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One-Day Seminars: Civil Disobedience hosted by Polk County School District (Bartow, FL)

October 24, 2015 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

This seminar examines the controversial topic of civil disobedience.  Here we will consider whether civil disobedience could be an appropriate response to unjust laws in a liberal democracy.  We begin by looking at the foundations of government set forth in the writings of John Locke and in the Declaration of Independence.  Our examination of this topic will then turn to two famous opposing sets of ideas on civil disobedience: 1) Lincoln versus Thoreau and 2) Martin Luther King versus Malcolm X.  By comparing their respective arguments, our aim is to consider whether civil disobedience is compatible with the principles of government defined by the Declaration of Independence.

This program is being held at the Bartow Historical Museum located in the Historic Bartow Courthouse built in the 1880’s. This museum is free to tour.


Access the agenda and reading materials here.



If you would like to attend this event, please contact [email protected] to see if there is still space available.


October 24, 2015
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
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FL United States