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America's Direction: What Values & Whose Interests Should Guide Our Choices?: A Socratic Conversation, with Ron Gross

        Are you concerned about any of the directions in which America seems to be moving?

        • If so, which ones, and why?

        • What would you like to see happen in response?

        • What values should this nation embody, enact, and promote? Liberty? Democracy? Equality? Justice? Tolerance? Opportunity?

        Suggest optional reading: The Idea That Is America, by Anne-Marie Slaughter, Basic Books, 2007

        Where: Second Floor Salon

        Next session: Thursday, 4/25, Topic: Ending Thing: How Can We Best Handle Exits, Losses, and Farewells -- Personal and Professional?

        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.

        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.
        Individuals with disabilities are invited to request reasonable accommodations including, but not limited to sign language interpretation, Braille or large print materials, and a campus map of accessible features. Address these requests to the Office of Access and Services for Individuals with Disabilities at (212) 678-3689,, or Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services at (212) 678-3853 V/TTY.

        • Jennifer Govan
        • 212-678-3022
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