Paideia 3b
Spring 2009

We will weave together intentionally the strands of Paideia: academics, intercultural, collaborative, and civic engagement. The Paideia Program seeks to assist the Paideia Scholars in their search for a life that is connected, thoughtful, and authentic. Our seminar and tutorial sessions are designed to assist each seminar member in the pursuit of such a life.

The following shared values, methods, and procedures continue to clarify our approach to learning in this seminar:

Therefore, this seminar will require all of us to “stretch” beyond our established frames of reference, limits of understanding, and levels of comfort. The end result will be the integration of diverse learning experiences and progress toward the realization of our respective personal goals with regard to our educations.


Syllabus organization.

Weekly schedule:

Monday, 4:30 pm, class

Wednesday, 5:00 pm, assignment and prompt(s) posted

Monday, 5:00 pm, 1st responses due

Friday, 5:00 pm, second responses due

Semester Schedule:

Feb. 9 (syllabus)

Feb. 23 (Haskell)

March 9 ()

March 23 ()

April 6 ()

April 20 ()


Session #43 (Feb. 23)
Please read:

American Piety in the 2st Century, esp. pp. 4-11, 24-30.

Brown and Froese spoke at the Brown Symposium.


Brown and Froese presented came under criticism at the Symposium because they did little to discuss the significance or implications of their data. Please react to this criticism.

Paul Froese, Christopher Bader, "Does God Matter? A Social Critique," Harvard Divinity School Bulletin (2005)

( summary .pdf available at:]


Session #44 (March 9)
Religion on Campus
Please go to:

The link takes you to a table of contents where you can click on various "chapters." Since it is kind of long, I thought that we could focus on the following sections:

"What Do Students Believe?"
"Report Card: 'A' for Atheist?"
"College Campuses:'Religious Desert' or 'Spiritual Bazaar'?"

Of course, if there are segments that other people are more interested in, we can talk about those as well.


Session #45 (March 23)
The article for discussion is:

Southwestern thus joins the many colleges and universities that have set aside their Christian roots and values in order to embrace a secularist worldview.?
-Do you think this is true?

Assuming none of us were at the commencement ceremony (Dr. Haskell's son was there, Dr. H. not), what do you think SU students would have thought about her address?

What about homosexuality on campus? Is there support for it? Does anyone openly criticize it? What about faculty?

Does supporting homosexuality on campus take away from religiosity on campus?

What do you think about the religion requirements on campus?


Session #46 (April 6)


Session #47 (April 20)