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Arizona State University: One Man’s Freedom: King, Goldwater, and the Battle Over an Idea

October 12, 2022 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Arboretum - Arizona State University

On October 12, 2022, the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership at Arizona State University, a JMC partner program, will host faculty partner Nicholas Buccola to discuss Barry Goldwater and Martin Luther King, Jr.:

What can we learn about the meaning of freedom by thinking about the space between Barry Goldwater and Martin Luther King Jr. (as well as the spaces of overlap)? Listen to an insightful conversation with Linfield University Professor Nick Buccola about their lives and ideas, but also how each man is viewed as a symbol of freedom by his supporters and as an enemy of freedom by their opponents.

Wednesday, October 12, 2022 • 3:30 PM
Coor Conference Room (6631) • Arizona State University

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Nick BuccolaNicholas Buccola is the Elizabeth & Morris Glicksman Chair in Political Science at Linfield College. His teaching and research interests are in political theory and public law. Professor Buccola is the founding director of the Frederick Douglass Forum on Law, Rights, and Justice, a partner program in JMC’s Pacific Northwest Initiative, and has written extensively on the political thought of Frederick Douglass. He has published essays on a wide variety of topics including the debate over same-sex marriage, Friedrich Nietzsche’s critique of socialism, and the political philosophies of Judith Shklar and Leo Strauss. He is a recipient of the Allen and Pat Kelley Faculty Scholar Award, and a two-time recipient of the Samuel Graf Faculty Achievement Award. Professor Buccola is also the book review editor for the JMC supported journal, American Political Thought.

Professor Buccola is a JMC faculty partner.

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The School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership at Arizona State University seeks to introduce a new level of debate over the large questions of life that always arise. These are questions of value: What is the best form of government? The most efficient and just economy? The good life for an individual? And also basic questions of fact and concept: Is science the only kind of knowledge? Does history have a direction and purpose? Is moral choice a fact or delusion? These questions do not have easy answers, and indeed the questions have always been clearer than the answers. As a learning community of faculty and students, the school approaches them in two ways. One way is to look beyond the time and borders of our present society to the great thinkers who have contended for the high status of teachers of humanity, such as Homer, Dante and Shakespeare. The other way of studying the fundamental questions is to look within to American leaders, both intellectual and political, who have inspired us.

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