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The lockdowns of COVID bring new opportunities. Gutenberg College is offering online Zoom classes where the larger Gutenberg community can participate in a new series:

The Gutenberg Dialogues:  An In-depth Look at Tyranny

Gather around a warm fire with a nice cup of tea for conversation and community as we join together to look back at our shared intellectual tradition about rulers gone awry. Yes, you must provide your own fire and your own tea, but together we will discuss a topic on the minds of many: tyranny.  Whether on the Left or Right, it seems as if the threat of tyranny has entered our collective consciousness. But what is tyranny, and what has been said about it?

During the winter and spring quarters, we will meet to discuss the nature and sources of tyranny by looking at various influential authors of our past. A Gutenberg staff person will lecture on a related topic (see below), followed by discussion and a question-and-answer session. Several of the classes may also discuss a very short reading selection assigned prior to class to enrich our understanding. So whether you have a lot to share or just want to listen, gather with us as we all attempt to better understand our times.

Since we are Zooming our community classes this year, we hope friends across the country can join us. To make that more convenient, we are moving our community-class start time a little earlier, to 6:30 p.m., and shortening the lecture time/discussion time to one hour, followed by an additional one-half hour for those who want to continue asking questions. We will also record the lectures (only) and make them available to registered participants who may not be able to attend at the designated time.

Attendee Requirements: All attendees will need to register for instructions about how to join us online. (You can register to attend the series or to attend individual classes.) We will email each session’s reading and virtual classroom link (Zoom) one week before each class. You are not required to participate (just watching is encouraged!), but you must register to attend. The discussions will not be recorded.

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Series Admission
(There is no charge for current Gutenberg students and residents .)

  • Full winter term registration (4 classes + 1 free) – $32.00
  • Full spring term registration (5 classes) – $40.00
  • Both winter & spring terms (all 10 classes) – $63.00

Single-Session Admission

  • Winter Quarter
  •  A Common Fear: Current Perspectives on Tyranny from the Left and Right (Swanson, Jan 13) – $0.00
  •  Tyranny in Greek Thought: Plato and Aristotle (Rinehold, Jan 27) – $10.00
  •  Just Powers: Locke on Legitimate Government (Greco, Feb 10) – $10.00
  •  Tyranny in the Mind of the Founding Fathers of America (Dewberry, Feb 24) – $10.00
  •  The Ecumenical State: Re-reading Rousseau (Greco, March 10) – $10.00
  • Spring Quarter
  • “Oppressors in Their Turn”: The French Revolution and the English Romantics (Alderman, March 31) – $10.00
  •  Tyranny of the Majority and Other Dangers: deTocqueville and Mill (Rinehold, April 14) – $10.00
  •  How Totalitarianism Unites: Hannah Arendt and the Politics of the Twentieth C. (Steeb, April 28) – $10.00
  •  Economic Control and Totalitarianism: A Conversation with Hayek (Swanson, May 12) – $10.00
  •  Tyranny in a Technological Society (Dewberry, May 26) – $10.00