School of AthensAbout this series:CU Boulder Classroom

What is “Western Civilization”? When did the idea of the “West” become a commonplace, and what has it meant over the course of time? What role should the teaching of Western Civilization play in today’s American universities? These are some of the questions that will be explored in this Fall’s Benson Center lecture series. Please join us for discussions that will touch upon some of the most fundamental issues facing American culture and education today. Events will be in person and livestreamed, as well as archived on our YouTube Channel.


Richard Avramenko: "Tocqueville, Law, and the High Priests of Democracy", Oct. 19 at 5:30 p.m. In this lecture, Avramenko invokes the great 19th century observer of American social and political life, Alexis de Tocqueville, to talk about the centrality of the study of law for tempering the harms of radical egalitarianism. Learn More Watch Here






About the illustration

Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino (Italian, 1483-1520). School of Athens (1511), fresco, Apostolic Palace, Vatican City.