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These 3-credit classes have no prerequisites, and are designed to be taken in any order. Tuition is $650 per course ($325 to audit) and is due by the first class meeting.  All courses are taught by Dr. John Freeh, Director of the Newman Institute, in Room 222 of the UNL Newman Center.

Credit Transfer: Accredited through Gregory the Great seminary, these courses may be transferred to other undergraduate institutions. For UNL students, a course equivalency has been established for elective credit (see UNL IDs below). With adviser approval, they can also meet ACE requirements (often 5 or 8).


ENG 244 – Introduction to the Great Books II: The Literature of Mercy, Compassion, and Forgiveness

UNL Transfer Equivalency ID: GNCR***@

Meets: Tues & Thurs, 2:00pm – 3:15pm

“Our twentieth century has proved to be more cruel than preceding centuries,” Nobel laureate Alexandr Solzhenitsyn once famously remarked, adding that the “world is torn asunder by the same old cave-age emotions as greed, envy, lack of control” and “mutual hostility.” This second-semester introduction to the Great Books seeks to provide insight with respect to the problem of human cruelty and suggest remedies through a deeper understanding of mercy, compassion and forgiveness. One such remedy comes through Shakespeare’s Jewish moneylender, Shylock, who implies that mercy is possible only when human beings see the “other” as somehow related to themselves. “Hath not a Jew eyes,” he poignantly asks his Christian adversaries, going on to argue the case for a common humanity which transcends any and all differences.

Required Texts: Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice; Shakespeare, Measure for Measure; Chaucer, The Franklin’s Tale; anonymous, Everyman; Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter; Greene, The Power and the Glory; Newman, The Dream of Gerontius; shorter readings as assigned

HUM 253 – Humanities Seminar II: The Mystery of Iniquity

UNL Transfer Equivalency ID: GNCR***@

Meets: Mon & Wed, 3:30pm – 4:45pm

“Today I have set before you life and death, a blessing and a curse, choose life, then, that you and your descendants may live.” With these words the Hebrew book of Deuteronomy underscores the “mystery of iniquity,” that human tendency to choose what is destructive of self and others. If, as Origen says in the 3rd century, “the power of choosing good and evil is within the reach of all,” why does humankind continue to choose evil? And how can we comprehend the claim of Satan in Milton’s Paradise Lost that “only in destroying I find ease”? The battle between good and evil lies at the heart of the human story, and some of literature’s most memorable characters – Medea, Faustus, Macbeth, Raskolnikov – provide a foundation for beginning to explore and perhaps understand this ancient “mystery.” By looking at these and other characters, as well as relevant texts from philosophers and theologians, this three-credit course will attempt to discover patterns of thought and action in those who embrace evil – and in those who reject it.

Required Texts: Euripides’ Medea; Marlowe’s Dr. Faustus; Shakespeare’s Macbeth; Milton’s Paradise Lost; Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment; Conrad’s Heart of Darkness; Eliot’s Murder in the Cathedral; shorter readings as assigned


Registration Spring 2019

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    Please select the appropriate course below. There are no prerequisites for these courses. Tuition is $650 per 3-credit course and is due by the first meeting. The cost to audit is $325. See the courses page for class times and course descriptions. Checks may be made out to the Newman Institute, and mailed to Newman Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture, 320 N. 16th Street, Lincoln, NE, 68508. If you prefer to pay by credit card, please email for further directions. Along with your payment, you must also submit your social security number via mail, email or phone to receive course credit.
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