Drawing on the integrated wisdom of Jefferson and Milton, the Brock Institute for Mega Issues Education aims to develop methods for universities and think-tanks to encourage students to learn on a broad scale in order to understand and respond to the many issues affecting America today.
The Brock Institute will be charged with advancing the growth of holistic, issues-based integrated learning in higher education institutions in Great Britain, Canada and the United States by:
It is the hope of Charles Brock that the Brock Institute for Mega Issues will serve as a catalyst for reconnecting the methods of learning used by Jefferson and Milton with education today to develop a system that will fully encompass the many issues affecting America today.
Reverend Charles Brock, an Erie native, is an Emeritus Fellow, Chaplain, and Director of Ministerial Education, Mansfield College, Oxford, UK, where he taught for 35 years. He currently serves as the Director of the Institute on the American Dream at Penn State Behrend, where he teaches for the politics and religion departments.
Rev. Brock is acting minister of The First Unitarian Universalist Church of Girard, PA and he is a Founding Member of the JES. Rev. Brock will serve as the Director of the Brock Institute for Mega Issues Education at the Jefferson Educational Society.
Mrs. Carolyn Brock is a musician, having conducted five choirs in Oxford for 40 years, and was organist of Mansfield College and Wheatley United Reformed Church. Like Charles’ mother, she is an Oberlin graduate and also received an M.Mus. from New England Conservatory. She has conducted the Erie Renaissance Singers since 2000.
My wife and I are involved with several projects that are wedded to educational outcomes that are issue-based and integrative. The first major project is at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College and is called the Erie Art Metal Fellowship in Integrative Humanities – a major mouthful describing its intention and the old family firm, where the money originated. My mother, Arloween Zurn Brock Knobloch Todd, and the Zurn family have had a long and warm connection with Behrend. Teaching there is a great privilege. Here is a view not far from my office:
The next gift was initiated on February 22 at Mansfield College in Oxford, where I taught for 35 years.
Soaring above Mansfield’s quad and my old office, and overlooking the city of dreaming spires and the home of lost causes, is a statute of John Milton, extraordinary poet, inspiring revolutionary, far-reaching social thinker, and subtle theologian