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  • Faculty — Great Ideas — Carthage College
    Ben DeSmidt Director of the Western Heritage Program Associate Professor of Great Ideas and Classics Lentz Hall 215 carthage edu 262 551 5954 Professor Ben DeSmidt s interests in classics center on the Latin language and literature and more broadly on the influence of ancient legal thought on the origins of the novel He Read more Richard Heitman Associate Professor of Great Ideas Classics and Philosophy Lentz Hall 314 carthage edu 262 551 5783 Professor Richard Heitman came to Carthage in 2003 from the University of Chicago where he was an instructor at Graham School of General Studies Prior to that appointment he served Read more John Isham Associate Professor of Great Ideas and Modern Languages Lentz Hall 209 carthage edu 262 551 2304 Professor John Isham came to Carthage in 2007 from Columbia University where he was a Core Lecturer in Literature Humanities A native of Ohio he earned a B A in Philosophy Read more Paul Kirkland Associate Professor of Great Ideas and Political Science Lentz Hall 211 carthage edu 262 551 2303 Professor Paul Kirkland specializes in the study of political philosophy He earned a B A in politics from Ursinus College in 1994 a master s in political science from Fordham University in Read more Christopher Lynch Associate Professor of Great Ideas and Political Science Lentz Hall 417B carthage edu 262 552 5530 Professor Christopher Lynch earned his B A from St John s College and his M A and Ph D degrees from the University of Chicago s Committee on Social Thought He held a Bradley Postdoctoral Read more Daniel Magurshak Chair of the Philosophy Department Professor of Philosophy and Great Ideas Lentz Hall 320 carthage edu 262 551 5827 Professor Daniel Magurshak has taught at Carthage for more than 25 years and is the founding director of the Heritage Studies Program He specializes in European continental philosophy and has Read more Joseph McAlhany Associate Professor of Great Ideas and Classics Lentz Hall 241 carthage edu 262 551 2302 Professor Joseph McAlhany holds a B A in philosophy from Haverford College and a Ph D in Classics from Columbia University His translation Guibert of Nogent Monodies and On the Relics of Read more Michael McShane Associate Professor of Great Ideas and Philosophy Lentz Hall 307 carthage edu 262 551 6331 Professor Michael McShane earned a B A in philosophy and mathematics from St John s College Annapolis Md He earned a master s degree in 1992 and a Ph D in 2000 from the Read more Thomas Powers Director of the Social Science Program Associate Professor of Great Ideas and Political Science Lentz Hall 242 carthage edu 262 551 6332 Professor Tom Powers teaches Constitutional Law and Religion and Politics at Carthage His work related to the legal field explores the interrelationships between political theory and constitutional law in particular Read more Brian Schwartz Director Great Ideas Program Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy and Great Ideas Straz Center B6 B carthage edu 262 551

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  • Courses — Great Ideas — Carthage College
    as well as the standards natural scientists themselves hold of scientific truth Works to be studied include selections from Plato Aristotle Bacon Copernicus Galileo Newton Harvey Lavoisier Dalton Mendel Darwin Einstein Watson and Crick and others Non Lab GFW 2420 Foundations of Mathematical Thought 4 credits 4 credits Instructor Charlotte Chell This course examines the development of Western mathematical thought from its origins in Ancient Greece through the modern era Special attention will be paid to the development of ideas such as geometry logic coordinate systems and algebra calculus non Euclidean geometry infinity and proof theory Students will study selections from Euclid Aristotle Descartes Newton Lobachevski Cantor Boole and G del GFW 3010 Seminar in Ancient Thought HUM 4 credits 4 credits Instructor Staff Seminar participants spend the full semester in critical engagement with a major thinker and usually a single text of the ancient West such as Homer Aeschylus Plato Virgil or Tacitus This course seeks to deepen the broad and interdisciplinary work accomplished by participants in Foundations of Western Thought I GFW 2210 and II GFW 2220 and in the Western Heritage course sequence Prerequisite GFW 2210 and GRW 2200 Fall GFW 3020 Seminar in Medieval Thought 4 credits 4 credits Instructor Staff Seminar participants spend the full semester in critical engagement with a major thinker and usually a single text of the medieval West such as Augustine Aquinas Dante or Chaucer This course seeks to deepen the broad and interdisciplinary work accomplished by participants in Foundations of Western Thought I GFW 2210 and II GFW 2220 Prerequisite COR 1100 and COR 1110 GFW 3030 Seminar in Renaissance Thought 4 credits 4 credits Instructor Staff Seminar participants spend the full semester in critical engagement with a major thinker and usually a single text of the renaissance West such

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  • Requirements — Great Ideas — Carthage College
    responses to these and other questions that necessarily occupy responsible and thoughtful human beings and citizens The Great Ideas curriculum introduces students to a broad range of texts while also permitting intense study of certain texts over an extended period of time As they encounter some of the richest and most challenging texts ever written students will become proficient at analyzing complex ideas and arguments at comparing the texts to each other and at writing and speaking about them clearly and effectively Please note Current students should follow the printed version of the College Catalog and work with their advisors and the department chair to ensure all requirements are met The Great Ideas Major The Great Ideas major consists of 40 credits Five courses are required for all majors GFW 2210 GFW 2220 GFW 2310 GFW 2410 GFW 2420 Two are seminars on the foundations of Western thought it is suggested that students take these two courses as soon as possible the remaining three narrow the focus somewhat by concentrating respectively on American mathematical and natural scientific thought It is suggested that students take the mathematics course before the natural science course In addition majors take four electives all of which focus on primary texts of Western thought and at least two of which focus on the close reading of a small number of such texts Finally students write a thesis in a capstone seminar GFW 4000 Minor The minor consists of 20 credits Two courses will be required for all minors GFW 2210 and GFW 2220 One of the following is also required GFW 2410 or GFW 2420 The remaining two courses can be selected from among the courses taken by Great Ideas majors excluding the capstone seminar For their electives majors and minors can choose from any GFW

