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First Friday Lectures

These lectures are offered at 12:15 pm on the first Friday of every month in the Claudia Cassidy Theatre at the Chicago Cultural Center, (Michigan Avenue and Randolph Street). See below for a list of the lecture descriptions and to register.

Click a course title to read the course description and register for the course.

Courses

First Friday Lecture Series First Friday: Civil Disobedience and the Intimacy of the Law: Reading Crito and Letter from a Birmingham Jail Together 06/2/2017

BPFFLS | First Friday: Civil Disobedience and the Intimacy of the Law: Reading Crito and Letter from a Birmingham Jail Together

At the end of his Crito, Plato imagines the Laws of Athens addressing Socrates, giving him reasons why he should not break of out jail and avoid execution. This lecture probes not only the content of the Laws’ argument, but also the very notion that the Laws might address us, offering reasons and thereby inviting challenge. This notion suggests that integral to justice is a sort of rational intimacy between the law and its adherents. This account of justice, I argue, is implicit in Martin Luther King’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail, and the upshot of tracing this out is an account of civil disobedience as rooted in the desire not simply for new or others laws, but for a more intimate relationship with law.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Joshua Daniel

Joshua Daniel

Joshua Daniel

Joshua Daniel graduated from the University of Chicago Divinity School in 2013. Since then he has taught religious studies and philosophy courses at various Chicago-area colleges and universities. His area of scholarly interest is philosophical and religious ethics.

Course Code: BPFFLS
Section: 17S3S
Location:
Dates: Jun 02
Tuition: $0.00
Days/Times: Fri
12:15 PM



Online Registration Close Date:

Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

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First Friday Lecture Series First Friday: East Already Met West: The Questions of Menander or when a Greek King converses with a Buddhist monk 08/4/2017

BPFFLS | First Friday: East Already Met West: The Questions of Menander or when a Greek King converses with a Buddhist monk

Description coming soon.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Pierre-Julien Harter

Pierre-Julien Harter

Pierre-Julien Harter

Pierre-Julien Harter received his PhD from the University of Chicago in the philosophy of religions program in 2015. He specializes in Buddhist philosophy in India and Tibet, as well as in Indian philosophy.

Course Code: BPFFLS
Section: 17U1S
Location:
Dates: Aug 04
Tuition: $0.00
Days/Times: Fri
12:15 PM



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Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

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First Friday Lecture Series First Friday: The Content of Our Character: Lessons from Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire 09/1/2017

BPFFLS | First Friday: The Content of Our Character: Lessons from Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

Description coming soon.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Adam Rose

Adam Rose

Adam Rose

Mr. Rose has taught in the Basic Program since 1993, and is a former Staff Chair of the program. He is primarily interested in the ways texts affect human life. He is the recipient of the 2007 Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies Excellence in Teaching Award.

Course Code: BPFFLS
Section: 17U2
Location:
Dates: Sep 01
Tuition: $0.00
Days/Times: Fri
12:15 PM



Online Registration Close Date:

Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

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