Inaugural sessions explore “What is the Good Life?” through classic literature

The Masterworks Program at Christ College, sponsored by Valparaiso University’s interdisciplinary honors college as well as the Graduate School, offers exciting continuing education opportunities for members of the larger Valparaiso community.

An opportunity to discover and re-visit classic texts, The Masterworks Program offers an intellectual, discussion-based atmosphere rooted in the Christ College tradition of intimate, dynamic seminars.

Key aspects of the Masterworks Program include:

  • The program consists of a two-semester sequence of courses (Masterworks I and II), both of which reflect on and explore the central question, “What is the good life?” through the great literary works of Plato, Aeschylus, William Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Frederick Douglass, and many others.
  • In addition to weekly class meetings, Masterworks participants are invited to attend Christ College’s Symposia as well as the plenary addresses for Freshman Program.
  • Upon completion of Masterworks I and II, continuing education students will earn a certificate from Christ College, and will be invited to take part in topics seminars that focus on particular authors or themes, such as the Russian novel or modern poetry.
  • Community members have the opportunity to sign up for the “Masterworks I” course that meets on Tuesday evenings or Saturday mornings fall 2014.
  • The course meets weekly for one and a half hours and may be taken for personal enrichment, continuing education, or graduate credit.

Regardless of participants’ individual goals and motivations, this program offers intellectual engagement and lively discussions, building a dynamic community around great books and conversations.

Visit valpo.edu/christcollege/academics/masterworks.php for additional information about the Masterworks Program, including registration and continuing education pricing.

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