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The Great Connections Weekend “Reason and Love”

October 29, 2016 @ 9:00 am - October 30, 2016 @ 4:30 pm

Pasadena, Maryland

Join us in lovely Pasadena, MD this Fall for…

“The GreatConnections” Weekend Seminar 

Our theme: “Reason and Love” 

9 AM Saturday morning, October 29 to

Sunday 4:30 PM, October 30, 2016



Don’t miss out on our lovely weekend.  We’ll:

  • Delve deeply into Aristotle’s chapter on “Self-Love” from Nicomachean Ethics
  • Examine the relation between love and duty with Rand’s “Causality Versus Duty”
  • Discover the necessity of emotion in the function of reason with Damasio’s Descartes’ Error 

And more! We have a carefully selected group of texts which we’ll examine together. You will come away from our weekend, armed to understand and improve your loving relationships, craft a better world for yourself through ideas and art, and fight against the erosion of our freedoms.

Join us to chew over some of the most intriguing works by the world’s great thinkers, and come to your own conclusions about them – entirely for your own satisfaction and pleasure. No tests, no assignments, no other pressures.

We’re offering a mix of challenging readings, provocative discussions, and conviviality in the lovely setting of a private home in Pasadena, Maryland, near the shore. Our theme this fall will be Reason and Love. Together, we’ll examine works such as:

"The Spearman" Grant Park, Chicago

  • Nietszche, on the relation of philosophy to love.
  • Machiavelli, on the organization of the Roman republic (seminal to the Constitution)
  • Ortega y Gasset, on the role of choice in love.

We’ll discuss the power of art to move you and learn more about how to understand what elicits your own love – or hate – for a painting or sculpture.

At lunch provided by us, enjoy socializing with the instructors, hosts, and other fascinating people who attend the seminar. Attend an optional, dutch treat dinner Saturday night where you’ll get a chance to talk in even more depth with others.

See the entire schedule here. To get a flavor of what our discussions will be like, you can watch a video of our 2010 weekend seminar for adults here. Explore our longer summer program here.

Meet the faculty…

Marsha Familaro Enright At The Great Connections, you’ll benefit from the same  distinctive learning method, absorbing curriculum, and top- notch faculty that has won rave reviews from the students who have participated in our “undergraduate” events every summer the past eight years.I will be leading the program. You can read more about me here.

Liz Parker


Liz Parker, will assist me. A graduate of George Mason University with a double degree in Economics and Global Affairs, Liz attended The Great Connections Summer Seminar for several years before becoming an Assistant Instructor. She has a keen mind and a deft manner for delving into the works we’ll study.

As instructors, we won’t lecture, but guide your conversations about the works so you can understand them yourself, first-hand. And we’ll be availble for informal discussions and interaction, both in and out of class.

Stretch your mind…

Experience an atmosphere of enjoyable collaboration resulting from our specially crafted, evidence-based discussion methodology, in which reason is the only authority. You’ll come away enlightened, with your powers of reasoning and first-hand judgment strengthened. And you’ll have forged “great connections” with the other fascinating people who will attend…such as the physicist from Stanford, who has attended our programs several times. He said:

“Imagine you’re into yoga, but you do it by yourself – then you find this group where everyone is doing it! The high level of cognitive functioning, the intellectual stretching – that was really valuable to me. “

Ray Raad

Or psychiatrist and research fellow at Columbia University, Raymond Raad, M.D., M.Ph., who has attended several Great Connections seminars, who says:


Every time I attend, I gain deeper insight into an idea I thought I already knew well. These seminars have changed the way I read.”

One caution: Because of the high level of personal and individual attention that the faculty will devote to each attendee, registration is strictly limited to 15.

Practical Details…

Ballroom of the Jones House

We’ll assemble in the ballroom of our hosts, Kate and Dick Jones,  at 1227 Lorene Drive, Pasadena, MD. We’ll lunch on their patio and have dinner at a local restaurant.

Easy parking in driveway or along the curb. WELCOME!

Embedded in the online schedule are links to all the readings, which you will want to read before we discuss them so you can actively participate in the discussions.

On Saturday morning when we have coffee and get to know each other a bit, you will receive printed copies of all the readings to use during our discussions.

The program’s cost for the weekend is $225.

From out of town?

If you need help with local accommodations, please call or write to me at the contact information below.

Three Easy Ways to Register

1. Go to this link to register. Payments can be made at this link. If you

2. If you prefer, print out this form and send your payment by check to:

RIF Institute
9400 S. Damen Avenue
Chicago, IL 60643

3. Call 773-677-6418 to register and pay by credit card.

Here’s the full schedule. For even more information about the program, visit the event page.

Please contact me if you have any questions:

menright@rifinst.org or 773-677-6418.

It’s time to unlock your hidden potential!

Most people have vast potential they haven’t even begun to realize. Here’s an opportunity to expand your horizons and release the capabilities you didn’t even know you possessed!

Seize this opportunity to fulfill your intellectual curiosity, purely for the love of knowledge. You’ll stretch your mind and enrich your life.

Let’s face it: The world is complex and confusing. Sometimes it’s hard to make sense of anything. But this is precisely where the greatest thinkers of all time can help.

During our provocative seminar, you’ll learn the timeless, fundamental truths that help you make the world comprehensible. Moreover, you’ll reap real-world rewards, both personal and professional. You’ll emerge with a better grasp of the meaning of current events and news headlines. You’ll build your confidence and ability to hold your own in any discussion.

The “Great Connections” seminar is a unique “total immersion” experience and intellectual adventure packed into two days of intensive learning, interactive sessions and rewarding camaraderie. Join us.


Marsha Familaro Enright



October 29, 2016 @ 9:00 am
October 30, 2016 @ 4:30 pm
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Marsha Familaro Enright


The Jones Residence
1227 Lorene Drive
Pasadena, 21122 United States
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