Education for Citizenship Series:
Loyalty: Virtue or Vice?

Richard T. Ford and Glenn Loury with Eamonn Callan

Wednesday, January 21, 2009 | 7:30 – 9:00pm | Kresge Auditorium | Free and Open to All

This conversation concerns loyalty and the limits to which it might be subject when viewed in particular historical, social, and political contexts. What roles does loyalty play in forming personal and social identities? What are the connections between loyalty, patriotism, and pride? Under what conditions can loyalty be a vice and disloyalty a virtue? Is there greater agreement that disloyalty is a vice than that loyalty is a virtue? With class and racial inequalities remaining deeply embedded in our social, political, and economic structures, what is the place of loyalty in America today?
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Education for Citizenship Series:
Consuming Culture and Greed

David Loy and Juliet Schor with Mark Gonnerman

Wednesday, December 3, 2008 | 7:30 – 9:00pm | Kresge Auditorium | Free and Open to All

GreedThis installment in our Education for Citizenship series on virtues and vices examines greed, a selfish and excessive desire for more than is needed. How much is enough? What enables advertisers to convince citizens to consume more than is reasonable? Are seductive images of comfort, convenience, and sexual stimulation that bombard us in advertising edging out non-market values of care, community, love, and public service? Are market values changing college campuses? Join us for a conversation that casts a critical eye on the effects of greed on individual and collective life.
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Citizens, Neighbors, Strangers, Friends:
What is Citizenship in the 21st Century?

Education for Citizenship Series
Inaugural lecture by Danielle Allen with Josiah Ober, Respondent
Presented with the Stanford Center for Ethics in Society

Thursday, October 2, 2008 | 7:30 - 9:00pm | Kresge Auditorium | Free and Open to All

Danielle AllenIn her book, Talking to Strangers: Anxieties of Citizenship since Brown v. Board of Education, Danielle Allen discusses those sacrifices citizens make to keep democracy working in spite of the vices that often get in the way. One such vice is distrust of the stranger, which is overcome by the deliberate cultivation of what she calls “political friendship,” reaching out to others who appear to be different than ourselves. “To develop a cultural habit of such friendship would," Allen writes, “transform our political world.” In setting the context for our series on virtues and vices with the Center for Ethics, Danielle Allen will suggest ways people in institutions of higher education are prepared to effect this transformation by daring to imagine and act in accord with democratic ideals.

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