Past Colloquium Readings

2013-2014

Senior Fellows: Mark Schwehn, Dorothy Bass, and Joseph Creech

Participants:

Lorraine Brugh
George David Clark
Ian Clausen
Mary Beth Fraser Connolly
Michael Cover
Peter Kanelos
Fred Niedner
James Old
Ron Rittgers
Katherine Kennedy Steiner
Anna Stewart

 

Fall 2013:

  • James Elkins, Pictures & Tears, preface, chapters 1, 5, and 6
  • Robert Frost, “Two Tramps in Mud Time”
  • Paul Griffiths, “From Curiosity to Studiousness: Catechizing the Appetite for Learning” in Smith and Smith, Teaching and Christian Practices
  • Abraham Joshua Heschel, The Sabbath
  • Thomas Albert Howard, “Still Pondering Charles Taylor’s A Secular Age”
  • Louis Menand, The Marketplace of Ideas, chapter 3, “Interdisciplinarity and Anxiety”
  • Flannery O’Connor, “Revelation”
  • Of Gods and Men
  • Stephanie Paulsell, “Writing as a Spiritual Practice”
  • Charles Taylor, “Introduction,” A Secular Age
  • Max Weber, “Science as Vocation”
  • Simone Weil, “Reflections on the Right Use of School Studies with a View to the Love of God”
  • Christian Wiman, My Bright Abyss

Spring 2014:

  • Bain, What the Best Teachers Do, Introduction
  • Daniel F. Chambliss, “The Mundanity of Excellence”
  • Atul Gawande, Complications, “Introduction” and “Education of a Knife”
  • Paul J. Griffiths, “Reading as a Spiritual Discipline,” in Jones and Paulsell, The Scope of Our Art
  • Julie A. Reuben, “The University and Its Discontents”
  • Mark W. Roche, “Should Faculty Members Teach Virtues and Values?:  That is the Wrong Question”
  • Mark Schwehn, Exiles from Eden
  • David I. Smith “Reading Practices and Christian Pedagogy,” in Smith and Smith, Teaching and Christian Practices: Reshaping Faith & Learning
  • Tom Stoppard, Arcadia
  • Richard Wilbur, Poem, “The Reader”

2012-2013

Senior Fellows: Mark Schwehn and Dorothy Bass

Participants:

Katie Calloway
Mary Beth Fraser Connolly
George David Clark
Joe Creech
Bob Elder
Stacy Hoult-Saros
Elizabeth Lynn
James Old
Mike Owens
Mel Piehl
Anna Stewart
Charles Strauss

 

Fall 2012:

  • Babette’s Feast
  • Andrew Delbanco, College: What It Was, Is and Should Be, chapters 1 and 2
  • Robert Frost, “Two Tramps in Mud Time”
  • David Hollinger, “Enough Already:  University Do Not Need More Christianity,” in Religion, Scholarship, and Higher Education: Perspectives Models, and Future Prospects, ed. Andrea Sterk
  • Thomas A. (Tal) Howard, ed. The Future of Christian Learning: An Evangelical and Catholic Dialogue with Mark Noll and James Turner
  • George Marsden, “The Soul of the American University:  A Historical Overview,”
  • Kathleen Norris, Cloister Walk and Amazing Grace
  • Stephanie Paulsell (Lilly Fellow ’93-’95), “Writing as a Spiritual Discipline” in The Scope of our Art, L. Gregory Jones and Stephanie Paulsell, eds.
  • Josef Pieper, Leisure: The Basis of Culture
  • Simone Weil, “The Right Use of School Studies with a View to the Love of God,” inWaiting for God

Spring 2013:

  • Bain, What the Best College Teachers Do, Introduction and Chapters 3 and 4
  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer, “The Place of Responsibility” in Leading Lives that Matter
  • Frederick Buechner, “Vocation,” and Will Campbell, “Vocation as Grace” in Leading Lives that Matter
  • Brad Gregory, “The Other Confessional History: On Secular Bias in the Study of Religion,” History and Theory, Theme Issue 45 (December 2006), 132-149
  • Flannery O'Connor, “The Nature and Aim of Fiction,” in Mystery and Manners and “The Enduring Chill”
  • Schwehn and Bass, Leading Lives that Matter
  • Tobias Wolff, “In the Garden of the North American Martyrs” and “Bullet in the Brain.”

