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Achievement and the Christian Life: What is Education For?

Jan 21 1–2:30pm
Gavin House
1220 E 58th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
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Elizabeth CoreyBaylor University

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What is achievement? What is success?  Does the human desire for achievement or success have a natural end, or is it restless and never-satisfied?  In other words, what do we understand human fulfillment to be, and how does our university education contribute to that fulfillment?

In this lunch time discussion, Elizabeth Corey, professor of political philosophy and director of the Honors Program at Baylor University, will suggest two ways of being human in the world: the culture of achievement and the culture of love.  Guided by insights drawn from sources as wide as the Odyssey, the Nichomachean Ethics, Dorothy Sayers, and Albert Camus, Prof. Corey will discuss the purpose of a liberal education and the possible means of reconciling achievement with love.

Open to Students. Undergraduates are particularly encouraged to attend. A brief reading will be sent to registrants beforehand

Part II of the Great Books and the Christian Tradition seminar series.

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Great Books and the Christian Tradition

From the School of Alexandria and the reading of Scripture in the Monasteries, through the re-formulation of the Liberal Arts in the medieval schools and universities, in the renewal of the tradition that included Petrarch, Erasmus, John Henry Newman, and Ressourcement, the development of the Liberal Arts Tradition has been intertwined with Christian thought. This series highlights the connection between the Liberal Arts and the Christian Intellectual Tradition and aims to recover the humanistic and contemplative spirit of a truly liberal education.


Upcoming seminars in the series include:

Feb 8 - What is Wrong with Curiosity? Augustine on Curiosity and the Use and the Abuse of the Intellect in the Confessions

Elizabeth Corey is Associate Professor of Political Science in the Honors Program at Baylor, as well as the Director of the Honors Program. She joined the faculty in 2007 and has served as Director since 2015. She earned a B.A. in classics from Oberlin College, an M.A. in art history from Louisiana State University (LSU) and an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from LSU. She has taught courses at Baylor on political science, great texts and in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core. She has earned several awards for research and teaching, and was a 2016-2017 Robert Novak Journalism Fellow. Her book, Michael Oakenshott on Religion, Aesthetics, and Politics, was published by the University of Missouri Press in 2006. She writes for First Things and serves on the board of the Institute on Religion and Public Life. She has also published in The AtlanticThe Chronicle of Higher EducationNational Affairs and in a variety of scholarly journals.