Instructor: Avi Bernstein
Sundays, April 13, April 27, May 4, May 11 and May 18
Time: 3:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Location: The Brandeis Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (BOLLI),
60 Turner St., Lower Campus.
Join Brandeis scholar Avi Bernstein and uncover the foundations of Justice Louis D. Brandeis’ modern political tradition. You will discover the Justice’s links to the liberal principles of Founding Father Thomas Jefferson; to the Austro-Hungarian revolution of 1848 and the band of pilgrim-revolutionaries who immigrated to America as a result; and to the distinctive styles of American nationalism minted by Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson. Finally, you will study Justice Brandeis’ strikingly Athenian approach to American political life—with its conception of happiness in terms of human self-realization and its anxiety about a citizenry that might become dominated and enslaved by demagogic politicians and economic elites.
About the faculty: Avi Bernstein is director of the Brandeis Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and an associate of the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life at Brandeis University. He has written on the political philosopher Charles Taylor and taught courses on American pragmatism and on theories of justice. He is currently working on a political interpretation of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novella, The Blithedale Romance.
$250 for 5 sessions
Event Location: Brandeis Univesity
415 South Street, Waltham, Massachusetts, 02453
415 South St
Waltham, MA 02453