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2011 Issue

Number 20, Spring 2011

Editorial Committee

Ms. Lyndall Nairn, Chair
Dr. Scott Amos
Dr. Will Briggs
Dr. Annette Evans
Ms. Nicole Smith
Ms. Taelor Skinner, Student Representative

The Agora annually presents writings by Lynchburg College students and faculty and includes essays written by students from other institutions that are members of the Association of Core Texts and Courses (ACTC). Lynchburg College contributors participate in the Lynchburg College Symposium Readings (LCSR) program, which integrates ideas from classical selections with contemporary ideas and issues. LCSR classes encourage students to think deeply about current issues and to become sensitive to the interdisciplinary influence of classical ideas. Contributors from other ACTC colleges and universities participate in similar "great books" programs.

Table of Contents

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Editorial: In This Issue...

Lyndall Nairn

Questioning Who We Are While Reading Ota Benga, The Pygmy in the Zoo and Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness

Peggy Pittas

Human and Beyond: Dante's Transhumanization and the Scope of Liberal Education

Theresa Smart

Milton as Servant, Satan as Existentialist: Competing Conceptions of Freedom in Paradise Lost

Peter Zuk

The Water Nymph

Sarah Renteria

Equipping a Generation

Samantha Chapman

Symbolic Intelligence

David Griffith

Creating New Forms: Art, Technology, and the Imagination

Eric Jones


Daniel Telele

The Blank Card: Meaning and Transcendence in
T. S. Eliot's The Wasteland

Joshua Evans

Re-Judging the Judgment of Solomon

Jeremy Schiffres

Life after Death: Odysseus' Meetings with Anticleia and Laertes

E-Lynn Yap



Personal Responses Written in Senior Symposium

Leadership Change

Glenn Lucker

The Power of Humble Leaders

Aubrey Berry

The Need for Public Spirit

Elizabeth Keesee

Biographical Sketches of the Agora Writers



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