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The Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy

The Arts and the Culture of Democracy

the clough center for the study of constitutional democracy

 

About this Series

Aristotle suggests that humans are essentially political animals. What does this mean in the 21st century, and what is the role of the arts in exploring and enacting our answers to this question? This series of talks explores the complex relationship between the arts and democracy through conversations among practicing artists and engaged cultural commentators. Through this series we consider such issues as capitalism and the arts as alternative means of establishing value beyond the transactional; discourse and the ability to speak to each other civilly, or at all; the political life of poetry; government by the people in an age of Infotainment; and whether the arts and our public institutions can be structured in ways that support human potential, human capacity and human thriving.

 


Fall 2014 Lectures


 

American Flag

The Arts and the Culture of Democracy »

Thursday, September 11, 2014
6:00 p.m.
Devlin Hall, Room 101

Featuring Edward Hirsch, Fiona Smith (presenting on behalf of James Boyd White), Lawrence Weschler, and Carlo Rotella.



The Political Life of Poetry »

Thursday, November 13, 2014
6:00 p.m.
Devlin Hall, Room 101

Featuring Edward Hirsch, Eavan Boland, and Kevin Young.


Spring 2015 Lectures


 

Newsworthy: New Forms of Journalism, Personal Essay and Public Reflection in an Age of Entertainment »

Thursday, January 22, 2015
6:00 p.m.
Devlin Hall, Room 101

Featuring Edward Hirsch, Jill Lepore, Lawrence Weschler, and Carlo Rotella.