Democracy, Human Rights and Conscience in the Time of Endless War | Newberry

Democracy, Human Rights and Conscience in the Time of Endless War

Led by Brooke Heagerty. Eight sessions, 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Tuesdays, February 13 - April 3

5:45 - 7:45 pm

This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (January 9 at 10 am – January 26 at 4 pm): $250
Regular Registration Price (January 26 at 4 pm – first day of class): $275

Members, seniors, and students get a 10% discount.

This seminar is full. Please call (312) 255-3700 to be added to the wait list.

Excuse our dust!

Beginning January 2018 the Newberry will be undertaking renovation of much of the first floor. The Adult Education Seminars Program will still have use of the basement classrooms, but please check this link frequently for the latest conditions - which exterior doors are open or closed, where to find an accessible entrance, which restrooms are available, etc.

Because of the renovation, the Newberry Bookstore will be closed during the Winter/Spring and Summer 2018 terms. As such, seminar participants will be responsible for acquiring all required texts for their seminars on their own. We apologize sincerely for the inconvenience, and appreciate your understanding. We have put together a list of helpful resources that should make it easy to find the books you need.

Seminar Description

Today, the world’s societies are being transformed by an era of “perpetual war,” a new kind of war with no clear end, a limitless list of combatants and a battlefield without national boundaries. This course will explore questions of its consequences, like: What impact is decades of war having on American democratic and constitutional precepts and values? What impact is it having on the world and America’s standing in the world? How does it affect the traditions of liberal democracy, human rights, and international law? What does it mean for our country, its future, and its prospects for peace? Eight sessions.

Brooke Heagerty holds a PhD in history. Her current project is on the power of history and memory.

Materials List


  • A course pack of additional materials, compiled by the instructor and distributed during the first class, for which there will be a nominal fee due at that time.

First Reading:

  • For the first class, please read the handouts which will be sent upon registration, in the confirmation email.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.