JANUARY 25, 6:00 PM  – 9:00 PM
JANUARY 26, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Primary and secondary teachers and administrators are invited to enjoy an intellectual retreat to hear and discuss essays written and presented by their peers, works that they have written about things they love in their academic disciplines.

This is a unique experience: a university-style conference in which Summer Institute and Arête Institute alumni are the speakers and interlocutors. In 2018, essays are being presented on literature, history, philosophy, science, art, and music. (CPE credit)





Admission $45, Members discounts do not apply
(Includes Friday night dinner and Saturday breakfast and lunch. Member discounts do not apply.)


Summer Institute and Arête Institute Alumni, do you love literature, the arts, world languages, history, mathematics, philosophy, or science? (Or maybe you love them all!) Be the thinker that you want your students to be! What interests you now in your own academic study? Share your insights and passion with colleagues who love to learn.

Present a formal, academic lecture at the 2019 Cowan Center Conference™.

A Special Cowan Center ™ Feature: 
Ground the essay with both a historical and a contemporary context. Equal time does not need to be given to both perspectives, but if the topic is from an ancient work, allude to one of its contemporary echoes. And if the topic is a from a contemporary discovery or work, make an allusion to an earlier work or time that anticipates this “new” thing or idea.

*Presenting a lecture annually at the Cowan Center Conference ™ is required to maintain Cowan Center ™ certification.

Submit a précis to Dr. Claudia MacMillan (click name for contact info) by December 30, 2018. Final papers are due January 15, 2019.
5, double-spaced pages • 12-point Times New Roman font • 1” margins


Download the 2019 Cowan Center Conference Call for Papers’ Flyer