“The Impotence of Reason”- Susan Neiman, Philosopher and Director of the Einstein Forum, on Hume´s “Dialogues”

On Monday, 28 February 2005, ECLA´s academic community welcomed Susan Neiman for a guest lecture on Hume´s Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion. Professor Neiman´s talk was part of a two-week theme on Faith and Reason in the Academy Year´s core course in intellectual history. Neiman is author of Evil in Modern Thought: An Alternative History of Philosophy

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ECLA Week Features Guest Lecturers Eduardo Velasquez and Levent Soysal

ECLA Week in Winter Term this year featured guest lecturers Eduardo Velasquez (Washington and Lee University) and Levent Soysal, who has been a regular visitor to ECLA since year-round teaching began in 2002.  Velasquez spoke and led a seminar on the play Copenhagen, while Soysal lectured on immigration cultures in Berlin.  A site visit to the heavily Turkish neighborhoods

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ECLA Alumna Founds Non-Profit Organization to Help Guatemalan Children

Three years ago, Fiamma Rupp-Gembs spent a year in Guatemala volunteering in the garbage dumps of Guatemala City.  In her time there, she recognized a gap in the assistance offered by existing aid programmes in the country: she wished that an organization would be created that would involve more intercultural exchange and communication.  A year later, she founded her own aid

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ECLA Choir Visits Local Children’s Home

Sarah Paleologu, who directs the ECLA Choir, surprised her vocalists this Winter by including some simple  childrens’ songs in the holiday season’s repertoire.  The one-line canons like ‘London’s Burning’, which are based on simple repeated harmonies,  made perfect sense, however, when the choir recently visited Sonnenhof (English: sunny courtyard), a home for children with incurable diseases.  Volunteer workers, children and staff of the

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David Levine’s Performance Class Ends Autumn Term with Production of “Four Seminars”

Finding four rooms full of students discussing labour, acting, and ethics in Kazan’s “On the Waterfront” would not usually surprise a visitor to ECLA.  On Wednesday night, however, the students in the seminars were acting – speaking memorized lines originally said by other students and then transcribed into scripts.  Audience members circulated in and out of the rooms and observed the looped performances,

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