If there is one aspect of EverScholar that has (pleasantly) surprised its originators, and has marked this as a vitally important part of our scholars’ future, it is the wonderful community – of alumni and faculty – that it has spawned.   The best way to understand this is to hear from the community members.  Watch and listen to Harry Pinson, as he describes his feelings as he approached the end of his first program:

We arrive at a EverScholar program having poured ourselves into sometimes difficult reading in the months before; perhaps a bit uncertain “if we’ve still got it” in class with our fellow scholars.  We find, somewhat surprisingly, that this shared challenge offers us an immediate commonality.  As we go through the week, sharing discovery, wonder, laughter, and mutual respect, that shared challenge becomes a bond.

At EverScholar we share a new experience, a new challenge, with new people – and we have all this in common. We share a love of the truth, of discovery, of the hard work that must be done to really learn – and which we never have the chance to do in our daily lives.  To do this in the greatest settings ever created for this – the academic world – breeds the EverScholar community.

EverScholar participants grab this bond and made it stick.  We join the EverScholar private Google Group, where alumni and faculty from all our courses join in an ongoing discussion – of everything, from the latest campus trends to Vladimir Putin to a Renaissance painting recently seen, to a grandchild newly born.

Click here for a sample of just one of the thousands of discussions that has gone on.

In New York City, EverScholar participants have a monthly lunch.  In Paris, visiting alumni stop at the home of one of our 4-time attendees.  In Turkey, several alumni joined Professor Jay Winter on a tour of the Gallipoli battlefield (along with Ephesus and more).  This just skims the surface.

So the connection, the community, is so much more than dinners together. Listen to Andy Lipka on the depth of the bond:

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