Inaugural C. Eric Lincoln Lecture Series Ceremony, 1983 (video)

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Alex Haley (author of Roots), Dr. Raymond Boisvert, Dr. Elias Blake (president of Clark College), Dr. Larry Jones (dean of Howard School of Divinity) Rev. Moses Anderson (Roman Catholic church) and Dr. Lillian Webb (chairman of Religion and Philosophy at Clark College), give remarks in the inaugural C. Eric Lincoln lecture series. The lecture “Human Values in Inhuman Systems” is given by C. Eric Lincoln. In this lecture Dr. Lincoln discusses human values in relation to social and cultural change. He gives four fundamental human values and discusses their relationship to the social and cultural changes in the United States since World War II. Corresponding audio can be found by searching this file name: auc.093.b06t01.19830000.aud0001.

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00:00:25 Voice begins to describe the events in the fall of 1983 at Clark College under the direction of Dr. Lillian Webb chairman of the department of Religion and Philosophy. Dr. Raymond Boisvert talks about the reason for the occasion.

00:02:39 Dr. Elias Blake president of Clark College talks about C. Eric Lincoln and Alex Haley as light bearers and introduces Alex Haley.

00:03:50 Alex Haley talks about C. Eric Lincoln and his book interests.

00:06:14 Dr. Larry Jones (dean of Howard School of Divinity) offers a poem by Dr. C. Eric Lincoln.

00:09:11 Rev. Moses Anderson (representing Pope John Paul II and Catholic Church) talks about meaning of Black scholarship in the church.

00:10:38 Clark College bestows upon Dr. C. Eric Lincoln the Doctorate of Humane letters.

00:11:18 Dr. C. Eric Lincoln begins to give first ever lecture of C. E. Lincoln lecture series from the Topic “Human Values in Inhuman Systems”.

00:11:51 Talks about believing people are who their values proclaim them to be. Values constitute the contextual framework out of which critical decisions are made and volitional behavior determined.

00:12:38 Talks about a way to test the importance of human values is to review the broad and significant changes that have occurred in human society since World War II.

00:13:19 Talks about the increasing difficulty of people to attain a strong sense of security and to maintain confidence in their perception of what is right or even if right or wrong makes any difference as a consequence of changes and new and differing perceptions of what values are worth pursuing.

00:13:40 Talks about mental effects of the struggle of persons trying to sort out and make sense of the competing notions and experiences which seem to crowd in upon people.

00:13:57 Talks about human values particularly those based on religious understanding functions as stations of security and how they are critical in meaning, understanding and direction in human life.

00:14:30 Talks about some things must change some things must persist through change or change itself becomes the only value of significance.

00:14:48 Talks about four fundamental values to every civilized society: life, dignity, creativity, responsibility. Other values are derivative of these four values.

00:21:37 Talks about the reason for the decline of great civilizations is the initiation of internal assaults on their values.

00:22:23 Talks about Puritan notions of righteous empire.


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