Saturday, January 20 at 4:00 pm

Speaker Series: Stewart Edelstein on What Is Truth – And Why It Matters

Join us for our first Speaker Series event of the season on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. (note new date), when Stewart Edelstein tackles the topic of WHAT IS TRUTH – AND WHY IT MATTERS.

Has the truth of objectively verifiable facts eroded to the point that information about matters of importance now conveys nothing more than subjective – and too often manipulative – concepts of reality?  How has this erosion corrupted our decision-making about matters of significance, such as what we buy, what we do, how we vote and, more fundamentally, what we believe about social and political policies?  Are we already living in the age of Orwellian Newspeak?  Learn how Socrates comes to the rescue, by instructing us on how to fend off misinformation and outright lies, so important in this age of the internet and social media.

About the speaker: For 20 years at Yale Law School, Stewart Edelstein taught skills in mediation, arbitration, and litigation, during his 40-year career as a commercial trial lawyer at the firm, Cohen and Wolf, P.C., in Connecticut.  Over the years, he has been a faculty member in numerous programs for trial lawyers.  He is an arbitrator for commercial disputes under the auspices of the American Arbitration Association, and has served as a Settlement Special Master in federal court and Counsel to the Federal Grievance Committee in Connecticut.  Stewart Edelstein has authored more than 50 articles and podcasts for trial lawyers, as well as a book on etymology, Dubious Doublets: A Delightful Compendium of Unlikely Word Pairs of Common Origin from Aardvark/Porcelain to Zodiac/Whiskey (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2003).  Earlier this year, the American Bar Association published the second edition of his book for lawyers, How to Succeed As  A Trial Lawyer.  He and his wife, Lynn, have had a home in the Berkshires for more than 30 years.  Both retired, they now live in Stockbridge, where Mr. Edelstein is the president of the Stockbridge Library Association Board and a member of the Stockbridge Land Trust Board.

 

 



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