The webinar will include significant time for questions to the speakers by participants.
In a time of social division, civil unrest, and economic and personal anxiety heightened by the Covid crisis, Robert P. George of Princeton and Cornel West of Harvard return to Bucknell, applying to this turbulent election session lessons from the liberal arts and intellectual and personal friendship on holding together community in America today. West is often regarded as America’s leading socialist intellectual and George as America’s leading social conservative intellectual. Both draw on their Christian faith and love of the liberal arts tradition to find ways to create community across difference. They first came to Bucknell “live” in January 2018 in a program that won great acclaim and was televised on PBS stations, as part of Bucknell’s Martin Luther King week.
Their virtual return is part of the Bucknell Program for American Leadership and Citizenship’s Tucker-Brawley-Ramer Initiative for informed and thoughtful dialogue in the liberal arts tradition. The Initiative is named chronologically for three prominent Bucknell alumni who embodied that goal in their careers: Andrew Gregg Tucker ‘1862, fatally wounded at the Battle of Gettysburg defending American ideals while fighting for the Union; Rev. Edward McKnight Brawley ‘1875 MA ‘1878, whose work in founding institutions of higher education exemplified positive engagement of religious faith with the liberal arts; and George H. Ramer ’50, who bravely died resisting totalitarianism.