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Primary Texts Certificate

Prof. Laurie M. Johnson
Director, Primary Texts Certificate
c/o Department of Political Science
214 Calvin Hall
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506

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Live Ideas Lecture Series

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The Live Ideas Lecture Series is sponsored by the Primary Texts Certificate and the Redbud Foundation. Speakers in the series will be focusing on primary texts that can inspire us and help us better understand our world. Our series is open to the public. For dates and times of future lectures, please visit this page.

Coming Up: Spring 2021: Prof. Brandon Turner, Clemson University, will speak to us on "Mandeville's Fable of the Bees: Private Vice and Public Virtue in the Age of Twitter," Friday March 27, 3:00 p.m. in Regnier Forum, Regnier Hall.




Fall 2020: Patrick Deneen, "The Crisis of Liberalism and the Way Forward" Live Ideas Lecture Fall 2020

Daniel Kapust, Professor of Political Science at University of Wisconsin-Madison,  "Machiavelli and the Fate of the Imperial Republics."

Fred Neuhouser, Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University, April 19, 2018  "Rousseau and Economic Inequality."


Khalil Habib, November 10, 2017. In our inaugural lecture, Dr. Khalil Habib, Associate Professor, Director of the Pell Honors Program at Salve Regina University, spoke on "Ibn Khaldun and the Golden Age of Islamic Philosophy."