CIC Seminar 2017 | The Verbal Art of Plato

The Center for Hellenic Studies would like to extend their greatest thanks and appreciation to all of those who participated in this summer’s Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) seminar. This summer’s participants read and discussed various works of Plato, including the Timaeus, Critias, Ion, Hippias Minor, selections from the Republic, Phaedrus, Symposium, Protagoras, Apology, and Phaedo, as well as a number of  secondary texts in order to present these works to students across the nation.

This year 17 professors from several disciplines took part in the seminar. These concentrations included English, History, Classics, Philosophy, Psychology, Physics and Astronomy, Religion, Humanities, Liberal Arts, Classical and World Languages and Cultures, and Belief and Reason.

Participants discussed and raised questions about the works of Plato and how they demonstrated his verbal art. Topics included, but were not limited to: cosmology and creation myths, Plato’s critique of Homer and Herodotus, issues of sexuality and the expression of sexuality, the relation between love and the theory of forms, morality and ethics of the soul, the death of the body and immortality of the soul, and the examined life. In addition to the aforementioned works of Plato, participants also gained insight from reading pertinent texts by Homer, Hesiod, Herodotus, Thucydides, among others.

At the end of the seminar, participants shared ideas for how they would incorporate the verbal art of Plato into classes that they will teach this upcoming fall or in the near future.

We would like to extend a special thanks to Professor Gregory Nagy from Harvard University and Professor Kenny Morrell from Rhodes College for their work as directors of this year’s CIC seminar.

The following professors were in attendance: Brett Coppenger (Tuskeegee University), Walker Cosgrove (Dordt College), Chris Edelman (University of the Incarnate Word), David Goldberg (Westminster College), Fiona Harris Ramsby (Bloomfield College), DM Hutchinson (St. Olaf College), Wendy Hyman (Oberlin College), Elizabeth Imafuji (Anderson University), Adam Kotsko (Shimer School of Great Books at North Central College), Anne Mamary (Monmouth College), Holly Moore (Luther College, Eva Cadavid (Center College), Angela Sabates (Bethel University), Brian Schwartz (Carthage College), Robert Sharp (Muskingum University), Sophia Stone (Lynn University), John Vonder Bruegge (Northwestern College, Iowa).

For more information about the CIC, visit their website. If you are interested in participating in future CIC seminars or any of our other educational programs, please feel free to contact us.

Listen to the podcasts of each day’s sessions:

Day 1

Session 1 (1:22:13)

Session 2 (1:32:36)

Session 3 (1:29:05)

Session 4 (1:29:34)

Day 2

Session 1 (1:25:51)

Session 2 (1:29:15)

Session 3 (1:25:10)

Session 4 (56:47)

Day 3

Session 1 (1:24:42)

Session 2 (1:29:18)

Session 3 (1:24:55)

Session 4

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Day 4 & Day 5

(No Audio)

Written by Adam Beckwith, Mark Krause, and Jordan Swanson.

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