In a now-notorious lawsuit, Abraham Lincoln helped defend a slave owner who sought to recover slaves who had lived in Illinois and been spirited away by a Coles County physician. How should we judge Lincoln’s behavior? The inquiry raises timely, fundamental questions of law, morality, … read more.
Speaker: Dr. Eric Freyfogle
“The Future of Our Countryside” by Dr. Eric Freyfogle
The vast rural landscapes of the Midwest show many signs of decline, environmental, economic, and social, despite the ever-higher crop yields. We’ll review these challenges as a prelude to imagining ways to bring greater health and beauty to these lands … read more.
Oct. 14: “Faith and Public Morality” with Eric Freyfogle
Despite its outward decline, Christianity for centuries has supplied the vocabulary and force for Western public morality. Is there a secular substitute strong enough to keep us together? Joyce Throneburg will be service leader.
The Privatization of Hope with Eric Freyfogle
Hope remains alive in America for individuals striving to get ahead. But what about our longstanding hopes as a social whole, for the continued flourishing of our common good? Eric uses the new book We: Reviving Social Hope as a point … read more.
Dr. Freyfogle, law professor at U of I, returns. “Cultures commonly include key values, hopes, and mental frames that fit together rather poorly; that rub against or even collide with one another. In our tumultuous times, cultural clashes are potent, highly visible, and troubling, if … read more.