Voices of Culture Lecture Series

 

The Voices of Culture Lecture Series is an ongoing collaboration between ACII and the Center for the Philosophy of Freedom The series brings high level national speakers to the University of Arizona to address compelling issues within today's cultural environment. 

ERIC GIBSON

"Have We Forgotten How to Look?"

Lecture Description: Among its many revolutions, the digital age has altered our relationship to visual information-- how we take it in and process it, as well as our expectations of it. What are the consequences of this for the experience and understanding of art?

October 29-30, 2018

5:15 pm – ILC 120 – University of Arizona Campus

Eric Gibson is editor of the Leisure & Arts page of The Wall Street Journal. He was formerly the executive editor of ARTnews and art critic for the Washington Times.

Photo Credit: TED2016

ARTHUR BROOKS

"The Art of Happiness"

Lecture Description: How does human happiness change over a lifetime? How can you build a life that results in deep and lasting happiness? Arthur Brooks weaves together prominent works of art, music, poetry, Eastern and Western philosophy, and the latest in the science of human happiness.

January 23, 2019

5:00 pm – Center for Creative Photography Room 108 – University of Arizona Campus

Arthur C. Brooks is an American social scientist, musician, and columnist for The New York Times. He is the president of the American Enterprise Institute.

video to his book Love Your Enemies

Allegory of Good Government (detail) by Ambrogio Lorenzetti, 1338

HARVEY MANSFIELD

"The Value of Free Speech"

Lecture Description: Professor Mansfield discusses the value of free speech, understood as foundational to the right of free speech. Beyond the question of how far the right of free speech extends, we need to consider why free speech is valuable. Is some free speech more valuable than others? Drawing on his seminal works on Machiavelli and Tocqueville, political philosophy, and contemporary politics, Dr. Mansfield makes the case for encouraging a culture of free inquiry both in higher education and in terms of our political discourse in general. 

February 21, 2019

5:00 pm – Kiva Auditorium – University of Arizona Campus

Harvey C. Mansfield is the William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Government at Harvard.

photo credit: ERIK BROWN/The Badger Herald

DANIELLE ALLEN

“Toward a Connected Society: How Can We Support Democracy and Achieve Justice in Conditions of Diversity”

April 3, 2019

5:00 pm – Center for Creative Photography Room 108  – University of Arizona Campus

Danielle Allen is the James Bryant Conant University Professor at Harvard University, and Director of Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics.

 

 

Photo Credit: Center for Political Thought & Leadership

HEATHER MAC DONALD

"Academic Narcissism and the Attack on Humanistic Learning"

Lecture Description: Ms. Mac Donald discusses how, in the face of a radical push for diversity on college campuses, the West’s cultural inheritance remains indispensable to a strong academic curriculum and necessary for a robust cultural education.

February 25, 2018

3:00 PM - Fred Fox School of Music, Room 146 - The University of Arizona

Heather Mac Donald is the Thomas W. Smith Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a contributing editor of City Journal, and a New York Times bestselling author.

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CULTURE AND ART IN A POPULIST AGE

CO-SPONSORED BY THE ETHICS & PUBLIC POLICY CENTER and the AMERICAN CULTURE & IDEAS INITIATIVE at the UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA

Financial support provided by the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation

Date: October 30, 2017

Place: Washington D.C.

This one day conference explores the immediate future of the arts within the dynamic and controversial political environment that has emerged in the wake of the 2016 elections. How does the recent strand of populism affect the arts and humanities moving forward? Are the high arts insulated from the vicissitudes of quotidian life? Or does a populist surge speak directly to the arts in a post-Enlightenment era? Conference participants are uniquely suited to address these questions.

Conference presentations included the following:

Heather Mac DonaldVandals at the Opera House: Identity Politics Comes to the Opera Stage”

Eric Gibson: “Headwinds on the Road to a Democratic Culture”

Roger Scruton: “Why Taste Matters”

Bruce ColeDaniel AsiaConsonance & Dissonance in the Music & Art World

Robert Edward Gordon: “The Value of Art in a Popular Culture”

Aaron Darnell Mobley: “Reflexive or Resistant? The Dialogue of Music and Mind in a Global Popular Culture”

 

THE FUTURE OF (HIGH) CULTURE IN AMERICA

Financial support provided by the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation

Date: March 19-21, 2014

Place: Tuscon, AZ

This three-day conference asked influential artists, writers, musicians, and academics to discuss the current state of affairs of high culture in America and the West. Conference speakers and guests were asked to address a simple but polyvalent question from their own unique perspective as active participants in high culture in the U.S.: Does high culture in America have a future?

Conference Program and Bios