St. John’s College tutor David Townsend will give a lecture titled “The Declaration of Independence: Is That Philosophy, or Did You Make It Up Yourself?” at St. John’s College. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Francis Scott Key Auditorium on Friday, September 13 at 8 p.m.
Townsend received his PhD from Harvard and his JD from Yale Law School. He taught at the Cambridge Free School from 1970 to 1972. Townsend was a tutor at St. John’s College in Santa Fe from 1974 to 1984 at which time he joined the faculty at the Annapolis campus. Since 2000, he has served as senior advisor for seminars and as a moderator for the Aspen Institute.
Upcoming Friday Night Lectures:
September 20 “Is Obscenity Obsolete?” by William Braithwaite, St. John’s College tutor
September 27 “Knowing and Ground: A Reading of Hegel’s ‘Phenomenology of Spirit,’” by Matthew Linck, St. John’s College tutor
October 11 “Can Taxes Be Fair? Should They Be?” by William Peirce, professor, Department of Economics, Case Western University
October 18 “In the Wilderness: Moses as Founder and Lawgiver,” by Ronna Burger, professor, Department of Philosophy, Tulane University
October 25 “Aristotle on Friendship and Teaching Philosophy,” by Daniel P. Maher, professor, Department of Philosophy, Assumption College
November 15 “Emancipation Proclamation,” by George Russell, St. John’s College tutor
November 22 “Augustine,” by Michael Brogan, St. John’s College tutor