It is with regret that due to the Coronavirus outbreak we have decided to postpone our event with speaker Dr Charles Edel – Tragedy and Power: Historic Perspective of the US Role on a Shifting World Stage. We look forward to welcoming Dr. Edel at a later date.
Taking the long view historian Charles Edel reassesses the nation’s critical intelligence in a time of flux, in terms of what he calls its “sense of tragedy.” This refers not to the current meaning of melancholy but to a discipline perfected by the ancient Greeks. By facing disaster squarely, understanding how things could spiral out of control, they sought to create a communal sense of responsibility and courage—to spur citizens and their leaders to take difficult actions necessary to avert crisis.
In this talk Dr Edel will describe how revisiting that classical notion of ‘tragedy” might serve to illuminate a way forward.