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The Meaning of Life: Perspectives from the World's Greatest Intellectual Traditions


Mondays, February 29 - July 18
12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
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Taught by: Dr. Jay L. Garfield 
Facilitated by: Cameron Bove


Facilitated by Cameron Bove, Monday Scholars is a weekly series that meets in the library’s Jamie Gagarin Community Room. The series combines the best of online learning with the best of classroom discussion. Each week, a new lecture topic will be watched and discussed. All participants need to do is come ready to engage their minds and participate in the discussion. Light refreshments will be served. Registration is required.


About the Course:

What is the meaning of life? It’s a question every thoughtful person has pondered at one time or another. It is at once a profound and abstract question, and a deeply personal one. 

We want to understand the world in which we live, but we also want to understand how to make our own lives as meaningful as possible; to know not only why we’re living, but that we’re doing it with intention, purpose, and ethical commitment.

How do we find that meaning, and develop that commitment? How can we grasp why we are here? Or how we should proceed? And to whom, exactly, are we supposed to listen as we shape the path we will walk?

The Meaning of Life: Perspectives from the World’s Great Intellectual Traditions is an invigorating way to begin or to continue your pursuit of these questions. Through the lectures, we will explore various spiritual, religious, and philosophical traditions from both the East and the West. These include looking at Ancient Indian texts including the Bhagavad-Gita, foundational Chinese texts such as the Chuang Tzu, classical Western texts such as Aristotle’s Nichomachean Ethics, modern philosophers such as Immanuel Kant and Friedrich Nietzsche, and more contemporary philosophers such as Mohandas Gandhi and the Dalai Lama.

The Meaning of Life is a course rich in wisdom, including the realization that although a single answer to the question may forever elude you, that elusiveness is no great tragedy. 
 


About the Professor:

Dr. Jay L. Garfield is Doris Silbert Professor in the Humanities, Professor of Philosophy, and director of both the Logic Program and of the Five College Tibetan Studies in India Program at Smith College. Professor Garfield also serves on the faculties of the University of Massachusetts, Melbourne University in Australia, and the Central University of Tibetan Studies in India. He has written numerous scholarly articles and has written or edited, alone and with colleagues, more than 15 books.   

 


  

The Great American Presidents: George Washington & Thomas Jefferson


Mondays, July 25  -  August 22
12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
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Taught by: Dr. Allan J. Lichtman
Facilitated by: Cameron Bove


Facilitated by Cameron Bove, Monday Scholars is a weekly series that meets in the library’s Jamie Gagarin Community Room. The series combines the best of online learning with the best of classroom discussion. Each week, a new lecture topic will be watched and discussed. All participants need to do is come ready to engage their minds and participate in the discussion. Light refreshments will be served. Registration is required.


Over the course of several months, we will examine twelve American Presidents. Come for the entire series or only for sections!


About the Course:

The founders of the American Republic created a new kind of leadership office. It would be a strong and independent president who commanded the armed forces and led the executive branch of government. When the Founding Fathers created it in 1787, the presidency was a radical novelty. That first president would be the first head of state in the world whose authority would rest explicitly on the consent of the governed rather than the prerogatives of birth or conquest. The presidency and its occupants, Professor Lichtman argues, deserve much of the credit for the political stability we have enjoyed for more than 200 years.

We’ll explore how well this radical new way of governing has worked by examining the lives, the achievements, and the legacies of those generally considered our 12 greatest presidents.

Professor Lichtman’s lectures reveal 12 leaders of widely differing backgrounds. They had varying styles, personalities, and beliefs; came from disparate roots; and embraced different approaches to governing. Each had a powerful vision of America and the American promise. Each possessed the qualities that all great presidents seem to share: they had an unsinkable ambition, deep affinity with the American people, and a strong inner core of guiding values and principles. While the formal constitutional authority of the president has changed only modestly since 1787, presidential practice, congressional legislation, and judicial interpretations have altered the powers and role of the presidency enormously.

THE GREAT AMERICAN PRESIDENTS SERIES SCHEDULE

JUL. 25 - AUG. 22:    George Washington & Thomas Jefferson
AUG. 22 - SEP. 26:   Andrew Jackson & James Polk
OCT. 3 - OCT.31:       Abraham Lincoln & Theodore Roosevelt
NOV. 7 - DEC. 5:       Woodrow Wilson & Franklin Roosevelt
DEC. 12 - JAN.9:       Harry S. Truman & John F. Kennedy
JAN.16 - FEB. 6:       Lyndon B. Johnson & Ronald Reagan



About the Professor:

Dr. Allan J. Lichtman is Professor of History at American University in Washington, D.C. and earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University. Professor Lichtman is the recipient of the Scholar-Teacher Award from American University. He is the author or coauthor of six books, including The Thirteen Keys to the Presidency and The Keys to the White House.   

 

 

 


 

 

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