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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
HIGHER EDUCATION & THE UNIVERSITY
ZOOM | Wednesdays starting January 27th at 10:40 a.m.
ZOOM | Wednesdays starting January 27th at 3:00 p.m.
READING THE GOSPELS, PART TWO: THE ROAD TO THE CROSS
Director's Class — Richard Horner
Beginning with the transfiguration and concluding with the resurrection of Jesus, we will continue to read the four New Testament gospels alongside each other in order to gain deeper insight into the distinctive agendas and interests of each gospel writer.
As we did last semester, we will once again be asking how the different agendas, perspectives, and editorial policies shape these books and how the differences among them enrich the picture of Jesus that they give us. Having focused on Matthew and Mark last fall, Luke and John will play a more prominent role this semester.
Registration is now closed. You are welcome to listen to the audio recordings from past classes here.
February 10, March 3, March 24 at 8:00 p.m. via Zoom
IVAN ILLICH, OUR PRESENT CRISIS, AND THE POSSIBILITIES OF A CONVIVIAL SOCIETY
In these three lectures associate director Michael Sacasas will revisit the life and work of Ivan Illich, the 20th century scholar and activist who offered a radical critique of industrial society. Having fallen into relative obscurity during the heady 1990s, Illich's work now speaks with renewed urgency to a world reeling from the consequences of climate change, economic inequality, political polarization, and institutional crisis. Challenging both the usual suspects of industrial age corruption and degradation as well as the more ostensibly benign institutions of modernity such as schooling and medicine, Illich's work is both intellectually and morally demanding, urging us to alter radically how we imagine our relationship to the world and how we envision our political order. Now as society's fault lines have been exposed by a global pandemic, Illich's vision for a more convivial society has become all the more urgent and vital.
Use the link below to register for the second lecture, "Conspiratorial Friendship: Ivan Illich and the Politics of Conviviality."
Wednesday's at 12:00 p.m. beginning January 13
Michael Sacasas | Wednesdays at noon. via Zoom
The Divine Comedy tells the story of Dante's journey through hell, purgatory, and paradise. This journey is a spiritual and moral journey through which Dante is transformed. This spring we continue our reading of Dante with Paradiso (Hollander translation).
If you are interested in being a part of this group, please email Michael Sacasas, who will be coordinating and leading the group. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 1, 15 | March 1, 15, 29
READINGS IN THE CHRISTIAN IMAGINATION
Sustaining the life of the mind can be challenging in ordinary times. Under pandemic conditions, the challenges can be overwhelming. Readings in the Christian Imagination is a reading group intended to help participants carve out the space to reflect on the life of the mind and put those reflections into practice. Each semester we will begin with a text devoted to explaining and defending the intellectual life before proceeding to a reading and discussion of various literary texts that reflect that diverse resources of the Christian imaginative tradition.
We will meet over Zoom twice-monthly on Monday evenings at 8PM beginning February 1st.
On March 1 we will be discussing T. S. Eliot's "Education and Culture."
Please email Mike Sacasas for more information.
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