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Sunday, March 7 • 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Is it worth it? Meditations on National Sacrifice and National Longing

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Pericles Funeral Oration in the Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War describes what is virtuous and worthy of love in Athenian democracy. Together, we will read this text alongside Thucydides’ eviscerating description of the Plague and examine the purpose and fragility of democratic life. We will ask ourselves what about our country is worthy of admiration and sacrifice? What values must we preserve under any and all conditions? Finally, we will turn to Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg address, listening for the echoes of Pericles, and challenge ourselves to describe the value of a government by the people and for the people.


Sunday March 7, 2021 5:00pm - 6:30pm EST