Arithmetic, Murder, and Redemption in Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment with Dr. Thaddeus Kozinski

April 11, 2017

“What do you think, would not one tiny crime be wiped out by thousands of good deeds?” asks a student as he considers murder as a road to justice. If one death could mean liberation for many, why not kill? For him it's just a hypothetical question, but at a nearby table Radion Raskolnikov listens, takes in the argument, and later kills.

In Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoevsky considers what happens after the blood is shed: the confusion, the remorse, the justifications, the anguish, and finally in Raskolnikov's case redemption. Dr. Thaddeus Kozinski, Academic Dean and Associate Professor of Philosophy and Humanities here at Wyoming Catholic College has been reading Crime and Punishment with our senior class. Inthis podcast, he shares his and their insights into this exploration of the human heart.

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Paradise Lost: A Conversation with Dr. Glenn Arbery

March 14, 2017

John Milton’s Paradise Lost spans all of history from the fall of Satan and his angels to the creation of Adam and Eve, to the fall of man, to the cross of Christ, to the Second Coming. In A Preface to Paradise Lost, Milton scholar C. S. Lewis wrote, “Paradise Lost records a real, irreversible, unrepeatable process of the history of the universe; and even for those who do not believe this, it embodies…the great change in every individual soul from happy dependence to miserable self-assertion and thence either, as in Satan, to final isolation, or, as in Adam, to reconcilement and a different happiness.”

This week's guest, Wyoming Catholic College president Dr. Glenn Arbery, has taught Paradise Lost for many years and is currently working through the poem with our juniors.

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Silence and Sacred Space

February 28, 2017

We live, as many have commented, in a noisy world. Yet the great saints are unanimous about the need for silence if we are going to love God and our neighbors. St. Teresa of Calcutta, for example, said, “We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature - trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence... We need silence to be able to touch souls.”

On March 10-11, Wyoming Catholic College will host “Silence And Sacred Space: A symposium on silence in the modern world” at St. John Cantius Church in Chicago. The speakers will be college president Dr. Glenn Arbery, Associate Professor of Humanities Dr. Virginia Arbery, and Assistant Professor of Fine Arts and Humanities Dr. Jason Baxter.

In anticipation of the event, Dr. Virginia Arbery was interviewed by Patrick McCormick on Relevant Radio in Chicago. Relevant Radio (relevantradio.com) was kind enough to give us permission to rebroadcast that interview in this podcast.

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Evil Enchantment and The Weight of Glory: What Dante Taught C.S. Lewis about Poetry with Dr. Jason Baxter

February 21, 2017

 

From the time he was a child, C. S. Lewis was steeped in what we today call “The Great Books” including Chaucer, Spencer, John Milton, and—the subject of our conversation today—Dante. 

Lewis read Dante’s Inferno in Italian as a teenager. He read Purgatorio in the hospital during World War I as he recovered from wounds he received in the trenches. Then some fifteen years later—once he gave up his atheism, but before he embrace Christianity—Lewis finally read Paradiso.

This past February 3rd, Dr. Jason Baxter, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts and Humanities at Wyoming Catholic College delivered a lecture entitled “Evil Enchantment and The Weight of Glory: What Dante Taught C.S. Lewis about Poetry.” Dr. Baxter’s expertise includes not only Dante and C. S. Lewis, but all of the philosophers, poets, and writers Lewis studied and loved.

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Euclid and the Beauty of Numbers with Dr. Scott Olsson

February 14, 2017

For most of us mathematics is a wholly practical field of study. It allows us to count and to account. How much material do I need for my home improvement project? What’s my checkbook balance? Is my business profitable? How do I make a recipe for four into a recipe for six? Is it wise to invest in this or that mutual fund? Yet mathematicians tend to have a far loftier view of their field, reflecting on the beauty and the wonder of numbers. “The mathematician does not study pure mathematics because it is useful,” wrote mathematician J.H. Poincare, “he studies it because he delights in it and he delights in it because it is beautiful.”

To help us to understand this fuller view of mathematics we are joined by mathematician and Associate Professor of Mathematics and the Natural Sciences at Wyoming Catholic College, Dr. Scott Olsson.

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Introduction to “The Great Books” with Dr. Thaddeus Kozinski

February 6, 2017

The 16th century English philosopher, statesman and scientist Francis Bacon famously stated, “Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested: that is, some books are to be read only in parts, others to be read, but not curiously, and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention.”

Welcome to this the first and introductory podcast in Wyoming Catholic College’s weekly "After Dinner Scholar" series.

Each podcast will feature an interview with one of our professors who will introduce you to one of the books from the college’s integrated liberal arts curriculum, a book we believe should “be read wholly, and with diligence and attention.”

On this first podcast, we begin by asking: What are The Great Books? What makes them great? And why should they be “be read wholly, and with diligence and attention”?

To answer those questions, we’re joined by Dr. Thaddeus Kosinski. Dr. Kosinski is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Humanities at Wyoming Catholic College as well as our Academic Dean. Prior to earning his Ph.D. in Philosophy from The Catholic University of America, Dr. Kosinski earned a Masters in Liberal Arts studying the Great Books at St. John’s College Graduate Institute in Annapolis, Maryland.

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