Posts Tagged 'community'

Murray: ‘A life well lived has transcendent value’

Murray: ‘A life well lived has transcendent value’

When talking about “The Pursuit of Happiness,” it becomes impossible to ignore the differences in happiness from one group of Americans to the next.
In Tuesday and Wednesday’s morning lectures, Robert Putnam and Charles Murray both argued that these differences depend on what social class a person is born into. Their solutions, however, are radically different.

Rawlings: ‘American democracy not derived from Athenians’

Rawlings: ‘American democracy not derived from Athenians’

The prominent figures of Athenian society — Socrates, Aristotle, Plato — are widely considered to be the forerunners of American democracy. But according to Hunter Rawlings, classicist and president of the Association of the American Universities, these giants of history had little influence on Thomas Jefferson and the writing of the Declaration of Independence — and thus little influence on the democracy Americans enjoy today.

Rawlings’ 10:45 a.m. morning lecture in the Amphitheater was preceded by a performance by Bill Barker, a Thomas Jefferson interpreter dressed in full 18th-century regalia, complete with a tri-corner hat.

Dionne: ‘Liberty depends on strong communities, energetic government and a concern for the common good’

Dionne: ‘Liberty depends on strong communities, energetic government and a concern for the common good’

Is immunizing children against disease an investment in human capital? E.J. Dionne believes that it is. But he also believes that immunizing children is a moral issue, not something that should be understood in market language.

“I think distorting language in this way concedes what should not be conceded — that the market represents the one and only proper measure of public action,” he said.

Willett speaks on building art communities at VACI lecture series

Willett speaks on building art communities at VACI lecture series

When Errol Willett took a post as a ceramics instructor at Syracuse University, he and his wife, Jen Gandee, searched for a place to live. They eventually settled on an old hardware store in nearby Fabius, N.Y. The couple purchased the store and converted the second story into an apartment and the first story into a gallery, complete with a community classroom and studio space. Gandee Gallery now represents ceramists from all over the country and also exhibits jewelry, painting and photography.

‘Community’ dinner gives classic potluck dishes a modern kick

‘Community’ dinner gives classic potluck dishes a modern kick

The chef has before his hands two large clear jars that hold pickles suspended in brine. One jar is the classic green hue that denotes a kosher dill pickle, but the other jar sports a red-tinged brine for one of 24-year-old Executive Chef Ross Warhol’s latest concoctions: Frank’s Red Hot Sauce pickles.

The pickles — which Warhol grew in his garden — will be served with handmade hot dogs at Saturday’s sold-out “Community” dinner in the Athenaeum Hotel, where Warhol serves as executive chef. “Community” is the second of a three-part Praxis dinner series that showcases Warhol’s gift for inventive cuisine.

“‘Community’ is an upscale potluck dinner — a potluck-cookout,” Warhol said. “It’s going to be fun, because it’s all going to be food that is recognizable to the guests — it’s simple, but yet it’s going to be the best we can make it.

APYA’s pre-Ramadan dinner celebrates holy month, community

APYA’s pre-Ramadan dinner celebrates holy month, community

Last Thursday, as the rains showered from the sky onto the grounds at Chautauqua, a group of about 30 people warmed the cool night air with conversation and camaraderie as they tucked into a potluck feast on the Alumni Hall porch.

The event, a pre-Ramadan dinner sponsored by the Abrahamic Program for Young Adults, was facilitated by the organization’s coordinators but included participants from all walks of life. The tables, overflowing with samosas, hummus, quinoa, lasagna, macaroni and chocolate cake, reflected the multicultural nature of the dinner’s guests.

The coordinators called the event an Iftar, referring to the meal Muslims have after sunset to break their fast during the month of Ramadan. In the Muslim religion, Ramadan is a month of inner reflection and devotion that includes fasting — abstaining from food, drink and sex — from sunrise to sunset.