Yeshiva University: Thucydides, Populism, & the Liberty of the Ancients

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Straus Center: “Vast Personal Forces: Thucydides, Populism, & the Liberty of the Ancients”


The Straus Center at Yeshiva University, a new JMC partner program, will be holding a virtual lecture with Seth N. Jaffe on what Americans can learn from Thucydides on themes such as populism, democracy, and more.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021 • 4:30 PM EST
A virtual event

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Seth N. Jaffe is Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at John Cabot University in Rome. He received his B.A. from Bowdoin College, his M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, and his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, where he was the inaugural Bloom Fellow in Classical Thought. Jaffe has taught at Bowdoin College and the University of Toronto and is the author of Thucydides on the Outbreak of War: Character and Contest (Oxford University Press 2017).

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The Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought trains Yeshiva University students to be Modern Orthodox intellectual leaders who are well versed in both Torah and the Western canon. Through a combination of unique, interdisciplinary courses taught in collaboration with faculty from across YU, communal events, and publications, the Straus Center seeks to cultivate the intellectual, religious, and civic leaders of tomorrow. The education and guidance our students receive allow them to impact the realms of ideas, politics, journalism, and public affairs at a time when both the West and Judaism find themselves at critical junctures.

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