2011-2012

Senior Fellows: Mark Schwehn and Dorothy Bass

Participants:

Alan Bloom
Katie Calloway
Mary Beth Fraser Connolly
Joe Creech
Sara Danger
Bob Elder
Jennifer Miller
James Old
Mel Piehl
Charles Strauss
Mina Suk
Ed Upton

 

Fall 2011:

  • Robert Frost, “Two Tramps in Mud Time”
  • Dante, Inferno, Cantos 1-4, 26; Stephanie Paulsell, “Ulysses’ Mad Flight:  Christian Anxiety and the Intellectual Life.”
  • Max Weber, “Science as Vocation”
  • Paul Griffiths, Intellectual Appetite, chapters 1-2
  • Charles Taylor, “Introduction,” The Secular Age
  • Louis Menand, The Marketplace of Ideas, chapters 4 and 5
  • Simone Weil, “Reflections on the Right Use of School Studies with a View to the Love of God”
  • Abraham Joshua Heschel, The Sabbath
  • James Elkins, Pictures & Tears, preface, chapters 1, 5, and 6
  • Frank Capra, It’s a Wonderful Life

Spring 2012:

  • Christian Smith, Souls in Transition, Conclusion
  • Julie A. Reuben, “The University and Its Discontents,” and Mark W. Roche, “Should Faculty Members Teach Virtues and Values?:  That is the Wrong Question.”
  • Smith and Smith, Teaching and Christian Practices:  Reshaping Faith & Learning, “Pedagogical Rhythms,” by Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung and “Reading Practices and Christian Pedagogy,” by David I. Smith
  • Flannery O’Connor, “Revelation”
  • Atul Gawande, Complications, “Introduction” and “Education of a Knife,” and Daniel F. Chambliss, “The Mundanity of Excellence.”
  • Stephen D. Brookfield, “What It Means to Be a Critically Engaged Teacher.”
  • Bain, What the Best Teachers Do, Introduction; Syllabus Discussion
  • Eva Brann, “Depth and Desire.”

2010-2011

Senior Fellows: Mark Schwehn and Dorothy Bass

Participants:

Mary Beth Fraser Connolly
Jason Crawford
Linn Tonstad
Piotr Malysz
Jen Miller
Mina Suk
Matt Becker
Martin Buinicki
James Old
David Western
Julien Smith
Mel Piehl

Readings:

  • St. Basil the Great, “Address to Young Man on Reading Greek Literature,” and Paul Griffiths, “Seeking Egyptian Gold: A Fundamental Metaphor for the Christian Intellectual Life in a Religiously Diverse Age"
  • Jean LeClerq, The Love of Learning and the Desire for God: A Study of Monastic Culture, pp. 112-150, and Philip Melanchthon, “Orations on Philosophy and Education:  Preface to Homer”
  • George M. Marsden, “The Soul of the American University:  A Historical Overview,” and  Julie Reuben, “The University and Its Discontents”
  • Charles Taylor, “A Catholic Modernity?”
  • Selections from Todd C. Ream and Perry L. Glanzer, Christian Faith and Scholarship:  An Exploration of Contemporary Developments
  • Douglas Jacobsen and Rhonda Hustedt Jacobsen, “Postsecular America,” and Robert Wuthnow, “Can Faith Be More than a Sideshow in the Contemporary Academy?” in The American University in a Postsecular Age
  • Mark A. Noll and James Turner, The Future of Christian Learning:  An Evangelical and Catholic Dialogue
  • David Hollinger, “Enough Already:  Universities Do Not Need More Christianity,” and "Money and Academic Freedom a Half-Century after McCarthyism: Universities amid the Force Fields of Capital," George Marsden, "Concluding Unscientific Postscript," and "Doing American History in a World of Subcultures"
  • Tobias Wolff, “In the Garden of the North American Martyrs”
  • David Ford, “An interdisciplinary wisdom:  knowledge, formation and collegiality in the negotiable university,” in Christian Wisdom:  Desiring God and Learning in Love.
  • Gretchen Buggeln, "Campus Places and Placemaking:  Tradition and Innovation in the Architecture of American Higher Learning."
  • Gerardo Marti, "Hacker Ethics and Higher Learning:  The Moral Clash Determining the Future of Education."
  • Vincent Miller, "Where is the University Now?  Education and Place in Global Space."
  • Louis Menand, The Marketplace of Ideas.
  • Mark Schwehn, "Lutheranism and the Future of the University," The Cresset, December 2009, Vol 73, No. 2:  6-14.
  • Ken Bain, What the Best College Teachers Do.
  • Flannery O'Connor, "The Nature and Aim of Fiction, in Mystery and Manners.
  • Flannery O'Connor, "The Enduring Chill."

2009-2010

Senior Fellows:  Mark Schwehn and Dorothy Bass

Participants:

Dorothy Bass
Susanna Childress
Jason Crawford
Joe Creech
Karin Fransen
Sam Graber
Mike Owens
James Old
Ron Rittgers
Allison Schuette
Mark Schwehn
Linn Tonstad

Readings:

