Observing Ourselves 2: THE GATHERING: Great Discussions On Contemporary Law in My America


INSTRUCTOR: Scott Fingerhut


SCHEDULE: Monday, 3:00PM – 5:50PM (Yearlong)

Course Description

“And when I sleep,” President Bartlet said, “I dream of a great discussion, with experts and ideas and diction and honesty. And when I wake up,” he continued, “I think — I can sell that.”

Every day, in everyday America, we sell. We buy and we sell. No more so than in law.

And law is everywhere.

So in this course, in the tradition of the grand salon, at the dawn of this reimagining of America, we enter what shall to others be a mysterious world of thoughts and ideas; informing, inspiring, incubating — even amusing — as we refine taste and increase knowledge, as we launch the new Age of Conversation.

And about what shall this exchange of ideas involve?

Everything. And nothing. But all about the law. And justice. And what liberty and freedom mean to you, in your America.

The Gathering shall speak of current United States Supreme Court cases. Pending state and federal court decisions. New legislation. Legal “goings-on”about our community, our town, our country, and our world.

Indeed in this course, we are les precieuses, arising from the aristocratic schools of civilite; chivalrous — the intellectual and literary circle where the witty and educated yearn to be.

But to be sure, we are more.

For we are Honors FIU. Honors FIU. And, as Masefield wrote, “[t]here are few earthly things more beautiful than a university; a place where those who hate ignorance may strive to know, and where those who perceive truth may strive to make others see.”

So we shall strive to know. And, to make others see.

For we are The Gathering “the unique place for academic, not polite, discussion; what Dena Goodman called “the very heart of the philosophic community,” integral to the process of Enlightenment.

This course is for big thinkers. Smart dreamers. The elite leaving the elitist at the door. A precious and vital third place for those adoring of nostalgia — of making our country a far better place, as part of a much better world.