How do we the people best confront a crisis like this (coronavirus pandemic)? That’ll be the question we explore at our upcoming Democracy Cafe, live on Zoom video, on Thursday March 20 at 2 pm Eastern Time U.S. Here’s a couple pertinent paragraphs from a New York Times piece on Sunday March 22: Terrifying though […]
We will be convening on Friday March 20, at 1 pm ET, a global Socrates Cafevia Zoom video. The question we’ll examine is: When and how can distance bring us closer? Here is all the info you need below to join our gathering. Christopher Phillips is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.Topic: Christopher Phillips’ […]
“What human rights should be universal, and how do we make them so?” Our next Global Socrates/Democracy Cafe.
Our next global Socrates Cafe / Democracy Cafe — to be held once again via Zoom video so we can see and interact with one another face to face — will be on Tuesday December 10, Human Rights Day, at 9:00 a.m. Central Time U.S (10 a.m. Eastern Time U.S.) December 10, 2019 will mark […]
Congratulations to Odin Halvorson and to Michael Dea for their winning submissions for the second annual Alexander Phillips Arete Award. Our theme this year is on innocence, as you’ll see from the link I posted some months back on our website. I’ll post their winning submissions shortly on the site, and also look forward to having them as guests on […]
On October 9, at 12:30 p.m. Central Time, we are holding via Zoom our first-ever global Socrates Cafe. The question to be explored: How can we give peace a chance? At a time, to put it mildly, of considerable strife of myriad kinds — among and within nations, family members, friends, neighbors, among and within […]
WELCOME TO SocratesU(™) A number of you have written to us expressing a keen interest in learning still more about the Socrates Cafe and Democracy Cafe way of exploration, inquiry and human encounter. Many say you’d like to delve deeper with us into what this transformative method, and the history, scholarship and the nuts and […]
Dear friends and supporters, It’s my 60th birthday on Monday, July 15, and my high hope is to start off my seventh decade and the second half of 2019 with a bang, making an even bigger splash with our nonprofit Socrates Cafe and Democracy Cafe initiatives. In the last two years alone, we have established over 40 new gatherings […]
Democracy Cafe / Socrates Cafe founder and executive director Christopher Phillips was the most recent guest on the Emmy Award-winning nationally syndicated PBS book program ‘Between the Lines,’ with inimitable host Barry Kibrick, recent winner of the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Freedom Award. You can view the episode here.
While July 4 is the day for fireworks and picnics and such (and now a military parade at the behest of our Commander in Chief), the fact is that July 2 is the anniversary of our nation’s real Independence Day — the day Continental Congress voted for independence on this day. We hope you’ll take […]
I hear much too often these days from parents who’ve found out that all of their child’s school friends or neighborhood friends have been invited to a birthday party — all except for their own child. It’s happened twice to my own children. When I witnessed their shattered, bewildered looks over being left out, it […]