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 »

From Finance to Forensics: Templeton Students’ Summer Experiences

When summertime rolls around, you can find many college students sleeping in and relaxing on the beach. But for a lot of Templeton students, summer is just another opportunity to use the tools Templeton has provided them with to learn and broaden their horizons. Here are just a few highlights of our students’ summer accomplishments…. Read more »

Staff Spotlight: Welcoming Kim Baltimore

  Walking into Kim Baltimore’s office to interview her about her new position as Templeton Honors Director of Operations, I was immediately put at ease by her encouraging smile and warm greeting. Kim is currently transitioning to Templeton from her role as Executive Assistant to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and… Read more »

What I (Re)Learned About Truth, Conversation, and Love in Singapore

With my first year of college under my belt, I embarked on a new journey—an international journey. In the spring semester, my family announced that they would be permanently moving to Singapore. Goodbye to my old home and community, and welcome to a different country, culture, and climate. Many things I learned from my freshman year… Read more »

From the Dean: On the Work of Loving the World

Gerard Manley Hopkins begins one of his most famous poems with the line: “The world is charged with the grandeur of God.” E. E. Cummings begins one of his with “i thank you God for most this amazing day.” And Mary Oliver one of hers with “My work is loving the world.” I didn’t know… Read more »

Reality and Grace in The Great Divorce

This summer, the high school students participating in the Templeton Honors College Summer Scholars Program of 2017 had the privilege of attending a performance of The Great Divorce, a stage adaptation of C.S. Lewis’s Classic, by the actor Tony Lawton. Anthony Barr (’19), a Templeton Scholar and teaching assistant for the Summer Scholars Program, attended… Read more »