Stoicion is an annual public event that happens each year in conjunction with Stoic Week. Our first public events took place in London in 2013, 2014, and 2015. In 2016 Stoicon moved to New York, 2017 was held in Toronto, and in 2018 Stoicon returned to London. For 2019 Stoicon was held in Athens, the birthplace of Stoicism. In 2020 we went online, and Stoicon 2021 will be online too (get tickets here). You can find videos of many of our past events on our YouTube channel.
This year, Stoicon will take place online, on Saturday 9th October. Get your tickets here.
In the past, this “world’s largest gathering of Stoics in history” was held as a one-day in-person conference, in locations including London, New York City, Toronto, and even Athens. Last year, due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, we decided to move it online to a virtual space.
Stoicon 2020 dwarfed all the previous Stoicons in terms of attendance, not least because people worldwide who might not have been able to afford the time or expense to travel f0r an in-person event were able to join us. That consideration of access and participation, along with uncertainty about what might be the case with global travel and venues due to Covid-19 in October 2021, led us to the decision to hold Stoicon online again this year.
Everyone involved in Stoicon 2021 is a volunteer. That includes the organizers, the speakers and panelists, the workshop provider and discussion catalysts, and the other people working behind the scenes to provide what we hope to be an even more engaging and interactive online day-long event.
We have an Eventbrite page set up for tickets to Stoicon 2021. Here is the link to that event page, where you can get a ticket.
Any donation you make when you get your ticket will go to the Modern Stoicism, Ltd organization, which hosts and underwrites Stoicon itself, Stoic Week, the 4-week SMRT class, and many other activities aimed at helping people worldwide learn about and apply ancient Stoic philosophy and practices to modern life.
The team organizing Stoicon 2021 includes organizers Andi Sciacca and Greg Sadler, technical co-organizer Phil Yanov, Lighting Talks moderator Harald Kavli, and a number of other members who will be working in a number of roles before, during, and after the conference.
The STOICON 2021 Schedule
This is, of course, liable to change if needed, but here is the event schedule as it is lined up at present. All times posted below are listed in Eastern Time (ET).
10am – Introduction: Welcome + Opening Remarks
Greg Sadler, Andi Sciacca, and Chris Gill
10.15am – The Equality of Moral Errors
Kai Whiting + Leonidas Konstantakos
10.45am – Panel A: Ask the Experts
Donald Robertson, Piotr Stankiewicz , Chris Gill , John Sellars, Sharon Lebell, Gabriele Galluzzo, and Greg Sadler (Moderator)
11.30am – The Joyful Practice of Stoic Death Contemplation
12pm – Practical Applications of Stoicism Workshop
Tim LeBon + Workshop Discussion Catalysts
1pm – Stoics vs Skeptics: Is Knowledge Even Possible?
1.30pm – Pre-Recorded Lightning Round (3-5 minutes) Talks
Harald Kavli (Moderator)
2.30pm – How Do Stoics Care?
3pm – James Bond Stockdale and Epictetian Communitarian Action
3.30pm – Panel B: Practical Applications of Stoicism
Eve Riches, Greg Lopez, Walter Matweychuk, Kevin Vost, Karen “Duff” Duffy, Meredith Kunz, and Travis Hume (Moderator)
4.15pm – Keynote Address
5pm – After-Party + Casual Conversation
You can see highlights from some of our previous events here:
Previous Stoicon speakers include
- Prof. Christopher Gill, author of The Structured Self in Hellenistic and Roman Thought, The Discourses of Epictetus, The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius with Selected Correspondence
- Dr. John Sellars, author of Stoicism, The Art of Living, and The Routledge Handbook of the Stoic Tradition
- Emily Wilson, author of Seneca: A Life
- Jules Evans, author of Philosophy for Life and Other Dangerous Situations
- Tim LeBon, author of Wise Therapy
- Prof. Massimo Pigliucci, author of How to be a Stoic
- Donald Robertson, author of Stoicism and the Art of Happiness, and How to Think Like a Roman Emperor
- Prof. Angie Hobbs, author of Plato and the Hero
- Prof. William Irvine, author of The Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy
- Bettany Hughes, author of The Hemlock Cup
- Vincent Deary, author of How We Are
- Prof. Sherman Clark
- Elen Buzare, author of Stoic Spiritual Exercises
- Prof. Gabriele Galluzo, author of Aristotle’s Metaphysics Book Zeta: The Contemporary Debate
- Prof. Julia Annas, author of Intelligent Virtue and The Morality of Happiness
- Debbie Joffe Ellis, author (with Albert Ellis) of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy
- Prof Cinzia Arruzza, editor of Philosophy and Political Power in Antiquity
- Greg Sadler, author of Reason Fulfilled by Revelation
- Greg Lopez
- Ryan Holiday, author of The Obstacle is the Way and (with Stephen Hanselman) The Daily Stoic