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

Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call to her tribunal every fact, every opinion.


Course Development Grants Now Available


$2000 RILA (Rome Insttitue of Liberal Arts) Scholarships Available!

Spend a part of your summer studying the great books in Rome and earning transfer credit to UT. We’ll be holding an informational meeting on Wednesday, November 19, at 5 PM, and if you are interested or think you might be, we encourage you to come. For more information on the program and the scholarship opportunities offered by the Jefferson Center, please come to our meeting, or if you can’t make it, contact Dr. Erik Dempsey, by email, at ed6335@utexas.edu.

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Jefferson Book Club, December 3: Aristotle's Physics

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The aim of the Thomas Jefferson Center is to realize Jefferson's vision of educating citizens and leaders to understand the meaning of liberty and to exercise it wisely. We share Jefferson's conviction that one of the best ways to attain a liberal education--an education suited for a free individual in a free society--is through a serious study of the great books. In our courses, students will engage in a direct, respectful, but probing and critical study of major creative and theoretical works that have shaped human thought and history. They will enter into debates about human nature, ethics, and the meaning of life that have unfolded over centuries. They will learn skills of critical reasoning, close reading, and clear, cogent writing. They will join a community of scholars drawn from many departments and many schools of thought, united by a passion for fundamental questions, a spirit of friendly debate, and a willingness to engage in critical self-scrutiny.

We offer for students in all colleges the Certificate in Core Texts and Ideas, which provides an integrated path through UT's core curriculum based on a study of the great books. In collaboration with the Liberal Arts Honors Humanities Program, we offer an interdisciplinary major in the great books. We sponsor post-doctoral fellowships, a lecture series, the Jefferson Center book club, and other symposia for the university and broader community.

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