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Liberal learning organizations across North America host dozens of public seminar discussions, lectures, and conferences and travel opportunities throughout the year. Many are free of charge. Check the calendar below for an event near you!

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April 2017

Aquinas on Faith and Reason

“It is impossible that the truth of faith should be opposed to those principles that the human reason knows naturally…” —Thomas Aquinas, Summa Contra Gentiles As traditionally defined, rationality is based on reason or facts, and faith is belief in inspiration, revelation, or authority. The word faith sometimes refers to a belief that is held with lack of reason or evidence, a belief that is held in spite of or against reason or evidence, or it can refer to belief based…


The Agora Foundation

University of Chicago Graham School Sample Discussion

Basic Program Sample Discussion on The Prince by Machiavelli Join the University of Chicago Graham School’s Basic Program of Liberal Education for Adults for a free sample discussion. Basic Program instructor Adam Rose will lead a discussion on chapters 17–18 of The Prince by Machiavelli. Is it better to be loved, or feared? In what mode should a Prince keep faith? In these two chapters of his (in)famous work, The Prince, Machiavelli gives advice about successful leadership that is still…


University of Chicago Basic Program of Liberal Education for Adults

Examining the Natural Law of War and Peace

A Joint St. John’s College and U.S. Naval Academy Lecture Annapolis, Md.—Angelo Codevilla, a senior fellow of the Claremont Institute and professor emeritus of International Relations at Boston University, will deliver the 2017 Erik S. Kristensen Memorial Lecture titled, “On the Natural Law of War and Peace” at St. John’s College. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Francis Scott Key Auditorium on Wednesday, April 19, at 8 p.m. Codevilla served as…


St. John’s College — Annapolis and Santa Fe

23rd Annual ACTC Conference

Theme: Bridging Divides, Crossing Borders, Community Building: Core Texts, Liberal Arts, College and the Human Voice Plenary Speakers Thursday through Saturday: Joseph Epstein, former Editor, The American Scholar, author,  A Literary Education and Other Essays;  Robert O’Meally, Zora Neale Hurston Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University, author, The Jazz Singers;  Jane Kelley Rodeheffer, Fletcher Jones Chair of Great Books, Pepperdine University, editor, Contemplation, Crisis, Construct: Appropriating Core Texts into the Curriculum; Richard A. Strier, Sulzberger Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus, Department…

May 2017

Great Books Chicago

We are pleased to announce that registration for Great Books Chicago 2017—Her Own Accord is now open. This year’s theme is “Who We Are and Who We Desire to Be.” Discussions will center on Her Own Accord: American Women on Identity, Culture, and Community, our exciting new anthology that explores issues of identity, family, relationships, work, and politics. We will also be discussing Willa Cather’s most famous novel, My Ántonia. Other planned events include: Reception with drinks and dinner buffet…


The Great Books Foundation
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