The Idea of a University: Episode 9

Ep. 9: Goodness part 2.  MP3 (25 min)  What is “the good” and how can we talk about it in philosophy and theology?  We get into the topic of values and talk about virtue as a habit of the will that is ordered towards the good.  Virtue is then explored from philosophy and theology.  This is part 2 of a 2-part podcast on goodness.

Maggie Connell

April 1, 2014

We are in the processing of updating our website hosting.  You may see the URL listed as as we need to make changes to our domain name. There may be intermittent times when the site may not be available.   I will add a post as soon as the latest Dante class discussion on the Purgatorio is available.  Thank you for your patience.

The Idea of a University: Episode 8

Ep. 8: Goodness part 1.  MP3 (25 min)  What is “the good” and how can we talk about it?  Bobby Kinkela starts off this episode with the question: why are human infants created so helpless relative to other animals?  We then move into a more general discussion about what goodness is from a philosophical perspective.  This is part 1 of a 2-part podcast on goodness.

Dante’s Divine Comedy – Updated Schedule! Thursdays 5:00-6:30 pm

(see reading schedule below)
Thursdays 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Join the discussions and reflections 
*in person at  
Ambrose House of Studies
736 East Cork , Kalamazoo /(269) 343-2010
Reading Schedule for The Divine Comedy
  • ·      March 13, Inferno through Canto 16, the descent into hell
  • ·      March 20 Inferno through Canto 34, the vision of Satan
  • ·      March 27 Purgatorio through Canto 16
  • ·      April 3 Purgatorio through Canto 33
  • ·    April 10 No Class – Spring Break
  • · April 17 No Class – Holy Thursday
  • ·  April 24 Paradiso through Canto 16, meeting with Beatrice
  • ·     May 1 Paradiso through Canto 33
  • ·      May 8  Beatific Vision

The Idea of a University: Episode 7

Ep. 7: Beauty part 2.  MP3 (25 min)  This examination of beauty takes some theological insights into account and ask how can we teach beauty?  We look to apply and understand St. Thomas Aquinas’ teaching about the criteria/standards of beauty: actuality, proportion, radiance and integrity.  We also talk about the beauty of the Blessed Trinity.  This is part 2 of a 2-part podcast on beauty.

The Idea of a University: Episode 6

Jan. 18, 2014 (MP3) Ep. 6: Beauty part 1.  (25 min)  This time we examine beauty from a mostly philosophical perspective.  Why is beauty important?  Is beauty purely subjective?  What does St. Thomas Aquinas teach about the criteria/standards of beauty?  We examine the standards of actuality, proportion, radiance and integrity.  Touching briefly on what can we teach about beauty which will be taken up in episode 7, this is a two-part podcast on beauty.

The Idea of a University: Episode 5

Nov 23, 2013 (MP3) Ep. 5: Truth and Discipline Conflict.  We look again at academic disciplines and their different methodologies in studying truth. There’s a focus on Literature as teaching truth in a sense the other disciplines cannot. And discipline breaks down. We talk about what happens when the disciplines collide and disagree. In depth discussion of the discipline conflict issues in the Galileo case.

The Idea of a University: Ep. 4 University Leadership

Podcast: The Idea of a University

Oct 15, 2013 (MP3University Leadership.  We look at leadership (University President) being held by someone in an academic capacity (a professor) and why it’s important to have the administrative duties done by an academic.  This takes us back to the idea of the University academic and students focusing on the mission of the university which is pursuing Truth.  Talk among the disciplines is a requirement for pursuing Truth.

CNLAP at the New Evangelization Conference!

The Cardinal Newman Liberal Arts Project will be at the 2013 New Evangelization Conference on October 5th!  We will have a booth available and there for questions.  We will also be promoting the New Evangelization Street Team and the search for Universal Knowledge.  For more information about getting to the conference, visit: