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Justice on Trial

Justice on Trial

“Justice on Trial”

Please join us for a discussion about Plato’s Crito.  The presenters will consider the modern relevance of Crito, the soundness of the arguments, the great risks to democracy, and the means to triumph in the face of adversity. 

3.21.22 @ 9:00am - 10:15am in KSC1000A

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Meeting ID: 881 8830 3721

Passcode: 082326

American Sign Language interpretation is available with one week prior advance notice, so arrangements can be made.


State Senator Sean Bowie
State Senator Paul Boyer
Dr. Kelly Fitzsimmons Burton
Dr. Michael Noschka

Presenters Bios

Sean Bowie is currently in his sixth year representing Legislative District 18 in the state senate. Legislative District 18 covers Ahwatukee, west Chandler, south Tempe, and southwest Mesa. He holds bachelors degrees in Political Science and History from Arizona State University, a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University, and is currently pursuing his Executive MBA from the W.P. Carey School of Business at ASU. In addition to his role at the legislature, he serves as a Professor of Practice in the School of Public Affairs at the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions at ASU. His undergraduate thesis was about the founding era of the United States and how the political parties started in the early 1790’s.

Paul Boyer is in his tenth year at the state legislature, with these last four as a state senator representing Glendale and North Phoenix. He has taught high school literature for the last seven years along with junior high Latin.  He holds a B.A. in English from ASU, a M.A. in Communication Studies from ASU and will graduate with a M.A. in Humanities from the University of Dallas next Summer where he is also learning Ancient Greek. Paul’s thesis argues that Socrates’ interactions with his interlocutors is that of care where he utilizes rhetoric as soul leading to guide them to the truth or What Is.  He and his wife Beth have been married for seven years and they have a three-year-old son.

Kelly Fitzsimmons Burton has been a Philosophy and Religious Studies professor at Paradise Valley Community College since 2003. She earned her Ph.D. in Humanities with an emphasis in Philosophy from Faulkner University and has completed all coursework for a Ph.D. in Religious Studies at Arizona State University. In addition, she has an M.A. in Philosophy and B.A.'s in Philosophy and English Literature, all from Arizona State University. Kelly is the author of Retrieving Knowledge: A Socratic Response to Skepticism (2018) and Reason and Proper Function: A Reply to Alvin Plantinga (2019). When not teaching, she enjoys reading Plato and arguing with Nietzsche. In addition, Kelly enjoys spending time with her husband and cattle dogs in the Arizona desert.

Michael Noschka is a professor of English at Paradise Valley Community College. He holds a PhD from Arizona State University in Renaissance English Literature; his MA and BA were awarded by North Carolina State University. His work has been published in the journals Literature and Theology and Humanities, as well as the edited collection Shakespeare and Hospitality: Ethics, Politics, Exchange. When not podcasting, his current research interests include exploring Early Modern to contemporary confluences among theories of race, religion, quantum time, continental philosophy, and phenomenology. He is currently co-developing a forthcoming edited collection tentatively titled Public Shakespeares and New Media: Critical Approaches.