Donna 1Colloquia: The 15 Minute Scholar

Join me for the 15 Minute Scholar Colloquia!

These colloquia (classic book discussions) are based on works found in the 1910 Harvard Classics, also known as the Five Foot Bookshelf. The editor of the Harvard Classics is Charles Eliot. He served as President of Harvard University for forty years, from 1869 to 1909. In a speech he delivered to working men he said:


“In my opinion, a five-foot shelf would hold books enough to give a liberal education to any one who would read them with devotion, even if he could spare but fifteen minutes a day for reading.”

What is a liberal education? He was not using liberal in the political sense, but liberal as in generous, broad, and deep; liberal as in liberal arts-the arts designed to help a person be free. 

The publisher P. F. Collier and Sons, heard of Eliot's speeches and challenged Eliot to put together a list of books they called "The Five Foot Bookshelf." When I read the quote suggesting that in as little as 15 minutes a day a person could obtain a liberal education, I must say I was intrigued. Could this really be true? Is it possible to get this kind of education in as little as 15 minutes a day? I thought that would be just wonderful for momculture, wherein a mom pursues increasing her education. This would be great for young scholars. Then I thought it would be great to have a class of busy moms (and others if they want to join us) moving forward with their education in as little as 15 minutes a day and discussing what they are reading once a week. So, I started out on the journey myself and found this approach very doable. This fall, I will offer this journey to you!

The 15 Minute Scholar Colloquia   Coming Soon!  Class Dates TBA

Each month:

  • At the beginning of the month a short podcast or webcast presenting ideas on scholar skills will be emailed to participants. These recordings help moms learn and develop scholar skills they can model and then teach their youth.
  • Monthly Reading List
  • The 15 Minute Scholar is 60-90 minute, online colloquia (discussion), once a month, for nine months. These colloquia are classic book discussions, with group participation, and are not a lecture.