5 JAN 2018 • LECTURE
Flaunting It: The Logic of “Conspicuous Consumption” in Veblen’s The Theory of the Leisure Class

On Friday, 5 January 2018 12:15–1:15 pm, I will be giving the Basic Program First Friday Lecture at the Chicago Cultural Center (Michigan Avenue between Randolph and Washington Streets). My topic will be:

Flaunting It:
The Logic of “Conspicuous Consumption” in
Veblen’s The Theory of the Leisure Class

The lecture is free and open to the public.
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1 SEP 2017 • LECTURE
The Content of Our Character: Lessons from Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Volume One

On Friday, 1 September  2017 12:15–1:15 pm, I will be giving the Basic Program First Friday Lecture at the Chicago Cultural Center (Michigan Avenue between Randolph and Washington Streets). My topic will be:

The Content of Our Character:
Lessons from Gibbon’s
Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
Volume One

The lecture is free and open to the public.
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23 MAR 2017 • LECTURE
“A Rich Man Who Dies Rich Dies in Disgrace”: Andrew Carnegie and “The Gospel of Wealth”

On Thursday, 23 March 2017 7:00–8:15 pm, I will be giving a lecture and facilitating a discussion as part of a Discussion Series at Kibbitznest (2212 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60614), a new partner of the Basic Program of Liberal Education for Adults at the University of Chicago. My topic will be:

“A Rich Man Who Dies Rich Dies in Disgrace”:  Andrew Carnegie and “The Gospel of Wealth”

The event is open to the public. Registration information is available from Kibbitznest.
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6 JAN 2017 • LECTURE
Epic of Id, Epic of Superego: A Freudian Reading of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey

On Friday, 6 January 2017 12:15–1:15 pm, I will be giving the Basic Program First Friday Lecture at the Chicago Cultural Center (Michigan Avenue between Randolph and Washington Streets). My topic will be:

Epic of Id, Epic of Superego:
A Freudian Reading of
Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey

The lecture is free and open to the public.
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17 NOV 2016 • LECTURE
Only in Chicago, Only at the University of Chicago: The Basic Program at 70

On Thursday, 17 November  2016, I will be giving a short lecture on the history of the Basic Program as part of the Basic Program 70th Anniversary Celebration at the University of Chicago Gleacher Center (450 N Cityfront Plaza Drive).

My topic will be:

Only in Chicago, Only at the University of Chicago:
The Basic Program at 70

The lecture is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required.
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2 Sep 2016 • LECTURE
Group Therapy with Great Books: On the Remaking of Adults through Lifelong Liberal Re-Education

Basic_Program_Class_1954On Friday, 2 September  2016 12:15–1:15 pm, I will be giving the Basic Program First Friday Lecture at the Chicago Cultural Center (Michigan Avenue between Randolph and Washington Streets). My topic will be:

Group Therapy with Great Books:
On the Remaking of Adults through
Lifelong Liberal Re-Education

The lecture is free and open to the public.
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31 Mar 2016 • LECTURE
“The Holy Trible”: The Hebrew Bible, New Testament and Qur’an as an Abrahamic Trilogy

On Thursday, 31 March  2016 2:30–3:30 pm, I will be speaking at the Center for Life and Learning at the Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago (126 E. Chestnut St., just off North Michigan Avenue). My topic will be:

“The Holy Trible”: The Hebrew Bible, New Testament and Qur’an as an Abrahamic Trilogy

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25 APR 2015 • LECTURE
Bringing the Heroic Home: The Odyssey as Homer’s Guide to Being a Mensch

On Saturday, 25 April 2015, I will be giving a lecture as part of the Basic Program’s Spring Weekend Retreat on Homer’s Odyssey to be held Abbey Resort in Fontana Wisconsin. My topic will be:

Bringing the Heroic Home:
The Odyssey as Homer’s Guide to
Being a Mensch

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