Find the answers you’ve been looking for at The Great Connections Seminars
Colleges do a pretty good job of teaching calculus and the Krebs Cycle.
They know how to test what you’ve learned.
They grant diplomas, which can be important for finding a job.
But do they teach you how to gain the knowledge and skills to take control over the rest of your life and live as a free person?
No, you have to fend for yourself.
But now, there’s a solution…
The Great Connections Seminar.
It’s a one-week summer course for high school and college students that focuses on fundamental life questions such as:
- How do I know what I know?
- How do I determine what’s right and wrong?
- How do I identify the best conditions under which to live?
- How do I build a life of meaning and creative achievement?
These are the most important questions any human needs to address, but they’re almost never taught in college.
You discover the fundamental practical importance of philosophy. You discuss the links between ideas, between theory and practice, and between choice and action.
We employ classic works with civilization-changing import such as:
- Livy’s History of Rome, which shaped the early American republic,
- Francis Bacon’s New Organon, which made rockets and cell phones possible, and
- Joseph Schumpeter’s Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy, which reveals the power of creative destruction.
We cover a wide range of subjects, from logic to literature, history to mathematics, economics to sculpture.
And we always include important individualist thinkers, such as Carl Menger, Ludwig von Mises, and Ayn Rand, whose ideas are crucial to defending the foundations of a free society.
But what you study is only one potent component of this empowering week. The method we use is as important as the content, click here to learn more.
“It was a wonderful experience of the beauty of ideas, the human mind intellectually stretching at a high level of cognitive functioning—very valuable to me.” —Ph.D. Candidate in Applied Physics, Silicon Valley, CA
“The Great Connections Seminar was a life-changing experience.”
I realized that the Great Connections dialogues were a truly better way to go about learning. The seminars encouraged me to go about learning myself and to constantly work on developing my own philosophy towards life. Maybe it is cliché to say, but the Great Connections seminar was a life changing experience.
“I can get my point across in an otherwise heated argument.”
My mom sent me to the Great Connections Seminar its first year (2009) and I returned the year after. I loved every minute of it, and I see my friends sharing posts about it every summer and think to myself, ‘If only I could go again.’ I have never had such powerful discussions as the one’s I have had over this year’s political snafu. Having learned how to listen and delicately respond, I can get my point across in an otherwise heated argument, and even sway people to see the shortcomings of our current system. I attribute these skills to what I learned from the Great Connections seminars.
We get our stellar results because these life-enhancing principles are embedded in our entire program.
1. Produce evidence and reasoning for all you think and argue.
2. Identify the ideas with which you think and analyze whether they’re based on facts and sound reasoning.
3. Find the cash value of your ideas by consistently connecting your abstractions to concrete reality.
4. Respect the autonomous, reasoning minds of others.
5. Recognize that each individual lives for his own sake, to achieve his highest well-being.
6. Strive for your best achievements and most heroic accomplishments, and seek models in these in every human sphere.
7. Treat others as traders, offering value for value, in the spiritual as well as material sphere.
The beauty of these principles is that they bring out the best, most life-affirming and synergistically cooperative behavior when properly implemented. We do that in our classroom micro-society, and the results are legion.
Student by student, we transform lives, and these students go back to the world, empowered
to turn the tide away from collectivism and towards reason, individualism, and freedom.
Watch the videos on this site or read students, accomplished professionals, and former-students-now-assistant-instructors recount the immense intellectual and practical value in our program.
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“I realized how lacking my formal education was.”
The seminar gave me confidence that I could achieve great things. It was like something was lit inside. I acquired the intellectual tools to help me come to my own conclusions. And I realized how lacking my formal education was. It was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.
“Her experience was life-altering.”
My daughter attended the Great Connections Seminar in July, 2013. Her experience was life-altering; a shy, intelligent bookworm who couldn’t care less about politics, civilized debate, logic, or philosophy. Instead, she preferred “practical” knowledge that she could process by herself and put into action. The foundations of this “practical knowledge” were uninteresting to her — before the seminar…And my normally shy daughter made a group of friends in this one week (just seven days!) that she’ll have for a lifetime. As her mom, I couldn’t be more pleased. These kids were all high-achieving, responsible, and intellectually curious … just the kind of kids I love for my children to be around..
(Read more of the five-star review at Guidestar.org website)