  • AAC&U, “Should Colleges Focus More on Personal and Social Responsibility?” and Lynn E. Swaner, “Educating for Personal and Social Responsibility”
  • Mark W. Roche, “Should Faculty Members Teach Virtues and Values?”; John Barbour, “The Place of Personal Faith in the Classroom”; and Julie A. Reuben, “The University and Its Discontents,” in The Hedgehog Review (Fall 2000)
  • Plato, Meno, in Everyone a Teacher
  • George Marsden, “The Incoherent University,” in The Hedgehog Review (Fall 2000); and Jon H. Roberts and James Turner, “The Boon and Bane of Specialization,” in The Sacred and the Secular University
  • Rorty, Reuben, and Marsden, “The Moral Purposes of the University: An Exchange,” and “The University in Question:  An Interview with Martha Nussbaum,” in The Hedgehog Review (Fall 2000)
  • Ken Bain, What the Best College Teachers Do
  • Eva Braun, “Depth and Desire,” in Everyone a Teacher
  • Robert Frost, “Two Tramps in Mud Time”
  • E Harris Harbison, The Christian Scholar in the Age of the Reformation
  • Max Weber, “Science as Vocation”
  • Excerpts by Lee Hardy, Gary Badcock, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Frederick Buechner, Will Campbell, and Abigail Zuger in Leading Lives That Matter
  • Stephanie Paulsell, “Writing as a Spiritual Discipline,” in The Scope of Our Art
  • Simone Weil, selections from Waiting for God
  • Gilbert Meilaender, “Friendship and Vocation,” in Leading Lives That Matter
  • Brian James Mahan, “The Ethics of Ambition”
  • Frank Capra, It’s a Wonderful Life

2008-2009

Senior Fellows: Mark Schwehn and John Steven Paul

Participants:

Dorothy Bass
Gretchen Buggeln
Susanna Childress
Karin Fransen
Samuel Graber
Matthew Lundin
James Old
Bryan Stewart
R. Andrew White

Readings:

  • Genesis 1-3 (NRSV)
  • Leon Kass, The Beginning of Wisdom
  • St. Basil the Great, Address to Young Man on Reading Greek Literature
  • Paul Griffiths, “Seeking Egyptian Gold”
  • Jean LeClerq, The Love of Learning and the Desire for God
  • Melancthon, “Orations on Philosophy and Education: Preface to Homer”
  • George M. Marsden, “The Soul of the American University: A Historical Overview”
  • James T. Burtchaell, “The Decline and Fall of the Christian College”
  • Robert Benne, Quality with Soul
  • O.P. Kretzmann,  “The Destiny of A Christian University in the Modern World” in The Lutheran Reader
  • Mark A. Heckler Inaugural Address
  • James D. Bratt, “What Can the Reformed Tradition Contribute to Christian Higher Education?” in Hughes and Adrian, Models for Christian Higher Education
  • Mark A. Noll, “Reconsidering Christendom” in The Future of Christian Learning  23-70 and James Turner’s response 117-126.
  • James Turner, “Enduring Differences, Blurring Boundaries” in The Future of Christian Learning  71-113 and Mark A. Noll’s response 127-137.
  • Discussion of Domestic Vision: Twenty-Five Years of the Art of Joel Sheesley.
  • Robin Jensen, “Visual Art and Spiritual Formation in the Christian Tradition” in The Substance of Things Seen
  • Arlin Migliazzo, “An Odyssey of the Mind and Spirit,” in Teaching as an Act of Faith
  • Charles Taylor “A Catholic Modernity”
  • Stanley Fish, “Save the World on Your Own Time;”
  • Gilbert Meilaender, “Education & Soulcraft”
  • St. Augustine “On the Teacher” in Everyone a Teacher
  • Philip W. Jackson, “Real Teaching,” in Everyone a Teacher
  • Ken Bain, What the Best College Teachers Do
  • Robert Inchausti, “Spitwad Sutras: Classroom Teaching as a Sublime Vocation” in Everyone a Teacher

2007-2008

Senior Fellows:   Mark Schwehn and John Steven Paul

Participants:

Dorothy Bass
George Heider
Stephanie Johnson
Matthew Lundin
James Old
Justin Poché
Ron Rittgers
James Skillen
Bryan Stewart

Readings:

  • Lionel Basney, “Dream of the School”
  • Annie Dillard, "Living Like Weasels" in Leading Lives that Matter.
  • “Chariots of Fire”
  • William Placher, "Luther Gospel for the Early Christmas Service" and "A Sermon on Keeping Children in School," Callings
  • Ignatius Loyola, The Spiritual Exercises
  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship
  • Flannery O’Connor, “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” and “Parker’s Back”
  • Gilbert Meilaender, The Divine Summons
  • Mark Schwehn, Exiles from Eden
  • Alan Bennet, The History Boys
  • C.S. Lewis “Learning in War-Time”
  • Simone Weil, “Reflections on the Right Use of School Studies with a View to the Love of God.”
  • Roberta Bondi, To Pray and to Love
  • Stephanie Paulsell, “The Inscribed Heart: A Spirituality of Intellectual Work”: Reading as Spritual Practice."
  • L.Gregory Jones and Stephanie Paulsell, The Scope of Our Art
  • Harris Harbison, The Christian Scholar in the Age of the Reformation
  • Jacobsen, Scholarship and Christian Faith
  • Henrick Ibsen, Brand Trans. Michael Meyer

