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Free Community Seminar Series
The first and third Thursdays of each month
Next session is July 5, 2018
The Foundations of Our Republic
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?
Download the July 5th readings – The Federalist Papers 10 – by clicking here. This will not be a lecture or a class. Instead, we will come together as careful readers of the Federalist Papers, avoiding outside resources and references, and through inquiry and conversation come to a considered understanding of the text. The teachers in the room are Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay, and we will do our best to understand their intentions through these historic documents. Free admission thanks to private donations. Reservations are required and attendees read the scheduled material prior to attending each event. (805) 231-5974 for more info.
12:00 – 1:00PM
Declaration of Independence, Selected Federalist Papers, The U.S. Constitution, Dred Scott Decision and Dissenting View (edited), Lincoln Douglass Debates (edited), Letter from Birmingham Jail
The Ojai Library
111 East Ojai Avenue
Ojai, California 93023