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Saturday Seminar:

The Acids of Modernity

Led by
Dr. John McClymer, Assumption College

Saturday, November 17, 2007
8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Assumption College

The title phrase is from Walter Lippman's A PREFACE TO MORALS (1929), in which he predicted that science, technology, and the new consumer culture would corrode the basic assumptions (e.g., the notion of kingship) that sustained traditional religious belief. His forecast proved accurate for every modern nation except his own. Instead of a gradual withering away of traditional belief, the U.S. has struggled through a century-long series of culture wars that show no signs of ending. In this seminar we will explore some of the more recent flashpoints of these conflicts from ongoing battles over the teaching of evolution to the use of sexual imagery to sell everything from beer to workout clothes. This seminar will provide content that can be used to cover the "Contemporary America, 1980-2001" section of the USII Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks.

You can earn an additional graduate credit from Worcester State College if you are enrolled in the spring course and you participate in 2 of the 3 Saturday seminars. You are expected to attend the entire event. Each seminar is worth 5 PDPs, and you do not have to be enrolled in the TAH course to be eligible to register for the seminars. Some pre-reading may be required.


To register, please contact Amy Sopcak-Joseph at (508) 471-2129 or asopcak[at]


TAH Courses, Saturday Seminars, and Summer Institutes, 2006-2008



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