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Upcoming Events

September 12, 2018
The Founding of the American Republic 

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Featuring William B. Allen, Professor of Political Philosophy at Michigan State University
"Conscience: The Basis of Liberty, Character, and Civilization"
Time and Location to be determined

In the beginning, Americans got it right. They did not fall for the false choice between the comfort of the least and the potential of the best, sometimes posed as a choice between the common good and individualism. Instead, the founders envisioned a productive people who were at the same time a caring people. They identified social progress with realizing the potential of the best. Lately social progress tends to be identified with the comfort of the least. As a result, many have turned away from relying upon creative and productive individuals to advance society and first of all look at citizens as wards of the state (the disadvantaged) and secondly as lucky (the advantaged; “you didn't build that”). The problem is, a society can care for the least of its members only when it fosters the productivity of the best of its citizens. An upside down view of praiseworthy character threatens to undermine the foundation of social progress in good character. Good character in turn builds upon conscientious self-reliance.  

This event is the featured lecture of the Institute's highly anticipated "Constitution Week." In the days leading up to Dear's talk, several faculty members of Texas Tech will address the main topic of his lecture with their classes in various departments.


October 4, 2018
The Phi Beta Kappa Society Visiting Scholar Program

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Featuring Jamsheed Choksy, Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Central Eurasian Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington
The Phi Beta Kappa Society Visiting Scholar Program
Time and Location to be Determined

Professor Choksy's writings and lectures explore why human existence is viewed as a struggle between good and evil, and how beliefs and practices shape people's lives and actions. He is a leading authority on the Arab conquest of Iran, Iraq, the Persian Gulf, and Central Asia, the spread of Islam, and the impact of faith on politics, international relations, and security. He is a member of the National Council on the Humanities, and has held fellowships from the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton), National Endowment for the Humanities (Washington, DC), Guggenheim Foundation, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (Stanford), American Philosophical Society, and the American Academy of Religion. His many publications include Conflict and Cooperation: Zoroastrian Subalterns and Muslim Elites in Medieval Iranian Society.


November 12, 2018
The Great War and the World it Made 

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Featuring Jay Winter, Professor of History Emeritus, Yale University
"Great War Week"
Time and Location to be determined

Professor Winter is a specialist on World War I and its impact on the 20th century. In addition to writing and co-authoring numerous books, Dr. Winter was also co-producer and writer of the award-winning PBS/BBC documentary series, The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century.

This event is the featured lecture of the Institute's highly anticipated "Great War Week." In the days leading up to Dear's talk, several faculty members of Texas Tech will address the main topic of his lecture with their classes in various departments.

 


November 27, 2018 

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Featuring Bruce Gilley, Associate Professor of Political Science, Portland State University 

Time and Location to be determined

Dr. Bruce Gilley is an Associate Professor of Political Science. His research centers on democracy, climate change, legitimacy, and global politics. He is a specialist on the comparative politics of China and Asia. More details to come. 

 


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