An Open Letter to 2017 Summer Scholars

Dear Summer Scholars, Tearing open a much anticipated white package full of this year’s Summer Scholars books was like a reunion with good friends. Some of the texts we are reading this year are close to my heart, having awakened my imagination, challenged my thinking, and changed me a bit for the better (at least… Read more »

Celebrating the Class of 2017

I am still awestruck that in what felt like the blink of an eye, my dear friends and I have gone from students to alumni. Four years ago, we piled into vans and headed to the Adirondacks, still strangers to one another. Who among us could have imagined then what would lie ahead? I don’t… Read more »

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 »

Learning a Hermeneutic of Love

One Tuesday a few weeks ago, I woke up in New Haven, Connecticut, to cloudy skies and drizzling rain. I opened my umbrella as I left my house before walking up Orange Street to St. Luke’s Chapel, where I try to pray at 7:30 every morning. After Morning Prayer and the requisite small talk at… Read more »

Dr. Kristen Childers Wins the Gilbert Chinard Prize for Her New Book

Templeton’s own Dr. Kristen Childers recently published an award-winning book on the nature of colonies’ disentanglement from empire. The book, entitled Seeking Imperialism’s Embrace: National Identity, Decolonization, and Assimilation in the French Caribbean, offers an intriguing look into two  French colonies in the Caribbean that voted against  independence amidst a wave of other colonies seeking… 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 »

A New Beginning: An Announcement from Templeton Dean Jonathan Yonan

Recently I met with the current students, staff, and faculty of the Templeton Honors College to announce that after ten years at Eastern—five as a professor and another five as the Dean of the Templeton Honors College—I will be concluding my time here in May 2017.  In July, I will begin a new chapter as headmaster… Read more »

Dr. Walter McDougall on American Civil Religion and Foreign Policy

Upon meeting Dr. Walter McDougall for the first time you will notice that he immediately puts his audience at ease. Though having many achievements, Dr. McDougall is mild-mannered, unassuming, and a careful listener. His humble composure and intellectual disposition are qualities that make him an excellent professor. He cares about his work and the people… Read more »

The Need for Trust in Our Communities

     James K.A. Smith, a professor at Calvin College and esteemed author, recently wrote an editorial piece for his online journal Comment, entitled, “Teach Us (How) to Trust: Suspicion and Cynicism Play Right Into the Hands of Authoritarian Demagogues. Let’s Consider Another Way Forward.” In the piece, he outlines how “the web of trust is torn”… Read more »