SPEAKEASY IDEAS PRESENTS

TRAGEDY & TRIUMPH

EVENT SCHEDULE and READINGS

Tragedy & Triumph features ten evening gatherings—what we are calling ten “chapters”—over the course of ten months, one chapter per month.

For each monthly chapter, we are recommending core readings that will be discussed by Dr. Krannawitter, some in considerable depth. No one will be quizzed or tested, but familiarizing yourself with core readings prior to each meeting will enrich your own understanding.

We are also suggesting additional readings that provide important information, context, and analyses for the topics discussed each month, though these readings will only be discussed if time permits. Additional readings are for those who want to dig deeper and get as much intellectual content from Tragedy & Triumph as possible.

The core readings and additional readings for each monthly chapter are listed below. We hope you enjoy the unique Tragedy & Triumph experience provided by the team at Speakeasy Ideas.

JANUARY 27, 2020
Chapter 1
The Story of a Tragedy: A Global History of Slavery

CORE READINGS

ADDITIONAL READINGS

 

FEBRUARY 24, 2020
Chapter 2
The Story of Three Laws: The Rise of Politicized Moral Relativism 

CORE READINGS

ADDITIONAL READINGS

MARCH 23, 2020
(NEW DATE FOR ONLINE EVENT: APRIL 3, 2020)
Chapter 3
The Story of Dred Scott: Person or Property?

CORE READINGS

ADDITIONAL READINGS

 

APRIL 27, 2020
Chapter 4
The Story of 1858: Challenging the Little Giant

CORE READINGS

ADDITIONAL READINGS

 

MAY 18, 2020
Chapter 5
The Story of the Lincoln-Douglas Debates: Socrates vs. Thrasymachus

CORE READINGS

ADDITIONAL READINGS

  • Watch movie: John Brown’s Holy War (2000). [NOTE: We are exploring ways to make this movie available for our Triumph & Tragedy audience.]

 

JULY 27, 2020
Chapter 7
The Story of John C. Calhoun: Slavery, States Rights, & the Settled Science of Racial Inequality

CORE READINGS

ADDITIONAL READINGS

 

September 21, 2020
Chapter 9
The Story of Lincoln’s Presidency: Placing Slavery in the Course of Ultimate Extinction

CORE READINGS

ADDITIONAL READINGS

 

October 26, 2020
Chapter 10
The Story of Abolishing Slavery in the United States: From Military Necessity to Constitutional Amendment

CORE READINGS