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All-College Online Graduate Institute Summer Lecture Series

A series of public lectures and conversations hosted by the Graduate Institute of St. John’s College.

2020 Summer Lecture Series Schedule

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The Idea of the Common Good

Date: Tuesday, July 7, 7:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. MT
Speaker: Seth Appelbaum and David McDonald

The idea of a “common good” had largely faded as a theme of our public discourse until the Age of COVID-19. The notion of a shared good seems fairly uncontroversial when it shows up as a presupposition of public health policy. Beyond the realm of public health, and even in our fragmented and adversarial era, most activists and factions will sooner or later claim that they are working in service of the common good and not simply against their opponents. Does this resurgence of the “common good” in our rhetoric herald an emerging consensus about the goal of politics, or is it a narrow, technical claim made in reaction to a specific emergency situation? How has the common good been understood throughout its long lineage, and what is at stake in the idea now? Join St. John’s tutors Seth Appelbaum and David McDonald for a live conversation on the question of what it might mean to have an ethical aim beyond that of the individual.

Join the July 7 discussion via Zoom:

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Teaching Poetry, Revelation, Mathematics, and Respect for Truth

Date: Wednesday, July 8, 7:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. MT
Speaker: Ted Hadzi-Antich

Alumnus Ted Hadzi-Antich, chair of the political science department and founder of the Great Questions seminar program at Austin Community College in Austin Texas, will talk about how teaching Book 1 of Euclid’s Elements embedded in the study of revealed religious texts and poetry helps cultivate a respect for truth.

Join the July 8 lecture via Zoom.

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