S: Program of Liberal Studies Class of 2011
BC: Peace. Love. PLS.
FC: PLS | 2011
1: "The substance of my being has been informed by the books I learned to care for. They accompany me every minute of every day of my life, making me see much more and be much more than I could have seen or been if fortune had not put me into a great university at one of its greatest moments. I have had teachers and students such as dreams are made on. And most of all I have friends with whom I can share thinking about what friendship is, with whom there is a touching of souls." -Allan Bloom | Poetry-Loving Souls - Philosophers Liberating Society - Party Like Socrates - PLS - Probably a Lot Smarter (than you) - Pursuing Life's Subtleties
2: The Great Books | The Republic | The Divine Comedy | Pride and Prejudice | The Brothers Karamazov | Pensees | Beyond Good and Evil | Communist Manifesto | War and Peace | Freud's Lectures | Samson Agonistes | The Tempest | The Odyssey | The Iliad | Walden | Herodotus' Histories | The Orestia | The Peloponnesian War | Montaigne's Essays | Symposium | Oedipus Rex | The Bacchae | Aristotle's Poetics | On the Soul | The Aeneid | Epictetus' Handbook | Madame Bovary | To the Lighthouse | What is Philosophy | Invisible Man | The Philosophy of History | "In short, our gentleman became so caught up in reading that he spent his nights reading from dusk till dawn and his days reading from sunrise to sunset, and so with too little sleep and too much reading his brains dried up, causing him to lose his mind." -Cervantes
3: Lucretius' The Way Things Are | Confessions | The Journey of the Mind to God | Cicero's On Duties | Proslogion | The City of God | Phaedrus | Summa Theologiae | In Praise of Folly | Cantebury Tales | Gulliver's Travels | Interior Castle | Julian of Norwich's Showings | Petrarch's Ascent of Mount Ventoux | The Prince | Don Quixote | Luther's Freedom of the Christian | Utopia | Leviathon | The New Organon | Descartes' Discourse on Method | Faust | Don Giovanni | Wealth of Nations | Prolegomena | An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding | Rousseau's Discourse on the Origin of Human Inequality | The Way of Lao Tzu | The Bhagavad-Gita | Analects of Confuscius | The Teachings of the Compassionate Buddha | The Descent of Man | Philosophical Fragments | Idea of a University | Democracy in America | Moby Dick | On Liberty | The Varieties of Religious Experience | I and Thou | The Blue Books | The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism | "We choose our favorite author as we do our friends, from a conformity of humor and disposition." -David Hume
4: The Great Scholars | Maria Antoniak | Tesia Chen | Lillian Civantos | Theresa Civantos | Kathryn Colby | Brian Davenport | Kathleen Dufner | Adam Francis | Courtney Gandy | Nathan Geary | Brigitte Githinji | John Greil | Patrick Johnson | Josef Kuhn | Nick LaPlante | Hilary Landgraf | Laura Lindsley | "One day a week, we could just harvest our crops. Two days a week I would just get high and read." | "What is up with the knight's tale? Apparently these guys never heard the saying bros before hoes!" | "Who messes with Homer like that? Seriously!" | "What could be more intense and pleasurable than an orgy?" | "You can't eliminate the need for order in science. That's like cutting off your feet when you're trying to walk a long journey." | "Whoever came up with 110% really raised the bar for the rest of humanity." | "I haven't laughed that hard since Herodotus!" | "Grushenka? Been there, done that." "You've been involved with a Pole?" Prof. Weinfield | "Always remember, the holy spirit changes hearts not faces!"" | "If I ordered the brain I don't think I'd put the words 'cup' and 'giraffe' next to each other." | "What is anaptanalogy? Wait, ooooohhh..." | "This book just has too many pages!" | "She just writes so beautifully I had to put it down." | of the Class of 2011 | "This might just be a rumor, but I heard Laura's read the entire Summa...in Latin." | Our Go-To Anthropologist | Youth is a great green field. Romp in it.
5: Genna McCabe | Andy Peiffer | Eric Prister | Erica Ramirez | Octavia Ratiu | Cornelius Rogers | Sara Romano | Laura Schaffer | Jess Shaffer | Andrew Spica | John Wolohan | Emily Whalen | Emma Zainey | "You can say 'full of invectiveS,' but 'full of invective' makes no sense. That's like saying 'full of panda.' " | Kathleen Shircliff | Reid Spears | Kaitlin Spillane | Jack Thornton | Laraque Stewart | "Plato is scared and needs an imaginary friend. Aristotle just sucks it up and goes out to the playground." | "So Laraque, you like the underdog. I see. And yet, you're a Yankees fan. What's up with that?" - Prof. Stapleford | "Are you interpreting the text, Jess, or are you rebelling against it?" Prof Weinfield | "I'm pretty sure I've always lived in reality." | "Oh My GOSH I almost fell over I got so excited about that!" | "Until very, very recently I always figured that calling a sportscaster a 'homer' was a reference to, you know, the poet. So whenever they would call a guy a homer I was thinking, 'What could that possibly mean?' " | "I entered ten puns into a pun contest once. I was hoping one would win, but sadly no pun in ten did." | "You said it, nobody listened. I said it, everybody listened!" | Responding to why the French aristocracy went to such excesses: "That's just the way they rolled." | Parties harder than the suitors. | "You can't really brag about reading to a PLS major. I mean, you can try, but it's pretty fruitless." | "Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice." -Hamlet | Peloponnesian Princess | "Roman poetwy, suwely?" | "Well it couldn't be better than Don Quixote. It doesn't have Sancho Panza. Sancho Panza's the best." | "Sorry...my brain isn't functioning right now." | Jessica Lujan | "Alcabaides is a whiny, smug jerk!"
