Climacus Conference to Examine the Legacy of Byzantium


On February 24 and 25, St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church in Louisville, Kentucky will host the 2012 Climacus Conference, titled "Byzantium, You Are Not Forgotten." Authors, academics and broadcasters will speak to the enduring legacy of Byzantium and its continuing impact on the Church today.

The conference is billed as "a pan-Orthodox event featuring scholars and voices across the fields of Theology, Philosophy, Patristics, Classical Education, Literature, and History/Politics." The flyer explains, "It is unique in that it provides an opportunity for people to be enriched by thinking well across disciplines. It furthers the life of the mind through scholarly engagement with the classic liberal arts, but achieves such by placing the mind in the noetic heart, where freedom, knowledge, and vision exist, enabling our ascension 'of the ladder'."

Topics range from Iconographer Jennie Gelles' exploration of Byzantine iconography, to Kyriakos Markides look at "The Mystical Spirituality of Byzantine Christianity."

The Conference's website has posted a schedule, hotel information, and a downloadable registration form. Inquirers may also contact David Wright, Conference Founder & Director, at: (502) 296-2095, or david@climacusconference.org.