King’s Student Selected for ISI Honors Program
Program educates, provides mentoring to promising young leaders
NEW YORK, September 1, 2010—Each year, students committed to the ideals of western civilization compete for the Intercollegiate Studies Institute’s Honors Program. This highly selective program identifies fifty of the most promising undergraduates in the nation and immerses them in a year-long mentoring fellowship.
John Hundscheid, a senior studying Politics, Philosophy, and Economics at The King’s College, was selected for the Honors Program this year. Hundscheid has already attended the summer conference, which immerses participants with lectures and debates surrounding the theme—“The Idea of a University.”
“I enjoyed the intellectual interaction with talented faculty and students from across the country,” he said. The conference's lectures resulted in hours of conversation afterwards among those in attendance. Hundscheid said, “there was vigorous discussion of the material presented in the previous lecture that helped to sharpen my thinking on the topic and introduced me to new ways of approaching the issue.”
“At King’s, I’ve been exposed to great ideas. Without that exposure, I never would have been able to enter into the conversation at the conference,” he said.
Hundscheid favorite lecture was by Professor Richard Gamble at Hillsdale College. The lecture asked whether “modern universities are destroying communities by plucking talented students out and then those students never returning,” he said.
This concept challenged his thinking on the university’s “responsibility to the community it serves” rather than being “an institution that exists abstracted from a sense of place.”
Thinking about the university in this frame of mind, Hundscheid tried to make it more concrete in his mind. “I started thinking about the ways The King’s College can serve the community of New York City,” he said, “rather than simply existing in it.”
“Most people probably don't associate New York City with neighborliness, but the city is a bastion of small, strong communities. There are block associations, public parks, small coffee shops, and a plethora of religious communities.”
Hundscheid also recently published an article in Academic Questions, the journal of the National Association of Scholars. Entitled “Raising Cain: The University Student and the Politics of Protest,” he explores the shift in student protests on campus from the sixties until today.
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