by Peter A. Benoliel
Some years ago, I was asked to give a lecture to students enrolled in a small university’s humanities program describing the personal epiphany I experienced which led to my passion for the humanities. Try as I might, I could not think of an isolated, single experience but rather a series of moments that stretch back to my childhood and have “stuck to my ribs” over a lifetime.
A very early memory: perhaps at the age of six or seven, I became mesmerized by Schubert’s “Unfinished Symphony” and repeatedly played it on the phonograph…
by Dr. Gil Greggs, Director of Academic Programs, St. David’s School, Raleigh NC
From readingCrime and Punishment
as a high school senior and the Depression-era masterpiecesAbsalom, Absolom!
andLet Us Now Praise Famous Men
in college, Gil Greggs describes a personal journey of discovery about the ways literature connects readers to the real world.
Later, he describes how the portraits painted by Rembrandt and photographs taken by Richard Avedon help us notice and better appreciate the humanity of the people around us and to perceive hints of their inner lives.