What role do lying and deception play in achieving strategic objectives? Jeff, Lise, and Brian discuss that and other questions as raised by Sophocles in Philoktetes.
In this episode, Lise, Jeff and Brian discuss Chekhov’s (very) short story, whose main character experiences a transformation during the course of a conversation with a peasant mother and her daughter.
More Conrad with Jeff, Lise, and Brian—this one is a rip-roaring, seafaring tale!
This novella tells the story of Captain McWhirr, his crew, and his ship’s brawling passengers as they sail through a typhoon. The work raises questions about leadership in the face of human conflict and natural disasters.
In this episode, Lise, Jeff, and Brian discuss Conrad’s story of a young, inexperienced sea captain who takes aboard and conceals a mysterious man—Leggatt, first mate of another ship—who has fled imprisonment on his own ship after being accused of the murder of one of his fellow crew.
Jeff, Lise, and Brian dive into this tragedy about war, politics, class, loyalty, and more.
In this episode, Lise, Jeff, and Brian bring us along to the party with Socrates and a cast of characters who engage in dialogue about love, desire, politics, law, and philosophy.
Join Jeff, Lise, and Brian for a discussion of this farce about banishment by Aristophanes.
Join us for a discussion of this dialogue between Socrates and Alcibiades, an incredibly successful Athenian general who fled to Sparta after being charged with sacrilege.
Join us for for a discussion of ethics and the military, in an interview with Martin L. Cook, Distinguished Visiting Professor at the US Air Force Academy.
Join Lise, Jeff, and Brian for a conversation on Book I of the Republic.
Also, how to approach the “Great Books” if you’re starting from scratch.
The first episode from a new member of the PEL Podcasting network, featuring Brian Wilson with St. John’s profs Lise van Boxel and Jeffrey J.S. Black. Listen here as they discuss Sophocles’s play Ajax about a great Greek warrior who takes his own life on the beach of Troy.
Join Lise, Jeff, and Brian for the kickoff podcast, in which we talk a bit about what we’ll cover and why.
Spoiler alert: it’s a strange brew of classical literature, military history and culture, and the human experience of war.