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.
- What Did You Learn from the Storm?, Thursday, 11/15, 4-5pm
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the largest Atlantic hurricane on record and second only to Katrina in cost, we ask the following questions:
Please join us to share your thoughts, reflections, and experiences.
- What did you learn about yourself?
- What did you learn about those you care about, and who care about you?
- What did you learn about "power"?
- What did you learn about the environment?
- What did you learn about the media?
- What did you learn about how people make decisions, private and public?
- What did you learn about how people learn?
- Progress: What Does It Mean to You?, Thursday, 12/6, 4-5pm
Do you believe that progress is still possible? Where does it come from, and how we can help it happen?
Over the past two decades all of the following indices of our social well-being have trended positively: high school dropout rates, college enrollment, SAT scores, juvenile crime, drunk driving, traffic deaths, infant mortality, life expectancy, workplace injuries, air pollution, divorce, male-female wage equality, voter turnout, charitable giving, per capita GNP, and teen pregnancy - according to futurist Steven Johnson in his new book Future Perfect.
Please come to share your perceptions and insights into where we are headed, and how we should respond. Together, we'll take a fresh reconnaissance of our prospects, as individuals and as members of our diverse communities.
Suggested optional reading: Future Perfect: The Case for Progress in a Networked Age, by Steven Johnson. This book makes the case that a new model of political change is on the rise, transforming everything from local governments to classrooms, from protest movements to health care.
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
. They are part of a year long series of Socratic Conversations
hosted by the Gottesman Libraries.
Where: Second Floor Salon
Next session: Thursday, 1/31, Topic: TBA
Last Updated: 5:53 am, Wednesday, Oct 10 , 2012