Socratic Conversation & CNY Steering Committee Meeting — July 25

How important is SINCERITY?

Socratic Conversation with Ron Gross
Gottesman Library, Teachers College, Columbia University
525 West 120th St. — 2nd floor

(bet. Broadway and Amsterdam Ave. North side of 120th Street.) (#1 train to 116th St.)
Please bring a photo ID required for entry to the building.
Thursday, July 25, 3:45 – 5:15 pm


Followed by CNY Steering Committee at 5:30


Are YOU Sincere? With Whom? When? How? Why?

What Does It Mean? How Can You Tell?
What Role Should Sincerity Play in…
Professional Life?

Why Is It Valuable? Or Is It Overrated?

There will be a display of relevant books.

Light refreshments will be available.
Coffee and other beverages available downstairs as you enter the building.

OPTIONAL SUGGESTED READING: Sincerity: How a Moral Ideal Born 500
Years Ago Inspired Religious Wars, Modern Art, Hipster Chic, and the

Curious Notion That We All Have Something to Say (No Matter How Dull),
by R. Jay Magill Jr.; Sincerity and Authenticity, by Lionel Trilling.

Inspired by Socrates’ famous conversations with his friends in the marketplace of 5th century Athens, we engage in spirited discussions of ideas and issues. Socrates ended his life with one of the most notable Goodbye’s in history: his famed Apology to his fellow citizens at his trial for treason.

Our 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, and are conducted by Ron Gross, author of Socrates Way
( and co-chair of the University Seminar

on Innovation in Education at Columbia (

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