Socratic Conversation: Lights! Camera!! Values!!?, with Ron Gross, Thursday, 9/18, 4-5:15pm

Topic: Lights! Camera!! Values!!? How Is Your Character Shaped by the TV, Movies, and Other Media You See?

Have your values been effected by portrayals of good and bad behavior which you’ve experienced via TV dramas, movies, and theater?

At this Conversation we’ll view a stunning array of one-minute real-life incidents designed to inspire us to practice major virtues like Honesty, Grit, Civility, and Commitment.

Do you feel that your ideals are strengthened when you see such enactments in the media? (The Gottesman Libraries is currently designing a Learning Theater on the fourth floor – could such an immersive media environment be used to promote values education?)

Please come to share your experiences with the ways in which inspiring stories, images, and words have shaped your character.

In preparation see the Values.com commercials: Finish Line and Change the World on Vialogues for meaningful discussion on this topic.

Where: 104b Russell

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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.

These highly-participatory conversations with fellow students are moderated by Ronald Gross, author of Socrates' Way and Co-chair of the University Seminar on Innovation in Education.

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