Experience college as it was meant to be experienced – with seminars centered on great texts led by a master teacher and shared with engaged peers. Instead of pre-recorded lectures, our Winter Term program offers lively conversation on fundamental human questions as they arise in four major novels.

The political novel, Irving Howe writes, “is peculiarly a work of internal tensions” – the tension between capturing concrete experience and conveying abstract ideas. The novels in this online seminar series are emblematic of the power this tension generates. Some classic, some contemporary, some tragic, some comic, these novels reveal how human life – in all its complexity and contingency – transforms and is transformed by ideas.

Applicants may apply for their choice of seminars; each seminar meets weekly from 6 – 8 PM ET via Zoom. Participants will also be invited to a series of conversations on the future of higher education and liberal arts learning. Students will receive a stipend and all course materials.

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Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels

Revisit the quarrel between "the ancients and the moderns" and reflect on human nature with Swift's Gulliver's Travels.

Dostoevsky’s Demons

Study Dostoevsky's great novel on the nature, logic, and social origins of revolutionary politics.

Saul Bellow’s Ravelstein

Reflect on a novel rich with themes of politics, philosophy, religion, love, friendship, and death.

Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man

Study this monumental work on race, identity, and citizenship in America by Ralph Ellison.

Deadlines & Eligibility

Undergraduates, gap-year students, young professionals, and graduate students are all eligible to apply. Fellows may apply for, and participate in, multiple seminars.

All seminars will meet online via Zoom. Course materials will be provided. Fellows will receive a $200 stipend contingent upon participation in the course and completion of a brief response paper and evaluation.

The application deadline is Tuesday, December 1, 2020. Admission decisions will be made on a rolling basis so apply now!

APPLICATION MATERIALS

  1. A CV OR RÉSUMÉ

  2. PERSONAL STATEMENT

    Please provide a brief account (approximately 200 words) of your interest in your selected seminars

  3. A COLLEGE TRANSCRIPT

    Unofficial; required only for current undergraduates & recent graduates

  4. ACADEMIC OR PROFESSIONAL REFERENCE

    Provide the name and contact information of a professor, mentor, or supervisor