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Socratic Conversations

Socratic Conversations are workshops of the Institute for the Advancement of the Social Sciences, intended as gymnastics for the brain of its members and guests.  Speakers include faculty, graduate students, and free-floating intellectuals who come to air new ideas, which the audience then discusses.  Unless otherwise indicated, the Socratic Conversations are held in Boston University, 745 Commonwealth Avenue, room STH 625.

Academic Year 2009-2010

Wednesday, March 17, 2010, 6:00-8:00pm
“On Mentalist Sociology”
Eric Malczewski, PhD Candidate UNI 2011
Lecturer, Harvard University
Wednesday, February 24, 2010, 6:00-8:00pm
“Young Adult Literature: Empowering our Daughters?”
Karen Siegemund, PhD UNI 2007
Lecturer, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Academic year 2008-2009

Wednesday, April 15, 2009, 4:00-6:00 pm
“Inventing Prehistory: A social and cultural history of prehistoric archeology in 19th century France”
Dr. Nathalie Richard, University of Paris 1
Tuesday, April 21, 2009, 5:00-7:00 pm
“Au berceau des sciences humaines. Histoire, psychologie, philosophie en France au milieu du XIXe siecle”
Dr. Nathalie Richard, University of Paris 1

Academic Year 2007-2008

Tuesday, November 6, 2007, 7::00-9:00 pm
“On the Origins of Greek Nationalism”Nikolas Prevelakis, Lecturer on Social Studies, Harvard University
Tuesday, November 20, 2007, 3:00 pm, Room, STH B20
“Nationalism and Religion”Jonathan Eastwood, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Washington and Lee University)
Thursday, May 22, 2008, 6:00-8:00 pm
“Intercultural Education in Catalonia (Spain): Approaching a New Social Reality”Dr. Blanca Deusdad, University of Barcelona

Academic year 2006-2007

Friday, October 28, 2006, 6:00-8:0o pm
“Sociological Implications from Psychological Literature in Japan: Ressentiment and Mental Disorder”
Chikako Takeishi (Professor of Sociology, Chuo University, Tokyo)
Wednesday, November 15, 2006, 6:00-8:00 pm
Annie Dillard’s “Total Eclipse”
Eric Malczewski, Ph.D. candidate, UNI, BU

Academic year 2005-2006

Monday, October 24, 2005, 6:00-8:00 pm
“Casuistry and the Cannibals: The Form of Conscience in Robinson Crusoe”
Eric Malczewski, Ph.D. Candidate, UNI, BU
Monday, November 9, 2005, 6:00-8:00 pm
“Some Problems With Benedict Anderson’s Account of Nationalism in Latin America”
Jonathan Eastwood, Lecturer in Social Studies, Harvard University
Friday, January 27, 2006,  6:00-8:00 pm
“Coping With Trauma : Experiences From Beslan”
Vera Brofman, Professor of Psychology, Moscow Pedagogical University
Tuesday, February 28, 2006 5:00-7:00 pm
“‘Serbia Is Rising’ National Dignity and Political Revolution”
Chandler Rosenberger, Lecturer in International Relations, BU
Monday, March 13, 2006, 6:00-8:00 pm
“Reformulating Japanese Cultural Sciences: the Attempt of the American Occupation After World War II”
Chikako Takeishi, Professor of Sociology, Chuo University, Tokyo
Monday, April 24, 2006, 3:00-5:00 pm, Room STH 325
“Balkan Dilemmas: Ethnonationalism, European Integration and the Case of Serbia and Kosovo”
Jacques Rupnik
Visiting Scholar, Center for European Studies and Visiting Professor of Government, Harvard University; Director of Research, Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches Internationales, Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Paris

Academic year 2004-2005

Thursday, September 16, 2004, 7:00-9:00 pm
“Reflections on Kant’s Antinomies”
Liah Greenfeld, University Professor, BU
Thursday, September 30, 2004, 7:00-9:00 pm
“The Cultural Bases of Behavior”
Brad Hudson, Ph.D. Candidate, BU
Thursday, October 14, 2004, 7:00-9:00 pm
“Political Charisma in Western Democraties”
Blanca Deusdad, Fulbright Scholar, Barcelona
Thursday, October 28, 2004, 7:00-9:00 pm
“The Landmark Herodotus”
Robert Strassler, Editor, The Landmark Thucydides: A Comprehensive Guide to the Peloponnesian War
Thursday, November 4, 2004, 7:00-9:00 pm
“The Economic Impact of Nuclear and Biological Terrorism and Defenses Against Them”
Clark Abt, Associate, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University; Chairman, Abt Associates, Inc.
Thursday, December 2 2004, 7:00-9:00 pm
“Globalization in Light of the Franco-American Mergers”
Linda Brownson, Ph.D. Candidate, BU
Thursday, February 24, 2005, 6:00-8:00 pm, Room STH 325
“A Performer’s View of Baroque Music”
Martin Pearlman, Artistic Director, Boston Baroque
Thursday, March 17, 2005, 6:00-8:00 pm, Room STH 325
“What Do Orthodox Monks Have to Say to the Modern World: Father Paisios of Mount Athos”
Fr. Methodios Alexiou, Ph.D., University of Paris-Sorbonne
Thursday, March 31, 2005, 7:00-9:00 pm, Room STH 325
“The Magic of Decadence: Poets Between Ideal and Abyss”
Vlada Brofman, Ph.D. Candidate, UNI, BU
Thursday, April 14, 2005, 7:00-9:00 pm, Room STH 325
“At the Intersection of Computer Science and Social Science: Developing a New Tool for Learning Interconnectedness”
David Barron, B.A. Candidate, UNI, BU
Thursday, April 28, 2005, 7:00-9:00 pm
“What Are Teens Reading and Why?”
Karen Siegemund, Ph.D. Candidate, UNI, BU