Class #78

Dostoevsky and Solzhenitsyn: Two Great Russians On God & Society

Jim Severance & Les Longden

September 27 - October 3

instructor imageIn this class, you’ll read an excerpt from Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov and Solzhenitsyn's 1978 Harvard commencement speech. The former is one of the great scenes in all of literature, when Christ returns and is put in the dock like a defendant. The latter is a jeremiad directed at western society—a commencement speech like no other!

Both readings are comparatively short. The Grand Inquisitor can be obtained from The Trinity Forum. Call 1-800-585-1070 or go to to order. Solzhenitsyn at Harvard (alternative title: A World Split Apart) can only be gotten in the used book market.

The class will meet from 9:00 to 11:00 each morning and from 3:00 to 5:00 each afternoon.

Jim Severance lives on a farm in southern Wisconsin and is a long-time admirer of Dostoevsky and Solzhenitsyn.

Les Longden is a former pastor, university chaplain, cross country coach, marathon runner, author and professor at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary. Now retired, he enjoys reading and discussing great books and ideas with friends. One of his most frequent conversation partners is Jim Severance.

Jim will contact students prior to class.

Level: All Levels

Pricing (per person):
$1080 Dorm Room Package*
$1180 Two-Person Room Package*
$1770 Single-Person Room Package* (limited availability)
$635 Commuter Package** (limited availability)

*package includes tuition, lodging & 16 meals
**package includes tuition & 7 meals