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Lorraine and Tom Pangle, Co-Directors BAT 2.116, C4100, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-6648

Current Fellows

Junior Fellows Spring 2015 Events

Lunchtime Lecture Series

Fri, January 30, 2015 • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM • PAR 203
John Rumrich
“Liking Milton”

The talk will attempt to contextualize Milton historically--as a critical figure in the way that we who strive for political liberty and self-determination conceive of ourselves--rather than merely as the highly learned poet responsible for a long and intricate religious poem.

Opening Lunch

Tue, February 3, 2015 • 12:30 PM • BAT 5.108

Opening meeting for the Spring Jefferson Junior Fellows and Jefferson Scholars programs. We’ll pick professors for professor lunches and organize outings to cultural events.

Lunchtime Lecture Series

Wed, February 11, 2015 • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM • BAT 5.108
Daniel Burns
"Augustine, Locke, and the American Experiment in Religious Liberty"

When the American founders decided to set up a government that would protect religious liberty, they were influenced by a range of different authors over the centuries who had written on the relationship between religion and politics. Two of these authors were John Locke and St. Augustine, who present sharply contrasting understandings of religious liberty. I argue that understanding the American founding as a practical compromise between the extreme positions of Augustine and Locke can help us appreciate the strength of that compromise, and can also help us understand some of the tensions within the American understanding of religious liberty that are still visible in our political debates today.

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