Thoughts on Fairy Tales, Virtue, and the Gospel

At a recent Honors Forum, Dr. David Bryant discussed the continued presence of fairy tales in our culture and the value that they hold. As Dr. Bryant noted, fairy tales can be found in children’s literature, opera, ballet, symphonic music and musicals, in films, and even in cartoons. Despite the pervasive modern rejection of superstition,… Read more »

Cultivating Hearts and Minds: Reflections of a Middle School Latin Teacher

The Templeton Honors College has been cultivating great students since 1999. Now we’re launching a Master of Arts in Teaching, Concentration in Classical Education in order to develop more great teachers like Monica and Frank. In March of 2015, two months before graduation, four before marriage, and five before a 2,346 mile move across the… Read more »

The Tyranny of the Urgent and the Importance of Play

Every February, students in the Templeton Honors College pack their bags and head over to Camp Men-o-Lan for a weekend winter retreat. Located in Quakertown, Pennsylvania, Camp Men-o-Lan, which is situated on 180 beautiful wooded acres, has been hosting groups since 1941. I use the word “host” with purpose: the staff expertly practice the craft of… Read more »

Charity, Honesty, and Patience: Conversational Virtues

In my experience as a Teaching Assistant for the Summer Scholars Program, I have found it beautiful to see the ways that high school students often find freedom in the academic ethos offered at Templeton. For some students, the classical dialogical model of learning that they experience as Summer Scholars is unlike anything they have… Read more »

The American Presidency: Insights from Historian Michael Lee

Just after President Trump’s inauguration, I sat down with Dr. Michael Lee to discuss the history and current state of the American presidency. Dr. Lee is the Grace F. Kea Associate Professor of American History at Eastern University. He has studied at the University of Notre Dame (Ph.D.), Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.A.), and Yale University (B.A.). An… Read more »

Is Populism Good for American Democracy?

Throughout the 2016 election cycle, a common talking point between both the far Left and the far Right was that establishment politicians are, on the whole, corrupt and out-of-touch with their constituents. On the Right, even before the rise of Donald Trump as the ultimate outsider candidate, candidates like Senator Ted Cruz of Tea Party… Read more »

Should We Pray to the Saints?

Should we pray to the saints? The question may never even cross the minds of some Christians. For others, the practice of prayer to the saints is a part of their daily lives. At Honors Forum on November 18, 2016, three Templeton professors – Dr. Jenkins, Dr. Richards, and Dr. Boyer – offered their answers… Read more »

The Paideia Fellowship: A Common Conversation

The Paideia Fellowship brings together humanities students and professors from Villanova University, the University of Pennsylvania, Swarthmore, Bryn Mawr, and the Templeton Honors College to participate in an ongoing conversation regarding the study of the humanities as a discipline. We frequently meet for meals followed by facilitated discussion, and sometimes gather for cultural outings in the… Read more »