LINCOLN (SNR) – While the fall lecture series hosted by the Newman Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture has concluded for 2017, those who weren’t able to attend the lectures can still enjoy them online.
Father Andrew Heaslip, director of digital media for the Diocese of Lincoln, recorded each lecture on video and said he was impressed by the large crowds that attended. The final lecture had more than 240 people attending.
“There were individuals, families, Godteen groups, students,” he said, “and the speaker really caught that idea of ‘wonder,’” he said.
“The Reborn in Wonder lectures series has been a wonderful way to introduce undergraduates and the wider Lincoln community to some of the treasures of Catholic thought and culture,” said Newman Institute director Dr. John Freeh.
“In addition to promoting the lectures more widely this semester, there is also the word of mouth promotion that goes on among friends and acquaintances. It seems like the series is developing a good reputation. Even when the speaker or topic is not known, those who attend are beginning to trust that they can always learn something valuable and grow in wisdom, which is, after all, the aim of all that the Institute does.”
The Newman Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture is an apostolate of the Diocese of Lincoln and Bishop James Conley. The Newman Institute is a partnership of St. Gregory the Great Seminary with St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The goal is to offer courses on Catholic thought inspired by the great books of western literature each semester, open to any undergraduate student in the Lincoln area. who can take courses offered by the Newman Institute at the Newman Center on UNL campus.
Students can apply the credit from the courses to their degrees at the University of Nebraska, or at other institutions. The institute also hosts the lecture series, pilgrimages and other events.
Dr. Freeh noted that the Institute will begin next semester offering an evening course in the “Great Books” for adults. Details on the course, “Seekers, Sojourners and Pilgrims” are available on the website, newmaninstitute.com.