The Seven Liberal Arts: A Conference on Classical Education



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Brian Phillips and Matt Bianco

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and Special Guest

Sam Oosterhoff, MPP


October 12 and 13, 2018
Langley Golf and Banquet Centre
21550 – 44th Ave
Langley, BC

Do you want to know if Classical Education is for you? Would you like to meet classically educated graduates and classical educators?

Join us as we go back to basics and talk about what makes an education classical.
(Fee includes evening reception menu, light breakfast, and lunch. )

Friday, October 12
7:00pm – Opening and Reception
                          Join us for food and fellowship, meet other attendees, and
do a little bit of shopping.

8:00pm – Keynote
   The Seven Liberal Arts: A Classical Education

Saturday, October 13
8:00am – Coffee and light breakfast
8:30am – Learning to See
The Liberal Arts and Truth Perception
10:00am – Classical Education in the Real World
A Reflection by Sam Oosterhoff
11:30am – Q&A Panel
12:00pm – Lunch (included)
1:00pm – Workshops
The Trinity & the Trivium: Dorothy Sayers & Beyond
Teaching Like Jesus: What is Mimetic Teaching?

2:30pm – Embracing the Struggle
Encouragement for Educators/Parents



About the Speakers:

Sam Oosterhoff, MPP
Member of Provincial Parlament, Ontario
Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Education, Ontario

Sam Oosterhoff is the MPP for Niagara West and the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Education.

His first election to the Ontario Legislature in November of 2016 made history, and headlines across Canada, as he became the youngest Member of Provincial Parliament ever elected.

Having grown up in the Niagara Peninsula, Sam has always had a deep appreciation for the value of hard work. Growing up, he spent countless hours working on the family farm, and later working in the private sector in demolition and excavating. While in the private sector, Sam saw the damage overbearing government has had on families and job creators, and decided to take action. After getting involved in conservative politics early on, he worked on the federal Conservative campaign in the 2015 federal election, before moving to Ottawa to work as a Legislative Assistant and policy analyst for a Conservative Member of Parliament.

In the fall of 2016, a by-election was called for Sam’s home riding of Niagara West—Glanbrook. While simultaneously studying Political Science at Brock University and working a part-time job, Sam organized and successfully fought an underdog campaign for the Progressive Conservative nomination against established veteran politicians, before winning a high-profile victory in the by-election.

In the June 7, 2018 general election, Sam won the new provincial riding of Niagara West with 52.7% of the vote. On June 29, 2018, he was appointed Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Education, Lisa Thompson. He also currently serves as a Member of the Standing Committee on the Legislative Assembly.

Brian Phillips
Headmaster of The CiRCE Academy & Director of CiRCE Consulting

Brian Phillips is the Headmaster of The CiRCE Academy and Director of CiRCE Consulting, in addition to writing a regular column for the Institute.
Having been involved in classical education for over a decade, Brian has served as a Head of Rhetoric School and a teacher of humanities and rhetoric.  He is the pastor of Holy Trinity Reformed Church in Concord, NC, and an adjunct faculty member at Belmont Abbey College. He is the author/editor of Sunday Mornings: An Introduction to Biblical Worship, the third edition of Classical Education: The Movement Sweeping America, The Space Between: A Guide to the Iliad, The Journey Home: A Guide to the Odyssey, and the Canon Classics guide to the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius.

He has a B.A. and M.A. in Theological Studies, as well as an Ed.D. in Humanities/Classical Education.  More importantly, Brian is joyfully married to his college sweetheart, Shannon, with whom he has four little ones – Temperance, Ian, Asher, and Ellie Caroline.


Matt Bianco
East Coast Apprenticeship Head Mentor

Matt Bianco is the director of The Lost Tools of Writing for the CiRCE Institute, where he also serves as a mentor in the CiRCE apprenticeship program. A homeschooling father of three, he graduated his oldest two sons, the eldest of whom is attending St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD. His second child is attending Belmont Abbey College in Charlotte, NC, and his youngest (and only daughter) is a high school senior.

He is married to his altogether lovely high school sweetheart, Patty. He is the author of Letters to My Sons: A Humane Vision for Human Relationships.



Cancellations with full refund will be considered until September 15. After September 15 cancellations will be considered but at 50% refundable.

We can accept purchase orders for this event. This does not confirm your seat until the invoice is paid in full by your funding provider.

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