This new organization aims to promote habits of reading and study in nature, art, science, and in secular and sacred literature, in connection with the routine of daily life, (especially among those whose educational advantages have been limited,) so as to secure to them the college student's general outlook upon the world and life, and, to develop the habit of close, connected, persistent thinking.
It proposes to encourage individual study in lines and by text-books which shall be indicated; by local circles for mutual help and encouragement in such studies; by summer courses or lectures and "students' sessions" at Chautauqua, and by written reports and examinations.
3. COURSE OF STUDY.
The course of study prescribed by the C.L.S.C. shall cover a period of four years.
4. ARRANGEMENT OF CLASSES.
Each year's Course of Study will he considered the "First Year" for new pupils, whether it be the first, second, third, or fourth of the four years' course. For example, "the class of 1884," instead of beginning October, 1880, with the same studies which were Pursued in 1879-'80 by "the class of 1883," will fall in with "the class of '83," and take for their first year the second year's course of the '83 class. The first year for the "class of 1883" will thus in due time become the fourth year of the "class of 1884."
5. THE FOUR YEARS' COURSE.
Studies for 1880-'81.
CLASS OF 1883, Second Year. CLASS OF 1884, First Year.
GENERAL HISTORY. (To be published in monthly installments in Chautauquan.)*
ANCIENT BIOGRAPHY: Cyrus to Alexander. Abbott.
CHURCH HISTORY. Dr. Hurst.
HYPATIA: A Story of the Fifth Century. Kingsley.
ANCIENT CLASSICS. (In the Chautauquan.)*
THE ART OF SPEECH: Logic and Rhetoric. Townsend.
THE WORLD OF SCIENCE. Lattimore. (In the Chautauquan.)*
SPECIAL SCIENTIFIC LECTURES. (In the Chautauquan.)*
SHORT STUDIES IN NATURAL THEOLOGY. (In the Chautauquan.)*
THE TONGUE OF FIRE. Arthur.
READINGS FROM STANDARD AUTHORS. (In the Chautauquan.)*
CHAUTAUQUA LIBRARY, NO. 2. English History and Literature, continued.
These books will in due time be on sale by PHILLIPS & HUNT, New York, and HITCHCOCK & WALDEN, Cincinnati.
The Chautauquan and the required books (most of which are small) will cost for this year only about five dollars.
The amount of required reading matter has been reduced for the coming year.
Students who have the leisure may give more time to "Special Studies," and to "Recommended" (but not required) books.
Studies for 1881-'82.
[To be announced.]
Studies for 1882-'83.ENGLISH HISTORY AND LITERATURE.
BIBLE HISTORY AND LITERATURE.
GREEK HISTORY AND LITERATURE.
ASTRONOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY.
Studies for 1883-'84.ROMAN HISTORY AND LITERATURE.
AMERICAN HISTORY AND LITERATURE.
*THE CHAUTAUQUAN Is a magazine to be issued on the first of the month, for ten months of each Chautauqua year, beginning with October, 1880. Each number 48 pages. Price $1.00 a year.
6. INITIATION FEE.
To defray. the expenses of correspondence, monthly reports, etc., an annual fee of fifty cents is required. This amount should be forwarded to Miss K.F. Kimball, Plainfield, N.J. (by New York or Philadelphia draft or P.O. order). Do not send postage stamps if you can possibly avoid it.
7. APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP.
Persons desiring to unite with the C.L.S.C. should forward answers to the following questions to Dr. J.H. Vincent, Plainfield. N.J. The class graduating in 1884, will begin the study of the lessons required, October, 1880.1. Give your name in full.
2. Your post office address--with county and State.
3. Are you married or single?
4. What is your age? Are you between twenty and thirty, or thirty and forty, or forty and fifty, or fifty and sixty, etc.?
5. If married, how many children living under the age of sixteen years?*
6. What is your occupation?
7. With what religious denomination are you connected?
8. Do you, after mature deliberation, resolve to prosecute the four years' course of study presented by the C.L.S.C.?
9. Do you promise to give at least four hours a week, from October 1 to July 1, to the reading and study required by this course?
10. How much more than the time specified do you hope to give to this course of study?
*We ask this question to ascertain the possible future intellectual and moral influence of this "Circle" on your homes.
8. TIME REQUIRED
An average of forty minutes' reading each week-day will enable the student in nine months to complete the books required for the year. More time than this will probably be spent by many persons, and for their accommodation a special course of reading on the same subjects will be indicated. The habit of thinking steadily upon worthy themes during one's secular toil will lighten labor, brighten life, and develop power.
9. SPECIAL COURSES.
Members of the C.L.S.C. may take, in addition to the regular course above described one or more special courses, and pass an examination upon them. A series of special courses in the several departments of study will be in due time announced, and pupils will receive credit and testimonial seals to be appended to their regular diploma, according to the merit of examinations in these supplemental courses.
10. FIRST YEAR.
Persons desiring forms of application and full information concerning the Circle, should address DR. J.H. VINCENT, PLAINFIELD N.J.