Socratic Conversation: Home, with Ron Gross, Thursday, 5/29, 4-5:15pm

Thursday, 5/29, 4-5:15pm


Topic: Home: Sharing Our Quests to Find or Design the Place We Need Most
  • What does Home mean to you? (Intimacy? Family? Style? Comfort? Well-Being? Security? Status? And/Or…?)
  • Your First Home – what was most important about it?
  • Where are you now in your quest for your true Home? (Seeking? Creating? Remembering? Questioning?)
  • Escape from Home: Do we need "Third Places" that are neither Home nor Work?
  • Homelessness as a Societal Scourge: Here in the Greater New York area, and among Displaced Persons Worldwide (“Send these, the homeless…to me.”)
  • “Home” as Metaphor: The concept of a national Homeland, Earth as Humanity’s “Home”
Optional Reading: Home: A Short History of an Idea, by Witold Rybczynski Where: 104b Russell Next conversation: Thursday, 7/24, 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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