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2012 Issue

Number 21, Spring 2012

Editorial Committee

Dr. Scott Amos
Dr. Will Briggs
Ms. Siobhan Byrns
Dr. Annette Evans
Ms. Sarah Lavinder, Student Representative
Ms. Lyndall Nairn, Chair

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

The Conditional Acquittal: On a Supposed Contradiction in Plato's Apology and Crito

Ben Blanks

The Cave of Education

Kate Flinchbaugh

Education: People or Products?

Daniel Gibson

The Totality of Christian Justice: Aquinas's Three Spheres in David Adams Richards's Mercy Among the Children

Mikala Gallant

Where There's a Will, There's a Way

Zachery Sandberg

Of Earls, Kings, and Dons: Examining the Interplay between Individual and Collective Interests in Families

Amir Safavi

Glory and Companionship: Motivators of Life that Lead to Demise

Win T. Matsuda

All Shall Be Well: Anatole's Elevating Love

Katie Petrik

Ways of Seeing Art

Grace Mattox

The Impersonal World of Facebook

Emma Kinsey



Personal Responses Written in Senior Symposium

Total Education

Callom Harkrader

Beautifully Sustainable

Lisa Gervasoni

Exploitation Through Small Decisions: How Quick Choices Destroy the Aesthetic World

Melissa Jennings

Biographical Sketches of the Agora Writers



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