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Mini-Core Classes

This exhilarating program encourages small-class dialogue among generations of alumni and offers participants a new perspective on an enduring topic, much like the famed Core Curriculum that all College students experience.

Mini Core Class

What Are Mini-Core Classes?

Mini-Core Classes are a series of classes that offer College alumni the opportunity to revisit the Core and its profound intellectual impact, in a seminar-like setting with a distinguished faculty member. Topics relate to the Core Curriculum and explore new texts or ideas with the intent of facilitating rich conversation, debate and discussion that expands one's perspective on the world in relation to enduring topics such as morality, humanity, justice and religion.

Mini-Core Structure

The CCAA presents three Mini-Core Class series each academic year, with each taking place across three evenings. Each series focuses on either Literature Humanities, Contemporary Civilization or another Core course (Art Humanities, Music Humanities or Frontiers of Science).

Classes are typically hosted by generous alumni who are passionate about the intellectual experience they had at the College. Most are held at convenient midtown office locations and light refreshments are provided. Reading assignments are assigned about a month in advance.

Register for a Class

Classes are limited to 30 participants in order to inspire close discourse and conversation, reminiscent of the seminar format of the Core.

Cost is $160 per alumnus/a for each series and $100 per young alumnus/a (within 10 years of graduation).

Space permitting, each alumnus/a may invite one non-alumnus/a as a guest for the same price as the alumnus/a.

Registration for each class opens about two months in advance.

Upcoming Classes

FALL 2017

Literature Humanities Mini-Core Class: montaigne's essays

WINTER 2018

Frontiers of Science: Dinosaurs, Extinction and Climate

Past Classes

MUSIC HUMANITIES MINI-CORE CLASS: MASTERPIECES OF WESTERN MUSIC, REVISITED

Literature Humanities Mini-Core Class: The Brothers Karamazov

CONTEMPORARY CIVILIZATION MINI-CORE CLASS: STATE AND VIOLENCE