Summer Institute 2020

The Newman Forum aims to run a week-long Summer Institute for high school students at Mundelein Seminary every year. Due to COVID-19 concerns, 2020’s Institute ran ONLINE, Mondays and Thursdays, from July 13th-30th.

Feelings of wonder point us to transcendental truths and drive some of the most important philosophical and theological pursuits: How do we describe the feeling of seeing a radiant sunset to someone who didn’t see it? How do we explain that feeling of resonance when we learn a lesson in school that really speaks to our lives? Why are we moved when we see someone perform an act of kindness for someone else in need?

This is beauty, truth, and goodness. Sometimes they seem quite simple! But they are also deep mysteries, and they relate to some of the biggest mysteries of our Catholic faith.

 Click here for more about the curriculum! 

Monday classes consisted of lectures and brief fundamentals Q&A. Thursdays consisted of discussions of the lectures and short weekly assigned texts. All class meetings ran from 11am-12:30pm.

Mondays (July 13th, 20th, and 27th)

11:00-11:25 Philosophy lecture

11:25-11:35 Philosophy Q&A

11:35-11:45 Break

11:45-12:10 Theology lecture

12:10-12:30 Theology Q&A

Thursdays (July 16th, 23rd, and 30th)

11:00-11:15 Introduction and overview

11:15-11:45 Discussion Groups

11:45-12:30 Large Group Discussion 

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