Centre Summer Scholars Program 2017


Centre College invites motivated high school students to apply now for the Centre Summer Scholars Program June 18 through July 1, 2017. The program offers a taste of the Centre experience for rising juniors and seniors who seek an enriching academic and leadership experience.

Apply online now through May 1, 2017.


entre College, a top-50 national liberal arts college, attracts bright, highly motivated students from across the country and around the world; 85 percent of its graduates have studied abroad at least once. Centre is committed to developing global citizens, and the Summer Scholars Program emphasizes global diversity and awareness issues that are critical to any student preparing for higher education.

“The goal of the program is to help young people realize their potential, introduce them to a liberal arts atmosphere, and give them the tools needed to take positive action in improving our world,” says Lee Jefferson, director of the program and NEH associate professor of religion at Centre College. “Centre is committed to producing critical thinkers and responsible leaders,” he adds. “By exposing high school students to the nuances of topics such as cultural diversity and religion, film, and philosophy they will gain some insight into the benefits a liberal arts education provides.”

The intensive, two-week program incorporates informed discussion, field study at area locations, and evening programs that include talks by leaders in their respective fields. Students will live on campus and be integrated into the life of Centre College.

Three tracks of courses are being offered during the program, all of which are interdisciplinary in nature and overlap in order to facilitate discussion and reflection with all students in the program.

Total program cost: $1,500. Summer Scholars Program graduates who matriculate at Centre College will receive a one-time $1,000 scholarship.



For more information, email program director Lee Jefferson (lee.jefferson@centre.edu).


Global Diversity and Cultures

Lee Jefferson, NEH Associate Professor of Religion

In order to be a global citizen, and particularly a leader within that citizenry, one must be aware of the great diversity our society affords. Especially in our current global climate, it is more important than ever to be literate in the cultures and belief systems that our world offers. Students in this track will examine and study religious diversity, including Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, and Judaism within our immediate context, as well as examine cultural diversity through the lens of sustainability, including food. By being immersed in contemporary theories, readings, and through experiential learning, students will be well versed and literate in the global diversity of our contemporary world.

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Puzzles and Paradoxes

Eva Cadavid, Associate Professor of Philosophy

In this course, we will study several paradoxes and puzzles that have been central to philosophy and the attempts to solve them. Some of them are historical and some contemporary.​ Can God make a boulder so big that God can’t lift it? If someone tells you “I am lying,” is she telling you the truth or is she lying? If I lose one hair at a time, at what point am I bald? We will be learning logic and critical thinking as we study these puzzles and more.

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The Art of Watching Movies

Stacey Peebles, NEH Associate Professor of English and Film Studies

On December 26, 1895, Auguste and Louis Lumiè​re premiered what they called “actualities” at a theater in Paris. And the movies were born—flickering images that have moved us, thrilled us, incited us to action, given us visions of ourselves and of things we might never have imagined. We’ll talk about the history of film from the earliest years to the digital revolution; the appeal of genre; film as a global phenomenon; and the many different ways we watch and understand movies today.