Talk Back to Socrates!

Rising minds meet great books in a program for high school Juniors and Seniors

Session I: July 27 - August 3  ••  Session II: August 3-10, 2014 [SESSION II CANCELLED]

Socrates

This summer, wake up your intellect. Join the Integral Curriculum of Liberal Arts at Saint Mary's College of California to read and discuss works by some of the world's greatest thinkers and writers: Plato, Sophocles, Shakespeare, Goethe, Austen, T.S. Eliot. Learn to pursue the truth by conversing with the greatest minds, and try your thoughts in the fire of disciplined and passionate discussion.

The life which is unexamined is not worth living
            – Socrates

At Talk Back to Socrates, high school juniors and seniors meet in small classes under the guidance of the faculty of the Integral Curriculum of Liberal Arts. They read directly from a selection of great books and learn to stand on their own two feet in rational inquiry and debate. Along the way they make great friendships, take advantage of the gorgeous 420-acre campus and its amenities, and explore the cultural resources of the Bay Area.

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Eligibility:

Students who have completed their junior year of high school by June 2014.

Dates:

Session I: July 27 - August 3; Session II: August 3-10. Students may study in residence or commute, and may choose either or both sessions.

Location:

Saint Mary's College of California. SMC is located in Moraga, CA, tucked away in a beautiful valley east of San Francisco and Berkeley, but with easy access to the whole Bay Area.

Housing:

For Summer 2014, residents will stay in a residence building near the central campus. The hall will be staffed by SMC Resident Assistants, with an adult Residence Director in an adjoining hall.

Off-campus activities:

Students will spend a day in San Francisco, featuring a visit to the Legion of Honor Museum in Golden Gate Park, and culminating with an evening performance of music or theater.

Cost:

gallery08Residents: $990 for the Sunday-to-Sunday session covers tuition, room (w/o linens), three meals a day, books, and all excursion costs. Commuters: $725 for the Sunday-to-Sunday session covers tuition, three meals a day, books, and all excursion costs. Students may want to bring a small amount of spending money. Financial aid is available; contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. after applying.

How to Apply:

1. Fill out and submit the Online Application Form.

2. Submit a letter of recommendation from a teacher to the director of Talk Back to Socrates:

Submit the letter by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

Applications are due July 1, 2014, but earlier applications will be considered as they come in.

3. Once accepted, reserve your place in the program with a deposit. The payment portal is located at:
http://wwws.stmarys-ca.edu/forms/integral-summer-reg/

(If link does not load page automatically, copy and paste it into your browser.)

4. Payment of the full tuition is due by July 15, 2014. A link to pay the balance will be included in your deposit confirmation email.

Contact us:

The director of Talk Back to Socrates 2014 is Professor Joseph Zepeda. You can reach him with any questions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.