2006-07

Senior Fellows: Mark Schwehn and John Steven Paul

Participants:

Dorothy Bass
Andrew Finstuen
Joanne Myers
Franklin Harkins
James Old
Matt Hedstrom
Mel Piehl
Stephanie Johnson
John Ruff
Andrew Murphy
James Skillen

Readings

  • Mark Schwehn, “The Idea of a Christian University” in The Lutheran Reader
  • St. Basil the Great, “Address to Young Man on Reading Greek Literature;” Paul Griffiths, “Seeking Egyptian Gold”
  • Melancthon, “Orations on Philosophy and Education: Preface to Homer”
  • George M. Marsden, “The Soul of the American University: A Historical Overview"
  • James T. Burtchaell, “The Decline and Fall of the Christian College”
  • Julie A. Ruben, “The University and Its Discontents”
  • David A. Hollinger, “Enough Already: Universities Do Not Need More Christianity”
  • Robert Benne, Quality with Soul  
  • Mark Roche, The Intellectual Appeal of Catholicism and the Idea of a Catholic University
  • James D. Bratt, “What Can the Reformed Tradition Contribute to Christian Higher Education?” in Hughes and Adrian, Models for Christian Higher Education  
  • Richard W. Solberg, “What Can the Lutheran Tradition Contribute to Christian Higher Education?” in  Models for Christian Higher Education
  • Arlin Migliazzo, ed.,  Teaching as an Act of Faith  
  • Nicholas Wolterstorff, Art in Action, Part IV: Our Stance Toward the Institution of High Art
  • Philip W. Jackson, “Real Teaching” in Everyone a Teacher
  • St. Augustine “On the Teacher” in Everyone a Teacher
  • Ken Bain, What the Best College Teachers Do
  • Richard John Neuhaus, “The Christian University: Eleven Theses”
  • Robert Inchausti, “Spitwad Sutras: Classroom Teaching as a Sublime Vocation” in Everyone a Teacher

 

2005-06

Senior Fellow: Christoffer Grundmann

Participants:

Sara Danger
Ed Uehling
Mary Streufert
Nelly VanDoorn-Harder
Franklin Harkins
Matthew Hedstrom
David Morgan
Joanne E. Myers
Betsy Burow-Flak

Readings:

  • William Placher, Callings, Introduction and Prologue
  • Lionel Basney, “Dream of the School”                
  • Augustine from Confessions
  • Aquinas from Summa Theologiae
  • Luther Gospel for the Early Christmas Service
  • A Sermon on Keeping Children in School, in William Placher, Callings  
  • Keeping the Faith: Four Religious Perspectives on the Creation of Tradition, at the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA      
  • Ignatius Loyola from The Spiritual Exercises
  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer from The Cost of Discipleship in Callings; “Vocation” from Ethics    
  • Mark Schwehn, Exiles from Eden
  • “The Virtue of Courage and Christian Academic Excellence,” by Jeff Zalar
  • C.S. Lewis “Learning in War-Time”      
  • Simone Weil, “Reflections on the Right Use of School Studies with a View to the Love of God.”            
  • Locusts & Wild Honey a performance by Soul Purpose

 

2004-05

Senior Fellows: Dorothy Bass and John Steven Paul

Participants:

Mary Henold
Colleen Seguin
Kari Kloos
Marcia Bunge
Heath White
Sandra Visser
Sara Danger
Ed Uehling
Darren Dochuk
Mel Piehl
Mary Streufert
Nelly VanDoorn-Harder

Readings:

