Welcoming Dr. Brian Williams, New Dean of the Templeton Honors College

    With the recent bittersweet announcement of Dr. Yonan’s departure from the Templeton Honors College and decision to become the headmaster at The St. David’s School in Raleigh, NC, many friends of the Honors College may be wondering what comes next. While Dr. Walter Huddell has been serving the College wonderfully in the  interim, as… Read more »

Dr. Phillip Cary on Luther, Augustine, and Teaching Great Courses

“There is a rare gift some people have,” Dr. Cary notes. “It is the gift [that] when you talk, people want to listen.” And it is precisely this gift of engaging speech that makes Dr. Cary himself an ideal teacher for the Great Courses, which is an online lecture program for lifelong learners. As any… Read more »

Alumni Spotlight: The Straight Family

Liz (Leidy) Straight (’04) and Jesse Straight Home: Warrentown, VA Cohort of 2001 Business: Whiffletree Farm “We believe that there is a created order and we want to work within it,” says Liz Straight, when asked why Whiffletree Farm practices sustainable agriculture. Liz and her husband Jesse both attended the Templeton Honors College in the… Read more »

2016 Alumnus of the Year: Jay Renfro (’13)

Jay Renfro ‘13 Hometown: Nashville, TN Cohort of 2009 Major: Environmental Studies Career: Science Teacher “In the Templeton senior capstone class, we talked about the difference between your job and your work,” reflects alumnus, Jay Renfro. “A lot of people don’t have a distinction like that, their job is just something that they try to… 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 »

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 »