The Villanova Center for Liberal Education (VCLE) honored excellence in writing in the Augustine and Culture Seminar on Friday, April 13, in the Presidents’ Lounge of Connelly Center.
The Margaret Cecilia Baney Award for the Augustine and Culture Prize Essay went to Clay McDermott for his paper, Living the Teachings of Christ in a Fallen World, written for Professor Justin Poole, Ph.D.
Receiving honorable mention were students Gregory Dahl, Jillian Kinsey, and Michael Pallini.
According to the VCLE Web site, At the heart of the VCLE is the Augustine and Culture Seminar, a two-semester seminar which introduces all first-year Villanova students to some of the greatest texts of western culture. The title first invokes St. Augustine as a model for the fearless pursuit of wisdom. Through the word “culture,” we are reminded that the pursuit of wisdom includes, in the words of Matthew Arnold, “the best that has been thought and known.”
The aim of ACS is to explore enduring questions with our students about life, humanity, God, and truth, through books which over the centuries continue to challenge us. We teach students to be better and more reflective readers, able to engage texts through thoughtful discourse and reasoned writing. The ACS classroom is discussion-oriented, with critical attention paid to reading primary texts and interacting with them through the spoken and written word.