Community Seminars are gatherings that bring together students, faculty, staff, and community members throughout the academic year. Our goal is simple: to explore profound ideas and transformative texts through meaningful conversations. These seminars offer a unique space for intellectual growth and connection at your community college.
Our model draws inspiration from the Great Questions Community Seminar at Austin Community College, a beacon of insightful dialogue and shared learning. We have materials for Community Seminars on Plato’s Apology, Sophocles’ Antigone and Dr. King’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail, The Hebrew Bible and Quran, and The Popol Vuh and Rig Veda, including discussion prompts and organizational strategies to support productive discussion among strangers, which we are happy to share with prospective faculty organizers. Please reach out if you are interested in exploring this.
We encourage you to propose your own series of seminars, tailoring them to your institution’s unique needs and interests.
To make your Community Seminars a success, TGQF is here to offer support. Faculty organizers leading at least three seminars at their institution can receive an $800 stipend. Plus, we’ll reimburse you for pre-cleared food and beverage expenses incurred during the sessions you organize. We’re committed to ensuring your seminars thrive.
This opportunity is available to current community college faculty members who teach general education/core curriculum courses at accredited US institutions.
We will accept proposals for Community Seminar support on a rolling basis.
Embarking on this journey is made easier with our ready-made materials for seminars featuring Plato’s Apology, Sophocles’ Antigone, Dr. King’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail, The Hebrew Bible and Quran, and The Popol Vuh and Rig Veda. These materials include discussion prompts and organizational strategies, designed to facilitate productive discussions among participants who may be strangers at the start.
If you’re interested in taking the lead and inspiring meaningful discussions at your institution, reach out to our Executive Director, Ted Hadzi-Antich Jr., at email@example.com. Simply indicate “Community Seminar Inquiry” in the subject line, and Ted will guide you through the process.
Let’s embark on this intellectual adventure together. Join us in creating a space where transformative ideas flourish, and where community members of all backgrounds can ask the great questions that shape our world.