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Liberal learning organizations across North America host dozens of public seminar discussions, lectures, and conferences and travel opportunities throughout the year. Many are free of charge. Check the calendar below for an event near you!

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January 2017

Rare Works of Art Showcase African American Life on Maryland’s Eastern Shore

This first comprehensive exhibition of artist Ruth Starr Rose (1887-1965) offers a rare glimpse into African American life at the turn of the century on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Many of the subjects are descendants of Frederick Douglass and Harriet Ross Tubman. From the area’s most noted black sail maker, to professional female crab pickers, to heroic soldiers, the portraits speak of self-possessed people who were proud of their station in life. Rose’s subjects are portrayed with a dignity and compassion that is…


St. John’s College — Annapolis and Santa Fe

Great Books Tampa Bay Conference

The nature and manifestations of “madness” will infect the minds of scores of Great Books enthusiasts when the Tampa Bay Great Books Council hosts its 12th Annual Conference at the Hilton St. Petersburg/Bayfront Hotel on January 28-29, 2017! Under the Conference title, “It’s a Mad, Mad World!” attendees will discuss William Shakespeare’s “King Lear,”  Joseph Heller’s “Catch-22,” and Michel Foucault’s essay, “Madness and Civilization.” Click here for more information.  

February 2017

Leader-Reader Workshop 2017

Meet with enthusiastic Great Bookies from around and beyond the Bay area, e.g. San Rafael, Corte Madera, San Francisco, Phoenix, Az., Oakland, and more to come. And, enjoy that increasingly rare commodity: free parking. Bring friends from your discussion group. Bring some sizzle to your discussions. Get everybody on the same page. This workshop is offered just once each year. Now is your chance to improve your reading and leading. Sign up by February 4 to get your materials in…

March 2017

Lecture and Seminar with Gary Saul Morson

LECTURERUSSIAN LESSONS FROM 1917: NOVELISTS AND THE INTELLIGENTSIA THURSDAY, MARCH 16, 7:30 P.M.LAW SCHOOL BUILDING, ROOM 1457 Gary Saul Morson’s lecture is free and open to all.  No advance registration is required.  Light refreshments will be available.  SEMINARTHREE STORIES BY CHEKHOV SATURDAY, MARCH 18, 10:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.LAW SCHOOL BUIILDING, ROOM 2326 Registration for the seminar with Gary Saul Morson is free and open to the public. However, because capacity is limited, advance enrollment is necessary. Enrollment will be…


UCLA Center for Liberal Arts and Free Institutions (CLAFI)

Hegel – Reason in History

We invite you to join us as ponder history in this time of unprecedented political change. “Reason governs the world and has consequently governed its history. In relation to this Reason, which is universal and substantial, in and for itself, all else is subordinate, subservient, and the means for its actualization. Moreover, this Reason is immanent in historical existence and reaches its own perfection in and through this existence.” Saturday, March 18th Schedule:9:30-10:00 – Continental Breakfast 10:00-12:00PM – Seminar One…


The Agora Foundation
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