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Lamppost Literary Conference: Reading and Teaching the Great Books

Great Books for All

Literature teachers, home school educators, administrators of classical and Christian schools, high school students, and all readers of great books are invited to join us Friday, Sept. 2, 2022, from 8 a.m.- 7 p.m. for the second Lamppost Literary Conference, to be held in the Geiger Center at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Keynote addresses by Dr. Karen Swallow Prior and Dr. Anika T. Prather, a panel discussion with Fr. Nathan Carr, and breakout sessions led by OBU faculty members will explore the value of teaching and reading the great books in today’s diverse world. Our college readiness student track offers current high school students an opportunity to experience OBU while also taking in the conference’s plenary sessions.

Speakers

Karen Swallow Prior

karen-swallow-prior-headshot.jpgKaren Swallow Prior, Ph. D., is Research Professor of English and Christianity and Culture at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. She is the author of Booked: Literature in the Soul of Me (T. S. Poetry Press, 2012), Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More—Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist (Thomas Nelson, 2014), and On Reading Well: Finding the Good Life through Great Books (Brazos, 2018). She is co-editor of Cultural Engagement: A Crash Course in Contemporary Issues (Zondervan 2019) and has contributed to numerous other books. Her writing has appeared at Christianity Today, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, First Things, Vox, Relevant, Think Christian, The Gospel Coalition, Religion News Service, Books and Culture and other places. She is a founding member of The Pelican Project, a Senior Fellow at the Trinity Forum, a Senior Fellow at the International Alliance for Christian Education, a Senior Fellow at the L. Russ Bush Center for Faith and Culture, and a former member of the Faith Advisory Council of the Humane Society of the United States. She and her husband live on a 100-year-old homestead in central Virginia with sundry horses, dogs, and chickens.

Dr. Anika T. Prather

anika-prather-picture.jpgDr. Anika T. Prather earned her B.A. from Howard University in elementary education.  She also has earned several graduate degrees in education from New York University and Howard University. She has a Master’s in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College and a Ph.D. in English, Theatre, and Literacy Education from the University of Maryland. Her research focus is on building literacy with African American students through engagement in the books of the canon, and she has self-published her dissertation, Living in the Constellation of the Canon: The Lived Experiences of African American Students Reading Great Books Literature. She has served as a teacher, supervisor for student teachers, director of education and Head of School. Currently she teaches about the Black classical tradition in various universities as an online adjunct and is the founder of The Living Water School, located in southern Maryland. The Living Water School is a unique Classical Christian school for independent learners, based on the educational philosophies of Classical Education and the Sudbury Model. She is married to Damon M. Prather, an engineer; they have three young children (ages 7, 9 and 11) and reside in the DC metropolitan area. Her websites are www.drprather.com and www.thelwschool.org.

Fr. Nathan Carr

nathan-carr.jpgFr. Nathan Carr is Headmaster of The Academy of Classical Christian Studies in Oklahoma City. He leads The Academy by casting and safeguarding its vision and overseeing its overall operations, as well as shaping and developing The Academy’s culture, staff, and curricular offerings. Fr. Carr began serving at Providence Hall in 2006, teaching secondary school math and science, functioning as Upper School Development Director, and then being named Provost before becoming Headmaster for The Academy. He is married to Sarah, and they have six children. Mr. Carr’s introduction to and subsequent love of great books occurred in the Western Civ classroom at Oklahoma Baptist University. After graduation from the University of Central Oklahoma, Nathan enrolled at Reformed Theological Seminary and earned a Master of Arts in Religion. He has also completed post-graduate work at the University of Toronto’s Wycliffe College, is an ordained priest in the Episcopal Church, and is Vicar of St. James Episcopal Church of Oklahoma City.

Lamppost Literary Conference Schedule

Time Activity
8 a.m. Check-in (Lower Geiger Center)
8:30 a.m. Welcome (Geiger Center Gathering Room)
9 a.m. Dr. Alan Noble: “Your Education is Not Your Own” (Bailey Business Center, Tulsa Royalties Auditorium)
10 a.m. Coffee Break (GC Gathering Room)
10:15 a.m.

 Breakout Session

11:10 a.m.

Breakout Session

12:05 p.m. Lunch (GC Gathering Room) 
1 p.m. Keynote Session: Dr. Karen Swallow Prior (BBC, Tulsa Royalties Auditorium)
2 p.m. Breakout Session
3:30 p.m. Panel Discussion“Diversity and Classical Education” with authors Dr. Karen Swallow Prior, Dr. Anika Prather, and Fr. Nathan Carr.(BBC, Tulsa Royalties Auditorium)
4:45 p.m. "Meet and Greet" (GC Gathering Room)
5:15 p.m. Dinner (GC Gathering Room)
6:15 p.m. Plenary Session: Dr. Anika Prather (BBC, Tulsa Royalties Auditorium)

Lamppost Literary Conference College Readiness Student Track

Time Activity
8 a.m. Check-in (Lower Geiger Center)
8:30 a.m. Welcome (Geiger Center Gathering Room)
9 a.m. Dr. Alan Noble: “Your Education is Not Your Own” (Bailey Business Center, Tulsa Royalties Auditorium)
10 a.m. Coffee Break (GC Gathering Room)
10:15 a.m. Student Panel (GC Gathering Room)
11 a.m. Attend a Class with OBU Student Host
12 p.m. Lunch in OBU’s Café on the Hill
1 p.m. Plenary Session: Dr. Karen Swallow Prior (BBC, Tulsa Royalties Auditorium)
2 p.m. Campus Tour (Leave from GC Gathering Room)
3:30 p.m. Panel Discussion“Diversity and Classical Education” with authors Dr. Karen Swallow Prior, Dr. Anika Prather, and Fr. Nathan Carr. (BBC, Tulsa Royalties Auditorium)
4:45 p.m. "Meet and Greet" (GC Gathering Room)
5:15 p.m. Dinner (GC Gathering Room)
6:15 p.m. Plenary Session: Dr. Anika Prather (BBC, Tulsa Royalties Auditorium)