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Obama & Cicero: Eloquence, Wisdom & Power (2 of 3)

April 17, 2009 - Robert Garland (Colgate University), Walter Nicgorski (University of Notre Dame), Charles Pazdernik (Grand Valley State University), and Kelli Rudolph (Grand Valley State University) participated in the first panel of the Hauenstein Center's conference, "Barack Obama and the Lessons of Antiquity." Dr. Nicgorski presented a paper on Cicero, eloquence, wisdom, and power. Dr. Nicgorski, professor in liberal studies at the University of Notre Dame, received his B.A. from Georgetown University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He is a classically trained political theorist whose primary interests are the political thought of Cicero, that of the American founding, the theory and practice of moral and liberal education and contemporary democratic theory impacted by Christianity. His articles on Cicero, liberal and character education, the American founding, Leo Strauss, and Allan Bloom and other topics have appeared in journals such as Political Theory, Interpretation, and the Political Science Reviewer. He co-edited An Almost Chosen People: The Moral aspirations of Americans (1976) and Leo Strauss: Political Philosopher and Jewish Thinker (1994). Nicgorski is the former editor of The Review of Politics. He has directed NEH summer seminars on the texts of Cicero. He has held a Lilly Endowment faculty fellowship, as well as research fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Bradley Foundation, and the Earhart Foundation.
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