Newman’s Idea of a University stands as one of the greatest works on the nature of education. It arose from his efforts to found a Catholic University in Dublin and speaks to the unity of knowledge and the goal of university education in the formation of mind and character. Its two main sections address university teaching as a whole and university subjects in particular, providing a vision for the Church’s ongoing mission of education.

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Course begins on Thursday, June 8th, 2023, at 5pm Pacific (8pm Eastern), and goes for EIGHT consecutive Thursdays.

Text: St. John Henry Newman, The Idea of a University. Cluny Media edition.


June 8: Overview
Reading: Don Briel’s introduction, Preface, Part I, Discourse 1 - introductory
June 15: Theology
Reading: Discourses 2-4
June 22: Knowledge
Reading: Discourses 5-7
June 29: Duties
Reading: Discourses 8-9
July 6: Literature
Reading: Part II, 1-3
July 13: Elementary Studies
Reading: 4
July 20: Infidelity and Preaching
Reading: 5-6
July 27: Science
Reading: 7-10

About Instructor

Jared Staudt

R. Jared Staudt, PhD serves as Director of Content for Exodus 90 and as an instructor for the lay division of St. John Vianney Seminary. He earned his BA and MA in Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN and his PhD in Systematic Theology from Ave Maria University in Florida. Staudt served previously as Associate Superintendent for the Archdiocese of Denver, a professor at the Augustine Institute and University of Mary, director of religious education in two parishes, and co-editor of the theological journal Nova et Vetera. He is author of How the Eucharist Can Save Civilization (TAN), The Primacy of God: The Virtue of Religion in Catholic Theology (Emmaus Academic) and Restoring Humanity: Essays on the Evangelization of Culture (Divine Providence Press). He is editor of Renewing Catholic Schools: How to Regain a Catholic Vision in a Secular Age (Catholic Education Press) and The University and the Church: Don J. Briel’s Essays on Education (Cluny Media). He writes a syndicated column entitled “The Catholic Culturalist.” He and his wife Anne have six children and he is a Benedictine oblate.

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  • Course Certificate