Friday, November 11, 2011

An Evening with Belmont Univ. Political Science Prof. Nathan Griffith

On November 10th, YAL@VU hosted a dinner discussion entitled “2081: The Year We Become Equal” with Belmont University Political Science Professor Nathan Griffith.

The event began with a showing of “2081,” a short film adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's “Harrison Bergeron,” which depicts a dystopian future in which all people are mandated equal – “handicaps” are placed on the strong, the intelligent, and the beautiful. Following the movie, Griffith's talk focused on the tension between equality and liberty, citing Madison's “Federalist No. 10” and Rousseau's “The Social Contract,” before evolving into a discussion of the definitions of true freedom versus individual freedom.

We had a great turnout for this event. With a few new students in attendance, hopefully our active membership continues to grow as a result. The video of his lecture can be watched below:

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