Upcoming Classes

Course Schedule 2016-2017

January 14, 2017.  Saturday morning symposium

Teaching Morality to Children

Fellow: Mr. Bobby Kinkela M.A. Theology

TeachingMorality

Morality is the most important subject to learn and teach!  This is a class aimed at helping parents, catechists, teachers and others with the task of teaching morality, or as St. Thomas Aquinas says “the science” of morality.  Attention will be given to the “where” of teaching morality, moral decision making, ages appropriate for moral topics, complex moral decisions, the Catechism’s coverage of the 10 commandments, and how to discuss controversial issues.  Bobby Kinkela has a Master’s in Theology and has taught morality at high schools and parishes for the last 10+ years.

Schedule

9:30-meet and greet

10:00-11:00-First session

11:00-11:15-break

11:15-12:15-Second session

12:15-1:00-lunch

The Seminar

The seminar is intended for students and scholars with backgrounds in the diverse traditions of learning, including the liberal arts, the humanities, theology, law, medicine, philosophy, and science.

Registration fee: Donation according to one’s circumstances.

 Optional RSVP newman736cork@gmail.com.

Available at 736 E Cork Street, Kalamazoo, MI.

  •  The obligation and duty of parents to teach right and wrong to children
  • The foundations of morality in natural law and religion, natural and supernatural morality
  • Teaching by example
  • Effective and ineffective means of teaching
  • The importance of Virtue and the Good life
  • Universal/Absolute truth

 

Catholicism and Feminism

Without watering down Catholic doctrine or outright condemning Feminism, we will seek to find how Catholicism and Feminism connect with one another and the problems that arise especially with the issues of gender and privilege.  This will be taught by Jessica Kinkela, Ph.D who will provide a brief introduction to Biological and Psychological understandings of gender and sex and Bobby Kinkela, M.A. who will cover the Theological and Philosophical aspects utilizing recent Catholic doctrine and St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body.

Cost $10 a night, $40 for 4 weeks.  Or $60 for (up to) 3 people for 4 weeks.  Optional RSVP to newman736cork@gmail.com. 7pm-8pm.

Oct 4, Class 1- What is sex, gender and feminism?

Oct. 11,  Class 2- What are the overlaps and edges of the sexes/genders?

Oct 18, Class 3- Privilege, grace, sin and Patriarchy.  Lk 12: to whom much is given, much is expected.  Power, Responsibility and Apathy.

Oct 25, Class 4- A Catholic vision of Feminism

Class Text (not required)

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Hasson, Mary Rice.  Promise and Challenge: Catholic Women Reflect on Feminism, Complementarity, and the Church.  Our Sunday Visitor, 2015.

*Can be purchased at Newman Bookshop*

The Newman College Project is pleased to announce several summer seminars beginning Saturday, July 23 at Ambrose House of Studies.

  • Understanding Newman, the Idea of a University, and the Idea of Learning in Modernity

Saturday, July 23 9:30a-3:00p

Fellow: The Newman Faculty: Dr. Lloyd Newton, Dr. Ron Muller, Mast. Bobby Kinkela.

  • Philosophy, Cosmology, &

             the Puzzle of Relativity —Part I

Saturday, July 30 9:30a-3:00p

Fellow: Dr. Ronald Muller

  • The Crusades

August 13 

9:30a-12:00p

Fellow: Dr. Brian Bradford

 

  • Teaching Morality to Children

Fellow: Mr. Bobby Kinkela M.A. Theology

 

TeachingMorality

Morality is the most important subject to learn and teach!  This is a class aimed at helping parents, catechists, teachers and others with the task of teaching morality, or as St. Thomas Aquinas says “the science” of morality.  Attention will be given to the “where” of teaching morality, moral decision making, ages appropriate for moral topics, complex moral decisions, the Catechism’s coverage of the 10 commandments, and how to discuss controversial issues.  Bobby Kinkela has a Master’s in Theology and has taught morality at high schools and parishes for the last 10+ years.

**To be rescheduled as a symposium in the Fall.

Suggested donation $10 a night, $60 for 6 weeks. Optional RSVP newman736cork@gmail.com.

Available online through http://cnlap.org or at 736 E Cork Street, Kalamazoo, MI.

  •  Who and where to teach morality
  •  Universal/Absolute truth
  • The good life, the virtues
  • Moral decision making: Act, Intention and circumstance
  • The Catechism on the 10 Commandments/ controversial issues
  • The Catechism on the 10 Commandments/ controversial issues

 

Additional information available at (269) 343-2010 or at newman736cork@gmail.com or abb303@gmail.com or www.cnlap.org.

