Mastery Not Factory: How We Learn What Matters
A Gutenberg College Conference
February 20-22, 2014
Modern education increasingly resembles a factory-line. Students are shipped in and shaped to populate the market with products and buyers. Gutenberg believes a good education does more than prepare a student for the market: A good education molds our desires toward goodness and provides the skill to pursue goodness. In February, we will host a conference on education.
We’ve invited two speakers who share our vision: Andrew Kern and Brandon Vance.
Andrew Kern is the founder and president of the CiRCE Institute, a leading voice for inspiration, information, and insight to classical educators. The title of his talk will be “Fishing for the Truth: Perception, Apprehension, and the Quest for Human Blessedness.”
Brandon Vance, trained in classical-education, is a two-time U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion. The title of his talk will be “The Mercy of Music: How God uses Music To Teach Us Harmony Between Our Mind and Emotions.”
Also speaking will be Gutenberg tutors Chris Swanson and Tim McIntosh.
Chris Swanson, who holds a PhD in physics, is one of founders of Gutenberg College. He has also taught at the University of Oregon, Northwest Christian College, and Westmont College (his alma mater). He and his wife, Cindy, homeschooled their three children, two of whom now attend Gutenberg College. The title of his talk will be “How Do You Get To Carnegie Hall: A Skill Based Life.”
Tim McIntosh, who holds an MA in theology from Reformed Theological Seminary, teaches writing at Gutenberg and also serves as Gutenberg’s admissions director. He is a an active playwright, screenwriter, and actor, and has appeared in several local productions. His play Søn of Abraham received a “Best New Plays” award, and he has written several plays for student productions at Gutenberg College. The title of his talk will be “Masters Without Authority: Teaching to Set Students Free.”
Thursday Night Concert
Scottish fiddle virtuoso Brandon Vance and internationally known uilleann piper Eliot Grasso will perform with guitarist Glen Waddell.
Brandon Vance is a two-time U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion, the youngest (at the age 14) to have received the award. He has performed with Scottish fiddlers Calum MacKinnon, Alasdair Fraser, Bonnie Rideout, Catriona MacDonald, and Buddy MacMaster, and his discography includes ”Beyond the Borders” with Mark Minkler and Alchymeia’s debut album. He has played with four professional orchestras and is a current member of Northwest Sinfonietta and the Tacoma Symphony.
Eliot Grasso has performed, recorded, taught, and lectured on Irish traditional music internationally. Scholars, critics, and performers have described him as “one of the finest uilleann pipers in the history of Irish music in America.” He has performed for the National Endowment for the Arts Awards, the National Heritage Awards, Glasgow’s International Piping Festival (Piping Live!); Armagh’s William Kennedy International Piping Festival (at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts), and for National Public Radio’s “A Prairie Home Companion” with Garrison Keillor. He has also recorded numerous projects in America and in Ireland.
Glen Waddell plays guitar, whistles, highland bagpipes, Scottish small pipes, and octave mandolin. He has recorded with a growing list of local artists and enjoys the studio as much as the impromptu session or one-off performance. He played with Skye, a Celtic band in Eugene, Oregon, for a few years, ending with a recording project released in 2009. Most recently, he has been backing uilleann piper Eliot Grasso on DADGAD guitar.
Saturday Night: Gutenberg Student Art Show & Performance
The annual art show highlights the performance and visual art of students from Gutenberg College and other local colleges.
Location: The Thursday concert and all the talks will be at New Hope Christian Church, 1790 Charnelton in Eugene. Lunch on Saturday will be at Gutenberg College, 1883 University Street in Eugene.
“Whole conference” includes all talks, the concert, and lunch at Gutenberg on Saturday.
- Whole conference: $50.00–if registered before February 1
- Whole conference: $60.00–if registered on or after February 1
- Saturday only: $30.00
- Concert only: $20.00
Registration & Information: Call the Gutenberg College office, 541-683-5141, or email.
7:00–9:00: Concert with Brandon Vance, Eliot Grasso, and Glen Waddell
7:00–9:30: Gutenberg tutors Chris Swanson and Tim McIntosh will speak.
- Chris Swanson’s talk: “How Do You Get To Carnegie Hall: A Skill Based Life”
- Tim McIntosh’s talk: “Masters Without Authority: Teaching to Set Students Free”
9:30-12:00: Andrew Kern and Brandon Vance will speak.
- Andrew Kern’s talk: “Fishing for the Truth: Perception, Apprehension, and the Quest for Human Blessedness”
- Brandon Vance’s talk: “The Mercy of Music: How God uses Music To Teach Us Harmony Between Our Mind and Emotions.”
12:30-1:30: Lunch at Gutenberg College
2:00-4:00: Discussion with Andrew Kern, Brandon Vance, and the Gutenberg College faculty.
7:00-9:00: Gutenberg College Student Art Show