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Nashville Expo Center – Wilson Hall

625 Smith Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203

FREE ADMISSION!

Friday March 8th, 2013 @ 2:00pm to 8:00pm

This conference is for everyone, not just homeschooling families. All religious are especially welcome.

This will be our first year in Tennessee, and the first Catholic homeschooling conference in Nashville for as long as any of us can remember. Some have asked, “why have a Catholic homeschool conference in the heart of the Bible Belt?” While it is true that the Catholic population of middle Tennessee may be less than 5%, it is also true that living our Faith in a predominantly non-Catholic area has helped make us stronger and more committed to passing on the Faith to our children. Our first IHM Conference in Charlotte, NC (which contends with Nashville for the title “Buckle of the Bible Belt”) was a wild success precisely because a Catholic identity, which is forged in fire, is considerably stronger than one that is taken for granted. For this same reason, we hope you will join us in our effort to strengthen the Faith in Tennessee for our first ever IHM Tennessee Homeschool and Parent Conference!

Prof. Joseph Pearce is a native of England and writer in residence and visiting fellow at Thomas More College in New Hampshire. He is editor of the St. Austin Review (www.staustinreview.com), an international review of Catholic culture, series editor of the Ignatius Critical Editions (www.ignatiuscriticaleditions.com), and executive director of Catholic Courses (www.catholiccourses.com).

The internationally acclaimed author of many books, which include bestsellers such as The Quest for Shakespeare, Tolkien: Man and Myth, The Unmasking of Oscar Wilde, C. S. Lewis and The Catholic Church, Bilbo’s Journey, Literary Converts, Wisdom and Innocence: A Life of G.K. Chesterton, Solzhenitsyn: A Soul in Exile, and Old Thunder: A Life of Hilaire Belloc, Joseph Pearce is a world-recognized biographer of modern Christian literary figures. His books have been published and translated into Spanish, Portuguese, French, Dutch, Italian, Korean and Polish.

Prof. Pearce has hosted two 13-part television series about Shakespeare on EWTN, and has also written and presented documentaries on EWTN on the Catholicism of The Lord of the Rings.

He has participated and lectured at a wide variety of international and literary events at major colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada, Britain, Europe, Africa and South America. He is also a regular guest on national and international television and radio programs, and has served as consultant for film documentaries on J.R.R. Tolkien and Alexander Solzhenitsyn.

Prof. Pearce relocated to the United States in 2001. He and his wife homeschool their two young children, Leo and Evangeline.
Mrs. Virginia (Ginny) Seuffert, a native New Yorker and mother of 12, has been homeschooling for over 20 years! While in New York, Mrs. Seuffert lectured, debated, and wrote a number of articles for the Pro-Life movement. After moving to Illinois, she became a founding member of the Network of Illinois Catholic Home Educators, helped establish the “Round Table” (a Catholic home school leadership discussion group), and became a founder and officer of the Catholic Home School Network of America.

In addition to appearing on EWTN, she has been a guest on numerous radio shows, lectured at Catholic family conferences all over the United States and Canada, and has authored several articles on such topics as home education, teaching children the virtues, and household management. The Illinois Press Association awarded her first place honors for a column she wrote defending traditional family values in a local newspaper. The Seton Home Study School Newsletter regularly features her columns, and recently Seton Press published her first two books of a series, Ginny’s Gems: Home Management Essentials and Ginny’s Gems: 10 Essentials for Teaching Your Preschooler at Home.

IHM accepts vendors by invitation only; if you would like to be considered to be a vendor at the IHM Tennessee Conference, please send an email to our Vendor Coordinator at vendors(AT)ihmconference.org
If you are interested in becoming a vendor for the first time, please review our Vendor Guidelines.

