Justice, Protest, and Political Discourse

Almost every Friday from 3:00 to 4:30 one can find a group of Templeton students and professors alike enjoying a lecture on any number of topics, from Augustine to psychology. This week, however, was no ordinary Honors Forum. Dr. Gramby-Sobukwe and Professor Alexander, of the Eastern University Political Science department, mixed things up and led… Read more »

On Being Thankful

Decades before the birth of Christ, Cicero called gratitude “… not only the greatest of the virtues but the parent of all others,” a sentiment echoed throughout Scripture; by Martin Luther, who called thankfulness “the basic Christian attitude;” and in the title of the third section of the Heidelberg Catechism (“Gratitude”). Not only has gratitude… Read more »

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Jeffrey Dill

For Dr. Dill, “Sociology helps us understand what it means to be human.” He says that sociology is one tool he uses to better understand how humans interact with each other, both in how they shape their cultures and how they are shaped by their cultures.   Dr. Dill is a professor of two courses… Read more »

Brennan Kastens (’19) Awarded Mathematics Scholarship

Brennan Kastens has always been good at math. “I like it because I think very logically, from step to step,” he says, “and I also like knowing when I’m right or wrong, and so even when I don’t know how I’m gonna get there, I know there is a way to get there.” As a… Read more »

Classic Learning Test (CLT) Comes to Templeton

The Templeton Honors College is proud to announce their recognition of a new standardized test for college applicants. The Classic Learning Test, or CLT, has been developed by Classic Learning Initiatives (CLI) as an alternative to the more common SAT and ACT taken by students in their junior and senior years. Aside from the difference… Read more »

2017 Alumnus of the Year Award: Andrew Bradstreet

It’s not unusual for plans to change and grow as we do, and that’s exactly what happened for Andrew Bradstreet, Templeton and Eastern alum from 2008. When Andrew was in high school his original plan was to enroll in the military upon graduation, but after a parent-teacher conference during his junior year he was persuaded… Read more »

Engaging the Fine Arts with the Templeton Choir

“What would you say is the value of the chorale in the Templeton curriculum?” I asked Dr. Matthews after class the other day. With hardly a blink, he answered, “Well, first of all, music is eternal” — the first in a stream of reasons so steady I could hardly write them all down. Clearly, Dr…. Read more »

An Evening at the Opera: Reflections on the Magic Flute

What a joy it is to hop on a train to the city with friends on a beautiful Sunday afternoon and go to the opera! Thanks to the Benoliel Arts and Culture Fund, a few of us Templeton students recently had the opportunity to see Opera Philadelphia’s production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. This German… Read more »

From Great Books to Great Gardens: Catching up with Jessica Nielsen (’17)

Jessica Nielsen, Eastern alumna (’17) and member of the Cohort of 2013, recently began a Masters degree in Landscape Architecture at Auburn University after graduating Eastern with a major in History and minors in both Environmental Science and Biology. Though Landscape Architecture might at first appear unrelated to the Great Books, Jess explains how her… Read more »

The Only Good Language is a Dead Language

After a late night of studying vocabulary, verbal systems, and principal parts I found myself in a classroom surrounded by a wonderful group of peers, visibly as eager to learn as I was. The professor approached the whiteboard and wrote out a sentence. He turned around and, perhaps upon seeing my nervous expression, called on… Read more »