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Faith and Reason Series: The Great Tradition

February 17th, 2009

By Sarah Pride

CONTACT:  David Halbrook
Patrick Henry College
(540) 338-8727
OfficeOfCommunications@phc.edu

 The Patrick Henry College community takes a rest from its normal class schedule this upcoming Friday the 20th of February in order to consider the “Great Tradition” of liberal arts education. Guest speaker Dr. Richard Gamble, a prominent conservative scholar from Hillsdale College, will deliver the lecture “What Do We Owe the Great Tradition?” Faculty and students will break into small groups and discuss the topic further. As usual on Faith and Reason lecture days, a PHC faculty panel will finish up with a question and answer session.

A PHC tradition for three and a half years now, the semester’s Faith and Reason day is always a highlight, providing a common point of discussion across the College. Dr. Gene Edward Veith, PHC Provost, says that, “to me, the Faith & Reason festival . . . exemplifies what Patrick Henry College is all about: committed Christians pursuing the highest level of academic scholarship.”

This semester’s lecturer, Dr. Gamble, is a friend of Dr. Mark Mitchell, head of the Political Theory program at PHC. The faculty have prepared for the day by reading Dr. Gamble’s book The Great Tradition: Classic Readings on What It Means to be an Educated Human Being and discussing it in monthly Faculty Colloquium.

“We are having deep conversations about how to use Great Books in our teaching, how to bring Christianity into our classrooms, and how our work at PHC fits into the larger tradition of classical liberal arts and Western civilization,” says Veith.

Mitchell will be traveling down from Princeton University, where he is currently studying and writing on a research fellowship, in order to participate on the faculty panel. The campus looks forward to an illuminating Friday.

Schedule for Faith and Reason Lecture -- Friday, February 19

9:30-10:45 a.m. -- Lecture in Town Hall

11:00-11:45 a.m. -- Group 1 Lunch; Group 2 CSG Discussion Groups

12:00-12:45 p.m. -- Group 2 Lunch; Group 1 CSG Discussion Groups

1:00-3:00 p.m. -- Question & Answer/Panel Discussion in Town Hall