Benedictus, a new UK-based institution offering education in Catholic liberal arts, is currently hosting a two-week program entitled “Foundational Aspects of European Culture.” The program is running from August 10-22 and covers a variety of subjects.
Benedictus director Dr. Clare Hornsby told The Cardinal Newman Society that “students will be inspired with the academic confidence to keep exploring the wealth of knowledge” introduced to them throughout “the intense and varied” program.
The program’s prospectus indicates that the program will suit students who are “keen to discover some of the riches of western European heritage in its thought, art, music and architecture.” The works of Plato and Aristotle will have special focus. Dante and Shakespeare will also be the primary focus of literary study. In each case, “the thematic connections between all of these subjects” will be highlighted in order to present a sampling of “the main questions present throughout western philosophy and theology.”
Each day begins with two 90-minute seminars on that day’s topic, followed by an afternoon visit to one of London’s cultural centers. Trips to the British Museum, the Society of Antiquaries, and Shakespeare’s Globe are on the program schedule. According to the prospectus, this integrative method of teaching promises to be “a new style of learning through written and visual sources that is not currently found elsewhere in the British higher education system.”
There are also a number of public events that the college has opened to friends and supporters. The college’s international faculty will provide lectures on their subjects of expertise throughout the two weeks. Open lectures include “The Role of Latin in Liberal Education,” “The Performance of Sacred Music,” and “The Christian Origins of Europe.”
The program size is limited to 15 students, “so that they will have the opportunity to discuss the topics in depth with a tutor,” according to Catholic News Agency.
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