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Welcome to the Liberal Learning for Life newsletter! Our theme this month is Shakespeare. We explore Shakespeare's power to portray the complexity of human life in all of its fullness.

Next month, we will explore Science and the Liberal Arts.

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On the Power of Music Video


What distinguishes a full human person from a “poor, bare, forked animal”? In this video, Associate Professor of English Gregory Roper, Ph.D., BA '84,, explains how Shakespeare portrays the human person in all of its complexity in King Lear, perhaps the greatest of his tragedies.

Dr. Roper's presentation is taken from the free video-based course "The Person: History and Tradition," part of the Studies in Catholic Faith and Culture Program; sign up for free at catholicfaithandculture.udallas.edu.


In this episode of the Liberal Learning for Life Podcast, Professor of English Scott Crider, Ph.D., speaks about Shakespeare and rhetoric: how rhetoric can help our lives go well (or badly), how we can glimpse these issues in the play Julius Caesar, and how Dr. Crider has found Shakespeare himself to be a liberal education. You can also read Dr. Crider’s writing on some of these questions here.

Crowley Chamber Trio


Associate Professor of Drama Stefan Novinski, M.F.A., BA '92 directed a "quarantine" version of a scene from Much Ado About Nothing, starring Samuel Pate, BA '18.

Join us on July 21 for a virtual EnCore lecture by Associate Professor of Theology Ron Rombs, Ph.D., "The Res Christiana: Tradition and History," followed by a discussion by Dr. Rombs (live from the Eugene Constantin Campus, aka Due Santi, outside of Rome!) led by Affiliate Assistant Professor of English Michael West, Ph.D.

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