  • Carol Zaleski, "Campus Tour"
  • George M. Marsden, "The Soul of the American University: A Historical Overview"
  • Robert Benne, Chapter 3 in Quality with Soul, and Miroslav Volf, "Soft Difference: Theological Reflections on the Relation Between Church and Culture in Peter 1"
  • David Hollinger, "Enough Already" in Religion, Scholarship, and Higher Education; Julie Reuben, "The Moral Purposes of the University", and Richard Rorty, Julie Reuben, and George Marsden, "The Moral Purposes of the University: An Exchange," in The Hedgehog Review.
  • Mark R. Schwehn, "The Idea of a Christian University" in The Lutheran Reader, and "Lutheran Higher Education in the 21st Century" in The Future of Religious Colleges.
  • Visions Out the Window and Down the Street: A Golden Anniversary Celebration of the Art of Charles Burchfield (Brauer Museum) and Gail Eifrig, "Thoughts on Being Lutheran at Valparaiso University," in The Lutheran Reader
  • Mark Roche, "The Intellectual Appeal of Catholicism and the Idea of a Catholic University," and Monika Hellwig, "Emerging Patterns among Roman Catholic Colleges and Universities," in The Future of Religious Colleges
  • Richard Solberg, "What Can the Lutheran Tradition Contribute to Christian Higher Education?" in Hughes, Models of Christian Higher Education
  • Gilbert Meilaender, "Forming Hearts and Mind: Thoughts About Higher Education," in The Lutheran Reader
  • James D. Bratt, "What Can the Reformed Tradition Contribute to Christian Higher Education?"
  • James D. Bratt and Ronald A. Wells, "Piety and Progress: A History of Calvin College," in Hughes, Models of Christian Higher Education
  • Henry Purcell's opera Dido and Aeneas
  • Arlin Migliazzo, "Introduction"
  • John Steven Paul, "I Love to Tell the Story: Teaching Theatre in a Church-Related College," in Teaching as an Act of Faith
  • Heath White's proposed chapter for Teaching as an Act of Faith, Vol. II.: "Teaching Philosophy in a Church- Related College"
  • Dorothy L. Sayers, "Vocation in Work"
  • "Teaching for Justice" in Nicholas Woltersdoff, Education for Shalom, 134-155.
  • "What Do They Expect of Their Students?" in Ken Bain, What the Best College Teachers Do, 68-97.
  • Chapter 1 and Essay 1 in Douglas Jacobsen and Rhonda Hustedt Jacobsen, Scholarship and Christian Faith: Enlarging the Conversation, 15-44.
  • Chapter 2 and Epilogue in Jacobsen and Jacobsen, 45-62 and 171-183
  • Plato, Meno, in Mark Schwehn (ed.), Everyone a Teacher, 100-131
  • Pheme Perkins, Jesus as Teacher, 23-61, and Matthew 13, in Everyone a Teacher, 218
  • Discussion of Accidental Rapture

2003-2004

Senior Fellows: Dorothy Bass and John Steven Paul

Participants:

Jeremy/Sarah Day-O'Connell
John Bernthal
Julie Straight
Ed Uehling
Jeffrey Zalar
Christoffer Grundmann
Mary Henold
Colleen Seguin
Kari Kloos
Marcia Bunge
Heath White
Sandra Visser

Readings:

  • Lionel Basney, "Dream of the School"
  • Mark Schwehn, Exiles from Eden
  • Stephanie Paulsell, "Writing as a Spiritual Discipline"
  • E. Harris Harbison, "Scholarship as a Christian Calling" in The Christian Scholar in the Age of the Reformation
  • Joseph Pieper, Leisure the Basis of Culture
  • Simone Weil, "Reflections on the Right Use of School Studies with a View to the Love of God"
  • C.S. Lewis, "Learning in Wartime"
  • Brian Mahan, "The Ethics of Ambition"
  • Samuel Laeutchli, "The Expulsion from the Garden and the Hermeneutics of Play"
  • Discussion of the University Theatre Production of Anna Karenina
  • Soul Purpose, Locusts & Wild Honey
  • Gilbert Meilaender, "Divine Summons"
  • Charles Taylor, The Ethics of Authenticity pp. 1-121
  • Henrik Ibsen, Brand Acts I - V

2002-2003

Senior Fellow: Fred Niedner

Participants:

Martha Greene Eads
John Steven Paul
Scott Huelin
Paul Contino
Jeremy/Sarah Day-O'Connell
John Bernthal
Julie Straight
Ed Uehling
Jeffrey Zalar
Christoffer Grundmann

Readings:

  • George Marsden, "The Soul of the American University"
  • David Bebbington, "The Secularization of British Universities since the Mid-Nineteenth Century"
  • James Tunstead Burtchaell, "The Decline and Fall of the Christian College"
  • H. Richard Niebuhr, "Christ Above Culture," and "Christ and Culture in Paradox" Christ and Culture
  • Alasdair MacIntyre, "Catholic Universities: dangers, hopes, choices"
  • Monika K. Hellwig, "What Can the Roman Catholic Tradition Contribute to Christian Higher Education?" and Emmanuel Renner, O.S.B, Hilary Thimmesh, O.S.B., "Faith and Learning at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University"
  • Richard W. Solberg "What Can the Lutheran Tradition Contribute to Christian Higher Education?" and Byron R. Swanson and Margaret Barth Wold, "Faith and Learning at California Lutheran University"
  • Susan Handelman, "Stopping the Heart: The Spiritual Search of Students and the Challenge to a Professor of an Undergraduate Literature Class"
  • Robert Wuthnow "Teaching and Religion in Sociology" and selection from Jean Bethke Elshtain, "Does or Should, Teaching Reflect the Religious Perspective of the Teacher?"
  • "Religion on Campus" from Liberal Education by Conrad Cherry, Betty A. DeBerg and Amanda Porterfield
  • John Steven Paul's "The Kingdom is the Road: How the Christian Faith Sustains the Life of the Mind."
  • Pope John Paul II's "Fides et Ratio" (An Encyclical Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Relationship between Faith and Reason)
  • Guest Speaker Prof. Roger Lundin - Wheaton College

