Veritatis Splendor

Our Speakers Series will return in the 2023-24 school with six new speakers. Please refer to the schedule of events below. 

Dr. Larry P. Arnn

The Renaissance of American Classical Education
March 16, 2024 at Cincinnati Music Hall

The inaugural Classical Renaissance Gala will provide vital support to build on our successes and to build for the future. The evening will feature a joyful introduction to the school and classical education. Headlining the event will be keynote speaker Dr. Larry Arnn, President of Hillsdale College, who will speak on “The Renaissance of American Classical Education.”

About the Speaker

Larry P. Arnn is the 12th president of Hillsdale College, where he is also a professor of politics and history. He received his B.A. from Arkansas State University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Government from the Claremont Graduate School. He also studied at Worcester College, Oxford University, where he served as director of research for Sir Martin Gilbert, the official biographer of Winston Churchill. From 1985 to 2000, he served as president of the Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy. In 1996, he was the founding chairman of the California Civil Rights Initiative, which prohibited racial preferences in state hiring, contracting, and admissions.

Dr. Arnn is on the board of directors of The Heritage Foundation, the Henry Salvatori Center of Claremont McKenna College, the Philadelphia Society, the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, and the Claremont Institute. He served on the U.S. Army War College Board of Visitors for two years, for which he earned the Department of the Army’s “Outstanding Civilian Service Medal.” In 2015, he received the Bradley Prize from the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.

Dr. Arnn is the author of three books: Liberty and Learning: The Evolution of American Education; The Founders’ Key: The Divine and Natural Connection Between the Declaration and the Constitution and What We Risk by Losing It; and Churchill’s Trial: Winston Churchill and the Salvation of Free Government. 

About the Veritatis Splendor Speakers Series

Through the Veritatis Splendor Speakers Series (Latin for “Splendor of Truth”), CLASSICAL will be inviting nationally recognized speakers to address thought-provoking topics related to our mission of promoting moral character and civic virtue through a content-rich education in the classical liberal arts and sciences. The aim of the speaker series is not merely to deepen the knowledge and involvement of CLASSICAL’s immediate school community, but also to educate and engage the community at large.

2023-24 Veritatis Splendor Speakers

Sept. 28, 2023 – Mr. Patrick Whalen – The Role of the Body in Education

Oct. 26, 2023 – Mr. Andrew Zwerneman – The Confidence of Culture: Seeing What the West Frees us to See

Nov. 30, 2023 – Dr. Stephen Smith – Why Everyone Should Study Shakespeare

Jan. 25, 2024 – Dr. Jeffrey Lehman – Quadrivial Pursuits: Why Classical Education Needs the Quadrivium

Feb. 15, 2024 – Dr. Leonard Sax – TikTok Ate My Daughter & My Son Won’t Stop Playing Video Games

March 16, 2024 – Dr. Larry Arnn – The Renaissance of American Classical Education

Previous Veritatis Splendor Speakers

Dr. Daniel Coupland – Education and the Cultivation of the Moral Imagination

Mr. Antonin Scalia – What My Grandfather Taught Me About the Constitution

Location: Sojourner Truth Auditorium – 170 Siebenthaler Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45215