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Tocqueville Project Undergraduate Colloquium
Utopias and Dystopias
September 23, 2017 

Undergraduate students will meet and discuss readings in philosophy and literature, focusing on topics including: Happiness, Suffering, and the Just Society; Equality: Its Pursuit and its Implications; Grand Designs: The Powers and the Dangers of Planning; and Interests and Intelligences.

Colloquium readings include the following texts:

  1. 1)  The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas by Ursula K. LeGuin
    2)  The Experience Machine by Robert Nozick
    3)  What Makes Someone's Life Go Best by Derick Parfit
    4)  Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut
    5)  Selections from Volume 2 of Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville
    6)  August 2026: There Will Come Soft Rains by Ray Bradbury
    7)  Economic Possibilities for Our Grandchildren by JM Keynes
    8)  The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees by E. Lily Yu
    9)  The Unfinished Fable of the Sparrows and other selections from Superintelligence by Nick Bostrom 

Lunch will be provided. All students participating in the colloquium will receive a $100 honorarium courtesy of the Institute of Humane Studies at George Mason University, our partner for the colloquium.

Colloquium participation is open to all UNO undergraduates, but spots are limited. If you're interested in participating, please click here to register: ALL SPOTS ARE NOW TAKEN.

As part of the colloquium, students will also attend two talks, one by Travis Mulroy, Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at Tulane University, and Crawford Crews, Assistant Director of the Tocqueville Project.

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