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  • Special Programs — Great Ideas — Carthage College
    study in Great Ideas Great Ideas Fellow Like many academic programs at Carthage the Great Ideas program hires students to work for the department and assist other majors and minors One Great Ideas fellow is hired every year Hannibal Lectures The Hannibal Lecture series is a popular lecture series held every other Thursday afternoon during the school year A Carthage professor chooses a current Western Heritage text and delivers a

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  • News & Events — Great Ideas — Carthage College
    Donald Downs presents the final talk in the 2012 Constitution Day series more TODAY Hannibal Lecture Subterranean Legislation in the Mosaic Code Rockford College political science professor Jules Gleicher speaks at 4 15 p m today as part of the Hannibal Lecture series more LECTURE Prof Tom Powers to speak on religion and the First Amendment Nov 12 Prof Powers asks Is the Separation of Church and State Discrimination Against Religion in the third lecture of the 2012 Constitution Day lecture series more ON CAMPUS Carthage welcomes Notre Dame professor for Constitution Day Lecture Prof Muñoz will give a lecture titled Did the Founding Fathers Intend to Separate Church from State at 12 15 p m Monday Oct 29 more Undergraduate Research New scholarly journal features student work editing A new publication features 10 scholarly essays written by Carthage students more Final Hannibal Lecture today Prof Silke Maria Weineck of the Comparative Literature Department at the University of Michigan will speak on Rilke s Duino Elegies at 4 15 p m more Global Focus Carthage hosts delegation from Huairou A 15 member delegation of educators from the Chinese district of Huairou visited the United States from Monday March 26 to Thursday April 5 spending most of their time at Carthage and elsewhere in the Kenosha Racine area more Prominent conservative scholar speaks at Carthage Nov 16 17 Stephen Balch one of America s leading conservative intellectuals will speak to students give a public presentation and be the featured speaker at a Carthage Business and Professional Coalition luncheon more Hannibal Book Club and Lecture this week History professor Eric Pullin will lead a discussion titled Reason and Revelation in HaLevi s Kuzari at 4 55 p m Thursday The Hannibal Book Club offers a pre lecture discussion on Tuesday more Postdoctoral

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  • Student Voices — Great Ideas — Carthage College
    that I have had are wonderful They know their subjects they go above and beyond to help students and they know me as a person There are professors I had freshman year who still remember me Patrick Lambdin 13 My biggest surprise is constantly how interested professors and my boss are in me and my opinions These incredibly intelligent people are ready and willing to listen to what I have to say It is always one of my favorite surprises Nick Tackes 13 I don t think many departments allow students to reach within themselves for tough answers to the degree that the Religion Department and Great Ideas Program do Read interviews with Great Ideas majors who have since graduated Student Voices Susan Peinsipp 14 All the professors that I have had are wonderful They know their subjects they go above and beyond to help students and they know me as a person There are professors I had freshman year who still remember me Read more Patrick Lambdin 13 My biggest surprise is constantly how interested professors and my boss are in me and my opinions These incredibly intelligent people are ready and willing to listen to what I have

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  • Senior Theses in Great Ideas — Great Ideas — Carthage College
    Crafting the Models for the Guardians Eduation Rachel Jason Foils in Fables The Heroic Ideal in Beowulf Rachael Kimmerling The Tragedy of Socratism Striving for the Music Practicing Socrates Patrick Lambdin Eteocles and The Sound of Silence Jason Lund Alcibiades Divided Heart and Mind in Plato s Alcibiades I Anthony Maratea The Problem of Nobility and Leadership in Julius Caesar Hunter McKenzie An Intelligence Submerged in Dreams Narrative Transformation in

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  • Student Organizations — Great Ideas — Carthage College
    C lub at Carthage is a unique student group on campus that fosters active discussion and questioning beyond the classroom Members aim to encourage dynamic conversation and acute discernment through a love of wisdom The club meets weekly Members examine and discuss texts articles and excerpts from the writings of the Ancient Greeks to the philosophers of today The club also gathers to watch movies hear from guest speakers or listen to music that contains a hidden gem of wisdom Occasionally students are joined by professors from the Great Ideas Philosophy and Political Science departments These professors lead discussion on a text or philosopher Members of Philosophy Club do not need previous experience in philosophy or Great Ideas courses Philosophy Club proudly organizes and sponsors the Book that Changed My Life lecture series that debuted in Spring 2009 Professors from all departments on campus are invited to give a presentation on a book that changed their way of thinking Keep Exploring Areas of Study Recognized for Excellence Photo Gallery Meet Our Faculty Academic Calendar Take the Next Steps Request Information Schedule a Visit Apply Now Current Students Faculty The Bridge My Carthage For Faculty Hannibal Lectures Popular lecture series draws

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