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Date(s) - Thursday, June 7
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Ojai Library


What are the fundamental principles of our Republic? Are these principles based on a view of objective reality/nature, or simply the “consent of the governed”? Depending on how one addresses the previous question: Are these principles changeable, and if so on what grounds? How should one read the founding documents? What authority does the Executive, Legislative, and Judiciary branches have? What are rights? Are they based on nature or consent? Are they inalienable?

Community members are invited to join in discussions of these founding and subsequent documents in an effort to better understand the principles of our ongoing American experiment. The series will meet on May 3, May 17, June 7, and June 21.

First reading: The Declaration of Independence (download at www.theagorafoundation.org)
Future readings: Selected Federalist Papers, The U.S. Constitution, Dred Scott Decision and Dissenting View (edited), Lincoln Douglass Debates (edited), Letter from Birmingham Jail

Free admission thanks to private donations. Reservations are required and attendees read the scheduled material prior to attending the seminar. Visit www.theagorafoundation.org to register and to download the reading.

The Agora Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit endeavor, providing seminars and other educational opportunities to those who are busy with careers, families, and daily responsibilities yet are seeking to further their education without the commitments a return to school would involve. The goal of these offerings is to provide an understanding of the ideas that shape civilizations and to promote civil discourse on complicated subjects. Generously funded by The Ahmanson Foundation, Southern California Edison, The Shanbrom Family Foundation, and private donations, The Teachers for Lifelong Learning program is an ongoing initiative training high school teachers in this engaging approach to learning, and The Ojai Chautauqua provides panels for a larger community.

Contact: Andy Gilman, greatbooksojai@gmail.com or (805) 231-5974.