Happy Easter! My name is James M. Patterson and, I am the President of the Ciceronian Society.
Since 2012, our organization accumulated a long list of people interested in our mission and especially our conferences at the University of Virginia, Mount Saint Mary’s University, Gettysburg College, Hope College, or Louisiana State University.
Our last conference was in 2018 and, since then, the Society has had no programming. That is all about to change because we’re finally “getting the band back together,” so to speak. But this is no farewell tour. Nor is it a rerun. It is a renewal of, and recommitment to, our key themes of tradition, place, and ‘things divine,’ but with fresh leadership and expanded opportunities.
Our current leadership team has been working together since August of 2020 to rebuild the Ciceronian Society in a way which is sustainable over the long-term. We are currently planning a podcast (The Sower) and a new peer-reviewed online journal (Pietas).
Our publication team is soliciting peer-reviewers, article contributions, and book reviewers. Let us know if you want to be involved. Our podcast team is beginning the work to produce a regular podcast on our themes of Tradition, Place, and Things Divine. We are also adding programming intended for interested friends outside the academy, including clergy and lay educators. Our annual conference will return in March 2022.
In order to achieve all this, though, we need your help. Would you be willing to make a tax-deductible donation of $50, $100 or more to help us revive the Ciceronian Society? Feel free to share this fundraiser with like-minded friends and family as well.
We need your help because we need to keep rebuilding the website to host the journal. We need to acquire the resources and subscriptions necessary to produce the podcasts. We’ve begun planning for the 2022 conference and are exploring additional virtual and in-person programming to reconnect the many lives impacted by the Ciceronian Society over the last decade.
The Ciceronian Society was known for its interdisciplinary community of sincere, light-hearted scholars and intellectuals distinguished by their friendship, conviction, and willingness to consider ideas, thinkers, and interests neglected by most academic publications and organizations in the humanities, social sciences, and economics. As one panelist remarked at our conference years ago, “It’s always a joy to come to the Ciceronian Society, where I know I’ll get to talk about what actually matters.”
As other Christian organizations have turned more exclusively to partisan politics, culture wars, and superficial talking-points, the Ciceronian Society remains committed to the ideas and institutions at the heart an enduring, free, and peaceful society. But many churches, universities, and other organizations have either dismissed these themes, neglected them, or have forgotten how to talk about them. The impact has been devastating on our faith communities, schools, politics, and families. Our contemporary public life and discourse is animated by a predictable liturgy of fear, contempt, rage, rootlessness, and despair. The Ciceronian Society seeks to restore a liturgy of courage, affection, rootedness, peace, and hope.
If you have any questions, email us at info [at] ciceroniansociety [dot] org.
James M. Patterson, on behalf of the Ciceronian Society Board of Directors
P.S. If you have photos from previous Ciceronian Society events that you’d be willing to share with us for use on the website, social media, and newsletter, please consider sharing them. And please forward this to anyone else who you think may be interested in our community.
James M. Patterson, President
Joshua Bowman, Vice President
William Batchelder IV, Chair, Board of Directors
John Robinson, Treasurer