The concept of intellectual circles is an old one.
In the Spanish tradition they were called tertulias.
The French called them salons.
Every time we gather with friends over dinner and drinks and the conversation turns to what we’ve read or the latest happenings in Washington, DC the tradition is carried on with a modern twist.
Book clubs formalize the idea of intellectual exchange by positing discussion questions.
The university humanities seminar embodies the spirit of intellectual exchange in its home environment. Humanities graduates carry this spirit out into the world.