2001-2002

Senior Fellow: Paul Contino

Participants:

John Fea
Meredith Berg
Caryn Riswold
Thelma Megill Cobbler
Lisa Deam
Colleen Seguin
Martha Greene Eads
John Steven Paul
Scott Huelin

Readings:

  • "To Young Men, on How they Might Derive Profit from Pagan Literature," by Basil the Great
  • "The Outrageous Idea of a Christian Literary Studies: Prospects for the Future and a Meditation on Hope," by Harold K. Bush, Jr. (Christianity and Literature, Autumn 2001)
  • "The Bishop's Beggar," by Stephen Vincent Benet
  • "An Onion, Cana of Galilee" from Fyodor Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov
  • "Parker's Back" by Flannery O'Connor; and "The Ugliest Pilgrim," by Doris Betts, along with Marti's interview with Betts.
  • Mystery plays performed at VUCA
  • "In the Garden of the North American Martyrs," by Tobias Wolf
  • A Life in School: What the Teacher Learned by Jane Tompkins
  • Forgetting Ourselves on Purpose: Vocation and the Ethics of Ambition by Brian J. Mahan

2000-2001

Senior Fellow: Arlin Meyer

Participants:

Kathleen Sprows Cummings
Dorothy Bass
Maria LaMonaca
Paul Contino
Louis Nelson
David Morgan
John Fea
Meredith Berg
Caryn Riswold
Thelma Megill Cobbler

Readings:

  • "Exhibiting the Visual Culture of American Religion," (the exhibit)
  • Mark Schwehn's Everyone a Teacher
  • Parker Palmer's Let Your Life Speak
  • Jean Leclerq from The Love of Learning and The Desire for God and Stephanie Paulsell, "Writing as Spiritual Practice."
  • John Paul II, "On Human Work"; from Lee Hardy, The Fabric of This World.
  • James Schaap, "Dancing with the Angels" and "Faith and Writing: Singing and Preaching Christians in Writing."
  • Louis Dupre, "On Being a Christian Teacher of the Humanities."
  • Elizabeth Murray Morelli, " An Ignation Approach to Teaching Philosophy"
  • John Steven Paul, "I Love To Tell The Story: Teaching Theatre at a Church- Related College"
  • St. Augustine, "On the Teacher" 132-147
  • Philip W. Jackson, "Real Teaching" 161-181, in Everyone a Teacher
  • Robert Inchausti's "Spitwad Sutras: Classroom Teaching as Sublime Vocation," 325-368
  • Eva Brann, "Depth and Desire," 369-377 in Everyone a Teacher
  • Bob Benne's Quality with Soul: Thriving Ventures in Christian Higher Education

1999-2000

Senior Fellow: Robert Benne

Participants:

Elizabeth Kautz
Marcia Bunge
Stephanie Yuhl
Mel Piehl
Michael Utzinger
Fred Niedner
Kathleen Sprows Cummings
Dorothy Bass
Maria LaMonaca
Paul Contino

Readings  (Spring Semester listed below, Fall info not yet located):

 

  • Topic: Thriving Ventures in Christian Higher Education, Read: Glimmering of the Dawn? (2nd week topic continuation: Six Schools - Pearsons, Ethos and Vision)
  • Read Ex Corde Document (2 weeks mat'l)
  • Topic: Theology of calling, academic virtues, relation of Christian tradition to secular learning and methods, etc. (3 weeks mat'l)
  • Guests: John Mc Greevy and Beth Hoger (former Lilly Fellows)

5 Weeks of Fellow presentations on how they presently connect their Christian faith with their teaching. The presentations can include reflections on their sense of calling and how their religious convictions affect their methodology, their pedagogy, and especially their intellectual quest. These can be brief enough to read aloud (with copies for all participants) with sufficient time left for discussion. Each fellow will have their mentor as a respondent, who will lead off the discussion of each paper after it has been read.


1998-1999

Senior Fellow: Linda Zagzebski

Participants:

Wai-Tung Cho
Ted Ludwig
Jana French
Gail Eifrig
Thomas "Tal" Howard
Mark Schwehn
Elizabeth Kautz
Marcia Bunge
Elizabeth Sayrs
John Bernthal
Stephanie Yuhl
Mel Piehl

Readings:

