Great Books Summer Seminar Weekends

Great Books Summer Seminar Weekends

Summer Seminars 2015
Choice and Moral Responsibility
July 10-12 and July 17-19


Each July, the president of Thomas Aquinas College hosts two Great Books Summer Seminar Weekends. These weekends take place on the Thomas Aquinas College campus nestled in the foothills of the Topatopa Mountains, at the entrance to Los Padres National Forest just outside of Santa Paula in southern California. Attendees gain an inside look at the unique education the College provides its students. These weekends also occasion much good fellowship and lifelong friendships.

Under the guidance of the president, the dean, and senior faculty members, guests participate in a series of classroom discussions about texts taken from the great books. Between seminars they enjoy delicious meals served both indoors and outdoors. In addition, the College’s chaplains offer daily Mass and confession in Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel. First held in 1992, the Summer Seminar Weekends have focused on a wide range of topics including the meaning of the natural law, the compatibility of faith and reason, the relationship between hope and prayer, the nature of happiness, and the importance of religious liberty.

The theme for the 2015 Summer Seminars is “Choice and Moral Responsibility,” for which participants will closely examine the following readings:

  • Sophocles, Oedipus Rex
  • Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, Book III (selections) on human choice and voluntary action
  • St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Contra Gentiles, Book III (selections) on grace and human action

Summer Seminar weekends offer a relaxing retreat from every day cares. They also provide a rare opportunity for a deeper understanding of topics and issues of vital interest to tutors and participants alike, both as Catholics and as Americans.

Cost: $750 per person or $1,200 per couple; includes meals, lodging, seminar fees, and reading materials. For more information or to inquire about this year’s Great Books Seminar Weekends, please e-mail Patti Harmonson, Special Events Coordinator, or call 805-421-5929. Priority will be given to members of the President’s Council.