21F Reading Group, What is the Point of Education?

Led by Prof. Lindsay Whaley (Classics & Linguistics)

Five Wednesdays 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20

8 – 9pm, Reed Hall 105


Course description: College students are faced with a maze of decisions, from which classes to take, to which activities to join, to which friends to spend time with. Author Stephen Covey reminds us that successful people begin with the end in mind. So is there an ultimate goal in going to college? How should that shape our decisions? Should our religious beliefs be part of our education, or something to keep distinct? In this five-week introductory class, we will discuss the nature of a liberal arts education, the relationship between faith, reason, and vocation, and how the Christian faith informs our vision for learning. Typically for first- and second-year students.

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21F Reading Group, The Faith of Christendom: History of Theology from the Fall of Rome to the Eve of Modernity

Led by Charlie Clark D’11

Five Wednesdays 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20

8 – 9pm, Reed Hall 103


This course will provide a brief introduction to the history of Christian theology during “the long Middle Ages,” focusing on developments in Europe and, in particular, the controversies that led to the formation of distinct Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and Protestant traditions within the Christian faith. Readings will focus on primary sources.

Session 1 To 1054: The Filioque, the Papacy, and the Slow Split between East and West

Session 2 To 1516: Salvation and the Sacramental Economy of the Medieval Church

Session 3 Martin Luther

Session 4 The Catholic Reformation 

Session 5 Other Protestantisms: Radical, Calvinist, English

The Chancel and Crossing of Tintern Abbey, Looking towards the East Window 1794 Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775-1851 Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/D00374

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21F Reading Group, Eastern Orthodox Iconography

Led by V. Rev. Father Andrew Tregubov

Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church

Five Wednesdays: 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20

8-9 pm, via Zoom

Zoom information:
Meeting ID: 979 5351 2680
Passcode: Icons



What does it mean to encounter the living Christ in our very own life? What is idolatry? Perhaps surprisingly, iconography, a characteristic part of the Eastern Orthodox faith, can provide answers to these questions that are themselves deeply related. The Very Reverend Father Andrew Tregubov, archpriest of the Orthodox Church in America and a life-long iconographer, will go over his book, The Light of Christ: Iconography of Gregory Kroug with Dartmouth students and alumni. Join us to learn about iconography, an important part of Christianity that is often overlooked, and find out how it relates to our culture and faith today. 

All materials will be provided online.

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Summer 2021 Reading Group: Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton

Led by India Perdue D’19 
Wednesdays, June 16 – July 28
8-9pm, via zoom (Register)

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Meeting ID: 850 8788 6047
Passcode: orthodoxy

From the introduction: “We need so to view the world as to combine an idea of wonder and an idea of welcome. We need to be happy in this wonderland without once being merely comfortable. It is this achievement of my creed that I shall chiefly pursue in these pages.”

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Vocation Series: Recent Alumni

Series Director: Crystal Igwe D’24
Five Wednesdays: 3/31, 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28
8:00 – 9:00 PM

Meeting ID: 953 8838 8199
Passcode: Dartmouth

Description: This series will feature five recent alumni sharing experiences from the first chapter of their post-Dartmouth careers. Each alum will be speaking on an issue from their vocational field as they have continued to pursue the integration of faith and reason beyond graduation. Then, they will be interviewed by a current student about their paths, offering practical advice to prospective entrants into their profession.

March 31: Law — Robert Smith D’14, Associate in the Supreme Court and Appellate Litigation Group of Sidley Austin LLP, interviewed by Anthony Fosu D’24

April 7: Academia — Dr. Chris Hauser D’14, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Scranton, interviewed by Blake Whitmer D’23

April 14: Medicine — Dr. Elsie Jacob D’11, Third-Year Resident in Surgery at Bassett Medical Center, interviewed by Alice Little D’22

April 21: Ministry — Rev. Lauren Heywood D’14, Pastor of St. David’s Lutheran Church, interviewed by Brianna Seidel D’21

April 28: Business — Catalina Gorla D’09, Co-Founder and CEO of TruDataRx, interviewed by Levi Roseman D’21

Registration is not required, and you are invited to attend as many sessions as you like, but please sign up for the series mailing list to receive the Zoom info for each session.

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Reading Group: Haunted by Paradise

Led by Prof. James Murphy, Dept. of Government and Victoria Xiao D’22
Five Wednesdays: 3/31, 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28
8:00 – 9:00 PM, Via Zoom (Register for access)

Description: Prof. James Murphy will lead readers through his new book, Haunted by Paradise: A Philosopher’s Quest for Biblical Answers to Key Moral Questions. This is a unique opportunity to go in-depth with a Dartmouth faculty member on their reading of Scripture.

From the publisher: The Bible today is weaponized by both liberals and conservatives, each side cherry-picking their favorite verses. Have you ever wondered why the Bible lends itself to supporting contradictory positions in moral debates—why even the devil quotes Scripture? If so, you will enjoy this book. Haunted by Paradise reveals the unity and coherence of the Bible in the light of paradise. The Bible begins in Eden and ends in the new Jerusalem—in between, the Bible is haunted by the memory of paradise lost and the hope for paradise regained. With paradise as the interpretive key, Murphy unlocks biblical ethics. He shows that there is no Old Testament ethics or New Testament ethics—only a unified biblical ethics.

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