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Week Three :: July 10–17

Trust, Society and Democracy

  • Recent work from the Pew Research Center indicates a troubling trend: a growing distrust in the public’s political wisdom when it comes to democratic decisions. This idea — that we no longer even trust each other — is a relatively new phenomenon, and reflects a larger picture of distrust in institutions across the board.
  • How can trust be restored, and what is the role of healthy skepticism? What do we do with institutions that society has declared broken, what must institutions do to rebuild trust with those they serve, and how can we work to regain trust with one another?

Interfaith Lecture Theme :: The Ethical Foundations of a Fully Functioning Society

Socrates and his student Plato entered the discourse on ethics by way of a question that became central in Greek thought and is still relevant today: What is the relation between virtue, excellence of character, and personal and societal happiness? For the flourishing of a society, the Greek philosophers believed in reverence and justice, as well as the objectivity of goodness, as the links for knowing what is good and doing it. In this week we will discern the ethical foundations of a fully functioning society.

  • Tuesday, March 24, 2020 | 01:00pm EDT

    Online Opera Chat: The Mother of Us All

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    Join us for a brief online conversation between General and Artistic Director Steven Osgood and Stage Director Keturah Stickann, as they discuss The Mother of Us All, which will close our 2020 mainstage season on August 1.



    Location: Zoom