  • Keppler, Kurt J. "Generation X: A Different Perspective."
  • Sacks, Peter. Generation X Goes to College.
  • Willimon, Will H. and Thomas H Naylor. The Abandoned Generation. Rethinking Higher Education.
  • Willimon, Will H. "Reaching and teaching the abandoned generation."
  • Franson, Margaret. Review of The Abandoned Generation: Rethinking Higher Education.
  • Buford, Thomas O. "Splintered Persons." In Search of a Calling, The College's Role in Shaping Identity.
  • Bellah, Robert N. (et aI). "Education: Technical and Moral." The Good Society.
  • Buford, Thomas O. "Educating for a Calling." In Search of a Calling, The College's Role in Shaping Identity.
  • Marsden, George M. The Soul of the American University, From Protestant Establishment to Established Nonbelief
  • Schwehn, Mark R. Exiles from Eden, Religion and the Academic Vocation in America.
  • Hoekema, David. A. Campus Rules and Moral Community, In Place of In Loco Parentis.
  • Wolterstorff, Nicholas. Until Justice and Peace Embrace.
  • Reich, Robert B. "American Renewal and Higher Education."
  • Meland, Bernard E. "The Nature of Thinking in Education." Higher Education and the Human Spirit.
  • Lyotard, Jean-Francois. The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge. Theory and History of Literature,
  • Bloom, Alan. The Closing of the American Mind.
  • Giamatti, A. Bartlett. A Free and Ordered Space, the Real World of the University
  • Newman, John Henry. The Idea of a University
  • Pelikan, Jaroslav. The Idea of the University, a Reexamination
  • Bertocci, Peter A. Education and the Vision of Excellence
  • Tompkins, Jane. A Life in School, What the Teacher Learned
  • Bouwsma, William. "Christian Adulthood."
  • Max Weber and Thomas Mann, Calling and the Shaping of the Self.
  • Kerr, Hugh T. A Compend of Calvin 's Theology
  • Luther, Martin. "Temporal Authority: To What Extent it Should be Obeyed." Luther's Work.
  • "To the Christian Nobility of the German Nation Concerning the Reform of the Christian Estate." Luther's Works.
  • "Whether Soldiers Can Be Saved." Luther's Works.
  • Weber, Max. The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism.
  • John Henry Newman. "Christianity and Letters." In The Idea of a University.
  • Schwehn, Mark. "The Spirit of Teaching." Conversations.

1997-1998

Senior Fellow: Thomas O. Buford

Participants:

Lisa DeBoer
David Morgan
Colleen Seguin
Charles Schaefer
Wai-Tung Cho
Ted Ludwig
Jana French
Gail Eifrig
Thomas "Tal" Howard
Mark Schwehn

Readings:

  • Barry Allen, "Classical Philosohpy of Truth," "Modern Truth"
  • Knowledge in Philosophy
  • Knowledge in History
  • Knowledge in Literature
  • Knowledge in Fine Arts
  • Knowledge in the Natural Sciences
  • Newman, Discourse III. Bearing of Theology on Other Knowledge
  • Newman, Discourse IV, Bearing Other Knowledge on Theology
  • Newman, Discourse V. Knowledge Its Own End
  • Newman, Discourse VI. Knowledge Viewed in Relation to Learning.
  • Newman, Discourse VII. Knowledge Viewed in Relation to Rel. Duty.
  • Frank Turner, "Newman's University and Ours;" George Marsden, "Theology and the University"
  • Sara Castro-Klaren, "The Paradox of Self in The Idea of a University"
  • Holmes, "The Soul of the Christian University," Lecture I
  • Holmes, "The Soul of the Christian University," Lecture II
  • Marsden, The Outrageous Idea of Christian Scholarship, chap 1-2
  • Marsden, chap 3-4., and 5-6
  • Palmer, The Courage to Teach, Introduction, chapter 1-8

1996-1997

Senior Fellow: Maria Lichtmann

Participants:

James Kennedy
Mel Piehl
Peter Mercer Taylor
Mark Schwehn
Jennifer Thomas
Kathleen Mullen
Jeffrey Brower
Thomas Kennedy
Lisa DeBoer
David Morgan
Colleen Seguin
Charles Schaefer

Readings:

  • "Negotiating Rapture": our experiences of Art and spirituality
  • Gail Griffin, "No Abstract Fires," in Calling
  • Maria Harris, "Teaching," in Teaching and Religious Imagination, and Feminist Pedagogy Contemplative teaching: a radical proposal: Read the Beautitudes.
  • "The Spiritual Formation of Teachers," Parker Palmer, To Know as We Are Known by Joyce Carole Oates
  • Exiles from Eden by Mark Schwehn
  • "Attention" in Waiting for God by Simone Weil, To Know as We Are Known by Parker Palmer
  • Thomas Keating, Intimacy with God(chap. on contemplative tradition)
  • Kathleen Norris The Cloister Walk
  • Maria Harris Women and Teaching, Valerie Saiving's "The Human Situation"
  • Article of Vernacular Theology - Bernie McGinn, Marguerite Porete
  • Meister Ekhart- letting go and letting be
  • Julian of Norwich and Advent themes: embodiment, making a place for God

1995-1996

Senior Fellow: Patrick Byrne

Participants:

R. Corby Hovis
James Bachman
Pamela Corpron Parker
Judith Peters
James Kennedy
Mel Piehl
Peter Mercer Taylor
Mark Schwehn
Jennifer Thomas
Kathleen Mullen

Readings:

