Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Martin L. King, Jr. and the Trial and Death of Socrates


Price for Members: $48
Price for Non-Members: $72
Date/Time: Thursdays, June 20 & 27; July *11 & 18, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
(Note *- no class scheduled July 4th)
Instructor: Martin Benjamin, Ph.D., professor emeritus of philosophy, Michigan State University
Location: Concord Campus

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Course Description

In his famous “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” the Reverend King, referring to historical figures who challenged convention, wrote: “To a degree, academic freedom is a reality today because Socrates practiced civil disobedience.” And he referred to Socrates in two other places in that remarkable letter. Professor Benjamin offers us a thoughtful exploration of the links between these two lives, the Greek forced to take hemlock and the martyred 20th century civil rights champion. Don’t miss this chance to deepen your understanding of that touchstone phrase, civil disobedience, and see how it spans centuries of human experience. Also, get ready for some “Socratic dialogue” on the subject!


Event Details

Date: 2019-06-20

Start time: 01:30 p.m.

End time: 03:30 p.m.

Venue: Cal State East Bay

Directions: Cal State East Bay, Concord Campus 4700 Ygnacio Valley Road, Concord


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