Three interruptible lectures will set forth the principles and methods of an educational reform movement that picked up speed in the 16th century. 300 years later, a German scholar dubbed the movement Humanismus ‘humanism,’ for at the heart of the movement were the studia humanitatis, five academic disciplines considered vital to the common good and to the reformation of thought, action, and political discourse. The best-known advocate of humanism in England was Thomas More. Among its many illustrious beneficiaries were Yves de Montaigne, William Shakespeare, Francis Bacon, Galileo Galilei, John Milton, and, years later, Thomas Jefferson. Since the early 20th century, the American educational establishment has cynically repudiated this program as unsuitable for the young. Can it be revived?