C. Eric Lincoln Lecture Series Student Forum, 1997 (audio)

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Dr. Thomas Scott introduces Dr. Samuel D. Cooke as the moderator for the C. Eric Lincoln Lecture series student/ scholar forum. Participants Dr. John Silber, Dr. James S. Thomas and Clark Atlanta University student Latoya Wilson discuss the social responsibility of the modern university. Included in the forum discussions are the issues of affirmative action and race, community verses individualism and public schools and vouchers. Audio includes Bethel United Methodist Church women’s day service. Teresa Fry Brown preaches at this service about a woman being bent over. Corresponding video can be found by searching this file name: auc.093.b08t10.19970000.vid0030.

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00:00:04 Dr. Thomas Scott welcomes attendees and introduces the moderator (Dr. Samuel D. Cooke).

00:00:48 Dr. Samuel D. Cooke recognizes C. Eric Lincoln and talks about joy of the occasion and welcomes attendees and introduces forum participants.

00:05:18 Dr. John Silber talks about how the social responsibility of the university is not about political activism but the continuous search for truth. Also encourages university to look at individual history of students as opposed to group history in terms of race.

00:14:52 Talks about University having a role to play economically.

00:15:48 Latoya Wilson student at Clark Atlanta believes university must educate students personally as well. States you can have a student doing well academically but personally and spiritually void.

00:16:37 Dr. James S. Thomas talks about university community.

00:20:58 Dr. Samuel D. Cooke gives his comments and disagreement with Dr. Silber. States Silber commits a fallacy of individualism. States African Americans are identified as a group and not individuals.

00:22:21 Dr. Silber responds and states Dr. Samuel misses his point on Affirmative action. Believes what got country into trouble was treating Blacks as a group rather than individuals. Believes as long as the country does it this way the country is in trouble. Should focus on individual history instead of group history.

00:28:14 Question from audience (Dr. McClain).

00:34:32 Question from Clark Atlanta Student about the role of students in the modern university.

00:34:40 Latoya Wilson states if students feel things are not right they should voice their concern. Talks about financial aid being a problem at Clark Atlanta.

00:35:26 Dr. James S. Thomas talks about community on the edge of every college or university and the need for relationship between students and conditions of the community which students anticipate serving when they graduates. This relationship should form before graduation.

00:36:26 Dr. Silber states most important thing for students to do is to work hard do their lessons and not cheat.

00:40:29 Question from the audience about school vouchers.

00:42:03 Dr. Silber talks about voucher system role is to scare teachers union, school committees and superintendents of the nation so they will start upgrading their standards and pay more attention to the interest of parents and children. States it will not work as a solution because it creates demand without supply. States what must be done is to reform the public school.

00:44:52 Question from students.

00:58:16 Dr. Samuel D. Cook thanks participants and turns the event back over to Dr. Thomas Scott.

00:58:49 Dr. Thomas Scott thanks moderator and participants and gives closing remarks.

00:59:52 Teresa Fry Brown talks about healing, church and law and Jesus.

01:02:03 Talks about a woman being bent over and how it relates to the listeners.

01:04:52 Talks about adopting cultural norms that come from somewhere else that is not of God.

01:22:09 Unidentified woman talks about being touched by Teresa Fry Brown and the women of Bethel United Methodist Church.

01:24:21 Women of Bethel present the first lady of Bethel United Methodist Church with gift.

01:29:47 Unidentified woman asks the audience to bear with them a little longer for the special Bethel United Methodist Church woman of the year presentation.

01:32:10 Audio ends.


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