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2015-2016 Seminar

This year the Collegium Institute has partnered with universities from multiple faith traditions to launch The Paideia Seminar. It will summon the most diligent students from Penn, the Villanova Humanities Department, and the Templeton Honors College at Eastern University to explore the full promise of the liberal arts. The seminar convenes monthly and alternates between seminar feasts at each university and cultural excursions in the Philadelphia area.

The central question that the seminar will address this year is “How can the humanities humanize us?” Sub-themes include the role of leisure and contemplation in a life of service, the relationship between contingent cultures and transcendence, the connection of suffering with knowledge and beauty with wisdom, the centrality of friendship in the pursuit of truth, and the prospects for the humanities in the modern research university.

If you would like to participate, please send a brief letter of interest (150-250 words) describing what you expect to bring to the seminar and what you hope to draw from it to Michael Vazquez at vazm@sas.upenn.edu. The opening reception will take place on Friday, September 11th on Penn’s campus.