Summer Scholars Reflection

I remember attending Summer Scholars the summer before my senior year of high school. The hour and fifteen minute car ride from my house in Lancaster to Eastern felt incredibly long, yet too short at the same time. I spent the entire ride fighting internally with myself, half of me wanting to ask my mom… Read more »

Studying Abroad: Existential Crises and Bread

This fall I have the opportunity to study abroad at Oxford University. At Oxford, where I will be studying solely philosophy, I will be taking an 8-week tutorial in German philosophy and a 4-week tutorial in symbolic logic. Teaching in the classical tradition has long been a desire of mine, and I am hopeful that this… Read more »

From Texas to Templeton: Catching Up with James Davenport ’20

When James Davenport was in his senior year of high school, he received a very important phone call, one he remembers to this day. At the time, he and his sister were exploring the Alamo in Texas—now a memorable place for James for more than one reason. On the other line was Paul Charles, Director… Read more »

Cohort of 2014 Prepares to Graduate

At this time four years ago, I had two months of high school left and was nervously anticipating the transition to college. My fellow incoming members of the Templeton 2014 Cohort and I had posted some overly formal Facebook posts introducing ourselves and our interests. We had no way of knowing what awaited us in… Read more »

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 »