Auditor Only Series

ASC-001     Speak Freely: Why universities Must defend free speech

Instructor: Keith E. Whittington, Professor, Department of Politics

Description: Freedom of speech is essential to the life of a university and of a liberal democracy, but the purposes and limits of free speech are not always clear. Courts in the United States and across the globe have struggled with the issue, but the proper scope of our tolerance for offensive, hateful, dangerous and disagreeable speech is not merely a concern of judges. In this class, we will consider some of the rationales for protecting and for limiting free speech and the problems of applying free speech principles to particular controversies, with some special consideration of the college campus context.

Each auditor will receive a copy of Speak Freely: Why Universities Must Defend Free Speech by Keith E. Whittington at the first class.

Dates: Friday’s October 26, November 2, 9 & 16, 2018

Time: 10:00 am -11:30 am


ASC-002     The Origins of Martyrdom

Instructor: Brent Shaw, Professor Emeritus, Department of Classics

Description: The figure of the martyr has become one of the most powerful figures of the last decades of the twentieth century and the first decades of the twenty-first. On an almost weekly basis we read or see the shahid or ‘witness’ who sacrifices his or her life, often as a ‘suicide bomber,’ in the support of their beliefs. Without any doubt, the Christian martyr, the forebear of the Islamic shahid, was a powerful public figure in the first centuries of the Christian church. The course will present four ‘takes’ on the creation of the martyr in the historical context of the Roman Empire. We will ask how and why the martyr emerged by considering the historical background to the behavior, the role of repression (‘persecution’) by the Roman state, the nature of human sacrifice, and the way in which historians decode the significance of one famous martyr, Perpetua of Carthage.

Dates: October 12, 19, 26 & November 2, 2018

Time: 2:00 pm -3:30 pm