High School Summer Program

Talk Back to Socrates!

Rising minds meet great books in a program for high school Juniors and Seniors

Sunday to Sunday, July 31 - August 7, 2016 

 

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This summer, wake up your intellect. Join the Integral Curriculum of Liberal Arts at Saint Mary's College of California to read and discuss works by some of the world's greatest thinkers and writers: Plato, Sophocles, Shakespeare, Goethe, Austen, T.S. Eliot. Learn to pursue the truth by conversing with the greatest minds, and try your thoughts in the fire of disciplined and passionate discussion.

The life which is unexamined is not worth living
            – Socrates

At Talk Back to Socrates, high school juniors and seniors meet in small classes under the guidance of the faculty of the Integral Curriculum of Liberal Arts. They read directly from a selection of great books and learn to stand on their own two feet in rational inquiry and debate. Along the way they make great friendships, take advantage of the gorgeous 420-acre campus and its amenities, and explore the cultural resources of the Bay Area.

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Eligibility:

Students who have completed their sophomore year of high school by June 2016.

Dates:

July 31 - August 7. Session runs Sunday-to-Sunday. Students may study in residence or commute.

Location:

Saint Mary's College of California. SMC is located in Moraga, CA, tucked away in a beautiful valley east of San Francisco and Berkeley, but with easy access to the whole Bay Area.

Housing:

For Summer 2016, residents will stay in a residence building near the central campus. The hall will be staffed by SMC Resident Assistants, with an adult Residence Director in an adjoining hall.

Off-campus activities:

Students will spend a day in San Francisco, featuring a visit to a San Francisco art museum, and culminating with an evening performance of music or theater.

Cost:

Residents: $ 1090 for the Sunday-to-Sunday session covers tuition, room (w/o linens), three meals a day, books, and all excursion costs. Commuters: $ 800 for the Sunday-to-Sunday session covers tuition, three meals a day, books, and all excursion costs. Students may want to bring a small amount of spending money. Generous financial aid is available; contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. after applying.

How to Apply:

1. Fill out and submit the Online Application Form.

 

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2. Submit a letter of recommendation from a teacher:

Submit the letter by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Applications are due July 1, 2016, but earlier applications will be considered as they come in.

3. Once accepted, reserve your place in the program with a deposit, or pay the full balance right away. The payment portal will appear here. 

4. Payment of the full tuition is due by July 15, 2016. Payment instructions will appear here in late Spring 2016.

 
 

 

The director of Talk Back to Socrates 2016 is Professor Joseph Zepeda. You can reach him with any questions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.