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Law and Morality Through Literature (Second Edition) | Instructor: Deborah Orens

Tuesday, April 18, 2023 27 Nisan 5783

8:00 PM - 9:00 PMOn Zoom only
Past Sessions
Tuesday, March 21, 2023 28 Adar 5783 - 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM - On Zoom only
Wednesday, March 15, 2023 22 Adar 5783 - 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM - On Zoom only
Wednesday, March 8, 2023 15 Adar 5783 - 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM - On Zoom only
Tuesday, February 28, 2023 7 Adar 5783 - 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM - On Zoom only
Tuesday, February 21, 2023 30 Shevat 5783 - 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM - On Zoom only

Tuesdays at 8 pm on Zoom
Class Dates: February 21, 28; March 7, 14, 21, 28; April 4

Cost: Free for CAI Members and Nonmembers

The second iteration of this class again presents a thematic approach to engage participants in great (short) works of literature focusing on important issues such as justice, equality and public policy.

Through literature, we will explore issues through the perspective of characters, focusing on how they live their lives and react to moral and legal challenges.

This class will meet on Zoom on Tuesday evenings at 8 pm, from February 21 to April 4.

Through both American and Judaic sources, we will analyze these issues as they pertain  to current events.

Depending on the interests of the participants, literature may include:

  1. "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" by Ursula K. Le Guin
    Essential Question: What responsibility do we have to the least among us?
  2. "Franchise" by Isaac Asimov
    Essential Question: How can America ensure the “one man, one vote” ideal…or should we?
  3. "The Veldt" by Ray Bradbury
    Essential Question: How much control should we exercise over technology…before it controls us?
  4. "Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
    Essential Question: What is true equality…should that be the goal, and is it possible?
  5. "The Pistol" by Robin Storey
    Essential Question: How can we control gun violence while respecting the Second Amendment?
  6. "Hermie" by Nathaniel Rich
    "Time Capsule found on a Dead Planet" by Margaret Atwood
    Essential Question: How can we protect our environment without sacrificing economic prosperity?
  7. "Sonny's Blues" by James Baldwin
    Essential Question: What is the correct legal/medical approach to drug addiction?

Deborah Orens practiced law at Hannoch Weisman, and currently teaches English literature at Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School, where she has developed specialized curricula merging these two passions. She lives in Fairfield with her husband Jeff, and loves to attend Shabbat services with their daughter Rebecca and granddaughter Miriam. After a 23 year exile to Connecticut and Pennsylvania, she was more than happy to return to CAI ten years ago.

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