We live in an age of bombast, vitriol, and ego. In the midst of what seems like an endless sea of ‘self’-promotion—and even ‘self’-realization that seems cut off from a grander, more Divine Self—humility is indeed a most urgent virtue. Bellitto’s book is a balm for the heart.
—Omid Safi, professor of Islamic studies, Duke University
Humility, a cultural history, and biography of the idea of humility, argues that the frightening alternative to humility has been the death of civility. Dr. Bellitto explores humility in Greco-Roman history, philosophy, and literature; in the ancient and medieval Jewish, Christian, and Muslim scriptures and sermons; in the Enlightenment; and in contemporary discussion of education in virtue and citizenship.
The book offers a fresh perspective on the lost virtue of humility for those of us concerned with the culture wars and interested in finding a path to renewed civility. Join Dr. Bellitto and Rabbi Susman for an intriguing, lively, and timely discussion of the many ways a loss of humility leads to excessive individualism, lack of respect for one another, arrogance, and narcissism. How did we lose our civility? How can it be reclaimed?
The talk will be followed by a Q&A and book signing by Dr. Bellitto. Humility: The Secret of a Lost Virtue will be available for purchase the day of the program. (Includes breakfast)
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