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Siena Center Offers Three, Summer Series Mini Courses

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Dominican University’s St. Catherine of Siena Center will offer three separate mini-courses this summer. Each course meets for 90 minutes, once a week for three consecutive weeks, and costs $50 per course.  Each session will be held at Dominican’s Priory Campus.

The first course, titled “Four Great Biblical Themes: Fertility, Covenant, Sin and Redemption,” will be held from 2-3:30 p.m. on Thursdays, June 1, 8 and 15, and will be taught by Fr. John Kartje, STD, PhD, the rector/president of University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary. Through the exploration of the entire Bible from Genesis to Revelation, this course will examine four critical themes that unify God's action in the world, from creation through the Incarnation and up to Christ's promised second coming. There will be a careful analysis of the scriptural themes that unify the ancient history of Israel, the message of the prophets, the wisdom of the biblical sages, the narratives of the evangelists and the life of the early Church itself. The goal is to discover why these themes unlock the richness of sacred scripture but also how they can serve as vital spiritual guides.

The second course, “Jesus in the Gospels,” will be taught by Mary Deeley, PhD, a pastoral associate, author and speaker based in the Sheil Catholic Center at Northwestern University. Sessions will take place from 2-3:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, June 14, 21and 28. The books of the Gospels tell readers about what Jesus said and did in his 33 years of life, coming at the subject from different perspectives. Each of the four writers draws a picture of Jesus that emphasizes what they saw as important. This course will explore Jesus in each Gospel, discussing what each one adds to the reader’s understanding and what happens when all of them are put together.

The third course, “The Rejection of Renaissance Humanism and the Corruption of Political Discourse,” will be taught by educator Yates Hafner, PhD. Sessions will take place from 2-3:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, July 12, 19 and 26. The three lectures will look at the principles and methods of an educational reform movement that picked up in the 16th century. Almost 300 years later, a German scholar dubbed the movement Humanismus 'humanism,' for at the heart of the movement were the studia humanitatis, five academic disciplines considered vital to the common good and to the reformation of thought, action and political discourse. In England, Thomas More was the best known advocate. Others included Yves de Montaigne, William Shakespeare, Francis Bacon, Galileo Galilei, John Milton and Thomas Jefferson. Since the early 20th century, the American educational establishment has cynically repudiated this program as unsuitable for the young. This course will explore whether or not it can be revived.

Advanced registration is required for all courses. For more information and to register, contact the Siena Center at (708) 714-9105, or register at