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 »

Introducing Templeton’s Master of Arts in Teaching

Drawing students toward the True, the Good, and the Beautiful through education is our passion at the Templeton Honors College. Deepening our commitment to this vision, we are thrilled to announce the summer 2018 launch of a new graduate degree program, the Master of Arts in Teaching with a Concentration in Classical Education, designed specifically… Read more »

Welcoming Dr. Lia Howard

Dr. Lia Howard is the new Executive Director of the Agora Institute and a Professor of Political Science and Liberal Studies in the Templeton Honors College at Eastern University. Prior to joining Agora she taught American Politics in the Political Science Department at Saint Joseph’s University. Prior to this Dr. Howard was a Critical Writing… Read more »

What Are We Reading? Reviews by Dr. Childers and Austin Detwiler ’13

This piece is the first of a new series in which Templeton students, alumni, and professors share reviews of what they’ve been reading.  Dr. Kristen Childers “Reading now” is probably a bit of an overstatement, since I always feel like I don’t have enough time for reading outside of my academic field—but at present I’m… Read more »