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College of Arts and Sciences Executive Thinking Program Records

 Collection
Identifier: RG 019-03

Scope and Contents note

The Executive Thinking Program collection includes correspondence, course materials, enrollment lists, Father OBrien's typed and handwritten manuscripts, publicity brochures and newspaper articles. Other materials include audio tapes, What's New In The Schoolhouse (from KOMO radio), Creative Communication by Thomas L. O'Brien, SJ, index cards naming enrolled executives, photographs, speeches, and reports. The bulk of the material cover 1960-1968 when Father O'Brien was director.

Dates

  • 1948-1984
  • Majority of material found within 1958 - 1970

Creator

Conditions Governing Access note

The collection is open for research.

Biographical/Historical note

The Executive Thinking Program, offered at Seattle University from 1958-1968, was directed by Thomas J. O'Brien, SJ chair of the undergraduate Honors Program. The curriculum was patterned after similar seminars offered at Harvard University and in Aspen, Colorado. The program was a non-credit seminar for Seattle area business and professional leaders designed to hone their skills in communication, analyzing complex ideas, and to supplement their knowledge of economics, politics and ethical thought. The annual program emphasized culture and thought over management training skills. The seminar reading list centered on the Great Books, the Jesuit Ratio Studiorum, the Upanishads and Hindu philosophy, the Bible, Plato, Aristotle, St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, Newton, Descartes, Lock, Hegel, Marx and others. Participants engaged in dialogue with an emphasis on active listening to the ideas and opinions of others. The overall goal of the seminar was to promote a deeper understanding of self in order to create a more integrated and purposeful human being. Tuition was paid by firms employing the participants, including Seattle Trust and Savings Bank, Western Gear Corporation, Hydraulic Manufacturing Company, PACCAR, Sicks' Rainier Brewing Company, Overlake Transit Company, John Doyle Bishop Inc., Bell Telephone Company, Puget Sound Power and Light Company, Sears Roebuck, Western Hotels, Seattle First National Bank, and Boeing Airplane Company. When Father O'Brien was reassigned to San Francisco in 1968 the program languished. An initiative to revive the Executive Thinking Program at Seattle University in 1982, under Sister Rosaleen Trainor, CSJ was unsuccessful.

Extent

4 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The Executive Thinking Program, offered at Seattle University from 1958-1968, was a non-credit seminar designed for Seattle area business and professional leaders to hone their skills in communication, analyzing complex ideas, and to supplement their knowledge of economics, politics, and ethical thought. The collection includes correspondence, course materials, enrollment lists, typed and handwritten manuscripts of program director Thomas L. O'Brien, SJ , photographs, publicity brochures, newspaper articles and audio tapes.
Title
Guide to the College of Arts and Sciences Executive Thinking Program Records
Author
Jeff Winter and Mary Linden Sepulveda
Date
2011
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Language of description note
English
Sponsor
Funding for preparing the finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Repository Details

Part of the Seattle University, Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons, Special Collections Repository

Contact:
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Seattle WA 98122-1090 USA