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Boethius and the Consolation of Philosophy

The last of the Romans, the first of the medievals—Boethius bridges the gap with his classic work, The Consolation of Philosophy. Join Dr. John Mark Reynolds and Dr. Fred Sanders, of the Torrey Honors Institute, as they discuss the method of Lady Philosophy’s consolation and

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Tweets and Possibility Junkies: The Online "Conversation"

Since human communication is only 15% verbal, what are the benefits and deficiencies of online communication? Is it a conversation? Or merely information distribution? Does it promote discussion and deep thinking or is it just “aphoristic” and “attention-getting?” Join John Mark Reynolds and Paul Spears

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Victor Davis Hanson: Thucydides

On October 8th, Victor Davis Hanson spoke at Biola University on Thucydides: Understanding the Pellopenessian War and the principles which translate from a study of this ancient Greek historian to the modern political-cultural sphere. This event was sponsored by the Biola Marines Club and the

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Are the Harry Potter Novels Great Books?

Homer, Cicero, Calvin, Austen, Nietzsche, and Rowling? John Granger joins Middlebrow’s John Mark Reynolds and Paul Spears to discuss whether the Potter novels belong in the canon of great Western literature. Listen to it here!

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John Granger and Harry Potter Canon

Special guest and Potter pundit John Granger joins John Mark Reynolds and Paul Spears of Middlebrow to discuss literary theory especially as it pertains to determining what constitutes part of the Potter canon. Click here to listen!

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"Where have you been? Where are you going?"

One of the most important Plato dialogues not included in the Torrey curriculum, the Phaedrus covers “everything under the sun.” Paul Spears and Fred Sanders join John Mark Reynolds in a Middlebrow discussion about the significance of the dialogue’s setting, virtual reality, and other important

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Summer Reading Recommendations

A book, a hammock, a cool glass of lemonade, and a gentle summer breeze. There is still time left in the summer to enjoy cultivating the mind and exercising the imagination. John Mark Reynolds, Paul Spears, and Fred Sanders share their picks for good summer

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On Shakespeare

Shakespeare was middlebrow. Though we at the Scriptorium Daily may wish to be able to take credit for Middlebrow, it was the great William Shakespeare who mastered it. In light of Torrey Theater’s upcoming performance of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” the guys at Middlebrow discuss Shakespeare