Montesquieu Forum: “On the Importance of a Philosophy of Life: A Conversation with Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn”
On April 8, 2021, the Montesquieu Forum at Roosevelt University will welcome Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn for a virtual lecture on the role of philosophy in our lives.
Thursday, April 8, 2021 • 5:30 PM EDT
A virtual event
Free and open to the public
Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn is a Professor of History and Senior Research Associate at Syracuse University. She focuses on ideas and their intricacy, inner-workings, and importance in the lives of individuals and society, past and present. In addition to modern and contemporary American social, cultural, and intellectual history, she has broader temporal, geographical, and interdisciplinary interests extending back to antiquity, especially philosophy, comparative literature, cultural and media criticism, languages, and classical reception. Her teaching and research integrate specialist and generalist sensibilities and she is in close conversation with scholars in many fields. Professor Lasch-Quinn’s new book, Ars Vitae: The Fate of Inwardness and the Return of the Ancient Arts of Living, explores ideas in ancient Greco-Roman philosophy and modern American culture about how to live. Her earlier books include Black Neighbors: Race and the Limits of Reform in the American Settlement House Movement, 1890-1945 (University of North Carolina; winner of the Berkshire prize), and Race Experts: How Sensitivity Training, Interracial Etiquette, and New Age Therapy Hijacked the Civil Rights Revolution (W. W. Norton; reviewed in the NY Times, London Times, etc.).
The Montesquieu Forum at Roosevelt University, a JMC partner program, advances the study of the classical and European heritage that informed the American Founding.
The Forum supports course work on political philosophy, covering texts from the Bible and such ancient writers as Plato, Cicero, and Plutarch to the early modern writers like Francis Bacon, William Shakespeare, John Locke, and, of course, Baron de Montesquieu.
The Montesquieu Forum also presents an annual series of public lectures and conferences on these topics, hosted mainly on the Roosevelt University campus. It has also hosted three Summer Academies for high school teachers, two high school essay competitions on the Declaration of Independence, and an essay competition and conference for Roosevelt University Honors Students.
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