Dad/Grad Seminar on Christian Humanism a Success

Dad/Grad Seminar on Christian Humanism a Success

At the end of August, fathers, alumni, and faculty of The Heights School were anything but lazy during the final dog days of summer as they joined Dr. Matthew Mehan for a day-long seminar that centered on the rich tradition of Christian Humanism and the joyful art of friendship. To provide an approach for these topics, for source material readings, Dr. Mehan selected Cicero’s masterpiece On Friendship, excerpts from Plutarch’s illuminating essay How To Tell a Flatterer From a Friend, Erasmus’ famous Letter to Von Hutten, and an assortment of St. Thomas More’s epigrams and excerpts. In addition to opening up the texts for fathers that their sons read in class, this seminar served as a remarkable opportunity to delve into topics which profoundly impact our civilization. “We had a great mix of dads, grads, and teachers—and even one friend of The Heights—to discuss the tie that binds, the goodwill of friendship,” said Dr. Mehan. He added, “It’s an art form, too little practiced!”