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Toward a Declaration of Interdependence

Professor Sanford Lakoff

The global human community faces challenges that could be catastrophic at worst but that also offer opportunities for enormous improvements. These prospects arise especially from the rapid pace of advances in science and technology. To meet them, what we need now is not a reversion to tribalism, nationalism, and authoritarianism, but cooperative forms of government and interchange based on our common humanity and our ability to think, learn, and communicate. This lecture will discuss how these generalizations apply to major issues such as climate change, democracy in America, and international conflicts.

Instructor: Sanford Lakoff is the Edward A. Dickson Professor Emeritus of Political Science at UC San Diego. He was educated at Brandeis and Harvard, where he began his teaching career. He served as the founding chair of UCSD’s Department of Political Science and is a distinguished scholar in political philosophy and science and public policy. Lakoff is the author of numerous books and articles and has long been a favorite lecturer at Osher.

Coordinator: Steve Clarey

Course Number: OSHR-70002   Credit: 0 units


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