2017 Program


The New Jersey Scholars Program 2017

June 25 – July 28

The Great War Era: Cultural Splendor or the Collapse of Civilization?

Between 1900 and 1925 dramatically competing trends developed in the Western and global worlds. Dramatic advances in the sciences, new developments in art and literature and political progress seemed to presage a new epoch of an advancing civilization. Some thinkers even felt that material advances would make us a more virtuous people. Then came he shattering experience of the Great War which developed into a pogrom against humanity on a previously unimaginable scale, leading Isaiah Berlin to characterize the 20th century as, “the most terrible …in Western history.” The Great War would cast a shadow over the rest of the century. Can the splendor and the terror of this era be reconciled? What is the relationship between them, if any? The 2017 New Jersey Scholars Program will explore these issues through the lenses of history/politics, art, literature and science. It can be argued that the conflict between these two trends is still with us today. Our inquiry methods will include scientific analysis, primary source exegesis and formal and contextual analysis of art and architecture, both in an interactive lecture and seminar setting as we investigate these issues in an inter-disciplinary manner.

A crucial part of the magic of the New Jersey Scholars Program (NJSP) derives from the fact that the Scholars live together for five weeks (with one long weekend at home, July 13-16) in one dormitory with each gender residing on separate floors. Together they help each other rise to the challenges posed by NJSP. The camaraderie that develops is extraordinary. With their resident housemaster and assistant housemaster, the Scholars learn to live together, learn together, and laugh together. Athletics provide a useful way to rest the brain and are conveniently accessible at The Lawrenceville School’s athletic facilities — pool, golf course, track, fitness and weight rooms, and tennis, basketball and volleyball courts. Scholars also organize a few off-campus jaunts for a change of pace. The program ends with a graduation ceremony to which all parents and families are invited. 

All in all, the New Jersey Scholars Program offers an extraordinary experience.

Daily Schedule

7:30 a.m.               Breakfast in the Irwin Dining Center where students and faculty will frequently share ideas, announcements and presentations

8:30-10:00 a.m.     Morning lecture for all Scholars and faculty

10:15-11:45 a.m.   Morning seminar session (small groups of Scholars with a faculty member)

12:15 p.m.              Lunch in the Irwin Dining Center

1:30-3:00 p.m.       Afternoon seminar session

Free time               Time for reading, research as well as relaxation and athletics

5:30 p.m.                Dinner in the Irwin Dining Center

There will be occasional evening lectures or films.

Important Dates – 2017

Sunday, June 25          Scholars arrive at their dormitory for registration

Wednesday, July 12   College admissions panel presented by the NJSP Board of Trustees and dinner with the Trustees

Thursday, July 13       Field trip

Thursday, July 13       Scholars’ “Long Weekend At Home” begins after the field trip

Sunday, July 16           Scholars return to NJSP

Saturday, July 22         Arts Festival

Friday, July 28              Graduation ceremony