The King's College



What is Interregnum?

Interregnum is the three-day, all-campus conference that culminates a year’s worth of theme exploration. Interregnum galvanizes students, faculty, and staff towards participating in various events, including student speech competitions, parliamentary style debates, and an evening assembly featuring a notable speaker.

Interregnum XIV: Compassion

noun | com·pas·sion

Sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it

Exodus 34:6-7 (NIV) And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.”


The required reading selections for this year are Hard Times by Charles Dickens and the short story “The Lame Shall Enter First” by Flannery O’Connor.

Learn about the readings.

Evening Lecture

William Allen

Dr. William Barclay Allen will give the Evening Lecture for Interregnum XIII: Equality on Tuesday, April 4 at 150 West 83rd Street on the Upper West Side.

Dr. Allen is a professor of political philosophy at Michigan State University; he has also served one-year stints as a visiting scholar with Villanova University’s Matthew J. Ryan Center for the Study of Free Institutions and the Public Good, as well as Princeton University’s James Madison Program on American Ideals and Institutions. His expertise includes the American founding and Constitution, the founding fathers (especially Washington), liberal arts education, and the relationship between race and politics.