(Image: a view of the countryside below Montepulciano on a clear night, courtesy of Caitlin.)
Imagine… An opportunity to spend five weeks in the gorgeous Tuscan town Montepulciano in Italy.
Imagine… Spending your first year in college with a group of twenty students who are able to grow you as an individual and as a future scholar.
Imagine… Having your worldview developed by some of the greatest writers to ever live.
Imagine… No more!
The Great Books Cohort is a first year program which has sought to develop students into understanding not only the principles behind history, philosophy, politics, art and literature, but also how those principles were originally developed. This cohort will make you stand out throughout the rest of your life as an individual who has highly developed intellect and intuitive skills. As an extra bonus, the students in the cohort have special access to a continuing Great Books Club and a five week study abroad to Montepulciano, Italy during the summer!
For more information on the cohort or the study abroad, look through this blog and feel free to send us any questions you may have. If you are settled on joining the cohort, go to http://www.kennesaw.edu/greatbooks/ or contact Ms. Charlotte Canup at email@example.com.
Finally, remember what Henry David Thoreau said: “Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them all.” Or Bishop Potter, who said “People will not be better than the books they read.”
The members of the 2011-2012 Great Books cohort who went to Italy pose for a photo together at the top of a mountain in Orvieto. Photo thanks to Lindsay.
On the next-to-last night in Italy, the dinner at the Trattoria was a fancy affair. Here some students are dressed up and ready to have their farewell meal! Photo thanks to Lindsay.
A shot of the church in Pisa taken from the top of the Leaning Tower. Photo thanks to Lindsay.
The Great Books Club was created with the purpose of providing a medium for those from previous Great Books Cohorts to continue their study of the Classics while also maintaining the bond between members of the Cohort. Each year, the current Cohort is personally invited to join the club, although anyone is welcome to join at any time. The meetings are held once every two weeks, just as the Great Books Colloquia are, and are similar in style. The members will each read whichever classic the group has agreed upon and then discuss the major themes and questions that arise from the reading. To clarify, this club is optional and is not included as part of the curriculum of the Great Books Cohort.
Books that the group has read or plan to read consist of:
In addition to this reading, the Great Books Club also makes occasional excursions to the Shakespeare Tavern so as to witness some of these works put into action. If you would like to join the club or would like more information, please use the ask function of this blog.
“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.” - Oscar Wilde
During the last day of colloquium, the men of the 2011-2012 cohort decided to do a fancy dress day just for fun. They all enjoyed showcasing “the evolution of a businessman.” Photos thanks to Kelsey!
Two students enjoyed some refreshing gelato on a hot day during the trip to Venice. Photo courtesy of Lindsay.
A view of a courtyard outside of some of the student’s apartments, courtesy of Emily.
A group of students enjoy the Italian cuisine at dinner one night. Photo thanks to Emily.