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Buy credits and register for upcoming Seminar Courses.

Simple and flexible planning.

We offer a wide range of 4 to 6 week mini-courses every year. Each course is one credit. To ensure maximum flexibility with your schedule, you can simply purchase a bundle of credits and then apply those credits to any course(s) in the upcoming course calendar that are right for your student. 

Upcoming Seminar Courses
1984

1984: Security, Freedom, and the Totalitarian Temptation

Ages 13 - 18

5 Weeks

4 - 5 hours per week

This course dives into George Orwell's "1984," exploring the delicate balance between security and freedom, and how this dystopian narrative resonates with modern societal and political issues. Through critical analysis and discussion, students will engage with the novel's themes, characters, and warnings about the allure and dangers of absolute power.

Summer 2024: 
May 26th - June 28th

Fall 2024:
Sep 8th - Oct 11th


Spring 2025:
March 17th - April 18th

The Alchemist

The Alchemist: Fate or Free Will?

Ages 13 - 18

5 Weeks

4 - 5 hours per week

In this seminar course, students will journey through Paulo Coelho's enchanting narrative, examining the question of destiny and individual choice that guides the protagonist's quest. Through thoughtful analysis and reflective discussions, participants will explore the philosophical underpinnings of the novel, questioning the extent to which our lives are shaped by fate versus the decisions we make.

Summer 2024: 
May 26th - June 28th

Fall 2024:
Sep 8th - Oct 11th


Spring 2025:
March 17th - April 18th

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby: Materialism, Meaning, and The American Dream

Ages 13 - 18

5 Weeks

4 - 5 hours per week

In this course students will explore F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1920s classic, examining the interplay between wealth, personal fulfillment, and the American Dream. The course will dissect the novel's commentary on societal values and the individual pursuit of happiness, exploring the complexities of materialism and identity. Finally, they will connect these ideas to modern society and their own lives within it.

Summer 2024: 
July 7th - August 9th

Fall 2024:
Nov 3rd - Dec 6th


Spring 2025:
March 17th - April 18th

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America 2024: Constructive Dialogue About the Issues Shaping the Nation

Ages 14 - 18

6 Weeks

4 - 5 hours per week

In this course, students will explore with the top issues shaping the 2024 U.S. Election, focusing on topics like healthcare, immigration, economic policy, and climate action. Through a structured series of discussions, participants will cultivate the skills needed for constructive dialogue and critical analysis. The course aims to empower students to understand and articulate diverse political perspectives, fostering an environment where informed decision-making and respectful exchanges lead to a deeper comprehension of the electoral process and its impact on society.

Summer 2024:
Jul 7th - Aug 9th

Fall 2024:
Sep 8th - Oct 18th

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Lord of the Flies: Leadership, Power, and Morality

Ages 13 - 18

5 Weeks

4 - 5 hours per week

In this course, students will explore the dark side of human nature and the societal structures that influence behavior. They will examine the symbolic elements of the novel, the psychological development of the characters, and the moral questions raised by their actions. Students will engage with ideas on the nature of power, leadership, and morality, and how these are shaped by societal expectations and human nature.

Fall 2024:
Sep 8th - Oct 11th

Winter 2025:
Jan 12th - Feb 14th

Frankenstein

Frankenstein: Technological Progress and the A.I. Revolution

Ages 15 - 18

6 Weeks

4 - 5 hours per week

This seminar course offers students a deep dive into Mary Shelley's influential work, examining the ethical implications of scientific advancement and its parallels with A.I. Through critical discussions and analyses, students will explore the timeless questions Shelley poses about creation, responsibility, and the potential consequences of unchecked technological innovation.

Fall 2024:
Nov 3rd - Dec 13th

Winter 2025:
Jan 12th - Feb 21st

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Brave New World: Technology, Happiness and Social Media

Ages 15 - 18

6 Weeks

4 - 5 hours per week

This course will explore a future where human individuality is absorbed into societal efficiency and the illusion of happiness. Students will discuss the use of technology in controlling society, the manipulation of individuals from birth, and the implications of a social hierarchy predetermined by the state. Students will also consider the novel's philosophical questions, including the tension between freedom and control, the role of science and ethics, and the definition of true happiness.

Fall 2024:
Nov 3rd - Dec 13th

Winter 2025:
Jan 12th - Feb 21st

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Global Headlines: Discussing the Ideas and Events Shaping Our World

Ages 15 - 18

6 Weeks

4 - 5 hours per week

Students will dive into current global issues through intensive discussion and analysis. Each week will bring a different focus to understand the social, political, and economic impacts of the events and ideas shaping the world. Students will learn the core skills necessary for constructive dialogue. Students will also consider the influence of media in shaping perceptions, preparing them to navigate and contribute thoughtfully to complex issues.

Fall 2024:
Nov 3rd - Dec 13th

Winter 2025:
Jan 12th - Feb 21st

Teacher PD

Parlay Instructor Summer Course

Middle & High School Teachers

5 Weeks

2 - 3 hours per week

This seminar course empowers teachers to enhance classroom discussions, emphasizing strategies for inclusive engagement and effective feedback. Learn to align discussions with educational philosophies and assess their impact on student learning. Explore how these protocols also align to Common Core Standards for College and Career Readiness.

Early Summer 2024:
May 26th - Jun 28th

Late Summer 2024:
Jul 7th - Aug 9th

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