Kerry K. Kuehn

LARGe

Liberal Arts Reading Group, Sept. 14

This week at our Liberal Arts Reading Group, let's plan to discuss "The Garden of Forking Paths" by Jorge Luis Borges. This short story can be found in Borges' anthology entitled Labyrinths. We will plan to meet at 4pm, as usual.

Additionally, I found an interesting book review entitled "
The Tyranny of Personality Testing"— it's a review of the new book Personality Brokers: The Strange History of Myers-Briggs and the Birth of Personality Testing. I think we'd all find this review rather enlightening.

Liberal Arts Reading Group--Friday May 11

This week at our Liberal Arts Reading Group, let's plan to discuss Jack Frost by Josephine Jacobsen. A scanned pdf file, provided by RPF, can be downloaded by clicking here. We will plan to meet at our usual time: 4pm; the location is the Kuehn home on Glenview.

LIberal Arts Reading Group---Friday April 27

This week at our Liberal Arts Reading Group, let's plan to discuss Crucifixus Etiam by Walter M. Miller. A scanned pdf file, provided by RPF, can be downloaded by clicking here. We will plan to meet at our usual time: 4pm; our location will be announced shortly.

LIberal Arts Reading Group---Friday April 13

In chapter 4 of On Education, Formation, Citizenship, and the Lost Purpose of Learning, Joseph Clair begins by observing that every educational system aims to produce not only a certain kind of human being but a certain kind of citizen. In other words, it aims to establish a distinctive political community.  Let's plan to discuss this topic on Friday at LARGe.  Read More…

Liberal Arts Reading Group--Feb. 16

At our LARGe meeting on Friday, why don't we take one more look at the first chapter of Reading Augustine: On Education, Formation, Citizenship, and the Lost Purpose of Learning by Joseph Clair. This will give us a bit more time to acquire our own copy of the book, which is part of a series of books "for people who see Augustine everywhere". A scanned .pdf file of our first chapter is available by clicking here.

Also, be sure to bring along your Genres of Films "homework assignment" given out by Paul last week. Read More…

Liberal Arts Reading Group--Feb. 9

For our LARGe meeting this week, let's plan to take a look at the first chapter of Reading Augustine: On Education, Formation, Citizenship, and the Lost Purpose of Learning by Joseph Clair. This is part of a series of books "for people who see Augustine everywhere".

A scanned .pdf file of the chapter for our consideration is available by clicking here. I suspect that we may wish to pursue some more chapters from this book, so you may look into obtaining a copy for yourself.

Also, we might take a look at a short commentary, recommended to us by our local computer scientist and linguist, entitled Who's Afraid of the Liberal Arts.

Liberal Arts Reading Group--Feb. 3

This week, we will at LARGe, let's plan to discuss the last of the three articles from Touchstone Magazine. The article is an overview of the relationship between the church and society, paying particular attention to western political thought. Below is the citation, which provides a link to the article (pdf format).

Hitchcock, James.  The Great Divorce: Christianity and the Liberal Society. Touchstone, November/December, 2017.

The Lehningers have kindly offered for us to meet at their home at 4pm.

Liberal Arts Reading Group--Jan. 26

This week at LARGe, we will be meeting at the Kuehn Home to discuss an article from Touchstone magazine:

Esolen, Anthony.  The Greatness Commission: Christ, Individualism, and the Meaning of Cultural Diversity. Touchstone, November/December, 2017.

The article, which is available as part of a larger packet by clicking here, explores the "diversity of the saints" and the "sameness of the wicked."

Liberal Arts Reading Group--Dec. 8

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This week, we will be looking at a short introductory chapter of Paula Fichtner's book on religion and politics entitled Protestantism and Primogeniture in Early Modern Germany.
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Liberal Arts Reading Group--Dec. 1

Last week at LARGe, we looked at an article entitled "Can Beauty Save the World" by Vigen Guroian, which was found in a recent issue of Touchstone magazine.   Before moving on to another one of the Touchstone articles that Paul forwarded to us, perhaps we can finish our reading of Haroun and the Sea of Stories.  So why don't we meet on this last Friday of the church year at the Palmer Home to conclude our discussion of this little book by Salman Rushdie. 

Liberal Arts Reading Group--Nov. 17

For Liberal Arts Reading Group (LARGe) this week, let' plan to discuss Can Beauty Save the World, an article written by Vigen Guroian for Touchstone Magazine. The title of the article echoes a line from Dostoevsky's novel The Idiot.

Scanned copies of this (and other) articles can be found in a single pdf file by clicking here. Let's plan to meet at my new home at 4pm; Cindy and I have cleared away enough boxes so that our little group will have space to meet.

LIberal Arts Reading Group--Oct. 6

This week at LARGe, we will be looking at the first chapter of Salman Rushdie's Haroun and the Sea of Stories. The title of the short story we'll be discussing is The Shah of Blah. We'll plan to meet at the Palmer home.

Liberal Arts Reading Group--Sept. 29

This week at our little liberal arts reading group (LARGe), we will be looking at the first story of Salman Rushdie's 1991 fantasy novel Haroun and the Sea of Stories, which is called The Shah of Blah. Let's plan to meet at the (soon to be erstwhile) Kuehn home at the usual time: 4pm.

Liberal Arts Reading Group--Sept. 22

This week, we will plan to look at the chapter entitled The Iguana from Isak Denesin's 1938 novel Out of Africa. Let us plan to meet at the Palmer home at 4pm on Friday.

Looking ahead to next week: we will plan to begin Salman Rushdie's 1991 fantasy novel Haroun and the Sea of Stories.

Liberal Arts Reading Group--Sept. 15

This week, lets turn to his essay entitled The Illusion of `Ordinary Life'. Here, Rene Guenon continues his critique of the 'profane' point of view adopted by modern western man. In particular, he claims that in normal (i.e. traditional) civilizations the `sacred' plays an integral part. But in deviant (e.g. modern western) civilizations, there exists the notion of

'ordinary 'life' or 'everyday life'; this is in fact understood to mean above all a life in which nothing that is not purely human can intervene in any way, owing to the elimination from it of any sacred, ritual, or symbolical character… Read More…

Liberal Arts Reading Group--Sept. 8

This week at our liberal arts reading group (LARGe), we will continue looking at Rene Guenon's The Reign of Quantity and the Sign of the Times. Originally written in French in 1945, Guenon's book criticizes modern western culture from the perspective of ``changeless metaphysical principles". This week, we will look at Chapter 8, which compares "Ancient Crafts and Modern Industry". Read More…

Liberal Arts Reading Group--Sept. 1

according to the modern conception, a man can adopt any profession, and even change it to suit his whim, as if the profession were something wholly outside himself, having no real connection with what he really is, that by virtue of which he is himself and not anyone else. According to the traditional conception, on the other hand, each person must normally fulfill the function for which he is destined by his own nature, using the particular aptitudes essentially implicit in that nature as such; he cannot fulfill a different function except at the cost of a serious disorder, which will have its repercussions on the whole social organization of which he is a part Read More…