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Thoughts on Success – Jerod Coker

The Don Quijote Honors College will publish worthwhile and interesting opinions related to intellectual development. The first in this series comes from the highly successful Jerod Coker, who provides advice on the basis for obtaining success. I was asked in an interview recently how I achieved my level of success—which, in the grand scheme of […]

William Shakespeare’s “Troilus and Cressida” – Ben Clark

To the “ever reader,” the “never writer” presents “a new play, never staled with the stage.” It is an unusual introduction to a highly unusual play, Troilus and Cressida. Published six years after it was originally registered, and then placed, uncatalogued and largely unpaginated, between the histories and tragedies in the 1622-23 Folio, Troilus and Cressida came ready-made […]

Richard Feynman’s “The Theory of Gravitation” – Sarah Smith

It’s clear from Feynman’s lectures that he doesn’t just understand physics—he understands humans. As I discussed in my previous essay on Feynman’s “Conservation of Energy,” Feynman lectures for the everyman. Although some basic understanding of algebra is required for comprehension of Feynman’s content, he includes so much humanity that even bibliophiles like myself can “get […]

Miguel de Cervantes’s “Don Quijote de la Mancha” – Dillon Carroll

The Don Quijote Honors College takes inspiration from its namesake, the Castilian classic Don Quijote de La Mancha. The basic story is famous- In the hot, dusty plains of 17th century Spain (think of a landscape remarkably similar to southwest Oklahoma), a gentleman whose obsession with novels of knight errantry results in him losing his […]

Edith Hamilton’s “The Roman Way”: Terence, Plautus, and The Rome of Cicero – William Lonn

In The Roman Way, Edith Hamilton sets out to portray what life, in general, was like within the Roman civilization and, furthermore, the impact Rome has had on the modern Western world.  As you recall, the first two chapters cover how much information about everyday Roman life can be gained from reading the comedies of […]

Mozart’s “Concerto No. 21” – Robert Sparks

When I was a young piano student, one of the things that annoyed me was the fact that none of the music I was learning had an interesting name. Everything was Sonata No. 4, or Etude in G Minor, or some such thing equally unimaginative. That’s why I was so excited whenever my teacher would […]

William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” – Kelsey Kolbe

Shakespeare is believed to have penned Macbeth between 1603 and 1607, during the early years of the reign of James I, the former king of Scotland. It is one of his most powerful, intriguing, and heart-wrenching plays, replete with murder, passion, sorcery, and madness. In his depiction of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, Shakespeare demonstrates the […]