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“Three things extremely hard”

“Three things extremely hard”

by Gary Schoepfel, leader of the 2020 Toronto Pursuits seminar The Proper Study of Mankind is Man You’ll read it on tattooed bodies. It makes an appearance in the Matrix films. It was a Delphic maxim echoed by Aeschylus, Socrates and Plato. It shows up in political writings, paintings, anatomical […]

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What Price Certainty? Four Great Playwrights on Doubt

Benefit of the Doubt: The Incredulity of St Thomas by Caravaggio

[Editor’s note: Only a few places remain in longtime Toronto Pursuits leader Gary Schoepfel’s seminar Benefit of the Doubt. If you’ve never taken part in a discussion led by Gary, you are in for a rare treat. His questions open up new ways for participants to examine their beliefs about […]

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Great Books Chicago 2017: Her Own Accord

Great Books Chicago 2017: Her Own Accord

Gary Schoepfel, a longtime discussion leader at Classical Pursuits and program director at the Great Books Foundation, invites you to the foundation’s annual event, Great Books Chicago. This year’s theme Her Own Accord: Who we are and who we desire to be explores works by and about American women writers. We at […]

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Come Walk with Us

Come Walk with Us

By Gary Schoepfel [Editor’s note: Only a few spaces remain on our June 2017 trip The Road Less Travelled: Caminho Português. Renew your mind, body, and spirit on our journey that combines walking a centuries-old pilgrimage route with the pleasures of being in nature and sharing conversation among friends old […]

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GUEST BLOG—The Changing Fortunes of Shakespeare’s Kings by Gary Schoepfel

GUEST BLOG—The Changing Fortunes of Shakespeare’s Kings by Gary Schoepfel

The wheel of Fortune turns; I go down, demeaned; another is carried to the height; far too high up sits the king at the summit – let him beware ruin! lyrics from “O Fortuna” in the Carmina Burana  Beware “lovely rose” King Richard. Beware “Judas” Bolingbroke. Beware wayward “heir-apparent” Prince Hal. […]

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GUEST BLOG—Eureka! The Stratford Excursion

GUEST BLOG—Eureka! The Stratford Excursion

Eureka! The Stratford Festival Excursion  (July 17–19, 2015) You are invited to join us for the Stratford Excursion. We have limited seating available and hope you will not procrastinate. There has been an unexpected early rush and we are over 50 percent booked already. We have announced the plays on […]

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GUEST BLOG — Why We Discuss?

GUEST BLOG — Why We Discuss?

I’ve spent the better part of my professional life encouraging people to talk about books, and not just any books, great books. It turns out that these great books are often times difficult books too. Occasionally I get the prickly questions: Why would a bunch of equally ignorant people even […]

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CLASSICAL TRIVIA! — Battle of the Bard

CLASSICAL TRIVIA! — Battle of the Bard

We just can’t get enough Shakespeare at Classical Pursuits! In this latest blog post, Katherine Barber, founding editor-in-chief of the Canadian Oxford Dictionary, has a lively discussion with educator and Travel Pursuits leader extraordinaire Gary Schoepfel about our February 25 email blast on words coined by Shakespeare. Katherine is the […]

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GUEST POST — Gary Schoepfel thanks Ashish for the gift of India

GUEST POST — Gary Schoepfel thanks Ashish for the gift of India

Ashish, you have given us a great and wonder-filled gift: India You have given us India’s sights: • Palaces and mountains, • Lakes and mighty forts, • Tombs and gardens, elephants, Persian wells, and Punjabi suits, • Temples and mustard fields, • Tools to read the heavens and camels, • […]

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TRAVEL PURSUITS – Camino Reflection + AV Memory (by Mssrs. Schoepfel + Marquis)

TRAVEL PURSUITS – Camino Reflection + AV Memory (by Mssrs. Schoepfel + Marquis)

This past fall I took my soul for a stroll. When I set out from León, Spain, with Santiago on my mind, I had no notion of just how much that undefinable part of me wanted to walk. Apparently, it had been whispering to me for some time. Apparently, I […]

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