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Ross M. Lence Dinner & Dialogues

2019 Ross M. Lence Dinner & Dialogues

"Aristocracy and Democracy in Huckleberry Finn"
Dr. Jeffrey Church
Friday, October 18, 2019
Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion

5:45 p.m. Cocktail Reception and Silent Auction
7:00 p.m. Welcome
7:10 p.m. "Aristocracy and Democracy in Huckleberry Finn"
7:30 p.m. Dinner and Conversation
8:30 p.m. Reflections on "The Good Doctor"
Tickets to the dinner are $25 per person.
(not tax-deductible)
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Jeffrey Church is the Ross M. Lence Distinguished Teaching Chair in the Department of Political Science and the Honors College at the University of Houston. He is a political theorist whose research area is the history of modern political thought, with emphasis in continental thought from Jean-Jacques Rousseau through Friedrich Nietzsche. His work examines the reflections of past philosophers on freedom, individuality, education, and culture, and shows how these reflections can inform contemporary liberal and democratic theory. He also teaches and writes about the value of literature and film to help us understand crucial political problems. He is the author of Nietzsche’s Culture of Humanity: Beyond Aristocracy and Democracy in the Early Period (Cambridge University Press) and Infinite Autonomy: the Divided Individual in the Political Thought of G.W.F. Hegel and Friedrich Nietzsche (Penn State Press). He was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Faculty Fellowship Grant in support of his forthcoming book, The Secular Spirit: Using Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) and G. W. F. Hegel (1770-1831) to Understand Politics and the Meaning of Life.

Read more about Dr. Ross M. Lence here.


This year’s event will begin with a reception and silent auction, where guests may bid on books and memorabilia owned by Professors Lence and Andy Little, a former student of Dr. Lence and long-time adviser in the Honors College. Dinner will begin with a talk by Dr. Church, followed with guided discussions in the style of the popular Human Situation great books course.

The Honors College has set a goal of creating a $500,000 endowment to fund this program. To date, we are more than halfway toward our goal, thanks to an anonymous donor. Please contact Hannah Barker at 713.743.3220 or if you would like further information.