The Institute is excited to announce its academic seminars for Fall 2021 on work and rest, education, relationships, and more. Learn more here about each seminar and how to sign up.
Witherspoon Distinguished Senior Fellow in Human Rights, Chen Guangcheng, spoke at the International Religious Freedom Summit in July in Washington, D. C and was recently interviewed on EWTN News Nightly. You can watch a recording of that interview here:
The Witherspoon Institute has been pleased to welcome high school, college, and graduate students, as well as young professionals, to its 2021 summer seminars.
The Moral Life & Classical Tradition high school seminar for men was held June 13-19 at Cairn University, and the seminar for high school women was held the following week, June 20-26, in Princeton. Students who applied and were accepted in 2020 as well as students from the 2021 cohort attended the seminar. Guided by Witherspoon’s professors, students read and discussed the works of Plato and Aristotle in the morning sessions and tackled contemporary moral questions in the afternoons.
The Natural Law & Public Affairs seminar (July 7-10) was led by Professors Christopher Tollefsen, Ryan T. Anderson, and Sherif Girgis and helped students apply the principles of the natural law to many moral and political questions. First Principles, Witherspoon’s flagship two-week long intensive seminar for college and graduate students (July 11-24), explores metaphysics, epistemology, and human action as the starting point for examining the purpose of education and the goods of human relationships.
The Thomistic Seminar for graduate students in philosophy and related fields will also be held in Princeton this year from August 1-7, and will explore the topic of justice, led by Candace Vogler (University of Chicago), Dhananjay Jagannathan (Columbia), Therese Cory (Notre Dame), Anselm Mueller (University of Chicago) and Matthias Haase (University of Chicago).
Professor Margarita Mooney Suarez, Fellow of the Witherspoon Institute and founder of the Scala Foundation, has just published her new book, The Love of Learning. This work tells the stories of how seven renowned scholars fell in love with learning, and it invites readers to join the long, ongoing conversation about truth, goodness, and beauty that has its roots in the beginning of Western civilization and is still, as these contributors show, alive and vibrant today. Through examples of people who have pursued excellence through the liberal arts, this book explores the key ideas and thinkers who shape the way we think about and practice education. The rich conversations in The Love of Learning show how the liberal arts tradition can make each of us more fully human — and our culture more humane.
“The impediments to a liberating education in our day and age are many, but Margarita Mooney has recast our challenges as tremendous opportunities for a revival of a genuinely humanizing education. The Love of Learning: Seven Dialogues on the Liberal Arts is not merely a case for restoration, it is a deeply enriching exemplification of what such a restoration looks like.”
–Jonathan J. Sanford, President and Professor of Philosophy, University of Dallas
“Presented as a series of pedagogical dialogues between scholars, this book is not merely a conversation about the liberal arts, it exemplifies the liberal arts as conversation.”
–James Bernard Murphy, Professor of Government, Dartmouth College
The editors of Public Discourse invite conservatives of various schools to participate in the debates that will best advance our common cause. We believe that disagreement is not something to avoid. In fact, a real and productive disagreement is an accomplishment. As John Courtney Murray put it, civilization depends on our becoming “locked together in argument.” Read the letter here.