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2014 Flagler College Community Lecture Series

As the nation reflects on the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Flagler College Community Lecture Series will feature scholars and historians who will address the philosophy and history of civil disobedience; the political, sociological and economic impact of civil rights legislation; the current state of human rights in the nation and world; as well as how the struggle for equal rights continues to evolve.

Fall Semester

Dr. Judith Burdan
September 16, 2014
"'A Room of One's Own': Women's Rights and the Architecture of Female Space"

Suggested Reading:
Virginia Woolf, "A Room of One's Own"

Dr. Art Vanden Houten
October 14, 2014
"The Rights of Citizens and The Struggle for the Environment in the Age of Globalization"

Suggested readings:
 “Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil” by Timothy Mitchell
“Politics of Climate Change” by Anthony Giddens

Suggested viewing:
The Warriors of Qiugang: A Chinese Village Fights Back

Dr. Will Miller
November 4, 2014
“Privacy as a Human Right: The Panopticon Becomes Big Brother”

Suggested readings:
Rise of the Private Surveillance State
The Internet is a surveillane state
The Single Best Overview of What the Surveillance State Does With Our Private Data
Surveillance state of confusion
Why Nobody Cares About the Surveillance State
"Discipline and Punish"

Dr. Alan Woolfolk
December 2, 2014
"The Rights Revolution: The Complications of Honor."

Analysts and advocates of civil rights and human rights have all too often ignored the critical importance of honor in both preventing and galvanizing moral revolutions.  Honor codes frequently motivate transgressive actions, yet the human sense of honor can also prevent atrocities.
This lecture will explore the neglected role of honor in successful and unsuccessful moral revolutions, including the rights revolution of our time.

Suggested readings:
Michael Ignatieff, “The Warrior’s Honor,” in The Warrior’s Honor (New York: Metropolitan Books, 1997), pp. 109-163.
Kwame Anthony Appiah, The Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Happen (New York: W.W. Norton, 2010).

Tickets and Event Information

Tickets are $5 per person for a single lecture, or $15 for four lectures. Active military personnel may attend at no charge. Lectures begin at 10 a.m. in the Flagler Room at Flagler College, 74 King St. Reservations are required, but space is limited. The lecture will last approximately one hour and will be followed by a coffee and pastry reception.

Call (904) 826-8617 for reservations or more information.

About the Community Lecture Series

The Flagler College Community Lecture Series was established in 2007 to expose the St. Augustine community to select topics from local experts and Flagler faculty. Previous topics covered:

  • Examining Religion and Culture
  • Environment
  • Global Perspectives
  • Intriguing Careers
  • Music
  • The Hotel Ponce de Leon: From Architectural Marvel to Higher Education

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