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Thoreau: Civil Disobedience Past and Present

Students in Issues in Law and Politics course explore the meaning of Henry David Thoreau's famous essay, “Civil Disobedience.”

Date: October 23, 2017 - October 23, 2017
Time: 2:30 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.
Location: Wilson Formal Lounge, Haffey Hall

Sponsored by Fisher Reads

In his famous essay, “Civil Disobedience,” Thoreau argues that governments are more harmful than helpful and that citizens must follow their conscience and resist corrupt and unjust laws through civil disobedience. Students in Jane Snyder’s Issues in Law and Politics course explore the meaning and implications of this radical call to action both for Thoreau and for contemporary America.

The event is free and open to the public.

The Fisher Reads series is sponsored by the Department of Economics, Ethics Minor Program, Lavery Library, Department of Philosophy, Department of Religious Studies, Visual and Performing Arts Program, and Fisher Reads, a group of faculty members who promote reading on campus.

For more information, email Dr. Tim Madigan at