Intellectual training necessary to face new world challenges, says Thomas More College's newest professor.
There may be a few cases in the long history of academia where college students have complained that their professors’ reading assignments constitute a “royal pain in the ….”
It’s unlikely, though, that anyone choosing to attend a college centered on a Great Books curriculum would make such a complaint. After all, such students opt for Great Books colleges because they like to read.
Thomas More College in Merrimack, New Hampshire, is such a college. And now it has a program that gives its 90 or so bookworm students an added opportunity to ponder how troubling current events might be assessed in the light of the wisdom of the ages.
Rather than a royal pain, students have the benefit of studying with a real Royal.
Robert Royal, who’s enjoyed a long career as an author and public intellectual, is Thomas More’s inaugural St. John Henry Newman Chair in Catholic Studies. The chair was established this year as a result of an anonymous donation to the college.
Royal is the founder of the Faith & Reason Institute in Washington, D.C., editor of the daily online column The Catholic Thing, and a commentator with Raymond Arroyo on EWTN’s The Papal Posse.