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Lorraine and Tom Pangle, Co-Directors BAT 2.116, C4100, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-6648

Summer Scholars Program

The Summer Scholars program is a reading group that the Jefferson Center hosts during the summer for students living in Austin. The group meets in the evenings, in order to accommodate students who have jobs and are enrolled in classes. We also try to keep the readings short and to make it possible for students to attend who will travel for part of the summer.

The group provides an excellent opportunity for students to discuss the great books with each other and with faculty in a less formal environment than the classroom. Many participants have said that this program is among the best that the Jefferson Center offers, since it gives students a chance to mull over a core text over the course of an entire summer, reading it slowly and discussing it repeatedly over the course of a few months.

Past readings include Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America, Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, Shakespeare’s plays, St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans, Kierkegaard’s Fear and Trembling, Herodotus’ Histories, and Allan Bloom’s Closing of the American Mind.

The topic of the 2014 summer seminar will be Nietzsche and Plato. The reading for the first meeting will be the Prologue from Thus Spoke Zarahustra. The following week, we will read Part V of The Gay Science. As the summer goes on, the group will look at other late writings of Nietzsche as well as some key works by Plato.

Meetings will take place on Tuesday evenings at 6 PM in the CTI lounge, Waggener 403B, beginning on May 20. If you are interested in participating, please contact Mr. Erik Dempsey at and he'll add you to the list.

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