04 November 2010

TFAS Book Club

Are you an alumnus or alumna of a program of The Fund for American Studies, in the Washington, DC area, and interested in stimulating discussion of ideas? If so, perhaps you would like to join a new TFAS book club. TFAS will buy the books and is providing food and drink.

Our first meeting took place on October 21. We had a lively--quite lively, in fact!--discussion of William Easterly's White Man's Burden. For our next meeting, we are considering Amity Shlaes's recent bestseller, The Forgotten Man.

If you would like to join, please contact TFAS at alumni@tfas.org. If you have ideas about books to read or days or times to meet, please forward them along too.

We look forward to seeing you there!

1 comment:

vick said...

mr.otteson
i left a comment many moons ago about your book,actual ethics,which i've found i've thought about alot and attempted to pass along. as you can see,i'm not proficient with typing(actually,a big part of the picture is how slowly my two typing fingers move),so i haven't participated much online,despite your warm invitation.also,i didn't want to be one of those people blog hosts probably find irritating because they're always filling airspace but offering little new or intellectually stimulating content.
as it's a new year,i'm going for it anyway,as i realise i'm hurting noone..and may even help.after all,sadly,i have next to proven that much of what fills our media outlets is (dangerously)misleading garbage. more selfishly,as my brain backs up with theories,conclusions,observations,questions,i feel the need to sort it out someone(or more)who appear to be both interested in and well informed about the kinds of things that i see on your blog. i also don't feel so intrusive because,unfortunately,your blog isn't slammed with hits and responses. classical liberalism and more generally,the attempt to suss out the truth about humanity(not merely the cool philosophy du jour regardless of the percent of truth it probably doesn't contain)isn't particularly interesting or important to most people i come in contact with. and this is not anomalous,of course. people who busy themselves with this sort of inquiry are not part of the majority or popular culture,anywhere,anytime,unless they stumble into posthumous fame via the half baked enthusiasms of college students.
sorry..(i am truly backed up and opening the valve selectively,briefly is difficult)why did i choose this section to comment on? to substantiate in one way why i so want to communicate with you or somebody. no,i am not an alumna,but those books caught my eye,because i've read them both and the kind of reading or discussion groups i know about don't do stuff like that. i am a college drop out as i may have told you last time,but i've read zillions of books that i've stumbled on in discount bins,thriftstores,etc. that have helped me make sense of things i observe or have substantiated hypotheses of mine. not wanting to be another purveyor of dangerously erroneous concepts,i've kept going,wanting to prove myself wrong. also much of what i think about things doesn't bode well for our country or world if i'm correct,so i actually want to be found incorrect,but that hasn't happened yet. i thrust "a white man's burden" on my uncle,who,despite his lofty academic pedigree,actually deigns to talk to me. no comment. whenever you have time,maybe you could help me with this situation i'm in as a lone ranger type who wants to put all this thinking and reading to some kind of use.