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Todd Breyfogle
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Todd Breyfogle is Director of Seminars for the Aspen Institute, overseeing a number of seminar offerings—including the Aspen Seminar (formerly the Executive Seminar), since 1950 the heart of the Aspen Institute’s neutral forum for enlightened and lively discussion—and their integration with the Institute’s several leadership initiatives and policy programs.

Educated at Colorado College, Oxford University (as a Rhodes Scholar), and the University of Chicago’s Committee on Social Thought (as a Century Fellow and Javitz Fellow), Todd has served as a moderator for the Aspen Institute and has published and lectured widely on the great books, political philosophy, theology, literature, and liberal education. He serves on several non-profit boards, is a recipient of research and curriculum grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Arts and Humanities Research Board (UK), and the Templeton Foundation, and edits The American Oxonian, the quarterly publication of the Association of American Rhodes Scholars. He is the editor of Literary Imagination, Ancient and Modern (University of Chicago Press) and is co-editor of a five-volume commentary on Augustine's City of God for Oxford University Press. Before joining the Aspen Institute, Todd was a Fellow and Program Officer at Liberty Fund (where he gained extensive experience organizing and facilitating great books discussions) and served as Director of the Honors Program at the University of Denver. He also taught graduate courses as an adjunct professor at the Iliff School of Theology and is a visiting lecturer in philosophy and religion at the University of Tulsa for the 2007-2008 academic year.

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Poetic Justice: Young Poets and the Good Society

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 7:37 AM

"[T]he slovenliness of our language," George Orwell reminds, "makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts." The more foolish our thoughts, the more "ugly and inaccurate" our language becomes. "Political language," Orwell continues, "is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of...

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The Mental Demands of Democracy

(1) Comments | Posted July 15, 2013 | 3:55 PM

On a roadside ridge between Moldova and Transylvania, an energetic, middle-aged Romanian cyclist who had stopped for lunch told me he wasn't too impressed with democracy. It's been almost 25 years since the overthrow of Ceaușescu's communism, he said, and we have a poor economy, corruption, and political dysfunction. Democracy,...

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Art Museums and the Aspen Spirit

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2013 | 12:09 PM

A member of the Turkish parliament attending the Aspen Ideas Festival told me he had promised his constituents an art museum. An art museum? Dr. Aykan Erdemir had been elected before the recent protests, but his vision remained clear. An art museum would attract tech and design firms to a...

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