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Burack Lecture

Nov 6, 2017
5:00 pm to 6:15 pm
Davis Center 400/400D (Sugar Maple + Summit)

Author of "Strangers Drowning: Impossible Idealism, Drastic Choices, and the Urge to Help"

Charity may begin at home, but where should it end? Should we help the worst off, even at the expense of people we love? And how much does morality demand of us? Larissa MacFarquhar will tell the stories of people who live lives of extraordinary moral commitment, for whom these issues are no theoretical but actually real.

Larissa MacFarquhar has been a staff writer at "New Yorker" since 1998. Her profile subjects have included Barack Obama, Noam Chomsky, and Hilary Mantel, among others. Her writing has appeared in "The Best American Political Writing" (2007 and 2009) and she has received two Front Page Awards from Newswomen's Club of New York. She is currently writing a series on Trump voters and community.

Reception immediately following in Fireplace Lounge.

Sponsored by the Depatrment of Philosophy, Community-University Partnerships & Service-Learning, Department of English, and Department of Political Science.

Free parking after 3:30 pm in the Jeffords Lot. For ADA accommodations: 802-656-5665.

For more information, contact Tyler Doggett at 802-656-4042 or

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