The School for Ethics and Global Leadership - segl


The History and Ethics of Protest in America

A free online course for the SEGL community
8PM Eastern on Wednesdays in June and July

course description:

George Floyd is dead and America is convulsing.

How ought we to respond, and why?

This discussion-based course will help provide historical and ethical context to our current national trauma, and help participants find their own way forward. Using classic SEGL readings, films, and case studies, along with today’s most influential thinking, we will wrestle with questions as old as our Republic:

Is violent protest ever best, and if so, when and why?

How should we interpret John Locke’s famous concept (enshrined in the Declaration of Independence): “the consent of the governed”?

How should our backgrounds inform how we understand and respond to potential injustice?

Along the way, we will give special attention to the role of African American men (from Crispus Attucks, the first person killed in the American Revolution, through Mr. Floyd) in inspiring, participating in, and responding to protests. Guest experts will enrich our understanding.

Course certificate is available here!

Password is Ethics!@


Past Classes

  • Wednesday, July 22: Protesters and the Police, Part II: A conversation with Professor Adriane Lentz-Smith. Adriane Lentz-Smith is Associate Professor and Associate Chair in Duke University’s Department of History, and a Senior Fellow at Duke’s Kenan Institute for Ethics. Her current research focuses on violent encounters between African Americans and the police.  [n.b. These readings are scheduled for publication later this year; please do not distribute them to anyone outside of the SEGL community.]  Each of these readings will take longer than previous homework assignments; make sure to schedule enough time in advance!
  • Suggested homework for this session: 
    1. Lentz-Smith, Adriane “The Laws Have Hurt Me
    2. Lentz-Smith, Adriane “The Unbearable Whiteness of Grand Strategy” (this may be of particular interest to SEGL graduates given the final Ethics and Leadership case study on grand strategy).








Zoom Information:

This course is powered by teleconferencing software called Zoom.  You do not need to sign up for Zoom or install the Zoom software to participate in this class, though there are a few limitations if you do not.  If you do not want to sign up for and install Zoom, skip down to the appropriate instructions below.

Smartphone: To participate in a show using a smartphone (Android or iOS), install and sign up for Zoom using the app on your phone.  Go back to your phone’s browser, and click the “Join the Conversation” logo above.  It will open Zoom on your phone and take you directly to the conversation.

Computer: To participate in a show using a computer, you can sign up for and install Zoom here.  If you already use Google products (like GMail), you can sign up using the “Sign In with Google” button.  Once you’re done, click the logo above, and install Zoom using the “download and run Zoom” button.  It will then take you to the conversation.

If you do not want to sign up for and install Zoom: Click the logo above, then click “start from your browser.”  It will look like the image below.  Then, enter your name in the correct prompt.  No need to install Zoom!

Using Zoom: Once you’re in the conference room, you’ll receive a prompt to “Join Audio by Computer.”  Click that link.

If you are using a web browser, Zoom will now ask to access your microphone.  Allow it to do so by clicking “allow” on the prompt that appears.  Now, click on the camera in the lower left hand corner.  Zoom will now ask to access your webcam; allow it to do so.  You should only have to do this once:

Your microphone will be muted once you enter the conversation, but the hosts and the other guests will be able to see you.  You may turn your webcam off by clicking the camera in the lower left hand corner again.  If a host has invited you to speak during a conversation, you’ll need to turn your microphone on by clicking the microphone button, also at the lower left corner of your screen.

Jun 2, 2020 3:30 pm