The Great American Storybook
The Great American Storybook lives within the heart and minds of all Americans—past, present, and future. America—the land of opportunity, the home of the Free because of the Brave: what does it mean to be American? What has it meant in years past and how does that shape who we are today? Join us this March to discover and explore the chapters of ages past.
We will explore the 5 cities that made America, according to the thought of Russell Kirk. We will journey from Athens, Jerusalem, Rome, and London, and finally to Philadelphia, where the idea of America became a reality, planting itself in rich soil. The thought of the Founding Fathers who helped shape our country will be examined in light of their understanding of God and liberty, and the reflections of the great Alexis De’ Tocqueville will be thoroughly examined. The great American Frontier will be considered next, as we challenge ourselves not only to reflect on the physical Frontier of ages past, but the metaphorical Frontier that lays ahead. Finally, the life and writings of Laura Ingalls Wilder will also be considered as some of the greatest contributions to America’s cultural and literary history.
All undergraduate students are encouraged to apply now for an incredible weekend with some of America’s brightest, modern scholars, in South Bend, Indiana. We look forward to seeing you there!