Heart and Mind

By |2021-06-11T15:50:42-05:00June 12th, 2021|Categories: Classical Education, Classical Learning, Glenn Arbery, Graduation, Humanities, Liberal Arts, Love, Wyoming Catholic College|

Paying attention to the guidance of the heart is no guarantee of prudent action, as Mark Antony and Cleopatra demonstrate with grand style, but there is something nobler in giving the heart its whole due than in bypassing its counsel and resorting to mere calculation. According to the 17th century mathematician and Catholic apologist Blaise [...]

Liberal Learning: Faithful & Useless?

By |2021-05-27T09:18:24-05:00May 26th, 2021|Categories: E.B., Eva Brann, Graduation, Liberal Learning, Senior Contributors, St. John's College|

The following is the text of Dr. Eva Brann’s Commencement Address at Zaytuna College, the Muslim liberal arts college in Berkeley, CA, delivered during a virtual ceremony on May 23, 2021. Hello to the about-to-be alumni of Zaytuna College! How I wish I could be with you face-to-face and hear your individual accounts of the [...]

Dreams Belong to the Now: Time to Commence

By |2021-05-14T10:59:06-05:00May 20th, 2019|Categories: E.B., Education, Eva Brann, Graduation, In Honor of Eva Brann at 90 Series, Liberal Learning, St. John's College|

All over the country this spring graduating seniors are being told that the future is before them, that they are the future. This is heady but dangerous talk. The future is not a place or a being. You can’t get there from here or be there except through a series of fulfilled nows. This is [...]

10 Books You Need to Read Before Graduation

By |2021-05-14T10:58:05-05:00February 8th, 2018|Categories: Education, Graduation, Great Books, Liberal Learning, Literature|

To read is to become a seraphim, a polyglot, a beneficent hydra. We become more ourselves. We become better selves, better souls. We transcend being merely thinking machines or gluttonous beasts but transform into creative creatures who love, give, and are nourished by beauty… “If you don’t read good books, you will read bad ones,” [...]

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