SUMMER SCHOOLS 2023

SUMMER SCHOOLS JANUARY 2023

The Dawson Centre will once again offer three summer schools:

16 – 20 January

THE WESTERN TRADITION: AN OVERVIEW OF 2000 YEARS OF HISTORY, LITERATURE, PHILOSOPHY, THEOLOGY AND ART.   BOOK HERE

23 – 27 January

NEW TESTAMENT GREEK: AN INTENSIVE INTRODUCTORY COURSE FOR BEGINNERS. BOOK HERE.

9 – 13 January

MEDIEVAL AND LATER LATIN: A READING COURSE IN SACRED AND SECULAR POETRY AND PROSE FOR PEOPLE WITH SOME PRIOR KNOWLEDGE OF THE LANGUAGE.  BOOK HERE

Each school extends from Monday to Friday inclusive.

For further information contact director@dawsoncentre.org.

COURSE DETAILS

SUMMER SCHOOL IN WESTERN CIVILISATION

16-20 JANUARY, 2023

The Dawson Centre was founded to advance the notion that the Christian Faith and the Christian intellectual tradition that grew up with it are essential components of our civilisation: not optional add-ons, but core elements in the very fabric of the culture without which it cannot survive.  Christopher Dawson maintained that a true human culture cannot exist at all without a religious component, and the Christian religion is inherent in and inseparable from our Western culture. 

What are some of the great and distinctive achievements of the West? 

We are offering this course for the second time as a sort of a ‘taster’, a broad and sweeping view of the terrain and some of its principal landmarks.  It cannot claim to be any more than a sketch of the panorama, but we hope it will meet a need and inspire participants to delve further into our fascinating and rich heritage.   

The instructors are Mr Xavier Young, Dr David Moltow and Dr David Daintree.

Where: Frances Parsons Building, Jane Franklin Hall, 6 Elboden Street, South Hobart

When: Monday 16 January to Friday 22 January 2023

Time: 9.00 am to 3.00 pm each day for five days

Cost: $350 (pension concession available).  This includes lunches in the college dining hall.  Other meals and accommodation are not included. 

Registrations are essential: email director@dawsoncentre.org.

Residential accommodation may be available at the College, but application must be made directly to the office at https://jane.edu.au/contact-us/.

THE PROGRAMME

There will be four lectures a day on each of the five days, from Monday 17 to Friday 21, starting at 9.00 am. There will be only one lecture after lunch each day, to free up the afternoons for private study.

Day 1          Introduction: Greece, Rome and the emergence of Modern Europe

Day 2          Philosophy: the European philosophical tradition is ‘a series of footnotes to Plato’ (A N Whitehead)

Day 3          Four Literary Giants: Homer, Virgil, Dante and Shakespeare

Day 4          Theology: the study of ‘Our Deepest Source and Highest Ideal’ (St Augustine)

Day 5          The Arts of Man: Sculpture, Painting, Architecture, Music

SUMMER SCHOOL IN NEW TESTAMENT GREEK

23 – 27 JANUARY, 2023

An intensive course in the koine Greek of the New Testament. This course is suitable for virtual beginners who are willing to undertake some preliminary work on the Greek alphabet.  We shall read passages from the Gospels and from Christian literature of the apostolic age. 

Where: The Fr John Wall Community Library, Fr John Wall Centre, 31 Tower Road (Rear), New Town,Tasmania 7008.

When: Monday 23 January to Friday 27 January 2023

Time: 9.00 am to 3.00 pm each day for five days

Cost: $200 (pension concession available) 

Registrations are essential: email Dr David Daintree dccdain@gmail.com

Some prior knowledge of Greek is not essential, but beginners should purchase a self-instruction primer (see below) and work on the basics between now and the start of the course.  It is particularly important to begin the course with a comfortable recognition knowledge of the Greek alphabet, otherwise learning even basic grammar and vocabulary will be frustrating and inefficient.  Alphabet recognition exercises will be sent to registered participants prior to the start of the course.  Participants will never be embarrassed if their Greek is imperfect: the teaching method leaves the entire task of translation and exposition to the Lecturer. This approach has been useful to relative beginners as well as those who are more experienced.

Each intending participant should purchase, as soon as possible, a primer of New Testament Greek.  There are many available, but a good choice is Gavin Betts, Complete New Testament Greek: A Comprehensive Guide to Reading and Understanding New Testament Greek with Original Texts.

The Lecturer is Dr David Daintree who founded the Annual Latin Summer School in Hobart in 1993.   Proceeds from this course will go to support The Christopher Dawson Centre.

THE PROGRAMME

There will be four lectures a day on each of the five days, starting at 9.00 am. There will be only one lecture after lunch each day, to free up the afternoons for private study.

SUMMER SCHOOL IN MEDIEVAL AND LATER LATIN

9 – 13 JANUARY, 2023

Latin is arguably the mother tongue of Europe. Its literature is immensely rich. In a sense it never died; original work continued to be written in Latin up to modern times.  This course will offer a general introduction to Latin with particular emphasis on the enormous body medieval and later literature.  We shall read original passages of Scripture, liturgy, history, theology and poetry, both secular and secular.  There will also be an introduction to palaeography, including an opportunity to handle original medieval manuscripts.  There will be a strong emphasis on the pronunciation of Latin in speech and music.

Designed for students of all standards, absolute beginners should purchase a self-instruction primer and work on the basics between now and the start of the course.  Participants will never be embarrassed by their shaky Latin: the teaching method leaves the entire task of translation and exposition to the Lecturer. This approach has been useful to relative beginners as well as those who are more experienced.  The instructor is Dr David Daintree.

Where: The Fr John Wall Community Library, Fr John Wall Centre, 31 Tower Road (Rear), New Town,7008. 

When: Monday 9 January to Friday 13 January 2023

Time: 9.00 am to 3.00 pm each day for five days

Cost: $200 (concession available).  Tea and coffee will be available daily.

Registrations are essential: email director@dawsoncentre.org.

THE PROGRAMME

There will be four lectures a day on each of the five days, from Monday 10 to Friday 14, starting at 9.00 am. There will be only one lecture after lunch each day, to free up the afternoons for private study.

Day 1          Liturgy and Scripture.

Day 2          Latin prose narrative: including passages from the Venerable Bede, St Brendan, Isidore of Seville, Robert Grosseteste

Day 3          Hymns, sequences and religious poetry, including works by St Ambrose, Venantius Fortunatus and St Thomas Aquinas . 

Day 4          Secular Poetry, including songs from the Carmina Burana

Day 5          Theology and patristics: St Augustine, St Thomas Aquinas, St Benedict, St Patrick and Thomas a Kempis.

Any Latin Primer designed for self-instruction can be used, but F Kinchin Smith’s Teach Yourself Latin (out of print, but copies are available from  www.abebooks.com) is particularly recommended.  A free digitised version is available at https://archive.org/details/TeachYourselfLatin_201810/mode/2up.  

Participants should bring both their grammar and a small dictionary to class each day.

All summer school proceeds will go to the Christopher Dawson Centre.

For further information contact director@dawsoncentre.org.