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
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.
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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
WATCHING, WAITING, WORKING: CHRISTIAN STUDY CENTERS AT THE END OF AN AGE
Michael Sacasas | Reception 6:30 p.m. | Lecture 7:30 p.m. | CSC Classroom
[Lecture now available here.]
Christian study centers are unique institutions, positioned as they are alongside of but apart from both the university and the church. What do they offer each of these communities? What role can they play in the midst of our turbulent cultural moment? Our new Associate Director will take up these questions in his first public lecture this fall.
WEDNESDAYS, BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 18
DATA, MEMES, AND FEEDS: THE
SELF IN A DIGITAL AGE
Michael Sacasas | 11:45 a.m. - 12:35 p.m. | CSC Classroom
Our director's class this fall will open by examining how modernity shaped the experience of the self, which will then lead into an exploration of how this modern experience of the self is refracted by our emerging digital environment. TLDR, how being Extremely Online, or close to it, is shaping our lives.
SEPTEMBER 17TH, OCTOBER 15TH, NOVEMBER 12TH
THE POETRY OF W.H. AUDEN
Mike O'Malley & Jesse Caedington | 5:15 - 6:15 p.m. | CSC Classroom | All are welcome
W. H. Auden was one of the most influential poets of the 20th century and a convert to the Christian faith. While he was dubious about the power of poetry to effect meaningful change, his work remains a source of intellectual, moral, and spiritual insight. This group will consider one of Auden's poems at each meeting.
For the November 12th meeting, we will read "Friday's Child."
SEPTEMBER 25TH, OCTOBER 23RD, NOVEMBER 20TH
WENDELL BERRY: UNCOMMON
VISION FOR THE COMMON GOOD
Todd Best & Tim Schubert | 5:15 - 6:15 p. m. | CSC Classroom | All are welcome
SEPTEMBER 20TH, OCTOBER 11TH, 25th, NOVEMBER 15TH
CAPTURING OUR TIME IN THOUGHT
Richard Horner, Director | 11:45 a.m. - 12:35 p.m. | CSC Classroom | For students (open to others with permission)
This reading group will probe a wide range of Berry's writing to ponder the ways that he works out his agrarian understanding in specific areas of the common good, including economics, ecology, community, and technology.
Readings for November 20th:
You can find previous readings here.
This reading group will discuss key works that expose the fault lines of modernity and that continue to capture our time in thought: Nietzsche’s Twilight of the Idols, Sartre’s “Existentialism and Humanism,” and Rorty’s “Trotsky and the Wild Orchids.”
For November 15th read "Trotsky and the Wild Orchids" by Rorty.
Readings available on the shelves at the top of the stairs at Pascal's Coffeehouse.
SEPTEMBER 20TH, OCTOBER 11TH, NOVEMBER 22ND
Brent Henderson | 6:00 p.m. | Henderson's home | For graduate students
A reading group for graduate students led by Brent Henderson, Associate Professor of Linguistics, UF. The Graduate Roundtable meets monthly on Friday evenings at 6:00 p.m. in the home of Brent and Valerie Henderson. Dinner provided. Please email the Study Center for details.
CLERGY GROUP SEMINAR
SPIRITUAL FORMATION IN A TECHNOLOGICAL AGE
Michael Sacasas | 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | CSC Classroom | For local clergy and ministry leaders
In this seminar, open to local clergy and ministry leaders, we will take up the question of how to live faithfully in the midst of our ever-evolving technological milieu. Our aim will be to help us understand more clearly the role technology plays in our moral and spiritual formation.
Breakfast and lunch provided. Please register here.