Conversations
with David Wood

Centennial Professor
of Philosophy,
Vanderbilt University

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Thinking Out
of the Lunchbox

Fall 2002

December 4, 2002

Philosophy and Dreams
Gregg Horowitz,
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Every night, dreams introduce the extraordinary into the texture of ordinary life. Philosophy, for its part, is a way of thinking that tracks the extraordinary in the ordinary. In remaining alert to the strange bedrock of normal experience, philosophy asserts its kinship with dreams.

November 6, 2002

Robber Barons and Muckrakers
Cecelia Tichi,,
William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of English
Two Gilded Ages � of American energy, excess, ambition, greed, robber barons � have prompted a literature which an ambivalent President Theodore Roosevelt called �muckraking.� One century apart � ca. 1900 and ca. 2000, two generations of muckrakers have come forward to diagnose our social ills, but do so with sufficient story-teller's verve that their books have become best sellers.


October 2, 2002

Imagining the Unthinkable: Teaching the Holocaust
Helmut Smith,
Associate Professor of History
The Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities and the Tennessee Holocaust Commission sponsored this interdisciplinary study, the first curriculum to systematically tie the teaching of the Holocaust to the analysis of genocides in Armenia, Bosnia, Kosovo, and Rwanda.

September 4, 2002

Remembering September 11
James Booth,
Professor of Political Science
Remembering 9/11 belongs centrally to the shaping of American national identity and it reflects a moral responsibility to the victims of that terrorist attack.Professor Booth argues that we can expect that "remembering" in a democratic society reflects the diversity and political nature of that community. In the end, remembering is a vital part of what makes us a community.