This first seminar develops the skills of critical thinking, critical reading and writing, and shared inquiry that are foundational to the Collegiate Seminar Program.
Students learn strategies for engaging with a diversity of texts, asking meaningful questions about them, and effectively participating in collaborative discussions. Reading and writing assignments are specifically designed to support students’ development of these strategies and skills.
- Plato, "Allegory of the Cave"
- LeGuin, "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas"
- Woolf, "How One Should Read a Book"
- Al Ghazali, "Manners to be Observed by Teachers and Students"
- Seneca, "Moral Epistle #88"
- Spiegelman, Maus
- Epictetus, The Handbook
- Alexie, "What You Pawn I Will Redeem"
- Martin Luther King Jr, "Letter from a Birmingham Jail"
- Jefferson, "The Declaration of Independence"
- Sophocles, Antigone
- Thucydides, The Peloponnesian War (selections)
- U.S. Supreme Court, Korematsu v. the United States (1944)
- Johnson, "Melvin in the 6th Grade"
- Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, Book 9
- Cervantes, "The Man Who Was Recklessly Curious"
- Genesis 22
- Brome Abraham and Isaac
- Galileo, Starry Messenger
- Matthew 5 – 7, Sermon on The Mount
- Mo Tzu, "On Universal Love"
- Rachel Carson, Silent Spring (chs, 2 & 12)
- Homer, The Odyssey