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Veritatis Splendor

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

Mr. Patrick Whalen

The Role of the Body in Education
Thursday, September 28, 2023 at 7:00 PM in the Sojourner Truth Auditorium

  • How has technology changed our relationship with nature? Has this affected learning?
  • Why is the body important to education?
  • How does physical education relate to philosophy?
  • How does physical education affect the character?
  • What can schools do to restore the body in education?

About the Speaker

Patrick Whalen is the Assistant to the President at Hillsdale College and founder of Iliad Athletics for teaching functional fitness, outdoorsmanship, and character development. Before joining Hillsdale he was the founding headmaster of St. Martin’s Academy, a boys’ boarding school combining manual labor on a sustainable farm with a classical curriculum. Mr. Whalen served for over a decade in the United States Marine Corps first enlisted and subsequently as an officer. He has deployed to a variety of locations in Southeast Asia, Africa, and the Middle East and is the recipient of multiple military leadership awards. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Mr. Whalen holds a Master’s Degree in English from Washington University in St. Louis, is a Hopwood award-winning poet, contributing columnist at The Dallas Morning News, and has articles and poetry published or forthcoming in a variety of journals including the Marine Corps GazetteMichigan Quarterly ReviewArionThe New Criterion, and Touchstone.

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 – 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