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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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Only Connect:
Reinvigorating American Public Education

Rudy Crew, Madeline Levine and Denise Pope with Deborah Stipek

Saturday, November 15, 2008 | 1:00 – 3:00pm | Kresge Auditorium | Free and Open to All

What are the prospects for public education in America today? What conditions have brought about epidemic rates of depression, anxiety disorders, and substance abuse among both affluent and underprivileged youth? What does leaving no child behind really mean? Join us for a constructive conversation with four leading educators who are addressing current problems and revitalizing our nation’s most important social institution: our public schools.
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An Evening with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Henry Louis "Skip" Gates, Jr. with Claude Steele

Thursday, October 23, 2008 | 7:30–9:00pm | Kresge Auditorium | Free and Open to All

Join us for a wide-ranging conversation with Henry Louis “Skip” Gates, Jr., one of the most influential voices in American academia today. Claude Steele, who has known Professor Gates over the course of his long, pioneering career, will guide an interview that illuminates various dimensions of this leading scholar’s life and work at Harvard, where he served as chair of the Department of African and African American Studies from 1991 to 2006, as a writer for The New Yorker under Tina Brown, as a film and television documentary producer, and as a keen observer of the role of race in American society and politics.
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A Conversation with Naomi Klein:
Disaster Capitalism and the Rise of Democratic Reconstruction

Naomi Klein with Terry Karl

Thursday, October 16, 2008 | 7:30 - 9:00pm | Kresge Auditorium | Free and Open to All

In her latest book, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, journalist Naomi Klein exposes the strategies of powerful people who cash in on chaos and exploit catastrophe to remake our world in their image. But this is not the whole story: popular renewal and repair movements are gaining the strength not only to take back state power but to change the power structures of the state. Join us for a conversation that presents a new paradigm for understanding global politics and celebrates those who continue to work for justice against great odds.
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