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Coming Events

One-day seminar tuition is $125 per person. Any contribution above $125 is classified as a tax-deductible donation. Special events have differing tuition. Scholarships are available for teachers and students. Or, become a subscriber in the Community of Lifelong Learners for $40 per month and attend as many events as you would like. Please inquire via email here.

Online Seminar

The Foundations of Our Republic, Take II

April 6, 2020

What are the fundamental principles of our Republic? Are these principles based on a view of objective reality/nature, or simply the "consent of the governed"? Depending on how one addresses the previous question: Are these principles changeable, and if so on what grounds? How should one read the founding documents? What authority does the Executive, Legislative, and Judiciary branches have? What are rights? Are they based on nature or consent? Are they inalienable?

The April 6 reading is -
the Federalist Papers 65 and 66
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Schedule:
5:30 - 6:30PM

 

Readings
Declaration of Independence, The Articles of Confederation, selected Federalist Papers, selected Anti-Federalist Papers, the U.S. Constitution, selections from Democracy in American, Dred Scott Decision and Dissenting View (edited), selected Lincoln speeches, Lincoln Douglass Debates (edited), Plessy v. Ferguson and Dissenting View (edited), Brown v. Board of Education, Letter from Birmingham Jail, Proposed Equal Rights Amendment, UN Declaration of Human Rights

 

Location: 

Online. Register to receive the link. 

Online Seminar

Eastern Classics

Free Community Seminar Series

April 9, 2020

Like the west, the east has its own tradition of influential texts that address the perennial questions of human kind. Centering around the bodies of work from China, Japan, and India, this series will focus on the texts of Taoism, Confucius, Buddhism, and Hinduism. We invite you to join us. 

The April 9 reading is:
Confucius - Analects - Chapters Two and Three

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Schedule:
12:00 - 1:00PM

Location: 

Online. Register to receive the link.

Online Seminar

Film and Text Pairing
The Stranger by Albert Camus
1967 film directed by Luchino Visconti
and starring Marcello Mastroianni
Saturday, April 11, 2020 

Schedule:
12:00 - 2:00PM

 

Tutor

Peter Rainer

Location

Online. Register to receive the link. 

Online Seminar

Series - The Story Within the Story - III
The Arabian Nights (selections)

Reading up to the Seventy-Fifth Night, Page 201
Saturday, April 25, 2020 

Schedule:

12:00-2:00PM

 

Tutors

Roxana Zirakzadeh and Andy Gilman

Location

Online. Register to receive the link.