Intellectual engagement after graduation

One of the signature experiences of Christ College is meeting with fellow students to discuss important texts and cultural monuments. Christ College alumni reading groups, which have formed in:

  • Austin, Texas
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Detroit, Michigan
  • Fargo, North Dakota
  • Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Lincoln, Nebraska 
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • New York, New York
  • Rockford, Illinois
  • South Bend, Indiana
  • St. Louis, Missouri
  • Twin Cities, Minnesota
  • Valparaiso, Indiana
  • Washington, D.C.

These groups give alumni a cherished opportunity to continue these life-changing conversations and participate in the life of the College. Each year, Christ College provides the groups with a syllabus, including a reading list and suggested discussion questions, that touches on themes and texts that are discussed in Christ College that year.

Syllabus

2016-2017 Alumni Reading Group Syllabus

Texts, Films, and Websites

Longenecker, Bruce W. The Lost Letters of Pergamum: A Story from the New Testament World. 2nd. ed. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Academic, 2016.

Saramago, José. The Gospel According to Jesus Christ. Translated from the Portuguese by Giovanni Pontiero. New York: Harcourt Brace & Co., 1994.

Wright, N. T. Simply Jesus: Who He Was, What He Did, Why It Matters. New York: HarperOne, 2011.

Pelikan, Jaroslav. Jesus Through the Centuries: His Place in the History of Culture. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1985. [OPTIONAL]

Films:

Son of Man (Mark Dornford-May, 2006)

Jesus of Montreal (Denys Arcand, 1989)

Jesus Christ Superstar (Norman Jewison, 1973) [OPTIONAL]

Son of God (Christopher Spencer, 2014) [OPTIONAL]

Syllabus

What Robots Teach Us About Being Human

Texts, Films, and Websites

Asimov, Isaac. 1950. I, robot. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday.

Brooks, Rodney Allen. 2003. Flesh and machines: how robots will change us. New York: Vintage Books.

Dick, Philip K. 1996. Do androids dream of electric sheep? New York: Ballantine Books.

Lin, Patrick, Keith Abney, and George A. Bekey. 2012. Robot ethics: the ethical and social implications of robotics. Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press.

Turkle, Sherry. 2011. Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other. New York: Basic Books. (optional)

I, Robot (2004)

Blade Runner (1982/1994)

Bicentennial Man (1999)

Wall-e (2008)

Big Hero 6 (2014)

Chappie (2015)

Ex Machina (2015)

Syllabus

What is Beauty?

Texts, Films, and Websites

Roger Scruton, Beauty

Mary Szybist, Incarnadine

Iris Murdoch, The Sea, the Sea

Tom Stoppard, Arcadia

Please listen to Arvo Pärt, Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten (click here for video).

Dean’s Annual Address: “Will Beauty Save the World?”


Syllabus

Strangers and Journeys

Texts, Films, and Websites

Cormac McCarthy, All the Pretty Horses

Flannery O’Connor, A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories

Terrance Malik, The New World

Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities

Gabriel Axel, Babette’s Feast

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