The pursuit of wisdom is the foundational ideal of the Newman Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture, an educational program animated by the spirit of Blessed John Henry Newman. Cardinal Newman’s own pursuit of wisdom led him to see that true liberal education, liberal in the sense that it frees us from error and falsehood, has “almost the beauty and harmony of heavenly contemplation, so intimate is it with the eternal order of things.” The Institute promotes this education by offering integrated college courses in the Humanities. In exposing students to what is most noble and edifying in our common heritage, the Institute hopes to reach hearts and minds that have grown cold to the reality of the true, the good, and the beautiful.
Young people long to find meaning in their lives and the Institute hopes to accompany them on that quest by revealing the riches found in authors such as Homer and Virgil, Dante and Chaucer, Shakespeare and Milton. This quest leads to transformed lives, which is the hallmark of the best education. Because the Institute believes that the fullness of education extends beyond the classroom, it also offers public lectures, and social, cultural and service opportunities. In keeping with Newman’s chosen epitaph, the Institute’s ultimate mission is to move everyone associated with it “from shadows and images into Truth.”
In our courses, students consider some of the most fundamental questions of existence and encounter some of the great texts and ideas from the Western tradition. Ultimately, these courses seek to shed light on the human condition. See current offerings here.
Each Fall, the Newman Institute hosts the “Reborn in Wonder” lecture series. Speaking on topics ranging from the Common Good to J.R.R Tolkien’s Vision of Wonder, speakers share valuable ideas to the ongoing conversation about the human condition.
In addition to courses and lectures, the Newman Institute hosts cultural events and trips for college students. Through domestic and international travel, students have opportunities to experience the fullness of education beyond the classroom.