The Great Conversation 1942-2017: A Symposium on Collegiate Seminar at 75

This September 23rd, Saint Mary’s will host a symposium to mark the 75th year of Collegiate Seminar. The symposium will be both a conversation and a celebration--a chance to think and talk together about the history and aims of Seminar, and also a chance to honor the people who have sustained the Seminar program and helped it flourish.

The Symposium will include: 

  • A Welcome Address by President James Donahue
  • Round table Seminar discussions on liberal education
  • Plenary Addresses by Professors Ted Tsukahara, Raina León, and Felicia Martinez
  • Concurrent panel talks by members of the Saint Mary’s faculty and alumni
  • Closing Remarks by the new Director of Seminar, Ellen Rigsby

And, as befits a symposium, it will end with wine and conversation.

The round table discussions will focus on two short texts on liberal education: Immanuel Kant’s essay, What is Enlightenment?, and a selection from Hannah Arendt’s Lectures on Kant. Everyone is welcome to participate, but please read the texts ahead of time.

(PDFs are available to download by clicking on the titles below)

For those interested in the history and philosophies of Collegiate Seminar, we have made available here a few indispensable texts: Sailing Past Scylla, by Ed Porcella, Brother Kenneth Cardwell, and Deanne Kruse, and three short essays from the collection, What Is It to Educate Liberally?, edited by Steve Cortright.

(PDFs are available to download by clicking on the titles below)


Saturday, September 23rd, 2017

8:30 am - 5:00 pm, Soda Center

Please RSVP at:

We hope to see you there!

Contact: Julie Park at

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