6: So we discovered as young Freshmen... | ...and Sophomores. | "I'm sorry to tell you, but as PLS majors, you aren't...typical. You've crossed over into eccentricity." | PLSer | (n): | philosopher, | thinker, | dreamer, | writer, | one who lives fully. | doer, | an inquiring min d, | friend, | peripatetic, | a Renaissance Man, | "It was too dreadful to be under the burden of these insoluble problems, so he abandoned himself to any distraction in order to forget them... | He read, and read everything that came to hand..." | -War and Peace | -Professor Reydam-Schils | great-heart,
7: "You had the look of someone trying to recall Boethius." -Prof. Marvin "Actually, I was trying not to sneeze." | Class is in Session | "Anyway, you'd better make a note of such phrases, and remember them, you know, in case you need to talk." -Dostoevsky | "So what is the essence of a scone exactly?" "Perhaps it's triangular..." "But apple scones are amorphous!" -from Philosophical Inquiry | “We’re building intellectual vocabulary here.” -Prof. Weinfield | “Aquinas is following the Gospel in his own sneaky little way.” -Prof. Mongrain | "Maybe Gulliver's Travels is just a story...but I think clearly it's not." | "The problem is you guys are the exception. You deal with moral problems every day." -Prof. Power | "Even on a day when you're feeling under the weather, you still have Aristotle!" -Prof. Affeldt | "Here Chaucer is showing the Spring Break nature of pilgrimages." | "Macbeth would so NOT be invited to my birthday party." | "I think deep down Don Giovanni knows he's a scum bag, he just doesn't want to deal with it." | "I feel like Cervantes is making fun of me." | "Thrasymacus is a punk, but he’s a smart punk." -Prof. Bartky | Sometimes the quotes you | remember most... | ...aren't from the text. | "I think I'll name my next son Ultraparallel." -Prof. Goulding
8: JUNIOR YEAR | Symposiums | Halloween | Opera Trip | Seminar | Friends
9: Innocents | Abroad
10: What does the PLSer do | Try the local cuisine. | Travel! | Visit museums. | Go on adventures! | Visit book shops. | "Guys! Let's go to a pub, have a Guinness, and discuss PLATO!" | "He made the world to be a grassy road before her wandering feet." -Yeats
11: whilst Studying Abroad? | Visit PLS-y places. | Make new friends. | Read ancient texts. | Go biking. | Meet old friends. | Ride a camel. | "I have found out that there ain't no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them. " -Mark Twain | “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveller is unaware.” -Buber | Contemplate life.
13: We will soon part...but even if we are occupied with most important things, if we attain to honour or fall into great misfortune - still let us remember how good it was once here, when we were all together." -Brothers Karamazov | Tesia fighting Time!
14: WE | ARE | FINISHED | SENIOR THESIS | "Man looks back into himself, and he reads his own thoughts and notes them down." -Newman
15: ...so ensues the celebration.
16: PLS EVENTS | Discharge | "It is such a happiness when good people get together - and they always do." -Jane Austen | Official and Otherwise...
17: PLS Dance | "I do not know what the spirit of a philosopher could more wish to be than a good dancer." -Nietzsche | "Ten thousand saw I at a glance Tossing their heads in sprightly dance..." -Wordsworth | Great Hall of O'Shaugnessy | 2010 | 2009
18: The Talent Show | End-of-the Year Picnic | 2011 | 2009 | "It is enthusiasm which flings the mind of men out of the beaten track, and effects the great revolutions of the intellect." -De Toqueville
19: High Table Dinner | To Beauty! | To Truth! | To Keats! | Log Chapel Mass | "Come now, insignificant man, fly for a moment from your affairs, escape for a little while from the tumult of your thoughts. Put aside now your weighty cares and leave your wearisome toils. Abandon yourself for a little to God and rest for a little in Him.." -Anselm
20: Superlatives | Bringing Latin Back | Best Dressed | Most Likely to Get Tenured | Most Likely to Star in their own Talk Show | Poet Laureates | Never Seen | Best Storyteller | Most Likely to Write, Direct, Produce, and Star in his own Greek Tragedy | Punniest | Most Likely to Stir up Seminar Discussion | Best Hostess | Best at Befriending Professors | Most Likely to Be the Smiley Guy Riding by on a Bike | without a Book | Most Likely to | Name a Pet after | a Philosopher
21: "They, looking back, all the eastern side beheld Of Paradise, so late their happy seat... Some natural tears they dropt, but wiped them soon; The world was all before them." | -Paradise Lost