While the Jefferson Center’s primary purpose is undergraduate education, we believe that the study of the great books is valuable throughout one’s life, and that by spreading that study more broadly, we can help people to become more thoughtful citizens and to experience the joys of studying the great books. The executive seminars seek to realize that goal through regular classes, available at a minimal cost, in which adults from the community read and discuss core texts under the guidance of an affiliate of the Jefferson Center.
In Spring 2014, the Thomas Jefferson Center will be hosting an executive seminar in Houston. The topic will be religion and politics from a historical perspective. There will be readings from the ancient Greeks, including Sophocles’ Antigone and Plato’s Euthyphro, as well as readings from the Hebrew Bible. During the final meeting, we will look at some writings of Lincoln to see the way in which America has appropriated these two traditions.
If you have questions about the seminar, or if you are interested in participating in it, please contact the program office at: firstname.lastname@example.org.