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The Closing of the American Mind: The Meaning and Merit
HENRY GIBBONS, moderator

Does rock music corrupt the young? Is sex replacing love in modern America? Are we ravaged by rampant relativism? Have colleges failed in their mission? Is real education possible in a democracy? For the past year countless Americans have debated the meaning and merits of Allan Bloom's book, The Closing of the American Mind: How Higher Education Has Failed Democracy and Impoverished the souls of Today's Students (1988). Against this backdrop CMC's Phi Beta Kappa chapter presents a panel on Bloom's surprise bestseller. The faculty discussants include CMCers Charles Kesler (government), Jim Nichols, Jr. (government), and John Roth (philosophy), Henry Gibbons, an historian teaching in CGS' management program, will moderate as well as participate. Kesler, Roth, and Gibbons have all written about the book, while Nichols studied with Bloom. The audience is, of course, welcome to bring its own questions.

A wine and cheese reception will begin at 5:30 p.m., with dinner starting at 6:00 p.m. The discussion follows dinner.

The panel event serves as a forerunner for Allan Bloom's own visit to the Athenaeum -on Monday, March 21. That evening Bloom himself will discuss his book, The Closing of the American Mind. Sign-ups for the 5:30 p.m. reception and dinner for Bloom can be made now by checking the coupon for the panel discussion in this Fortnightly.