Course Schedule 2015-16

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Schedule 

New Testament Greek – II Dr. Brian Bradford Mondays 5:00-6:30 p.m. Sept 14 – Dec 14
Humanities Seminar: Classical Antiquity Dr. Brian Bradford Mondays, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Sept 14 – Dec 14
Introduction to Philosophy (online) Dr. R. Muller Tuesdays 3:30-5:00 p.m. Sept 8 – May 25
Theology of The Bible Mast. Bobby Kinkela Tuesdays 7:00-9:00 p.m. Sept 8 – Nov 24
Latin – I Dr. R. Muller Thursdays 9:00-10:30 a.m. Sept 10 – May 27
Latin – II Dr. R. Muller Thursdays 11:00-12:30p.m. Sept 10 – May 27
British Literature Dr. R. Muller Thursdays 1:00-2:30 p.m. Sept 10 – May 27
Philosophy: Aesthetics (fall) Dr. R. Muller Fridays 1:30-3:00 p.m. Sept 15 – Dec 15
Political Philosophy (spring) Dr. R. Muller Fridays 1:30-3:00 p.m. Jan 8 – May 27  

 

 New Testament Greek – II

Dr. Brian Bradford

A continuation of beginning Greek introducing studies to the grammar and vocabulary Koine Greek, the language of the New Testament. The text by James Found is Basic Greek in Thirty Minutes a Day (ISBN-10: 076420985X). (Cost: $150)

Mondays 5:00-6:30 p.m.
September 14th – December 14th

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Humanities Seminar: 

Classical Antiquity

Dr. Brian Bradford

An introductory study of the important texts and authors of Classical Antiquity. This course will review the art and architecture, political and economic organization, and intellectual development of Western Civilization from the beginnings to the Christian era. (Cost $150)
Mondays 7:00-9:00 p.m.
September 14th – December 14 th

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Introduction to Philosophy(Propaedeutics)-offered online

Dr. Ron Muller

An introduction to philosophy for high school students seeking to understand the deeper meanings of things.  Students will investigate and discuss the foundations of knowledge and how it is possible to arrive at insight regarding the major issues of human existence.  Topics include right and wrong, good and evil, the existence of an absolute being, and the body-mind problem. Readings will be assigned from Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, and others.  Students will “meet” through a live streaming internet connection each week on Tuesday afternoon and complete additional online assignments. Internet access, camera, and microphone required.

Tuesdays 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Beginning September 8th

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Latin – I

Dr. Ron Muller

For beginning students, this course is a year-long study based on the college level text by Frederick Wheelock.  Students are introduced to basic grammar and vocabulary, the declension system, the concepts of agreement in number, gender, and case between nouns, adjectives, and pronouns, as well as the personal endings and tense designations of verbs.   Exercises and drills present students with quotes and short readings from classical authors as well as explanatory notes about classical antiquity.  Because a large percentage of English vocabulary is derived from Latin roots, this course is very helpful in building vocabulary skills and providing insight regarding scientific and technical terms. Assisted by Mrs. Mary Conces. (cost: $340)

Thursdays 9:00-10:30 a.m.
Beginning September 10th

 

Latin – II

Dr. Ron Muller

Continuing studies in Wheelock’s Latin, this course focuses on advanced grammar constructions, including the passive voice, the perfect tenses, the subjunctive, participles, and complex sentence construction.  Longer readings for translation acquaint students with the thought of classical authors like Cicero, Horace, and Julius Caesar.  Generally, students complete most of the grammar sections in the text. Assisted byMrs. Mary Conces. (cost: $340)

Thursdays 11:00-12:30 p.m.
Beginning September 10th

 

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British Literature

Dr. Ron Muller

A year-long reading of British literature with emphasis on the greatest works of English literary tradition.  Beginning with Beowulf and Chaucer, students will read works by Milton,  Spencer, and Dickens and study Shakespearean drama in Julius Caesar, A Mid-summer’s Night Dream, Macbeth, and other plays. Assisted by M. Conces (cost: $340)

Thursdays 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Beginning September 10th

 

Philosophy: Aesthetics

Dr. Ron Muller

This course introduces students to Aesthetics, the study of beauty in art and nature.  Through a careful reading of classical texts and authors –from the ancient Chinese to Plato and Aristotle to the moderns—the class examines the essential nature of beauty, its necessary and contingent features, and the forms of beauty in art, literature, and music.  Of special interest is the issue of understanding the conditions for the recognition and perception of beauty in the individual and in the critic.  (cost: $170)

Fridays 1:30-3:00 p.m.
September 15th – December 15th

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Theology of the Bible

Mast. Bobby Kinkela

This first year seminar is aimed to explore the key works in the canon of Sacred Scripture with the assistance of Sacred Tradition.  This includes the Hebrew Scriptures/the Old Testament and the Gospels and letters which make up the New Testament.  Attention will be focused on Christ as the Word of God, the cohesiveness of all of Sacred Scripture and the skill of exegesis.(cost: $150)

For complete syllabus, click here.

Tuesdays 7:00-9:00 p.m.
September 8th – November 24 th

 

Political Philosophy

(spring semester)

Dr. Ron Muller

This course examines the fundamental issues of political philosophy.  Through a careful reading of classical texts and authors –Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Aquinas, Dante, Machiavelli, Hobbes, and Locke—students will examine the first principles of the state or polis.   Topics include the forms of government, the social covenant, the meaning of citizenship, and the role of economics in political life.  (cost: $170)

Fridays 1:30-3:00 p.m.
January 22 th – May 29 th

 

Ambrose House of Studies is located at
736 East Cork Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49001.

(269) 343-2010

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