Highlights from the Annual Retreat 2016


Augustine Collective Retreat 2016 - Photo credit: Emily Lau

The 8th annual Augustine Collective Retreat was held in Boston, MA from January 22nd-24th. Nearly 150 students from 18 colleges attended to hear keynote speaker James K. A. Smith (Calvin College) discuss the opportunities their journals have to curate conversations on their campuses.

Here’s what several participants had to say:

“[One key idea] I’ll take away from the retreat is that intellectual engagement can be done in a way that is faithful to Christ and also rewarding to culture.” –Cornell ’16

“[The conference gave me] a vision for what journals can be and their place in an academic community. The conference also pushed me to examine my own creative and scholarly trajectory, to see new possibilities for the future, and to seek God on these issues.” –Wheaton ’16

“[My takeaways are] a better understanding of the role Cornerstone should play on Brown’s campus, a deeper sense of fellowship among staff, and a clearer definition of my role within the magazine.” –Brown ’17

“There’s a great need for the kind of intellectual engagement provided by a magazine, and also great resources to make it happen.” –Penn ’18

“There are so many things to learn and draw upon from the Christian tradition of thinking. I am excited to read deeply and widely, and I am thankful that the retreat sparked my imagination again.” –Cornell ’16

Retreat Materials

The Art and Science of Editing with Fare Forward’s Charlie Clark
  • • The Art and Science of Editing (slides)
Diagnosing the Questions on Your Campus with Justin Hawkins
Effective Design: Journal Layout and Aesthetics with Inez Tan
  • • Effective Design: Journal Layout and Aesthetics (slides) (pdf) (pptx)
Schedule and More

Participating Schools

Students from:

Students also from:

  • • University of Penn
  • • Washington University
  • • Wesleyan College
  • • Vanderbilt College
  • • Johns Hopkins University
  • • University of Minnesota
  • • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • • Boston University


Photos by Emily Lau, Emily Jang, and the Augustine Collective.