I got an email from Fr. Nick Blaha, the chaplain of the Didde Center at Emporia State University. I met Fr. Blaha on the March for Life a couple years ago; he’s a great guy and I hope you all get to meet him one day.
His email was about the High School Great Books program at Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, California (in Southern California between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara), where students get to engage some of the greatest pieces of literature in human history.
From their website (http://thomasaquinas.edu/admission/high-school-summer-program):
July 19 – August 1, 2015
Each summer for two weeks, high school students from around the country join members of the teaching faculty on the campus of Thomas Aquinas College for spirited conversation, engaging firsthand some of the best works of the past 2,500 years. They read and discuss works selected from the masters of the Western intellectual tradition, including Plato, St. Athanasius, Euclid, Sophocles, Tolstoy, Shakespeare, St. Thomas Aquinas and Pascal. It is a time for forging new friendships, for enjoying the give and take of rational argument, and for pursuing the truth, which civilizes, ennobles, and liberates.
This is the kind of stuff that changes the world. For the better and for real.
The program is for current-year juniors. Current-year sophomores should remember this for next summer. (I wonder if they take adults? Or if I could pass for a high school junior? My potential disguise: driving poorly, carrying a backpack, and complaining about math. Don’t blow my cover.)
Fr. Blaha is the Chaplain of the program and, if you can get a recommendation from him, it’s worth a $200 discount.