The Leo Strauss Center will host a conference on “Leo Strauss as Teacher” on Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23, 2011 at the University of Chicago. Registration for the conference is required, but registration is now closed. Anyone who is not registered and would still like to attend may send an email to with the subject heading "CONFERENCE REGISTRATION." Requests received will be placed on a wait list. The week before the conference, registrants will be asked to confirm their attendance. If any spots open up at that time, then they will be given to those on the wait list.

The conference will mark the publication on the Leo Strauss Center’s website of the surviving audiofiles from Leo Strauss’s courses and will focus on his role as a teacher. The conference will feature remarks by former students and by editors who have been using the remastered audio files to edit transcripts of Strauss’s courses.

Speakers at the conference will include: Theodore Blanton (Blanton Law Firm), Robert Faulkner (Boston College), Hilail Gildin (Queens College, City University of New York), Victor Gourevitch (Wesleyan University), Steven Lenzner (Leo Strauss Project), Ralph Lerner (University of Chicago), Abram Shulsky (Hudson Institute), Richard Zinman (Michigan State University), and Catherine Zuckert (Notre Dame University).

Laurence Berns, who was originally scheduled to speak at this conference, died suddenly and unexpectedly Thursday afternoon, March 3. We at the Leo Strauss Center offer our condolences to Laurence Berns' family and friends. We will sorely miss him at the conference.

The conference will begin on Friday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. and end Saturday afternoon by 5:30 p.m.