Life transitions are hard enough. For our high school students, leaving high school has become even more difficult: a university education is more expensive than ever; standardized tests, though not ultimately helpful, are at an all-time premium; there appears to be only a few careers which offer a lucrative future. How should our children navigate these waters? What tools do we as parents and educators need in order to help our students land well after high school? Besides the practical questions we hope to answer during our time together, there are a few principled ones, a few questions that if we don’t get right, even the practical answers will be irrelevant. This evening is titled Vision and Vocation, because that is indeed what we hope to make our children confident in: a vision for their lives and an assurance of God's calling on their strengths and gifts. What future do we see for our children and what future do they see for themselves? What is their calling, their vocation, and how can they best go about knowing and answering that call? Join us as our team of speakers answers these questions.
Date: Tuesday, March 19
Location: TBD (in Baton Rouge)
Who can attend? Parents and high school students
Greet and Sing
"Getting a Vision" with Brian Daigle
For parents (choose one):
“Preparing Your Children for College” with Peter Johnston
“Discerning Your Child's Vocation” with Brian Daigle
"Mom, Dad, I'm Going to Major in Philosophy: Vocation and
the Purpose of College" with Damon Boria
For students (choose one):
“Making Big Life Decisions” with Thomas Achord
“Is There a Future for Artists?” with Kevin Lindholm
“Who Am I Called to Be?” with David Whidden
Choose one of the talks above you didn't attend for the first Perspectives session.
8:00-8:30 Q&A Panel
A time of question and answer with our panel of speakers
About Our Speakers
Thomas Achord is the Head of the Logic and Rhetoric School and an instructor at Sequitur Classical Academy. Thomas grew up in St. Amant, Louisiana, served in the United States Air Force as an F-16 avionics technician, studied Economics under the Ludwig von Mises Institute of Auburn, Alabama and holds a bachelor's in History and Philosophy from Louisiana State University. He presently studies for his MDiv at Southern Seminary. Thomas is the general editor of The Soul and the City: A Read in Moral and Political Philosophy (available here).
Dr. Damon Boria is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Damon received his Doctoral Degree in Philosophy from Purdue University. He has published articles on existentialist and environmental ethics, social philosophy, and philosophy of literature. As a teacher, he has taken a strong interest in philosophy as a way of life. A native of northwest Indiana, he lives in Baton Rouge with his wife and two children.
Brian Daigle is Director and professor at The Classical College, as well as Headmaster and an instructor at Sequitur Classical Academy. Brian received his Bachelor of Science from the School of Architecture and Design at University of Louisiana-Lafayette and his Master of Humanities from the University of Dallas. Doctoral studies include coursework at Louisiana State University in Comparative Literature. Among other books, Brian is the author of Street-fighting Logic: The Art of Arguing with Grandmothers and Coffeeshop Philosophers, The Road Home: A Guide to Reading Augustine’s Confessions, and So You Want to Start A School?
Peter Johnston is the headmaster of Logos Academy and founding pastor of Trinity Anglican Church in Lafayette, Louisiana. A graduate of Yale College and Yale Divinity School, his academic interests include biblical theology, Christian history, and epic poetry. Peter is working toward a doctoral degree in English (John Milton) from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. He resides in Broussard, Louisiana on a family farm with his wife Carla and their three children.
Kevin Lindholm is an art professor at The Classical College and lead art instructor for Sequitur Classical Academy. Kevin is a former adjunct professor of life drawing and color & design at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (Lafayette, LA) and Southeastern Louisiana University (Hammond, LA). Along with experience teaching kindergarten through graduate level art, Kevin holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (emphasis in printmaking) from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette and a Master of Fine Arts degree (emphasis in printmaking) from The Ohio State University. Besides his previous publications, Kevin is the chief designer and artist at The Sculpture Center.
Dr. David Whidden is an Associate Professor of Theology at Franciscan University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. David received his Doctoral Degree in Systematic Theology from Southern Methodist University. He specializes in theology according to St. Thomas Aquinas and has written a book entitled, Christ the Light: The Theology of Light and Illumination in Thomas Aquinas. He has developed courses on St. Francis, Science and Religion, and Catholic Social Teaching that are currently taught at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University. Dr. Whidden loves reading, teaching, and writing about theology. In addition, he is a lifelong soccer player and coach, and always loves spending time with his family.
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