Reason and Power

Winter Break Seminar

Chicago, IL

Saturday, January 4 to

Saturday, January 11, 2020

For students 16 and older

Skills To Change Your Future - And Save Money!

Don’t be one of the millions who take 6 years to graduate college and pay, on average, $40,000 more!

Get a better grip on your education and your future plans by radically strengthening your ability to think and judge for yourself:

Join us for another Great Connections Week-Long Seminar and make the most of your winter break. Gain confidence and skills that will make you exceptional in college or wherever you go next.

Don’t believe you can do that in a week? Hear a Great Connections alum describe its life-changing effects on her.

And do it all while enjoying great camaraderie with fellow students from around the world!

A Faculty Better Than The Ivy League

Learn from “the best that has been thought and said,” from Plato to Machiavelli, Montesquieu to Madison, Ruskin to Rand. These and other great thinkers will help you discover the often-hidden connections between classic principles and contemporary controversies about Reason and Power.

  • Increase your ability to ask questions, crucial for success in life.

  • Become an "ideological detective," discerning hidden assumptions and objective truth.

  • Increase your ability to present facts and arguments with clarity and confidence no matter the subject.

  • Learn to write like a professional with our Socratic Scribbling class led by a former Creative Director of J Walter Thompson.

  • Confront riveting questions about happiness, social pressure, the relation of reason and emotion, and self-understanding.

  • Examine art's power, your own response, and consider what makes something a work of art - not.

Think hard, work hard, and play hard

Experience intensive learning sessions, provocative discussions, and stimulating off-campus events. Enjoy an unusual camaraderie with your fellow students, fostered by the rich environment and your new-found independence.

Discover the exciting and beautiful City of Chicago (recently named again as the best city for travel in the U.S. by CondeNast Travelers).


Seminar opens with a 6 PM dinner, Saturday, January 4th and ends with a party on Saturday, January 11th. You can see our schedule here!

Meet your specially-trained instructors:

All of our instructors are expert in the special methods we use to give you a challenging and enjoyable experience of optimal education. Read about them at this link.

Special Presenter:


Lawrence Borland, M.D.

Specialist in Pediatric Anesthesiology

Lawrence Borland, M.D. is internationally recognized as one of the world’s experts in the care of infants and children for liver transplantation as well as those with problematic and life threatening airway issues. He created and maintained the world’s largest data collection of pediatric anesthesia care and outcomes.

He’ll talk about “Anesthesiology As A Career,” including the knowledge and skills required to practice anesthesiology, the added roles of anesthesiology in patient care, and what kind of personality suits this career. He’ll also discuss the different career approaches of the physician, nurse, and military technician.

Separately, he’ll discuss “STEAM not STEM” The Arts & More”

Educators, parents, government & “society” are pushing for more students to enter STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) careers. We’ll delve into some of the meaningful and often profoundly impactful careers that exist outside of STEM.

The “arts” encompass more varied careers than most people realize. These careers can have an enormous enormous impact on individuals and society.


The Great Connections facility, 11107 S. Longwood Drive, Chicago, directly across from the 111th St. Rock Island Metra stop and a few blocks from the I57 exit at 111th Street.


Available downtown or near the facility. You can find more information here.


$700 which covers all instruction, learning materials, scheduled activities, and two dinners. Limited scholarships available.

Check out more information about the philosophy behind our week-long programs here.

No matter where participants go after our program, this empowering experience will serve them well. The knowledge and skills acquired here could prove to be their most valuable asset in college—and life.