Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Gary Jenkins

Many Templeton students take advantage of summertime to put their academic pursuits on pause and enjoy much-needed breaks. On the other hand, the faculty use this time to delve even more deeply into their scholarly endeavors. One such faculty member is Dr. Gary Jenkins: As the History Department Chair and Director of the Agora Institute’s… Read more »

Agora Institute and Templeton Host Free Library Director

In October of 2015, the New York Times published an article entitled “Reinventing the Library.” In the article, Alberto Manuel traced a brief history of the library, exploring the differences between the role of libraries in antiquity and the role of libraries today. It comes as no surprise that libraries are vastly different institutions than… Read more »

Senior Reflection

It was a sunny day in August of 2012 when my cohort had our first collective conversation. Stranded in the middle of the woods, we hadn’t showered for days, and we barely knew each other. But there we were, on the Adirondacks camping trip at the beginning of our college journey, thinking about wisdom and… Read more »

Alumni Spotlight: Nathan Farris (’13)

In this season of graduations we celebrate not just the accomplishments of our Templeton seniors, but also our alumni. This month, Nathan Farris (’13) will graduate from the University of Pennsylvania’s Law School and begin as a real estate attorney at Ballard Spahr, a Philadelphia-based law firm. Nathan is “fascinated by how space affects human… Read more »

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Jeff Dill

Dr. Dill: Curator of Personal Narratives “The best research questions are autobiographical,” reflected Templeton Assistant Professor of Social Thought Dr. Jeffrey Dill during our interview together. As a sociologist, he is “pursuing the same questions as scholars in the humanities, in slightly different ways, asking ‘what does it mean to be human?’” This is why… Read more »

Agora Lecture: James K.A. Smith

“You are what you love.” This was the theme and the refrain of James K.A. Smith’s compelling lecture hosted by the Agora Institute in conjunction with the Templeton Honors College and Eastern University on March 17th, 2016. We are more than just “thinking things,” he insisted, arguing that it is not just our intellectual assent… Read more »

Study Abroad Spotlight: Rwanda

In their time at the Templeton Honors College, students are challenged to ask big questions: Why is there evil? What is the relationship between faith and reason? What is justice? Why is doctrine important? The habit of questioning we develop provides a valuable foundation that empowers us to interact with ideas and learn from the… Read more »

Student Perspective: Eight Things No One Tells You about College

Templeton senior Abbie Storch offers some wisdom on choosing a college carefully: You are entrusting your soul to a group of people you do not know. Your professors will have an enormous influence on the person that you become. They aren’t just teaching you; they’re forming you. Their words, especially the ones you take to… Read more »

Alumni Spotlight: Aaron Benz (’13)

“Most of today’s technology is about self-validation or objectifying other people. Through Facebook and Twitter we’re more connected to someone across the world, but disconnected from people around us,” says Aaron Benz.  Zync Up isn’t about swiping right or the number of “likes” on a photo, but making it easier to connect with real people.”… Read more »

The Latest Book from Dr. Phillip Cary

Does God Have a Strategy? A Dialogue is a different kind of book; it’s essentially a disagreement between two friends about if God has a strategy, and if so, what that strategy is. From Genesis and Jesus to pluralism and religious violence, the book touches on all the topics you would hope to explore in… Read more »