Books that Change the World Seminar

Notre Dame College is proud to present its eighth annual “Books that Change the World” seminar series for the 2015-2016 academic year. Join us for the program offering leaders and aspiring leaders—and anyone with a passion for lifelong learning—the opportunity to meet and discuss a different reading once each month and a common theme for the year.

This year the series will explore A Life Well Lived. Working with esteemed College faculty on our South Euclid, Ohio, campus, participants will seek insight into the moral, social and cultural challenges faced by leaders of the past and present.

To register or for additional information, contact Tina Jurcisin at 216.373.6520 or


A Life Well Lived

Socrates is credited with having made the bold statement: “An unexamined life is not worth living.” Henry David Thoreau wrote in Walden, “the mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation,” and again, “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”

Each of us reaches a point in life—a significant birthday, a major job change or a shift in a key relationship—that moves us to wonder if everything (or maybe anything) we have accomplished thus far has any significance. More specifically, we ponder on whether or not our life has made a difference.

This notion of “A Life Well Lived” is the theme for the 2015-2016 Books that Change the World series. Several books in the series are about individuals who reflect on their lives—for some, a long life, and for others, it is a life that was cut short.

Some of the books are direct reflections on the meaningfulness of life and some are about individuals who confront poor decisions and try to make things right again.


Readings for 2015-2016

September The Road to Character David Brooks
October King Lear William Shakespeare
November Lila Marilynne Robinson
December The Last Days of Socrates;
The Bible: Ecclesiasticus
Plato; Christopher Rowe

Film:  Schindler’s List

February Death Comes for the Archbishop Willa Cather
March            Letters to my Daughter Maya Angelou
April The Last Lecture Randy Pausch



Registration & Relevance

Register now and join us on campus once each month during the academic year to explore the questions like: “What is a well-lived life?” and “How is it measured?” and “How is it defined?”

Seminars anchored in the "great books tradition" draw leaders into thought-provoking analyses of contemporary issues through the medium of timeless literature and are among the most eagerly sought-after personal enrichment and professional development experiences. The ideas, concepts and situations these works present are as relevant to today’s challenges and opportunities as when they were first penned.

The College invites organizational or community leaders, or people who are passionate about great books and lifelong learning, to participate in our annual "Books that Change the World" and join peers in stimulating discussions about fine literature.


July 28
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Thursday July 28, 9:00am
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