Schisms in Society

Spring Quarter, 2024

Tuesdays, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. Norris University Center

A. Schisms in Society Faculty from multiple departments

Throughout human history, societies across the globe have been fragmented by strident rifts that result in long-standing religious, political, and socioeconomic consequences. Some of these conflicts derive from ideological differences, some are territorial, and other schisms are frequently based on cultural, ethnic, or racial grounds. Such historical enmities often lead to repeated patterns of power struggles, civil unrest, and violence. Societies experiencing intense public divisions can be as small as local communities or as large as nation states. This eclectic nine-week lecture series will explore a range of societal strife, often reflecting on the past and the irrationalities of the human condition, as well as the continuation of seemingly irresolvable tensions in our current turbulent times.