What Are We Reading? Reviews by Dr. Huddell and Leah Sioma ’14

Dr. Walter Huddell Over the winter recess I was able to read UCLA historian Amir Alexander’s Infinitesimal: How a Dangerous Mathematical Theory Shaped the Modern World. Well known are the battles for the soul of the European continent in the 16th and 17th centuries: the Protestant provocation of Church authority, Galileo and Kepler’s challenges of… Read more »

What Are We Reading? Reviews by Dr. Putnam and Constance Henney ’14

Dr. Frederic Putnam In Spring 2017, Jordan Kolb (THC ’17), Anneke Lujan (THC ’13/EU MA/Ed ’17), and I held a tutorial on “Philosophy of Education.” John Holt’s vision for education could change the world. (This is not hyperbole.) Respecting the person of the child, letting them set their own sequence and pace for learning, and… Read more »

Art, Faith, and Christian Humanism with Gregory Wolfe

On Friday, March 16, 2018, the library was open a little later than usual. Thanks to our wonderful library staff around 150 people were crowded into the Warner Library third-floor atrium. Why would there be 150 people in our library on a Friday night? Because the Agora Institute for Civic Virtue and the Common Good… Read more »

Judaism, Art, and Hospitality: An Afternoon with Adena Potok

This month, the Templeton Honors College and the Agora Institute hosted several events centered around the arts and cultural engagement. One of these events was made possible by Adena Potok, wife of the late celebrated Jewish rabbi and author Chaim Potok. While he is known first and foremost for his acclaimed novels—such as The Chosen,… Read more »

What Are We Reading? Reviews by Dr. Williams and Kelsea Smith ’14

Dr. Brian Williams Anytime you can read a writer on writing, you should. Think Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird or Annie Dillard’s The Writing Life. This is probably true for any type of practitioner. I recently finished Peter Korn’s Why We Make Things and Why It Matters, which interweaves reflections on craft with Korn’s journey as a furniture-maker. I found the same… Read more »

Peter A. Benoliel on the Value of the Humanities

Every Templeton student eagerly awaits the yearly email that bestows him or her with the opportunity to receive tickets to a play, opera, ballet, or concert, all thanks to the Benoliel Arts & Culture Series. While students in the Templeton Honors College are extremely grateful to Peter A. Benoliel, patron of the Benoliel Arts &… Read more »

Anticipating the 2018 Summer Scholars Program

  Since 2013, the Summer Scholars Program has been an integral part of our Templeton calendar. As soon as commencement is over and our undergrad students depart for the summer, we begin looking forward to high school sophomores and juniors arriving on campus in July. They come from across the United States and further afield… Read more »

Caring For Creation: Learning to Live Well in New Zealand

This past spring semester I studied abroad in New Zealand with Creation Care Study Program (CCSP). Although studying abroad is a classic college experience for many students, this semester was different from a typical study abroad program. I lived on the South Island of New Zealand in a house with 19 other students, in a… Read more »