Summit X Dinner Session
7:30PM – 9:30PM
SOBREMESA VOLUME X: TRUTH & EDUCATION
Hosted by Killeen Hanson
CLOISTER CAFE, 238 E 9TH ST, NEW YORK, NY
Note: This is a seated dinner at an ADA accessible restaurant. Participants need to be sighted to read the materials; audio copies of materials can be sent to attendees if requested by Sunday, November 10.
Sobremesa describes the period after the meal when chairs get pushed back from the table, another bottle of wine uncorks, conversation expands, and laughter blooms. Attendees will collaboratively unpack three short primary sources that explore the relationship between truth, education, and authority. We’ll examine self-education through “A Period of Juvenile Prosperity,” a photo essay by Mike Brodie; the creation of authority via Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave”; and the codification of institutional authority in “The Library of Babel,” by Jorge Luis Borges.
During the meal attendees will consider the contradictions and similarities between the texts through questions such as: How do emotional narratives carry the weight of truth? What is the status of evidence and expertise in a “post-truth” culture? What makes authority authoritative? Your host will be serving salad, a vegetarian pasta entree, fruit dessert, and post-dinner coffee.
Killeen Hanson works, teaches, and writes about radical listening, the commons, and the relationship between education, publication, and civic engagement. In 2016, she launched the Sobremesa Reading Club a publication series framed around an evolving
library of “texts” spanning genres, disciplines, cultures, centuries, and ideologies.
14th Street Union Square – 4 5 6 L Q N R W (wheelchair accessible)
Astor place – 6
8th street – R W
Summit X Dinners are only open to Summit attendees and require advance registration and an additional ticket. All dinners are $20 to attend.