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Philosophy & Religion Progarms

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 - 6:30 p.m. ET

Ever since its appearance around the fifth century B.C., the philosophy of The Art of War has been embraced by leaders of nations, armies, and businesses as an ancient guide to success. Historian Christopher Hamner examines the delights and frustrations of untangling Sun Tzu’s sometimes-opaque aphorisms and explores some of the most famous passages in his masterwork.

Saturday, May 1, 2021 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Early Christianity authority Bart Ehrman explores four questions that continue to intrigue scholars and those who are interested in the history of the Christian tradition.

Thursday, May 13, 2021 - 6:45 p.m. ET

In the 19th century, Transcendentalism emerged as the first major American movement in arts and letters that left a lasting imprint on the nation’s mind and imagination. Richard Capobianco, a professor of philosophy at Stonehill College, examines the major themes of Transcendentalism and their far-reaching influence on American life.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021 - 6:30 p.m. ET

In recent decades it has become acceptable to believe that greed is good and can be a productive force for good. But does the capitalist model for accumulating wealth force us to choose between the useful and the good? Steven M. Emmanuel asserts that the Buddha speaks directly to the benefits and the dangers of wealth acquisition as it pertains to happiness.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021 - 6:45 p.m. ET

There are 1,121 UNESCO World Heritage sites throughout the world. Guided by Justin M. Jacobs, associate professor of history at American University, this series focuses on four of these sites that have suffered grievous damage in recent decades, from Palmyra to the Great Barrier Reef. The session focuses on the Bamiyan Buddhas.

Wednesday, June 9, 2021 - 6:30 p.m. ET

Dead Sea Scrolls scholar Gary Rendsburg describes the discovery of these precious fragments and their influence on the development of both ancient Judaism and early Christianity.