A Reflection on Goodbyes: Winter Retreat 2019

I’m sitting in a coffee shop reflecting on my recent return from my last winter retreat, thinking about Faust so I don’t have to think about saying any more goodbyes. Faust makes a deal with the devil; If I can experience just one moment of perfect happiness, says Faust, I will in that moment drop… Read more »

Summer Scholars Program: Tolkien, Friendship, and Finding a Home

It was the last day of Summer Scholars. We were at the barbeque by the pool, burgers and hotdogs were sizzling on the grill, students were dipping their feet in the water and splashing each other, friends were promising to keep in touch. I remember sitting under a tree, watching all of this, and thinking,… Read more »

Social Science and the Liberal Arts

Technically speaking, social science has no place in the classical liberal arts.  The social sciences, as we know them today, were not part of the trivium or the quadrivium.  The social sciences do not emerge until the 19th century and are intrinsically modern inventions. In fact, they arise in response to many of the social,… Read more »

A Reflection on Freshman Chorale

This fall, I walked over to Workman Hall in order to join the Cohort of 2018 for the weekly meeting of “Freshmen Chorale” (as the Registrar’s Office calls it). This course was added to the required curriculum of the Templeton Honors College two years ago as the first piece of then-Dean Jonathan Yonan’s vision to… Read more »

Senior Interview with Luke Megonigal

The transitional period from life at Eastern University to life after graduation is a unique and intriguing space to occupy. Luke Megonigal is currently in such a place as he anticipates the transition from student to graduate. He was kind enough to share his reflections on his time here as well as his hopes and… Read more »

Lessons and Carols: Rhythms of Life in the Templeton Honors College

The rhythms of life in a community are comforting and call to memory the same celebration in the years preceding; from small rhythms such as church on Sundays, to the more elaborate celebrations like Thanksgiving and Christmas that may entail a wider range of family and friends and span a few days. The Templeton Honors… Read more »

Athletics and Academics: An Interview with Brennan Kastens

Brennan Kastens, a Templeton Scholar, is originally from Nashua, New Hampshire. He is a senior in the math department with a concentration in secondary education and also plays on Eastern’s men’s basketball team as a small forward. In our conversation together, Brennan shared with me what his life at Eastern is like as he balances… Read more »

Oxford: Adventures in Kant, Rowing, and Scones

In this article, we catch up with Colin Burden, a Junior in Templeton who just returned from studying abroad at Oxford University. Colin is a Philosophy and Chemistry-Business double major at Eastern, and he took two philosophy tutorials during his time at Oxford. In addition to his studies, Colin is also a member of the… Read more »

Honors Forum Reflection: Rev. Dr. Charles Howard

On Friday September 7, the Honors College had the privilege of having Rev. Dr. Charles Howard speak at Honors Forum. where he delivered a lecture titled “Loving our Neighbors in an Interfaith Cosmopolitan World.” Rev. Dr. Howard is the University Chaplain at University of Pennsylvania, and his writing has been featured in such publications as… Read more »