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Fri, Apr 20 at 7 p.m.

Pot and Punishment: Dissecting Marijuana Policy, Mass-Incarceration, and Mental Health

Olio Happy Hour at Strand Bookstore
This talk will explore how far (or not) we’ve come and where we must go to ultimately adopt policies that support, rather than punish and stigmatize marijuana users.


Tue, Apr 24 at 7:30 p.m.

The Problem of Evil

Jeanne Proust at Nowadays
Should we use the term ‘evil’ in our moral, political, and legal discourse and thinking, or is evil an outdated or empty concept which should be abandoned?


Fri, May 4 at 7 p.m.

Wakanda Forever: Rethinking Killmonger as Villain

Makeba Lavan at Strand Bookstore
US founding fathers have always intended for many people to be left out of the social contract. Enter Eric (Killmonger) Stevens, dual citizen of the U.S. and Wakanda and the antagonist of Marvel’s Black Panther.


Fri, May 11 at 8 p.m.

The Myth of Progress: Our Most Violent Fantasy

Jamie Warren at Strand Bookstore
Let us look closely at the myth of historical progress and ask ourselves just how we came to believe that the past exists in service to the future.


Mon, May 14 at 7:30 p.m.

Kafka Will Ruin Your Life and Make You Laugh About It

Geoff Klock at Strong Rope Brewery
Let's get a handle on the guy who Harold Bloom said, alongside Proust and Freud, dominated the 20th century.


Fri, May 18 at 7 p.m.

Wait...Where is the Right to Privacy in the US Constitution, Exactly?

Lawrence Cappello at Strand Bookstore
The Supreme Court has repeatedly insisted that Americans have a constitutional right to privacy because of the spirit behind certain constitutional amendments. It’s a slippery business.


Fri, May 25 at 7 p.m.

Happiness?

Jeanne Proust at Strand Bookstore
There seem to be no objective definition for happiness. We might consider happiness as a universal wish – though without any possible universal agreement on what will cause it.


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