540 – Entering the Great Conversation: Introduction to the Great Books


Term: July 21-August 18, 2022
Time: Thursday, 7-9 p.m. ET
Credits: 1
Instructor: Dr. D.T. Sheffler

In this short course, we will overview what you can expect from the Great Books curriculum established by Mortimer Adler that you will use at Memoria College. We will discuss the ideas of a “Great Tradition” or a “Great Conversation,” and critically examine how these approaches to classical material might interact with a purely Christian education. We will also examine Adler’s division and selection of texts and his enumeration of “Great Ideas” or themes that we will trace throughout these texts. Finally, we will discuss ways that you may profitably supplement Adler’s canon and follow up texts or authors that you find of particular interest.