We are delighted to welcome back to an Online Conversation Distinguished Professor Alan Jacobs to discuss his recently released book Breaking Bread with the Dead: a Reader’s Guide to a More Tranquil Mind. Jacobs will encourage us to engage with voices of the past to gain wisdom for the present.
Jacobs says, “this is precisely the kind of moment when we need to take some time to step back from the fire hose of alarming news. As we try to manage our dispositions, we need two things. First, we need perspective; second, we need tranquility. And it’s voices from the past that can give us both—even when they say things we don’t want to hear, and when those voices belong to people who have done bad things. These figures from the past are willing to speak to us when we are willing to listen. They may sometimes speak words of offense, but they may also speak words of wisdom that we either never knew or have forgotten.”
We hope you will join us for this conversation considering the virtues of interrogating the writings of the wise and pursuing a tranquil mind through reading.