This event has now ended. You can view the video recordings above!Each day, Monday through Thursday, CiRCE President Andrew Kern will lead a session on choosing a college, followed by an address and Q&A with that day’s featured college.
• Mon, Nov. 16: Why College?
Featuring Grove City College
• Tues, Nov. 17: What is a College?
Featuring Templeton Honors College
• Wed, Nov. 18: How to Research Colleges
Featuring Thales College
• Thurs, Nov. 19: Do the Old Have Anything to Offer the Young?
Featuring The Honors College at Belmont Abbey
Session descriptions listed below.
“We’ve spent 18 years giving our son a classical education in our home, where do we send him?”
“My daughter is graduating from a classical school, now what?”
"How do I find a college that values real education, that cares about my continued growth and formation?”
These are questions we hear from parents and students every year at events, online, and in one-on-one conversations around the country. A cursory look at the landscape of higher education can be disheartening. It can seem just as bleak as the state of primary schools that caused so many to seek solace in the recovery of classical education.
Fortunately, there ARE a growing number of institutions that not only value the experiences classical education has given students at schools, co-ops, and kitchen tables across the country and seek to provide opportunities for those students to continue their education. They want to provide opportunities for wrestling with great ideas, contemplating the Good, True, and Beautiful, and cultivating wisdom and virtue.
To help like-minded students and colleges CIRCE is excited to announce The CIRCE Virtual College Fair, a FREE event to allow parents and students to hear directly from the schools.
:: Why College?
In this presentation, Andrew Kern gets down to the often overlooked but always unavoidable question: why does college exist and why should I go? Interestingly, those questions might have different answers. By looking at your own choice from those two angles, you will be able to gather counsel on how to make the best use of the years you spend in college, how to choose the college that fits you best, and how to dodge some of the temptations and threats that arise while you’re there. Some colleges have forgotten what college is for. Worse, some have forgotten what you are for! Don’t let their oversight undercut your experience.
:: What is a College?
What is a college education? Why would somebody want one? There is a nation-wide debate over this question occurring even now, while you are deciding which one you want to attend. At CiRCE, we have some pretty strong opinions about what a college ought to be and the kind of education one ought to offer. This presentation offers suggestions and tips to help you clarify your expectations and evaluate a college even before you go and then to continue to evaluate it after you get there.
:: How to Research Colleges
You’ve been told for a long time that your choice of a college is something like the biggest decision you’ll ever make, but have you been told how to make this decision? One of the things you’ll need to do is determine how to evaluate whether a college fits you. There’s general research that you can find in books and magazines, and you should do it. But the question isn’t how great the college is, but well it fits you. This short presentation offers some counsel on how to be like Adam and name the helper suitable to your purpose.
:: Do the Old Have Anything to Offer the Young?
When the boomers were young, they used to say, “Never trust anybody over 30.” That was about 40 years ago. Too many of them didn’t trust and therefore they didn’t listen – so they’ll go down as one of history’s most foolish generations. Now you have to deal with a paradox: Should you listen to the generation that messed everything up or should you try to go it alone. If you do the second, you’ll be doing what they did! Luckily there is a wisdom much older than the boomers, a perennial wisdom that guided your parents and theirs when their own age had so little to offer. This presentation suggests that maybe we old people don’t have a lot to offer, but the dead do, and their wisdom is still available.