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European “Isms” and Modern Cultural Identities Part III

September 7, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

A special event with Lloyd S. Kramer, Professor of History and Director, Carolina Public Humanities

Modern people live in complex social systems that limit individual autonomy and also provoke aspirations for individual identities and freedom. European cultural theories or “isms” have therefore analyzed the ways in which social structures shape human identities. Are individuals really “free” or do they always exemplify the values, beliefs and languages of their own cultures? Lloyd Kramer examines how European writers and philosophers have responded to this question as he continues an encore series on influential modern “isms.” Returning to themes that he first discussed at a seminar in 2012, Professor Kramer will explore how ideas about individualism and cultural determinism have evolved since the early 19th century.


Romanticism and Individualism

Existentialism and Structuralism

Concluding Discussion: Can Anyone Ever Be a Truly Free Person?


September 7, 2017; 9:00am-12:30pm. Registration is $55 for one event, or $100 for both Thursdays at the Friday Center events. Call 919-962-1544 to register, or register online.


September 7, 2017
9:00 am - 12:30 pm


Friday Center
100 Friday Center Dr
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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