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COME LEARN WITH US.

In our educational program we seek to explore the resources of the Christian Tradition and draw on critical scholarship in order to understand contemporary cultural change and address shared human questions in ways that enrich and challenge the university community. Our educational initiatives cover a broad range of issues, but we focus on several areas of inquiry that play a crucial role in modern culture.

TECHNOLOGY & THE HUMAN

CREATION CARE & SUSTAINABILITY

CREATIVITY & THE ARTS

SELF & SOCIETY

FAITH & VOCATION

MORAL & SPIRITUAL FORMATION

HIGHER EDUCATION & THE UNIVERSITY

In addition to our lectures, classes, reading groups, publications, and podcast, the Study Center hosts Pascal’s Coffeehouse, an expression of Christian hospitality and an embodiment of the Christian understanding we seek to explore as a Study Center. 

LECTURES

Summer 2024

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Tuesday, June 17th | Reception 7:00 PM | Lecture 7:30pm | CSC Classroom

WHAT HAS ATHENS TO DO WITH MIDDLE EARTH?: TRACES OF ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY IN TOLKIEN'S WORLD

John Dickhaus, JD

Join us for an enchanting introductory exploration of the intersection of Middle-earth and ancient philosophy at the Christian Study Center. In this presentation, we'll explore the fascinating connection between JRR Tolkien's work and Platonic tradition. Discover how Tolkien's legendarium reflects the transcendentals of truth, goodness, and beauty and how this influences our understanding of his beloved characters and worlds. Don't miss this unique opportunity to uncover the hidden harmonies between Tolkien's imagination and the wisdom of classical philosophy.

Refreshments provided.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Summer 2024

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Friday and Saturday, July 19-20th | CSC Classroom

FAITH AND VOCATION IN THE ACADEMY

Derek Shuurman

Details coming soon! 

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July 7th- August 4th at 5:30pm 

FAITH AND VOCATION IN MEDICINE

Dr. Jay and Laura Lynch

For first and third-year medical students. Contact anabel@christianstudycenter.org for more details. 

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CLASSES

CLASSES

Summer 2024

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Wednesday Evenings

BARISTA SOCIETY

Led by Pascal's Manager, Sycora Perlin

This summer, our Barista Fellows are watching films to explore various themes and their intersection with faith and everyday life. They will watch Babette's Feast, Minari, Of Gods and Men, and more. 

READING GROUPS

Summer 2024

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Wednesdays 11:45-12:35 pm | July 3, 10, 24, 31, August 8

FOR THE LIFE OF THE WORLD

Joshua Perlin  | CSC Classroom 

For the Life of the World (1973), a modern classic in liturgical theology written by Fr. Alexander Schmemann, appeals to the Church’s communal liturgies to outline a sacramental vision of life. Thus, what Christians do when they gather in worship matters for their life in the world and their mission to it. This summer reading group will engage Schmemann’s For the Life of the World in order to think more deeply about what the Church does when it assembles for worship and how that relates to everyday life. Although Schmemann was Eastern Orthodox, his writings have had a profound impact on many traditions and styles of Christian worship in the past half century. Therefore, people from any Christian background are encouraged to attend. Attendees are also welcome to bring their own lunch.

Coffee provided.

Purchase For the Life of the World from our Bookshop.org storefront to support the Study Center. 

READING GROUPS

PODCAST

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FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION:

A PODCAST OF THE CHRISTIAN

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If you've not done so already, take a moment and subscribe to our podcast here. You can peruse past installments here. We use the podcast to post audio from program content and also occasional interviews with guest scholars and writers. 

The podcast is also available on the following podcast listening apps:

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