The Great Books Seminar: Great Thinkers who Shaped Western Civilization
Coordinated by Dr. Jeanne Buckeye and T. Dean Maines, 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.
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 Oak Ridge Conference Center in Chaska, 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.