A Brief History of Assessment Methods from Medievial Times to the Present: The Migration from Mentorship to Metrics

Christopher Perrin

We are familiar with some traditional Latin commendations like cum laude, magna cum laude and summa cum laude.  We are also very familiar with the grades with which we were branded (A, B, C, D and F) and the composite GPA which has also defined our humanity.  What most of us don’t know is how any... Read More

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John Ruskin’s The King of the Golden River: A Story about Goodness, Grace, and Judgment

Vigen Guroian

"The King of the Golden River" is one of the first and greatest of Victorian fairy tales. It is the story of three brothers, the goodness of the youngest, Gluck, and the wickedness, of his older brothers, and the judgment that nature and numinous powers bring as reward and punishment. Ruskin... Read More

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The Formation of Character and Judgment through the Excercise of Imagination

Dr. Christopher Nelson

This talk will use Platonic dialogue and some other works of imagination to demonstrate the power of metaphor and vision to help our youth grow in a world that values the measurement of those things that seem to quash the imaginative powers.  

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Unhinging the True, the Good, and the Beautiful

Barbara Elliott

How the Enlightenment and Romanticism radically changed the arts by redefining the True, the Good, and the Beautiful, then pulling them apart.   What happens when the "three sisters" are no longer one?  An evaluation of the cultural fallout once the transcendentals  are unhinged.

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Les Miserables vs Schreck: The Difference between Heroic and Ironic Literature and the Difference it Makes

Martin Cothran

Modern literature and film have largely abandoned the heroic mode in favor of the ironic. All modern narrative seems to subvert rather than exalt. What is the heroic and how does it differ from the ironic and what are the implications of the answer to this question? Can the modern soul still be... Read More

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The Judgment of Wisdom: God’s View of Right Order

Laura Berquist

In the book Parochial and Plain Sermons  Newman says that we need to learn to love heavenly things here in such a way that after death we will be ready to take up our new life in heaven. One way we prepare for that new life is to cultivate a love of the things God loves.  We want to become like Him... Read More

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On the Facts of Reality: Why Classical Education is the Education of Judgment

Laura Berquist

Classical education provides both information and formation. The latter is primarily about developing habits of thought that make it possible to use information rightly. An intellectually well-formed man is able to think about any subject he chooses, for he can acquire the information necessary... Read More

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What I Learned at St. John’s College Graduate Institute, Where There Are No Grades, But Lots of Assessment

Christopher Perrin

How does a student respond when he is carefully assessed but never “marked?”  What is it like to receive a paper back from a professor with copious notes, suggestions, commendations and criticisms—but no grade or number?  What is it like to have your work constantly described with all manner of... Read More

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Am I Famous Yet? Identity, Celebrity, and the Lure of Social Media

Ken Myers

With the modern loss of traditional matrices of identity and norms of character, the quest to be famous has become a virtually universal obsession. As William Deresiewicz has observed, “The great contemporary terror is anonymity.” The connectivity and pseudo-intimacy of social media  invite the... Read More

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A Fair Hearing: Evaluating Musical Meaning

Multiple Authors

A conversation among Carol Reynolds, Ken Myers, and John Hodges aimed at furthering and deepening our musical judgement.  The panelists will consider several settings of a single text in order to clarify what goes into musical composition.  Panelists will discuss settings of "Ubi caritas et amor"... Read More

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