Course Overviews

Philosophical Underpinnings

Latin

Think of Latin as a 36 month Parmesan or a 100 year old port. Almost no one you know eats cheese or owns port that old, but if someone were to offer you some, you’d be mad to refuse. Why? Because some things are inherently good, and your almost certain dislike of them reflects poorly on you, not the cheese or the port. 
Latin is one of the truly fine things of this world. As with whiskey, Carravagio,  Leviticus, and opera, learning to love it takes time and effort. Though you may be unwilling to acquire a taste for Latin, you are not free to decide that it is not a fine thing. The universe is older than you, my friend. 

Music

Cantare amantis est. Only the lover sings.

Mathematics

Math is a language that describes the cosmos. As a language, it serves both modest and lofty ends. The study of mathematics ought to produce men who can not only calculate, but who can wax eloquent in the mathematical tongue.

History

Men may ground themselves by looking to the things that are certain. The study of History is simply the study of the certain things.

Literature

Why should one study Literature?
“Of all creatures that breathe and walk on the earth there is nothing more helpless than a man is, of all that the earth fosters; for he thinks that he will never suffer misfortune in future days, while the gods grant him courage, and his knees have spring in them. But when the blessed gods bring sad days upon him, against his will he must suffer it with enduring spirit. For the mind in men upon earth goes according to the fortunes the Father of Gods and Men, day by day, bestows upon them.”
– Odysseus (to the suitors, disguised as a beggar)

Science

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament shows his handiwork.

Language Arts

How to be a Poet (to remind myself)
by Wendell Berry

i
Make a place to sit down.   
Sit down. Be quiet.   
You must depend upon   
affection, reading, knowledge,   
skill—more of each   
than you have—inspiration,   
work, growing older, patience,   
for patience joins time   
to eternity. Any readers   
who like your poems,   
doubt their judgment. 

ii
Breathe with unconditional breath   
the unconditioned air.   
Shun electric wire.   
Communicate slowly. Live   
a three-dimensioned life;   
stay away from screens.   
Stay away from anything   
that obscures the place it is in.   
There are no unsacred places;   
there are only sacred places   
and desecrated places.

iii
Accept what comes from silence.   
Make the best you can of it.   
Of the little words that come   
out of the silence, like prayers   
prayed back to the one who prays,   
make a poem that does not disturb   
the silence from which it came.