Seminars broke down the founders’ arguments and discussed such topics as the meaning of freedom, the necessity of the teacher in Christianity, and whether liberal education can be attained abstractly. While parents got a first taste of the Discussion Method that their children employ in the classroom, alumni were able to return to something beloved and familiar, picking up where they left off with classmates, sometimes decades ago.
Meanwhile, younger siblings and their student babysitters had some fun! The pool was a popular spot on the hot September afternoon, as were the gym and the athletic field. Some families took the time after the seminar to reunite with their current-student children by chatting, taking walks, or playing beanbag toss on the lawn.
Finally, it was time for dinner, once again under the tent on the Gould Lawn, after which the children enjoyed an ice-cream social in Bl. Frassati, while President Dr. Paul J. O’Reilly addressed parents and alumni. “It’s important to build a building with a strong foundation,” he said of the College’s program of Catholic liberal education. “That’s what TAC does: We give you a strong foundation to build on throughout your life.”
Dr. O’Reilly then took questions, which included topics such as the number of alumni in religious life, growth plans for the New England campus, and the College’s Great Books curriculum. After the Q&A session finished, conversations resumed well into the night with wine and cheese.
“The Alumni & Parent Day in New England was a huge success; it was in fact a slice of heaven,” said Parents’ Association President Paula Cummings. “Everything was wonderful — the beautiful Mass, the lovely weather, the hospitality, and the camaraderie among the alumni, parents, students, tutors, and administrators. The addition of the parent and student seminar, discussing the Blue Book, was a wonderful glimpse at the teaching methodology in action and a reminder of the enlightened mission of TAC.”
For those who missed the event, fear not! The next Alumni & Parent Day will take place in California on October 8!