We call it “country driving” and anyone in Big Sky country knows what that means. Distances are relative, so driving 30 miles to buy your favorite brand of goat feed is normal procedure.
When Hank and I drive across country, we use “country-driving” concepts to visit our colleagues as often as possible. “You’re just 80 miles off the interstate? Great, super close. We’ll be there in two hours.”
Earlier this month we had a treat when Greg Wilbur invited us to stop by and see the marvelous things going on at New College Franklin. He was only forty miles off our route, so that’s practically next door! Greg is Chief Musician at Cornerstone Presbyterian Church in Franklin, Tennessee, as well as Dean and Senior Fellow of New College Franklin—a Christian liberal arts college that he helped to start.
If you’ve never been to Franklin, Tennessee, get prepared for a treat. What a beautiful town. No wonder Franklin has become a favorite of artists and musicians from the Nashville scene.
And right in the middle of the historic square sits New College Franklin, a bold and exciting star on the educational horizon. Combining the best of the best (Classical curriculum, Christian liturgics and theology, small classes, and intense interaction with professors), this school has it all. I found myself wishing that I could be an undergraduate again or that my toddler grandchildren were old enough to attend. Okay, that’ll be a while.
We sat down in his office (filled with art, historical photographs, marvelous books, and treasures from around the world) to talk about the aesthetics and pedagogy of Classical education. I hope you’ll enjoy this conversation with Greg Wilbur.