Thales Press

Thales Press
Luddy Institute of Technology

Thales Press exists to promote the values and virtues of Classical education by publishing textbooks, seminar readings, and videos to supplement the kind of education we call Classical.

2021–2022 Webinar Series

American Greatness and Preparing for the Future
February 8 from 2 to 3pm EST

America has long been described as the land of opportunity. In this webinar, Dr. Richard Vedder will examine the characteristics that have contributed to America’s greatness and the opportunities and freedoms we enjoy as citizens of the United States. Moreover, Dr. Vedder will propose ways students can contribute to the flourishing of the United States and prepare a future of excellence for themselves and their communities.

Dr. Richard Vedder is the Distinguished Professor of Economics Emeritus at Ohio University. He has written for both scholarly journals and popular publications such as The Wall Street Journal. Vedder also has administered the "Best College Rankings" for Forbes magazine.

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Science, Curiosity, and Classical Education
April 7 from 3 to 4 PM EST

The world we live in is a beautiful place, and the science classroom should point students towards a deeper appreciation for the beauty, order, and harmony we see in the natural world. Mr. Ogle will explain the pedagogical means by which the sciences, taught Classically, can help students cultivate both academic rigor and intellectual curiosity about the world in which we live.

Matt Ogle received a B.S in Marine biology from Swansea University in Wales and a Masters of Educational Leadership from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix. He taught at the Great Hearts Academy in Phoenix, Arizona for four years and currently serves as the Assistant Administrator at Thales Academy Rolesville.

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Great Books, Great Teaching
April 8 from 3 to 4 PM EST

Josh Herring and Winston Brady will present an overview of the role that literature plays in a Classical education, how the Classical approach is better for students than modern methods of teaching and reading works of literature, and an overview of the Junior High and High School Literature programs.

Josh Herring is the Assistant Administrator at Thales Academy Apex JH/HS and lead teacher for the Thales Academy Debate League, and Winston Brady is the Dean of Academics for Thales Academy. Together, they have taught almost every humanities subject at Thales Academy.

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Previous Webinars

Mathematics: A Pedagogy of Wonder
January 6, 2022

Jonathan Gregg explores the relationship between mathematics and Classical education, an approach that begins in wonder, explores a particular problem using mathematical principles, and builds from those solutions a greater intellectual curiosity and wonder about the world in which we live.

Jonathan Gregg is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Education at Hillsdale College. He regularly teaches classes in mathematics, deductive reasoning, and the quadrivium at Hillsdale College. He is also pursuing a doctorate in Mathematics Education from Michigan State University.

A Case for the Arts
December 9, 2021

At Thales Academy, we strive to integrate the study of what is good, true, and beautiful with real-world, practical skills. These practical skills are sometimes called the household arts, the mechanical arts, or the industrial arts. Students benefit from learning such practical skills so they are prepared to take care of themselves, develop new talents, and grow in their ability to solve complex problems. At the same time, students at Thales Academy study great works of literature, art, and music not because of their practical utility but because of the joy they bring to the individuals who engage in such study.

Thales Academy Administrators, Ashley Bahor, Matt Ogle, and Winston Brady, discuss how Thales Academy can help students focus on what is good, true, and beautiful through the value of the fine arts and their integration with practical, real-world skills.

Bob's Book Review: Great Society by Amity Shlaes
November 18, 2021

Bob Luddy, founder of Thales Academy, meets with Amity Shlaes, author of four New York Times-bestsellers including Coolidge and The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression, to discuss her new book Great Society: A New History.

Ms. Shlaes chairs the board of the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation, a national foundation based in the birthplace of President Coolidge. Learn more about Ms. Shlaes.

Loving and Learning Latin
October 21, 2021

Will Begley, Latin and Senior Seminar instructor at Thales Academy Rolesville, speaks about the value of learning and loving Latin.

Dr. Begley received a B.A. in Classics from Davidson College, an M.A. in Latin and a Ph.D. in Classical and Medieval Latin from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Engineering as a Career Field
September 23, 2021

Bill Griffin, Vice President of Manufacturing at CaptiveAire Systems, discusses engineering and the ways in which Thales Academy helps prepare students for that career.

Mr. Griffin oversees CaptiveAire manufacturing, engineering, and R&D and is based in Lancaster, PA.

Bioethics and Classical Education
September 9, 2021

Dr. Grattan Brown speaks on issues related to bioethics and the need to understand the value and dignity of human life, an idea uniquely grounded in a Classical education.

Dr. Brown currently serves as the Academic Dean at Thales College and previously taught bioethics and related fields at Belmont Abbey College.

Science, Seminars, and Classical Education
July 16, 2021
Originally hosted at Thales Academy, Apex.

This webinar explored the relationship between the study of natural science and the goals of a Classical education, as well as the role that seminars can play in the science classroom in helping students cultivate intellectual curiosity and develop their critical thinking skills. Led by Thales administrators Ashley Bahor, Matt Ogle, and Winston Brady, this webinar looked at science in the context of a Classical education, resources for leading seminars, and tips and strategies for teachers to lead seminars in their classrooms.