Conversations are not things that happen in the grocery store or over text message. They are lively affairs that emerge from an unrelenting pursuit of truth between passionate persons committed to intellectual communion with others. They can be fiery, inspirational, or frightening. They can be funny or somber.
Our article discussion group is a space where we meet to engage friends in a vigorous combat of ideas. It is fun, it is solemn, and it is all about sharing worlds with each other. Michael Oakeshott put it well, “As with children, who are great conversationalists, the playfulness is serious and the seriousness in the end is only play.”
(Michael Oakeshott, “The Voice of Poetry in the Conversation of Mankind” from Rationalism in Politics)
In order to maintain intimate, lively conversations, this event is RSVP only. If you’re interested in joining us, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- October 2017: “The Dying Art of Disagreement” by Bret Stephens
- September 2017: “Why even driving through suburbia is soul crushing” by Alex Balashov
- August 2017: “The most forward-thinking, future-proof college in America teaches every student the exact same stuff” by Peter Marber
- July 2017: “What Makes Call-Out Culture So Toxic” by Asam Ahmad
- June 2017: “Do Students Still Have Free Speech in School?” by David Wheeler
- May 2017: “The future of the open internet — and our way of life — is in your hands” by Quincy Larson
- April 2017: “Not Leadership Material? Good. The World Needs Followers.” by Susan Cain
- March 2017: “Self-Driving Cars Will Make Organ Shortages Even Worse” by Ian Adams and Anne Hobson
- February 2017: “Watching A Brown ‘Hamilton’ With A White Audience” by Gene Demby
- January 2017: “Can I Go to Great Books Camp?” by Molly Worthen.
- November 2016: A video, “Humans Need Not Apply,” complimented by the article, “The Singularity is Near” by Ray Kurzweil
- October 2016: “Get off the treadmill: the art of living well in the age of plenty” by Mark Greif
- September 2016: “Welcome to Airspace: How Silicon Valley helps spread the same sterile aesthetic across the world” by Kyle Chayka
Want to read more with your local creative community? The Hearth Book Club meets the fourth Wednesday of every month from 7:00-8:30 pm at Arts at the Armory. Check our book club list to see what we’re reading next and support your local bookstore by buying your copy at Porter Square Books!