At American U: Arthur Melzer to Speak on Philosophy and Secrecy

Arthur Melzer, professor of political science at Michigan Statue University and author of the sterling new book, Philosophy Between the Lines: the Lost History of Esoteric Writing, will speak at American University’s Political Theory Institute.  See the invitation from Alan Levine, the Institute’s director, below.

Dear Friend,
On behalf of the Political Theory Institute at American University, I am pleased to invite you to our first event of the 2014-15 academic year:

“Philosophy and Secrecy: On The Forgotten Practice of Esoteric Writing”

Arthur Melzer

September 30, 2014, 5:30-7:00 pm, Hughes Formal Lounge

Arthur Melzer is Professor of Political Science at Michigan State University. He is also the co-founder and co-director of the Symposium on Science, Reason, and Modern Democracy, an independent research center housed at Michigan State University.  His writings include: The Natural Goodness of Man: On the System of Rousseau’s Thought (1990), and most recently Philosophy Between the Lines: The Lost History of Esoteric Writing (2014). He has also published articles in several top journals, including the American Political Science Review. He has been awarded research fellowships by the Mellon Foundation, the Institute for Educational Affairs, the Earhart Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is a winner of the MSU Social Science Alumni Outstanding Teaching Award. Melzer received his B.A. from Cornell University and his Ph.D. from Harvard University.

Note: the parking situation has changed. The parking lot bounded by Nebraska, New Mexico, and Massachusetts Avenues, where I previously recommended parking, is under construction and no longer available for parking.

New Parking Directions: There are two possibilities: 1) Park in the underground lot of the Katzen Arts Center, the entrance of which is at the light on Massachusetts Ave immediately north of Ward Circle; 2) enter AU main campus from the Massachusetts Ave entrance. Go through a few stop signs and the road will dip down taking you under a building. At the stop sign at the end of the overhang, make a sharp U-turn to the right which will take you into an indoor parking lot. Both of these lots are free after 5:00 p.m.

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Feel free to pass the invitation along. Everyone is welcome!


Alan Levine