Arete Program Spurs High School Students to Ponder Seeing Truly, Acting Rightly

Arete Program Spurs High School Students to Ponder Seeing Truly, Acting Rightly

It's not every high school student who elects to spend two weeks of his or her summer reading the classics and pondering the noble life, but for the last six years UD has brought dozens of students to campus every summer to do just that.

The university is now accepting applications for the 2014 Arete: An Introduction to the Classics program this July 13-26. Directed by Bainard Cowan, Louise Cowan Chair of Literature, the two-week liberal arts introduction features faculty lectures, seminars and activities centered on the theme: "to see truly, to act rightly."

"The two main elements of a noble life are seeing truly and acting rightly. This process has formed the basis of liberal education and constitutes the foundation on which civilization rests," said Cowan. "In introducing young students to the essential texts of Western Civilization and spurring them to reflect on works of fine art and film, Arete offers a taste of how education frees us."

The students, who will live on campus and eat their meals together in the Haggar Cafe, will read and discuss excerpts from many texts familiar to UD students, including Plato's "Republic," the Book of Job, Flannery O'Connor's short story "Revelation," and Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" and "Henry V." The program culminates in the writing and presentation of an academic paper.

"Arete really helped me to grow intellectually in that it showed me that it isn't too much of a stretch for a 16-year-old like me to read great philosophical works and discuss them intelligently," said 2013 Arete participant Abigail Mills.

Students who complete their application by Feb. 3 will receive an early application discount, if accepted. The regular application deadline is March 3. More information about Arete is available here.

PHOTO: Arete students participate in the "Geek Olympics" a collection of games and relaysa UD tradition that originated during the Rome semester.

News

UD Earns Recognition Among America's Best Liberal Arts Colleges

The University of Dallas has been recognized in the 2017-18 Colleges of Distinction Guidebook for the eighth consecutive year among nearly 400 of America's best liberal arts institutions. The annual college guidebook featured the university for having one of the nation's most vibrant college communities and named UD as one of three Catholic Colleges of Distinction in Texas.

+ Read More

Endowment Honors Father, Helps Students Go to Rome

Charles T. Uhl, who worked in UD's IT Department, sent four of his five children to UD and to Rome. When their father passed away, the Uhl children, along with their mother, Nancy, set up a scholarship fund in his name to enable more students to be able to afford Rome each semester.

+ Read More

Iraqi Couple Will Use UD Education to Enrich, Preserve Culture

They came here so that someday, they can go back with even more to offer. Sana Kandalan, MA '19, and Anmar Oghanna, MBA '19, a wife and husband, both received scholarships to pursue graduate education at UD; they hope to use their degrees and experiences here to better serve their community back home in Erbil.

+ Read More