Jonathan Judaken

James Miller is Professor of Politics and Liberal Studies at the New School for Social Research. Miller's work unusually combines publications on the history of rock and roll, as well as renowned studies of intellectual history.

His most recent book is called Examined Lives, which will form the basis of the public lecture he will give as part of the "Communities in Conversation" series at Rhodes College on January 22, 2013.

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Host Jonathan Judaken talks with philosopher Roger Scruton, author of more than thirty books, including several novels, and the composer of two operas. 

Starting his academic career as a philosopher of aesthetics, Scruton emerged as a major voice for traditional conservatism in Britain, with The Meaning of Conservatism in 1980. He has published a steady stream of works explicating both modern philosophy and his brand of traditional conservatism since then.

This summer marks the 300th anniversary of Jean Jacques Rousseau's birth in the city of Geneva in 1812.

Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University is one of this country's most prominent historians.