  • Memories of God, Bondi, Our Spiritual Biographies
  • Marsden, The Soul of American Universities (Ch,2,5,9)
  • Parks, The Critical Years
  • Weber, "Science as a Vocation", and M.Buckley, "The Catholic University & its Inherent Promise"
  • F.O. Connor, "The Grotesque In Southern Literature," "Intro to A memoir of Mary Ann," "The Lame Shall Enter First," "Revelation"
  • Lonergan, Healing & Creating in History" Byrne, "Spirit of Wonder, Spirit of Love"
  • Lonergan, Insight Chap. 7, "Common Sense as Object"
  • Haughton, Transformation of Man: Conversion & Community
  • McWilliams, "Bible in American Pol. Tradition", Baldwin, Go Tell It on the Mountain
  • The Peaceable Classroom, Mary Rose O'Reilly
  • Music: Integrating Faith, Scholarship and Teaching: A Guided Tour

1994-1995

Senior Fellow: Keith Egan

Participants:

Paul Harvey
Meredith Berg
Thomas Holien
Mel Piehl
Stephanie Paulsell
Dorothy Bass
Susan Russell
John Steven Paul
R. Corby Hovis
James Bachman
Pamela Corpron Parker
Judith Peters

Readings:  

  • Wade Clark Roof's A Generation of Seekers: Our Stories
  • A Generation of Seekers: Our Stories
  • Aelred, Spiritual Friendship I and II
  • Our Stories of Friendships I, II, III
  • Soul Purpose Performance
  • Dakota with Kathleen Norris
  • Thomas Aquinas, Frienship with God
  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Life Together
  • Jubilee, American Premiere directed by Susan Russell
  • Jean Leclercq's The Love of Learning and the Desire for God
  • St. Augustine's "From on the Teacher" and the parable of the Good Samaritan

1993-1994

Senior Fellow: Shirley Showalter

Participants:

James Champion
Fred Niedner
Elizabeth Hoger
Gail Eifrig
Paul Harvey
Meredith Berg
Thomas Holien
Mel Piehl
Stephanie Paulsell
Dorothy Bass
Susan Russell
John Steven Paul

Readings:

  • The Chartreuse Dress, Bondi, To Love as God Loves
  • Parker Palmer's "Community, Conflict, and Ways of Knowing"
  • Wangerin's essay "Horstman" from Miz Lil and The Chronicles of Grace
  • Appalachian Music Video
  • To Love as God Loves, Bondi and Pedagogy
  • Exiles from Eden by Mark Schwehn
  • Visit to an Ethnic Fair, Menno-Hof (Museum of Anabaptist history and experience).
  • Play The Mound Builders at Goshen College.
  • Discussion of Our Country's Good
  • Mary Hunt's Fierce Tenderness and Aristotle on Friendship
  • "The Manger is Empty," by Walt Wangerin
  • Weapons of the Spirit (video)
  • Dakota by Kathleen Norris
  • The Rule of Saint Benedict
  • The Culture of Disbelief by Stephen Carter
  • In the Garden of the North American Martyrs by Tobias Wolf
  • Scholarship Reconsidered by Ernest Boyer
  • Vision and Character by Craig Dykstra
  • Encountering God: A Spiritual Journey from Bozeman to Benares by Diana Eck
  • Babette's Feast

1992-1993

Senior Fellow: Lee Hardy

Participants:

John McGreevy
Mark Schwehn
James Champion
Fred Niedner
Elizabeth Hoger
Bill Eifrig

Readings:

  • Flannery O'Connor, "The Displaced Person," "Everything That Rises Must Converge," "The Lame Shall Enter First," and "Revelation"
  • Denise Levertov, "Writing in the Dark," "Candles in Babylon" "Of Being," "Land of Death Squads"
  • Theodore Roethke, "The Manifestation"
  • Rainier Marie Rilke "Archaic Torso of Apollo"
  • Jean Leclercq, Love of Learning and Desire for God: A Study of Monastic Culture
  • Roberta Bondi, To Pray and To Love: Conversations on Prayer with the Early Church
  • Roberta Bondi, To Pray and To Love
  • Bernie McGinn, "Love, Knowledge and Unio Mystica in the Western Christian Tradition"
  • E. Harris Harbison, The Christian Scholar in the Age of Reformation
  • Thomas Aquinas's Treatise on Happiness and Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics
  • Erasmus, The Praise of Folly
  • Thomas Merton, Contemplative Prayer, New Seeds of Contemplation, Seven Story Mountain
  • Janet Little, "A Life in Context", Simone Weil "Letter" Waiting for God
  • Simone Weil "Essays" Waiting for God
  • Palmer Parker, To Know as We are Known
  • Nicholas Wolterstorff, "Theory and Praxis," Reason within the Bounds of Religion and "Teaching for Justice", Making Higher Education Christian
  • Max Weber, "Science as Vocation"
  • Lee Hardy, The Fabric of this World
  • Mark Schwehn, Exiles from Eden

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