Princeton, NJ | June 23-25, 2017
Love and friendship are two of the principal foundations of human happiness. And yet the sources of love and friendship are mysterious: utilitarian explanations cannot tell us why our lives seem incomplete without the presence of the “other self” that is a friend, or why we seek fulfillment in the one-flesh union that is a marriage. We long intensely for goods we do not fully understand.
This two-day seminar, led by husband and wife team Drs. Benjamin and Jenna Storey, will investigate the phenomena of love and friendship as they appear in Plato’s Symposium. It will address such questions as: What is love? Is it a god, a hormonal delusion, or the very essence of the human soul? What is friendship? Is friendship a state of being, or is it an activity? How does a friend differ from a lover? Why is it that friends are so fond of talking about love? Join us in Princeton on June 23-25 to discuss these questions and more!
Benjamin Storey, Ph.D., teaches the history of political philosophy, and is Co-Director of the Tocqueville Program at Furman University. He is winner of the 2016 Alester G. and Janie Earle Furman, Jr. Award for Excellence in Teaching as well as the 2011 Francis Bonner “American Scholar” Award, presented by Furman’s Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. In 2016, Storey was awarded a Visiting Fellowship at Princeton University where he is completing a book entitled, “Know Thyself: Liberal Education for Dissident Souls.” His writings have appeared in the Journal of Politics, the Review of Politics, Perspectives on Political Science, the New Atlantis, the Blackwell Encyclopedia of Political Thought, and the Claremont Review of Books.
Jenna Silber Storey, Ph.D., is a lecturer in Political Science specializing in political philosophy. She is also the Director of the Society of Tocqueville Fellows, an association of students interested in cultivating the ability to reflect on contemporary issues with a perspective informed by the study of the history of political thought. Dr. Storey received her PhD in 2010 from the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago, where she was a John M. Olin Junior Fellow. Prior to her studies in Chicago, she received a B.A. from the University Professors Program at Boston University and was a visiting student at the University of Tübingen, Germany. She is currently writing about Pierre Manent’s defense of the political life.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE
This seminar is designed for Love and Fidelity Network student leaders who are eager to advance a culture of marriage, family, and sexual integrity on their college campuses. The weekend will also include practical workshops and strategy sessions led by LFN staff intended to strengthen current campus efforts surrounding these issues.
Accepted students will receive a full seminar scholarship that includes housing and meals. Students will be responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from Princeton.
For more information about the seminar contact Brittany Basile at firstname.lastname@example.org.