About the Opus College of Business
The Great Books Seminar: Great Thinkers who Shaped Western Civilization
Coordinated by Dr. Kenneth Goodpaster, the Great Books Seminar is a unique graduate-level elective course based on the world-renowned Aspen Institute Executive Seminar. Students and alumni of any St. Thomas graduate program are welcomed.
Seats remain for J-term 2014! Attend the orienation session on November 14 at 4 p.m. to learn more (details below).
A six-day "residential" seminar, the Great Books course uses selected writings of great classic and contemporary thinkers as a launching point for intensive, focused group dialogue. The readings revolve around such universal human concerns as justice, rights, liberty, equality, power, leadership, democracy and community. Moderators lead conversations on the enduring ideas and ideals of world civilization, the problems and opportunities facing society today and critical issues to be encountered in the years ahead.
Discussion and debate are spirited, and the learning experience enhanced as students get to know one another in a retreat-like environment. Participants stay onsite during the seminar and enjoy meals together at the beautiful Gainey Conference Center in Owatonna, MN (no exceptions to this policy.)
A one-hour orientation is held about six weeks prior to each seminar and a one-hour closure session is held about six weeks subsequent to each seminar.
Great Books qualifies as a three-credit elective for graduate business and law students. Students in other St. Thomas graduate programs are welcomed, but should check with their program advisor as to whether it can apply to their degree plan.
Each seminar section is limited to 20 participants. If space is available, the seminar will be open to alumni. We are able to offer alumni reduced tuition.
J-term 2014 Session Dates
Interested students not yet registered are invited to learn more by attending this session with registered students!
Thursday, November 14, 4-5:30 p.m.
Terrence Murphy Hall, Minneapolis, Room 448
Orientation is scheduled by appointment for those who register after November 14, 2013. Registration closes on December 1, 2013.
January 5-10, 2014
(Section 201, CRN: 10189)
This section will have graduate business and law student participation, all other discplines welcomed on a space available basis.
Moderators: Jeanne Buckeye and Charles Reid
January 12-17 , 2014
(Section 202, CRN: 10190)
This section welcomes graduate business and all other disciplines.
Moderators: Michael Naughton and Kenneth Goodpaster
Closure meeting for January sessions
Thursday, February 13, 4-5:30 p.m.
Terrence Murphy Hall, Minneapolis, Rooms 351/353
Seminar Cost 2014
Tuition: Current cost of three credits
Lodging & meals: $1,000
Deposit: $400 (Nonrefundable; covers Aspen books/materials, etc. and is a separate fee from the lodging and meals)
To confirm a place in the seminar, students must submit the non-refundable $400.00 deposit online (using the Murphy Online eBill and ePay system) by November 21, 2013. Cancellations after December 10 may still result in student being billed the room and board fees. Royalty fees and facility contracts require these policies.
Future Sessions: Summer 2014
One seminar is planned for the summer term - August 10-15, 2014.
For more information, please contact Nancy Bruggeman at (651) 962-4211 or firstname.lastname@example.org.