Repeatedly, alumni and others tell us the part of their college education they valued the most (or, maybe more accurately, came to value as they advanced in their careers and lives) was the liberal arts courses where they confronted great questions—what constitutes the good life and what is my responsibility to myself, to my professional peers and those who work with me, to others and to society.
Issues like these are at the core of the seminar series—though the intent is not to provide pat answers, but to provoke deep thinking about core issues that continue to confront our society through the lens of some of the greatest works in our philosophical, political and literary heritage.
Much time and effort went into this selection with the thought of how they relate to the conditions faced in lives today. The ideas, concepts and situations these works present are as relevant to today’s challenges and opportunities as when they were first penned.
You’ve probably heard people refer to these books but may not have been comfortable joining in conversations because you lack familiarity with them and their insights.
Here is your opportunity to become acquainted or reacquainted with this powerful literature. By attending this seminar, you’ll be able to discuss and reflect on key aspects of the works because you know them. You will be “well-read.”
Seminars anchored in the “great books tradition” draw leaders into thought-provoking analyses of contemporary issues through the medium of timeless literature and are among the most eagerly sought-after personal enrichment and professional development experiences.
The College invites organizational or community leaders, or people who are passionate about great books and lifelong learning, to participate in “Books that Change the World” and join peers in stimulating discussions about fine literature.
In addition, Notre Dame faculty presenters featured are Kenneth Palko, M.A., is associate professor of philosophy, and Sr. Eileen Quinlan, Ph.D., SND, is professor of English/communication and a published author.