America’s Direction: What Values & Whose Interests Should Guide Our Choices? – March 28

America’s Direction:
What Values & Whose Interests Should Guide Our Choices?
A Socratic Conversation with Ron Gross
Columbia University Campus
(between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenues — 116th St. stop on the #1 train)
Thursday, March 28, 3:45 -5:00 pm
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Thank you.

Are you concerned about any of the directions in which America seems to be moving?

  • If so, which ones, and why?
  • What would you like to see happen in response?
  • What values should this nation embody, enact, and promote? Liberty? Democracy? Equality? Justice? Tolerance? Opportunity?

There will be light refreshments and a display of relevant books.

Suggest optional reading: The Idea That Is America, by Anne-Marie Slaughter, Basic Books, 2007

Next session: Thursday, 4/25, Topic:HAPPIER ENDINGS: How Can We Best Handle Exits, Losses, and Farewells — Personal and Professional?

Inspired by Socrates’ famous conversations with his friends in the marketplace of 5th century Athens, we engage in spirited discussions of ideas and issues. Socratic conversations range broadly and probe deeply into the basic challenges of life. They are informed by the latest literature for reference and follow up. While building a sense of community on campus, these meetings enliven the intellectual atmosphere and model dialogue and discussion as modes of inquiry. They are part of a year long series of Socratic Conversations hosted by the Gottesman Libraries.




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