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Madison Vision Series: Christopher Phillips

Wed, 30 Apr 2014 3:30 PM - 4:29 PM

3:30 p.m.
Grafton-Stovall Theatre

The Office of the President, in conjunction with the Madison Institutes of JMU’s department of Outreach and Engagement, welcomes Christopher Philips; a foremost specialist in the Socratic Method, who reminds us that we ought to ask questions – “not about any chance question,” as Socrates put it in Plato’s Republic, “but about the way one should live.”  Dr. Phillips is the recipient of the Distinguished American Leadership Award and, most recently a Senior Fellow with the Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing at the University of Pennsylvania. Phillips has inaugurated Socrates Cafe, Constitution Café and Spirit of ’76 Café dialogue projects. These groups are not just about good conversation; “It’s grass-roots democracy,” as Phillips told Time magazine. “It’s only in a group setting that people can hash out their ideas about how we should act not just as an individual but as a society.”

Dr. Phillips will serve as the sixth and final speaker in the Madison Vision Series inaugural year.

This event is free and open to the public.