John Gatta, Robin Gottfried, and Michael Thompson have been awarded funds to develop and to oversee the presentation at Sewanee of a dual-purpose Symposium on “Imaginative Education: Learning to Know a Place, Care for a Place.” This will take place on August 20 and 21,  2015, prior to the start of most classes. Offered in collaboration with the Berry Center of New Castle, Kentucky, the Symposium’s main purpose would be to enrich the educational substance and appeal of the overall instruction we can offer students toward the start of our FYP course on “Discovering a Sense of Place.” Key features of the August 20-21 symposium include the participation of Mary Berry, executive director of the Berry Center in New Castle, Kentucky, Leah Bayens, director of the Berry Farming Program at St. Catharine College, and Norman Wirzba, professor of theology, ecology, and rural life at Duke University, as well as a public reading by Wendell Berry. One benefit to be expected from such presentations is the opportunity for first-year students to gain exposure to the distinctive educational philosophy of Wendell Berry and to appreciate that which both Wendell Berry and Norman Wirzba understand to be the contemporary relevance of an “agrarian vision. ”