The Second Spring & Benedictus Summer School

“Art, Culture, & Faith”

Study in London and Oxford

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Last year, Second Spring collaborated with Benedictus.

The course began in London working with the Benedictus formula of classroom seminars and lecture visits to galleries and museums with a focus on philosophy and material culture. Themes explored include the faith in transition from medieval to early modern culture and the Northern Renaissance.

The course then transferred to Oxford for the Second Spring module of the two-week programme where classes and excursions concentrated on literature and history, tracing the cultural impact of the Reformation and the revival of Catholic faith and culture in the 19th and 20th centuries.

We explore the interconnecting themes of Art, Culture, & Faith through philosophy, theology, history, literature and the arts. We study some of the milestones, both intellectual and cultural, that have marked the development of our culture; from the classical past to Catholic Europe; from Plato and More to Raphael and Tolkien, in each case highlighting the thematic connections between the disciplines.

Whether you have just left school, are studying at university, or are a ‘student of life’ who is keen to discover some of the riches of western Europe in its philosophy, literature, art and music, then this course is for you. While it is aimed at those 18-26 years of age, other adults are welcome to apply.

The course comprises lectures, classroom-based reading seminars, visits to galleries and museums, and cultural experiences; this exciting combination of learning techniques is essential in order to emphasise the connections across the subjects and understand the context in which major cultural and intellectual developments took place.

Last year’s faculty included Dr Clare Hornsby, Léonie Caldecott, Dr Gerard Kilroy, Rev. Dr U. M. Lang, c.o., Prof. Guido Milanese, Dr Michael Ward, Matthew O’Keeffe, Miguel Ayres de Campos, Sebastian Morello, and Roy Peachey.

You can find examples of our itinerary here and here, and learn about our lecturers, usual costs and other questions in our FAQs section.

 

A student who loves Tolkien or C.S. Lewis, or Cardinal Newman or Chesterton, would naturally wish at some point to visit England, and come to Oxford, and see the places where these men lived and wrote their works of genius. And there would be no better way of starting such a journey, and of seeing all the important places guided by friends of those authors, than to attend the Second Spring Summer School in early August. The visitor will immediately feel at home, and the guides will ensure that the sights seen will take on deeper meaning. I recommend this summer school to all young Americans, and to others of every age and notion.” —Robert Moynihan, Editor, Inside the Vatican

A liberal arts College rooted in a curriculum that has proved its value over the centuries is exactly what is needed in Britain now, and Benedictus has put together just the team that is needed for the job.” —Roger Scruton

 

WATCH THE 2014 & 2015 BENEDICTUS SUMMER SCHOOL VIDEOS HERE.

SEE PHOTOS FROM PREVIOUS SECOND SPRING SUMMER SCHOOLS HERE and READ ABOUT THE 2015 SECOND SPRING SUMMER SCHOOL HERE.

 

We will not be running the programme in 2018.

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