Freshman Voltaire's Coffee: Professor Gleeson presents Ill Fares the Land by Tony Judt
Mon, August 29, 2011 • 7:00 PM
Austin Gleeson, Ill Fares the Land by Tony Judt; August 29.
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In Ill Fares The Land, Tony Judt, one of our leading historians and thinkers, reveals how we have arrived at our present dangerously confused moment.
As the economic collapse of 2008 made clear, the social contract that defined postwar life in Europe and America – the guarantee of a basal level of security, stability and fairness -- is no longer guaranteed; in fact, it’s no longer part of the common discourse. Judt offers the language we need to address our common needs, rejecting the nihilistic individualism of the far right and the debunked socialism of the past. To find a way forward, we must look to our not so distant past and to social democracy in action: to re-enshrining fairness over mere efficiency.
Austin M. Gleeson, professor of physics, received a B.S. in Physics from Drexel Institute of Technology in 1960, an M.S. in Physics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1963 and a Ph.D. in Physics from University of Pennsylvania in 1965. He has been teaching at the university since 1969. He teaches physics to Plan II students each semester, and is a recipient of the Jean Holloway Award for Teaching Excellence.