University of Bonn
"Charlemagne, Adenauer, and the Crisis of European Union"
UVA Newcomb Hall-Gallery Room
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 (6:15pm)
In rather uninspiring ways, some leaders still repeat largely hollowed out Enlightenment platitudes about secularized societies deliberately designed to free us from all dogma, including of course our most deeply held religious beliefs and practices. The results of social orders “freed” from moral foundations and of governance structures uncoupled from organic social boundaries are well-known except by those who casually or deceptively skip over the human tragedies of the 20th and now 21st centuries. But even the most fragmented and bankrupted social orders can be rebuilt, and visiting University of Bonn Prof. Wolfgang Koch will close our 2014-15 public lecture series with an account of how the religiously inspired leadership of Charlemagne in the 8th and 9th centuries and of Konrad Adenauer after the destruction of WWII aided the reconstruction of western Europe. All are invited to attend this public lecture, which will begin at 6:15pm in the Newcomb Hall Gallery Room at the University of Virginia. Nearby parking is available in the University Bookstore garage.