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Hurst Student Seminars: Middle School Great Ideas
December 4, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - December 7, 2016 @ 7:00 pm UTC-6
Modeled after the Aspen Institute Executive Seminar which has been convening leaders from around the world for more than 65 years, this four-day seminar is dedicated to enhancing critical thinking, problem solving and leadership skills for 8th grade students living in the Roaring Fork Valley. The Institute’s proven method of text-based dialogue offers participants a neutral forum in which to think about what is important to them against the backdrop of timeless human values. Participants emerge from the seminar with a new perspective as they navigate their lives as teenagers.
In a setting conducive to conversation, this seminar convenes a diverse group of 28 students for lively discussions led by an expert moderator. Classic and contemporary readings are the springboard to conversations in which the questions posed by the group are frequently as illuminating as the varied, timeless wisdom of the texts.
By invitation only. Students are chosen by their respective school officials and must currently be in the 8th grade.
Moderated by Todd Breyfogle
Todd Breyfogle is Director of Seminars for the Aspen Institute, overseeing a number of seminar offerings, including the Aspen Seminar on leadership, values and the good society (formerly the Executive Seminar)–since 1950 the heart of the Institute’s neutral forum for enlightened and lively discussion.
Educated at Colorado College, Oxford University (as a Rhodes Scholar), and the University of Chicago’s Committee on Social Thought (as a Century Fellow and Javitz Fellow), Todd has served as a moderator for the Aspen Institute and has published and lectured widely on the great books, political philosophy, theology, literature, and liberal education. He serves on several non-profit boards, is a recipient of research and curriculum grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Arts and Humanities Research Board (UK), and the Templeton Foundation, and edits The American Oxonian, the quarterly publication of the Association of American Rhodes Scholars. He is the editor of Literary Imagination, Ancient and Modern (University of Chicago Press) and is co-editor of a five-volume commentary on Augustine’s City of God for Oxford University Press. Before joining the Aspen Institute, Todd was a Fellow and Program Officer at Liberty Fund (where he gained extensive experience organizing and facilitating great books discussions) and served as Director of the Honors Program at the University of Denver. He has taught as an adjunct professor at the Iliff School of Theology and as a visiting lecturer in philosophy and religion at the University of Tulsa. He has lectured at universities in the US, UK, Canada and India, including Oxford, Cambridge, Princeton, Dartmouth, Concordia, Wesleyan, and the University of Chicago. He currently chairs the board of the American Academy for Liberal Education and in 2012 was elected to the Senate of the Phi Beta Kappa Society.