Thu, 05/02/2013

The Leo Strauss Center begins publishing occasional lectures by Strauss

Visitors to this website will be interested in the recent publication by the University of Chicago Press of Leo Strauss on Maimonides: the Complete Writings, ed. Kenneth Hart Green.

The Press notes, “With Leo Strauss on Maimonides, Kenneth Hart Green presents for the first time a comprehensive, annotated collection of Strauss’s writings on Maimonides, comprising sixteen essays, three of which appear in English for the first time… The result will become the standard edition of Strauss’s writings on Maimonides.”
 
The Leo Strauss Center provided digitally remastered versions of the audio tapes of two lectures Strauss gave on Maimonides at the Hillel Foundation at the University of Chicago in February, 1960, which enabled Green to improve his transcript of Strauss’s lectures.
 
The audio files for these lectures are published today on the Leo Strauss Center’s site, here.
 
The Center is also moving the lecture by Strauss on “The Socratic Question,” given at Claremont Men’s College in February 1968, from the section of course audio files to the website’s new section of occasional lectures.
 
In the coming weeks, the Center looks forward to publishing the audio files of other occasional lectures by Strauss, including the lectures “Jerusalem and Athens,” “Progress or Return?” and “Why We Remain Jews,” all given at the Hillel Foundation.
 
In the case of those lectures later published, there are differences between the lectures as delivered and the published versions. Students, scholars, and interested members of the public will now have the opportunity to listen themselves to the original lectures.
 
“The Leo Strauss Center is proud to be able to make the recordings of the lectures Strauss gave at the Hillel Foundation at the University of Chicago available to the public,” said Nathan Tarcov, the Center’s director. “We would like to thank the Hillel Center for their cooperation in this endeavor, and the Hertog Foundation for its support.”
 
The Leo Strauss Center is also arranging for the preservation in the University of Chicago Digital Archive of the digitally remastered occasional lectures, ensuring (insofar as such things can be assured) their preservation for the future.
 
By the way, look out also for Kenneth Hart Green’s Leo Strauss and the Rediscovery of Maimonides, to be published in May by the University of Chicago Press.

 

Thu, 07/07/2011

The Leo Strauss Center held a conference on “Leo Strauss as Teacher” on April 22-23 in Social Science 122 (a lecture hall where Strauss himself occasionally taught) on the campus of the University of Chicago. In this article video of the conference sessions is published.

The conference marked the publication on the Center’s website of digitally remastered audiofiles made from the surviving audiotapes of Leo Strauss’s courses. It provided an opportunity to remember, think about, and discuss the example Strauss provided of a great teacher and to talk about the issues involved in preparing the transcripts of his courses for publication.

The conference was divided into four panels: one panel of individuals who studied with Strauss in his early days at the University of Chicago; one panel who had studied with him late in his career, at the University of Chicago, Claremont Men’s College, or St. John’s College Annapolis; a panel of scholars who had edited transcripts on the basis of audio files and the French translator of Strauss, who is currently preparing for publication in French the transcripts of Strauss’s courses on Montesquieu, corrected against the audiofiles; and a final panel for discussion among all the speakers.

There are separate videos for each of the four panels. Here is the detailed list of conference panels and panelists, with timings showing where on the video each segment begins.

Reflections on Leo Strauss as Teacher I

Chair: Nathan Tarcov University of Chicago  
Ralph Lerner University of Chicago (21:30)
Victor Gourevitch Wesleyan University (35:45)
Hilail Gildin Queens College, City University of New York (59:08)
Robert Faulkner Boston College (109:30)
Group discussion   (122:30)

 

Reflections on Leo Strauss as Teacher II

Chair: Nathan Tarcov University of Chicago  
Abram Shulsky Hudson Institute (1:45)
Richard Zinman Michigan State University (18:35)
Jerrold R. Caplan Moorpark College (58:47)
Theodore Blanton Blanton Law Firm (114:35)
Group discussion   (141:10)

 

Course Transcripts

Chair: Christopher Lynch Carthage College  
Christopher Nadon Claremont McKenna College (00:42)
Steven Lenzner Leo Strauss Project (22:58)
Olivier Sedeyn Institut Eleuthère, France (47:30)
Catherine Zuckert Notre Dame University (118:54)
Group discussion   (144:20)

 

General Discussion

  Chair: Nathan Tarcov
  All panelists

Tue, 11/30/2010

The Leo Strauss Center will host a conference on “Leo Strauss as Teacher” on Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23, 2011 at the University of Chicago. Registration for the conference is required, but registration is now closed. Anyone who is not registered and would still like to attend may send an email to LeoStraussCenter@uchicago.edu with the subject heading "CONFERENCE REGISTRATION." Requests received will be placed on a wait list. The week before the conference, registrants will be asked to confirm their attendance. If any spots open up at that time, then they will be given to those on the wait list.

The conference will mark the publication on the Leo Strauss Center’s website of the surviving audiofiles from Leo Strauss’s courses and will focus on his role as a teacher. The conference will feature remarks by former students and by editors who have been using the remastered audio files to edit transcripts of Strauss’s courses.

Speakers at the conference will include: Theodore Blanton (Blanton Law Firm), Robert Faulkner (Boston College), Hilail Gildin (Queens College, City University of New York), Victor Gourevitch (Wesleyan University), Steven Lenzner (Leo Strauss Project), Ralph Lerner (University of Chicago), Abram Shulsky (Hudson Institute), Richard Zinman (Michigan State University), and Catherine Zuckert (Notre Dame University).

Laurence Berns, who was originally scheduled to speak at this conference, died suddenly and unexpectedly Thursday afternoon, March 3. We at the Leo Strauss Center offer our condolences to Laurence Berns' family and friends. We will sorely miss him at the conference.

The conference will begin on Friday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. and end Saturday afternoon by 5:30 p.m.

 

Tue, 11/30/2010

The Leo Strauss Center is proud to publish the digitally remastered audio files of the course given by Leo Strauss on “Plato’s Political Philosophy: Apology and Crito in autumn quarter, 1966 at the University of Chicago.

This is one of 26 courses (and one reading group) for which a partial or complete audio record exists. The Leo Strauss Center’s goal is to publish the 27 sets of audio by the end of April, 2011. We expect to begin publishing edited transcripts in the spring of 2011 and to complete the publication of all 44 of the course transcripts (and the transcript for one reading group) within the next four years, if sufficient funding is obtained. The Center will not distribute any transcript until it has been published.

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The Leo Strauss Center invites submissions for publication on the Center’s website of recollections of Strauss by his former students. Such submissions may be in a Word document, a hard copy manuscript, or an audio or video file. The Center reserves the right to edit all submissions chosen for publication.

The Leo Strauss Center would like to thank Craig Harding of September Audio for his expert and diligent work digitally remastering the collection of tapes of Strauss’s courses; Quinn Dombrowski and Matthew L. Aron of the University of Chicago Scholarly Technology and Research Computing office for designing and building the Center's new website; Alice Schreyer, Daniel Meyer, and Eileen Ielmini of the University of Chicago Special Collections Research Center; Charles Blair of the University of Chicago Digital Archive; and Warren Winiarski, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Richard Schiffrin, Earhart Foundation, and dozens of individuals for their generous support.

Please send suggestions for improvement of this website and other comments to LeoStraussCenter@uchicago.edu.