MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Faulkner University publicly announced this week the creation of a new Center for Great Books and Human Flourishing on its Montgomery campus.

“Participation in our Great Books Honors Program has long been a high point of many students’ Faulkner experience,” said President Mike Williams. “This new center will operate within Faulkner’s Christian mission to create even more opportunities for all Faulkner students and members of the broader community to take part in this tradition.”

The new center will focus on student programming and public events meant to advance understanding of the good life and the good society. 

“We see a growing need across Alabama and the rest of the country for a renewed appreciation of traditional virtue, civil discourse, good citizenship, and the institutions of civil society that have always been so important in shaping American character,” Williams stated. “The Center for Great Books and Human Flourishing is part of Faulkner’s effort to spread that message in the River Region and beyond.”

Dr. Jason Jewell, the director of the new center, agrees. “We hit the ground running this fall and have several exciting events planned for Faulkner students and others in the community,” he said. “In addition to public lectures by nationally known speakers and student-oriented events like documentary film screenings and intensive discussion colloquia, we expect to offer professional development opportunities for K-12 teachers and resources for local churches interested in community development.”

Already in September the center has helped host a campus visit by Michael Maibach, a former vice-president of Intel. Maibach spoke to more than 100 business majors about how a commercial republic like the United States helps its citizens develop certain virtues.

The Center for Great Books and Human Flourishing is funded entirely by grants and individual donations.

“We recognize and are grateful for the trust placed in us by our donors,” Jewell said. “Our goal is to be good stewards of these resources and seek more partners in this work as we advance Faulkner’s mission through student programming and public engagement.”

Michael Maibach, a former vice-president of Intel, lectures to students.

Michael Maibach, center, stands with l-r Dr. Jason Jewell, Dr. Allen Mendenhall, President Mike Williams and Dr. Grover Plunkett.

The center operates under the supervision of Faulkner’s Vice-President for Academic Affairs. Its Executive Committee is drawn from the College of Arts and Sciences. For more information, contact its director at

COMING UP: On October 8, the center will host a public lecture by Mark David Hall, author of the forthcoming book Did America Have a Christian Founding? The lecture will take place at 2:00 the Lester Chapel in the Harris-Parker buildingat the front of Faulkner’s campus. Montgomery-area residents are welcome to attend. The center will convene a faculty colloquium on the book in January in cooperation with Faulkner’s Institute of Faith and the Academy to discuss its implications for teaching and scholarship.

About Faulkner

Faulkner University is a private, Christian liberal arts university based in Montgomery, Alabama. With a mission to provide an education anchored by not only intellect but also character and service, the Faulkner experience aims to educate the whole person. Serving both traditional and non-traditional students, the university is home to six colleges: the Alabama Christian College of Arts and Sciences, the Harris College of Business and Executive Education, the V.P. Black College of Biblical Studies, the College of Education, Faulkner Law and the new College of Health Sciences. In addition to its main campus in Montgomery, Faulkner operates extension campuses in Birmingham, Huntsville and Mobile and online.

About Faulkner’s Great Books Honors Program

As a long-standing part of Faulkner University, Great Books Honors offers a specific “Honors track” that integrates with each of the University’s undergraduate degree programs. This track’s core is a five-course sequence that features a number of the Great Books of Western culture and engages students in serious, reflective reading. In addition to the Great Books Honors core, each major has a version of two upper-division courses within that major that have been adapted to function within the Honors track requirements. The Great Books Honors program exists to serve some of Faulkner’s many talented students and provide a co-enrollment program in which students from all colleges at Faulkner University may participate. The course of study is designed to encourage students to develop high intellectual standards; engage in Christian, community-shaped thought; and strengthen their critical-thinking skills while growing in their faith toward God.

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Rebecca Burylo

Public Relations and Social Media Manager

Faulkner University



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