What Do We Learn by Revisiting the Great Books? A Conversation with Dr. Ronald Granieri

Dr. Ron Granieri, Director of Research and Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania’s Lauder Institute and Executive Director of the Foreign Policy Research Institute’s Center for the Study of America and the West, was invited to Eastern University on Friday, November 4, to speak at both Eastern’s Windows on the World and the Templeton Honors College’s weekly Honors Forum…. Read more »

Lessons Learned: What the Great Books Taught Me About Motherhood

Four days before Christmas last year, my husband, Austin, and I welcomed our son, Andrew, into the world. As any parent will tell you, your first-born turns your world upside down, especially in the early weeks and months, and our little bundle of joy was no exception. Slowly though, we got used to life with… Read more »

Here & Now: An Evening with the Philadelphia Orchestra

Though reading books and writing papers is intellectually enriching and mostly enjoyable, as a college student it is always lovely to take a break and head into Philadelphia for an evening. The busy streets and towering buildings are a reminder that the world goes on, even as we are busy with schoolwork. It is all… Read more »

What Is Justice?

From the current election cycle to debates about income inequality to recent social movements, the term “justice” is thrown about regularly in popular culture as a definitive and lasting judgment about what is and what ought to be. What really do we mean when we argue that something—a law, an individual’s actions, state regulations—is just… Read more »

Historian Kristen Stromberg Childers Publishes New Book with Oxford University Press

Dr. Childers’ new book, Seeking Imperialism’s Embrace: National Identity, Decolonization, and Assimilation in the French Caribbean, was published this month by Oxford University Press. Hailed as a “rich and vital work” that explores “a complex and fascinating history,” the monograph makes a “major contribution to our understanding of the Caribbean, France, and the story of… Read more »

Introduction to the Cohort of 2016

August 20th and 26th held two very different evenings, yet both were centered around the same thing: pizza. The former was where the 2016 cohort met and formed our first impressions of each other, and the latter was where we realized all our assumptions were wrong. Looking around the room at our fledgling cohort members,… Read more »

Star Struck: Dr. Bradstreet’s Latest Book

Dr. David Bradstreet is many things: a world-class scientist, a faithful follower of Christ, a devoted teacher, a husband, father and playful grandfather, and a collector of stuffed cows (that all jumped over the moon, of course). As Provost Dr. Keith Iddings puts it—and popular opinion confirms—he is truly “an astronomy rock star.” Dr. Bradstreet,… Read more »

Alumni Spotlight: The Straight Family

Liz (Leidy) Straight (’04) and Jesse Straight Home: Warrentown, VA Cohort of 2001 Business: Whiffletree Farm “We believe that there is a created order and we want to work within it,” says Liz Straight, when asked why Whiffletree Farm practices sustainable agriculture. Liz and her husband Jesse both attended the Templeton Honors College in the… Read more »