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Feeding Our Flame: A Campfire Conversation to Fuel Our Resolutions for the New Year 

Happy 2014! Marshmallows-on-sticks to hand, a group of 16 conversationalists gathered in the Socratic circle to fire up the New Year. While books on display focused on themes of gratitude, commitment, and life change, comments on the flip chart sparked thoughts for new beginnings: Better health. Finding three new good friends. Need more income to …

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Love Now, on Valentine’s Day 

"LOVE Now" was the subject of a Socratic Conversation on Valentine's Day, in which a couple of dozen discussants looked at the topic from as many different angles: romantic love, of course, but also love of country, love of family, love of God, love of humanity, and...yes, love of learning! One participant, noting the …

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What Does Progress Mean to You? 

Who can argue with Progress? Everyone, it seemed, at a spirited Socratic Conversation on that subject among a dozen diverse TC students on December 6th. Several of the conversants remarked that their quality of everyday life had declined over the past few years -- attributing war, economy, rising tuition, job scarcity, and recurrence of natural disaster. …

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Laughing Matters! 

Socrates himself found humor so irresistible that he couldn't resist making jokes about his prosecutors and about his Athenian jurors, when he was on trial for his life -- thus getting himself into even more hot water! That observation launched a laugh-filled -- but at times sharply philosophical colloquy -- about humor, at the Socratic Conversation conducted …

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Debriefing Socrates – Money and Values 

Should Money Buy EVERYthing? This was the question which propelled the Socratic Conversation conducted by Ron Gross on June 14th, inspired by the new book on that subject by Harvard professor Michael Sandel. The participants explored the ethical issues raised by such current practices as paying students to get better grades, selling tickets to "free" …

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