One Friday evening night each semester, groups of about 20 Thomas Aquinas College students from all classes — seniors and freshmen, sophomores and juniors — gather in classrooms across the campus for the semi-annual All-College Seminar. Although separate, these groups engage in a single, common activity, namely, reading, analyzing, and discussing the same text, one that is not part of the College’s ordinary curriculum. Two members of the teaching faculty lead each of the discussions, which are followed by a campus-wide party in St. Joseph Commons.
A semi-annual event that unites the entire community, the All-College Seminar has become a well-loved campus tradition. At this semester’s seminar, which took place on October 14, students and faculty discussed Flannery O’Connor’s Everything That Rises Must Converge (PDF). At the party following, all enjoyed pizza, refreshments, and continuing the discussion.