Do you believe in these propositions?

First: The Jews are an exceptional people; Jewish civilization is a treasure for the world; the Jewish state is a heroic achievement.

Second: American self-government—with its cherished principles of religious liberty, a free economy, and strong communities—is a precious inheritance.

Third: The rising generation of American Jews has a responsibility to enter the public arena—inspired by the great thinkers and statesmen of past ages—in order to defend our loftiest ideals and our enlightened interests.

Fourth: Mentors matter: young Jews need models of excellence in politics, education, journalism, religious leadership, law, and business.

The Tikvah-Beren Collegiate Forum is a community of select college students from across North America committed to the Jewish people and their flourishing; dedicated to the preservation of the American project; morally courageous in the face of ideological intolerance; and eager to pursue a serious liberal education. Our members can attend as many events as they like throughout the school year. Some are held in a digital classroom, some are in person. All are of the highest quality. Below you can read about four mini-courses that we are offering in winter/spring 2022.

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Great Essays Sequence III: "Has Technology Abolished Mankind?"

In this four session mini-course, we will examine opposed ways of understanding the relationship between human intelligence and human embodiment. At stake is the question of whether it is coherent to imagine a future where intelligence is “liberated” from the body’s limits. We will explore the pros and cons of putting limits on the technological enterprise. We will conclude with a screening of the recent film "Ex Machina", which will bring many of the courses themes to life, as only science fiction can.

Great Essays Sequence IV: "Sex, Family, and Human Nature,"

In this three session mini-course we will ask the following questions: How important to human flourishing are the biological differences between men and women? How do our sexual appetites relate to our whole psyche? Is the traditional Jewish view of marriage grounded in unchanging facts of nature? In revealed law that must be re-examined as social conditions change? Or merely in social conventions that become outdated and need to be tossed aside or overcome?

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