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Great Books Summer Seminar Weekend in New England

Great Books Summer Seminar Weekend in New England

Summer Seminar Weekend in New England

For more than 20 years, Summer Seminars have allowed attendees to get a firsthand experience of the day-to-day life of Thomas Aquinas College students — the intellectual life, the spiritual life, and friendships rooted in a shared experience of the true, the good, and the beautiful. While the College is not offering a Summer Seminar Weekend in California this year, one will be offered this summer at the College’s new campus in Northfield, Massachusetts.

Participants will read passages from the great books of Western civilization, then discuss those readings in seminars led by senior members of the teaching faculty. Together they will work to understand the meaning of the texts and to discern the truths these works contain. Between seminars, guests will also enjoy delicious meals served both indoors and outdoors, as well as daily Mass and confession offered by the College’s chaplain.

The theme for this year’s weekend will be “The Search for Happiness.” Attendees will discuss Gustav Flaubert’s “A Simple Heart,” Epictetus’ The Enchiridion, and St. Thomas Aquinas’ consideration “Of Those Things in Which Happiness Consists” from the Summa Theologiae.

Taking place from June 21-23, will be the first ever Summer Seminar Weekend held on the New England campus, set in Western Massachusetts’ historic Connecticut River Valley. Over the course of the three-day weekend, participants will attend a series of discussions led by President Michael F. McLean, Vice President Paul J. O’Reilly, and the associate dean for the New England campus, Dr. Thomas J. Kaiser.

With the New England residence halls still under renovation, guests will stay in a nearby hotel, but they will spend their days and take most of their meals on campus. The price, including lodging, dining, seminars, and readings, is $1,200 per person or $1,800 per couple (discount for President’s Council members: $950/single and $1,450 couple).

To register, please e-mail or call Patti Harmonson,
special events coordinator, 805-421-5929