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Postponed – Socrates Washington D.C. Salon

2020 Socrates Washington D.C. Salon

This Salon will include an evening reception on April 17 and a full day salon on April 18.

Learning from Lincoln: The Business, Politics, and Art of the Nation’s Greatest Leader

Abraham Lincoln is the nation’s greatest leader and one of its greatest writers and orators. This seminar focuses on Lincoln’s great speeches and public letters. They provide a road map not only for understanding how Lincoln evolved as a leader but for helping us to become better leaders. Lincoln defined leadership as the art of the possible. The methods that distinguished him as a leader are crucial for leaders today. And the critical issues of Lincoln’s time remain the critical issues of our time: the function and limits of government; meanings of freedom and equality; the limits of civil liberties; and the ways in which blacks and/or other minorities alter or transform society or an organization. Each session focuses on a speech or public letter by Lincoln that raises critical issues about a problem both in his time and ours, and that offers ways to address the problem.
Moderated by John Stauffer, Professor of English and African American Studies at Harvard University. 

Friday Evening Reception

If you are unable to attend the seminar, please consider joining us for our opening reception on Friday, April 17 at the Aspen Institute. The reception will include a panel and hors d’oeuvres.

Reception tickets are $35 and attire is business casual. Please purchase a ticket here.

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Fri Apr 17, 2020 - Sat Apr 18, 2020