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    Civil Liberties: a Free Online Course Taught by Witherspoon Senior Fellow Robert P. George

    Enroll now in Civil Liberties, an free online course taught by our very own Prof. George. The course begins on September 13 and will run for seven weeks. Sign up here

    About the course

    In this free course, participants will explore the moral basis of controversial claims of civil rights and liberties by carefully considering the evidence and reasons presented by notable thinkers and in groundbreaking Supreme Court opinions.

    We do not seek unanimity of opinion, but rather a deepening of understanding. Whatever your views happen to be—liberal, conservative, whatever—they will be sympathetically explored but also challenged. The goal of the course is not to persuade you to think as anyone else does; rather, it is to encourage and empower you to think about disputed questions of civil rights and liberties more deeply, more critically, and for yourself.

    What you’ll learn

    •  The historical foundations of civil rights and liberties in the United States
    •  How influential philosophers have thought about important civil rights issues
    •  The arguments presented in groundbreaking Supreme Court opinions
    •  How to critically analyze controversial claims to civil rights and liberties
    •  An understanding and respect for those who have differing opinions

    Still not convinced? Watch a video that outlines the course here.



    Fall 2018 Seminar Series

              The Institute is pleased to announce its 2018 Fall Seminar Series sponsored by the Center on the University and Intellectual Life. These seminars form part of the Institute’s efforts to assist the next generation of scholars in reflecting on truly human questions.

              Dr. R.J. Snell will teach two seminars of this series, On Becoming Somebody: Attachment and Responsibility as well as Passion and Freedom: C.S. Lewis and the Abolition of Man, on alternating Fridays, lunch provided.

              José Pérez-Benzo will also teach two seminars of the this series, Heroes and Saints: Myths and Legends and Rhetoric: Living Well and Speaking Well, on alternating Wednesdays, dinner provided.