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How to Make a Tough Call: Classic Lessons in Decision Making From the Ancient World

Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Two thousand years ago, the Roman statesman Cicero reached the pinnacle of politics. Considered one of ancient Rome’s greatest public speakers, he was also a lawyer, a scholar, and the writer of many poems and books. One of his well-known works was a guide to making tough decisions, in which he laid out not only how to make tough calls but also how to persuade others to buy into your vision. 

More than two millennia after Cicero’s death, his words still ring true and can serve as guidance for making tough decisions in today’s environment. 

In this one-hour online event with Roman society expert Michael Fontaine, you will: 

  • Explore five of Cicero’s case studies in a modern context. 

  • Discuss ways of applying his lessons to today’s world. 

  • Learn strategies for making tough decisions and getting others to support them.

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Michael Fontaine

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Professor and Associate Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education, Arts & Sciences

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