The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Study of Core Texts and Ideas

Jefferson Book Club Meeting: Alexander Solzhenitsyn "A World Split Apart"

Thu, April 15, 2010 | Batts 5.108

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

 In 1978, Soviet dissident Alexander Solzhenitsyn was invited to give the Harvard Commencement address.  He took that opportunity to give his most controversial speech, one that challenged the nation’s vanguard to examine the unquestioned and unquestionable superiority of their common opinions and ideals.  In a discussion of this speech, we will examine the truth and status of Solzhenitsyn’s reflections on courage, freedom, and the future of Western liberalism in the context of a post-Cold War world.  Was Solzhenitsyn correct in his diagnosis of the pathologies of the West?

Please find the address at the following website: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/augustine/arch/solzhenitsyn/harvard1978.html

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