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Oct 26, 2021

McConnell Center Director Dr. Gary Gregg and Iowa State University Professor Dr. N. Susan Laehn join Connor Tracy, podcast editor and producer, to discuss the McConnell Center’s publication of Marcus Aurelius’s Meditations. This new edition features a thematic index, blank pages for readers' own meditations and insights, and an innovative numbering system to make lessons easier to track and reference when they are needed. This episode gives listeners background on the importance of the book, an in-depth look at the unique features of this edition, and insights Dr. Gregg and Dr. Laehn gained from working with the text.

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Dr. N. Susan Laehn is Adjunct Professor of Political Science at Iowa State University and a Non-Resident Fellow at the McConnell Center. She also currently assists with online education at the University of Louisville and Lone Star College. She was formerly an Assistant Professor of Politics at the University of Leeds, and she held teaching posts at University College London. She is co-editor of Welcoming the Other: Student, Stranger, and Divine, and she has published in Social Science Quarterly and Political Research Quarterly. Her teaching and research interests include ancient and modern political theory, ethics and politics, applied political theory, and American government.

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