Socratic Conversation: Friendship: The Design and the Art of Creating Personal Relationships, with Ron Gross, Thursday, 4/17, 4-5:15pm

Thursday, 4/17, 4-5:15pm


Please come to share our experiences, understanding, and questions, including:
  • What do we really want and need from our friends?
  • Does friendship “just happen” and “grow naturally” – or are there skills and techniques that can be useful?
  • How are our friendships effected by our digital technologies? (Those Facebook “Friends”…) And by our unprecedented professional mobility (changing jobs and sometimes places every few years)?
  • Can and should your Significant Other also be your best friend?
  • What happens when friendships change, falter, or fail?
Optional Reading: Available free on-line: Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics: Book VIII Michael de Montaigne, Of Friendship Other: Jacques Derrida, The Politics of Friendship Steve Duck, Friends, For Life: The Psychology of Personal Relationships Joseph Epstein, Friendship: An Expose Where: Second Floor Next conversation: Thursday, 5/29, Topic TBA -- Socratic conversations this year are part of the project entitled Design and Education: Dialogues on Design Thinking, which includes online video discussion and seminars on designing for the future of libraries and learning spaces. 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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