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College of Professional and Continuing Studies Feaver-MacMinn Seminar
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About the Feaver-MacMinn Seminar

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Exceptional teachers have certain qualities: curiosity, openness, expressiveness, and approach ideas from multiple perspectives and have a capacity for surprise. Such teachers continue to question their own positions, are enthusiastic about learning, and enjoy sharing. 

Clayton Feaver asked questions impossible to answer without extended thought. With his unexpected and playful approach to discussions, ideas unfolded naturally as students gained in comprehension. 

As Dean of Students, Paul MacMinn was a compassionate and steadfast champion of students. He integrated university housing for black students and did so without major incidents on campus - clearly a tribute to his understanding and sensitivity, Feaver-MacMinn, and the College of Professional and Continuing Studies.

After graduating in 1956, McDonald earned a law degree at Georgetown University and built a successful law practice in Washington D.C. Aware of the College of Professional and Continuing Studies as a provider of nontraditional interdisciplinary education, Brad McDonald began in 1984 to endow an annual seminar at the college honoring these two extraordinary teachers.

The function of the Feaver-MacMinn program is to provide interdisciplinary perspectives on human values in disciplines such as humanistic psychology, philosophy, and ethics, and to allow students to grow intellectually while exploring these fields. 

During the Feaver-MacMinn Seminar, students, visiting scholar, and host professor explore a topic in an intensive, five-day format. The host professor and students meet on two Saturday mornings for discussion before the seminar begins. In a post-seminar assignment, students write on the seminar topic, often in relation to their academic major. 

There is also the Feaver-MacMinn public lecture on a related topic open to the campus and community. 

The College of Liberal Studies' innovative interdisciplinary programs have evolved to respond to a changing educational environment. Starting with independent study and campus seminars, it has become a leader in online education nationally and internationally.