The following is list of vendors for 2013 who have confirmed so far:

Vendor Name and Description Table Number and Hometown
Aquinas College

Aquinas College offers a dynamic academic experience in a welcoming and supportive Catholic environment. Guided by our outstanding faculty and the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation, students can choose from programs in liberal arts, business, nursing, and education on our beautiful 83-acre campus in Nashville, Tennessee.
1 Table
Nashville, TN
Aquinas Learning Franklin

Aquinas Learning is a classical education mentoring K-12 program providing an online course site and once-a-week meetings (28 weeks) consisting of Socratic discussions, memory works, foundations in language, fine arts, science experiments, and oral presentations forming a habit of mind and ordering the soul to the Good, True, and Beautiful.
1 Table
Franklin, TN
(local chapter)
Holy Heroes

Lots of free activities in our “Advent Adventure,” “Lenten Adventure,” and “Summer Faith Adventure,” plus other free stuff on our website, plus Holy Heroes, Glory Stories, and Altar Gang audio CDs, companion books, and unique (and catechetical) Catholic gift items.
2 Tables
Lighthouse Catholic Media

Lighthouse Catholic Media’s mission is to answer the call for a New Evangelization by providing inspirational CDs and resource to gain a deeper understanding of our Catholic Faith.
1 Table
TBA
(local rep)
Precious Life Books

Precious Life Missions is an apostolate to provide Roman Catholic books to the Missions. We support this apostolate through the sale of Catholic Children’s books and books on the Faith for adults.
1 Table
Annapolis, MD
Prof. Joseph Pearce 1 Table
Seton Home Study School

Seton is a full-service Catholic curriculum provider and the largest publisher of Catholic textbooks in the English language. Serving over 15,000 enrolled students, Seton assists families by providing books, lesson plans, grading services, counseling services, and a wealth of online resources. At the conference, we are offering a $30 per child discount on enrollment (grades 1-12).
14 Tables
Front Royal, VA
Seton Used Books

There is only a handful of conferences where Seton sells the used books that families return to us over the year. This one-day only sale is your only chance to pick up these great deals.
3 Tables
Front Royal, VA
Teaching Textbooks

Teaching Textbooks makes math textbooks (3rd grade through Pre-calculus) designed exclusively for homeschoolers. That’s why each of the textbooks in our line contains step-by-step audiovisual solutions to every one of the thousands of assigned problems.
2 Tables
Oklahoma City, OK
The Catholic Shop (OH) TBA
U.S. Air Force Academy

The United States Air Force Academy and the Air Force ROTC are much more than programs or getting a college degree. They are paths to rewards – a job waiting for you after graduation and the respect, priviledge, and benefits of being an officier in the world’s number one air, space, and cyberspace force.
1 Table
Colorado Springs, CO

 

FRIDAY
Time Speaker Talk
2:00pm Registration/Vendor Area Opens
2:30pm Mrs. Virginia Seuffert
Discipline: The First Essential of Homeschooling
Experienced homeschooling parents know the path to successful homeschooling is paved with virtues like obedience, order, patience, and industriousness. Calm, confident parents who inculcate these values will be rewarded with children who are a pleasure to teach.
3:30pm Prof. Joseph Pearce
A Matter of Life and Death: The Battle for a True Education
Education is quite simply a matter of life and death. The poisoning of education by the architects of secular fundamentalism, and the culture of death it promotes, can only be countered by a restoration of tradition-oriented learning. Joseph Pearce will discuss the deadliness of the poison and will present the ingredients of the life-giving antidote.
4:30 – 6:00pm Vendor Sales/Dinner
6:00pm Mrs. Virginia Seuffert
Public Education and the Necessity of Home Education
Do you know what goes on in public school classrooms? Many parents don’t fully understand the role state schools have seized in molding the minds and habits of American children. Parents, however, and not the schools are ultimately responsible for raising happy and virtuous children. Home education is not just an option, it is key to our nation’s future.
7:00pm Prof. Joseph Pearce
The Catholicism of The Hobbit
Tolkien described The Lord of the Rings as a “fundamentally religious and Catholic work.” Discover how his earlier book, The Hobbit, is equally Catholic. Prof. Pearce, author of Bilbo’s Journey, unravels the hidden Christian meaning of this classic tale of good and evil in Middle Earth.
8:00pm Conference Ends