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Current Schedule


Wednesday, October 13: The Causes of the First World War: New Thoughts on the "Seminal Crisis of the 20th Century"

  • Location: 7:00p at St. Brendan's Inn
  • Moderator: Dr. Mark Karau (History & Humanities, UWGB)

This discussion will look at the causes of the First World War. We will discuss the traditional views of why the war started and who was to blame for it, as well as how those views evolved over the course of the 20th century. The heart of our discussion will examine some newer works that have called those earlier views into question. In the process we will discuss how historians work, using this event as a case study, and how we "revise" what we know about the past. 

Wednesday, November 10: TBD

  • Location: 7:00p at St. Brendan's Inn
  • Moderator: Dr. Craig Ford (Theology and Religious Studies, St. Norbert)
Topic TBD
 

Wednesday, December 8: What is the Meaning of Life in Prison?

  • Location: 7:00p at St. Brendan's Inn
  • Moderator: Dr. Nolan Bennett (Democracy & Justice Studies, UWGB)
Although Americans today are increasingly familiar with the controversy over capital punishment, little attention is paid to what some call “the other death penalty”: life sentences without the possibility of parole. Despite growing calls for prison reform from the right, left, and center, “there has been virtually no public discussion of life imprisonment,” Marc Mauer and Ashley Nellis of The Sentencing Project write. This modern form of punishment presents a number of challenging ethical and political questions: what does it mean to spend a life in prison? What does it mean to be a member of society that condemns others to die in prison? Adding to the challenge of these questions is the complex legal and political status of life sentences in America, where the specific nature of punishment varies greatly from state to state. In this Philosophers’ CafĂ© we’ll wrestle with these enduring issues and others that face the United States and those serving so-called “death-in-prison sentences.”
 

Wednesday, February 9: TBD

  • Location: 7:00p at St. Brendan's Inn
  • Moderator: Dr. Bryan Carr (Communication & Information Sciences, UWGB)
Topic TBD
 

Wednesday, March 9: TBD

  • Location: 7:00p at St. Brendan's Inn
  • Moderator: Dr. Nicholas Mauro (Physics, St. Norbert)
Topic TBD
 

Wednesday, April 13: TBD

  • Location: 7:00p at St. Brendan's Inn
  • Moderator: Dr. Elif Ikizer (Psychology, UWGB)
Topic TBD