starting with some standard explanations and then letting our conversation unfold naturally. We will return to the conference in time for Eliot Grasso’s talk, “The Independent Mind in Pursuit of Truth,” at 2:45 pm.

This special edition of Young Philosophers is open to all teens. It will be free to conference attendees. The cost to non-attendees is $15.00.

Details / Costs

When

Friday, August 9
Registration opens at 8:00 a.m. Banquet is at 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, August 10
Breakfast is at 8:00 a.m. Speaker Q&A is at 4:00 p.m.

Where

University Fellowship Church
1855 Cal Young Road
Eugene, OR 97401
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Costs

(Cost includes lunch both days, breakfast Saturday, lots of snacks and coffee.)

Full conference: $160 (Individual); $275 (Family); $75 (Student)
Groups: $150 each (5 or more); $135 each (10 or more); $120 each (20 or more)
Group-Registration Guidelines

Volunteer Opportunities and Discounts

Friday Night Banquet: Separate ticket required.
$30 (Individual); $45 (Family)
Enjoy live jazz (instrumental) and a Great Books “raffle.”

Contact Us

Please contact the office at office@gutenberg.edu if you are interested in learning more about:

  • Volunteer opportunities and discounts
  • Event sponsorship opportunities
  • Lodging options
  • Professional development credits

Schedule

Friday, August 9th

8:00 am Registration Opens
9:00 am Welcome & Introduction
9:15 am Session 1, Chris Swanson:
“The Challenge of Culture”
10:15 am Break
10:30 am Session 2, Andrea Lipinski:
“Cultivating Judgement, Cultivating Independence”
11:30 am Lunch
12:30 pm Introduction to Gutenberg (optional)
12:45 pm Introduction to Discussion
1:00 pm Session 3, Discussion on 1st Reading:
Selection from Propaganda by Jacques Ellul
Ellul describes the methods of propaganda that attempt to unify the thoughts and beliefs of mass society.
2:30 pm Break
2:45 pm Session 4: Workshops
Amanda Butler: “How Math Can Foster Independence of Mind”
Charley Dewberry: “Science and the Independent Mind”
Andrea Lipinski: “Cultivating Attention”
Davies Owens: “Fine Tuning Parent-School Relations for Positive Student Impact”
3:45 pm Break
5:30 pm Banquet (ticket required)
7:30 pm Session 5 (Keynote Address), Davies Owens:
“Teaching Independent Thinking in a Digital-Dependent World”

Saturday, August 10th

8:00 am Breakfast
(Teens convene for “Young Philosophers Live” hike)
9:00 am Welcome
(Teens: Hike to Spencer’s Butte or Hendrick’s Park)
9:15 am Session 6, Amanda Butler:
“Developing Independence of Mind through Virtue”
10:15 am Break
10:30 am Session 7, Workshops:
Amanda Butler: “How Math Can Foster Independence of Mind”
Charley Dewberry: “Science and the Independent Mind”
Andrea Lipinski: “Cultivating Attention”
Davies Owens: “Fine Tuning Parent-School Relations for Positive Student Impact”
11:45 am Lunch
(Teens: Lunch and “Young Philosophers Live” at Gutenberg College)
12:30 pm Introduction to Gutenberg (optional)
1:00 pm Session 8, Discussion on 2nd Reading:
Selection from The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt
Haidt explores the ways that our beliefs, habits, and emotions influence our independent thinking.
2:30 pm Break
2:45 pm Session 9, Eliot Grasso:
“The Independent Mind in Pursuit of Truth”
3:45 pm Break
4:00 pm Session 10, Speaker Q&A

Sponsors of Gutenberg’s 2024 Education Conference

Previous Conferences:

2023 Education Conference: Faith and Learning
Guest speakers: Susan Wise Bauer, Wes Callihan, Jennifer Courtney, and Andrea Lipinski.

2022 Education Conference: Learning for Life
Guest speakers: Amanda Butler, Scott Postma, Andrew Pudewa, Kathryn Smith, and Andrew Zwerneman.

2021 Education Conference: The Art of Learning
Guest speakers: Leigh Bortins, David & Crystal Downing, Nancy Pearcey, Andrew Pudewa, John Seel, Wes Callihan, Diane Gray, Scott Postma, and Jon Robertson