Austin WalkerLumen Christi Institute
YCP membership is not required to register for the seminar.
The Lumen Christi Institute is proud to partner with the Chicago chapter of Young Catholic Professionals (YCP) for the second year in a row. The 2020 Lumen Christi Institute - Young Catholic Professionals Great Books Seminar is an adult educational initiative aimed at equipping Catholic professionals 40 and under with a deeper understanding of the Catholic intellectual and literary traditions. Participants will gather monthly downtown for guided discussions on excerpts from celebrated texts.
The cost of seminar registration covers course materials for the nine seminar meetings from February to October. Registration will close when 35 participants have signed up and is is available on a first-come, first-served basis; 20 seats will be reserved for members of YCP Chicago. Registrants need not attend every session in order to register; they must still pay the full cost of registration. Registrants may choose to purchase books on their own rather than via Lumen Christi (see pricing below).
In this year's seminar we will read nine plays of Shakespeare with a specifically Catholic focus, concerning ourselves with problems of jealousy & personal blindness, social conventions vs personal freedom, betrayal & martyrdom, nobility & the ambiguities of holy war, self-emptying vs self-exaltation, the strength and limits of family loyalty, and the necessity to love the unlovable -- among much else.
Feb 25: Richard II
Mar 25: Macbeth
Apr 30: The Tempest
May 26: Measure for Measure
Jun 24: Hamlet
Jul 21: King Lear
Aug 25: Richard III
Sep 30: Othello
Oct 29: The Merchant of Venice
$350 with books (we provide you with all of the books)
$250 without books (you provide your own books)
If you have other questions, please contact Austin Walker.
Austin Walker is Assistant Director of the Lumen Christi Institute where he directs LCI's Newman Forum and West Suburban Series on Catholic Culture, in addition to serving as the instructor for LCI's Executive Great Books series. He is also an instructor at the University of Chicago's Graham School Basic Program of Liberal Education. He is completing a Ph.D. on John Henry Newman's political philosophy at the University of Chicago's prestigious Committee on Social Thought, and holds M.A.'s from the University of Chicago and the University of Mississippi. He received a B.A. with highest honors in Classical Languages from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. From 2007 to 2011, he taught in the Mississippi Delta for the Mississippi Teacher Corps, where he received the Andrew P. Mullins Jr. Award in 2009.