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National Symposium for Classical Education Sets Dates for 2025 at New Venue in Tempe

Great Hearts Institute April 22, 2024 -

The Great Hearts Institute has announced that the 2025 National Symposium for Classical Education will be held from February 19-21 at the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel. This venue, renowned for its elegant Southwestern ambiance, is situated in the vibrant Mill Avenue District, conveniently close to an array of local attractions including Arizona State University and the Tempe Lake waterfront.

The courtyard of the Mission Palms courtesy of

Fresh off the successful 2024 Symposium at the Phoenix Convention Center, which saw over 700 attendees and featured 75 speakers across 60 seminars, workshops, and panels, the Great Hearts Institute is already gearing up for another enriching event. The upcoming symposium will offer attendees the same great rates as this year’s, with no price increase planned. Those who missed the on-site pre-registration discount still have the chance to secure their spots at an early bird rate by visiting

Dr. McNamara speaking at Symposium

Carol McNamara, Director of the Great Hearts Institute, explained the choice of the new venue: “We sought a location that not only accommodates our plenary lectures, workshops, and sponsors comfortably but also provides a welcoming environment for our attendees to engage and interact.” The Tempe Mission Palms hotel fits this criterion perfectly, offering both luxurious accommodations and large outdoor spaces ideal for both formal and informal gatherings during the Symposium.

The 2025 event promises to continue the tradition of fostering deep discussions and learning about classical, liberal arts education, with a program that includes presentations from leading scholars and practitioners. With 800 spots available for education professionals, from administrators to teachers and parents, the Symposium is poised to deliver another exceptional experience.

Audience at Symposium

For those interested in revisiting some of the insights from the 2024 Symposium, recordings of key talks are available at

With preparations in full swing, Dr. McNamara and the Great Hearts Institute team eagerly anticipate welcoming new and returning participants to Tempe in 2025.

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