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Brian Smith | Staff PhotographerHunter Rawlings, president of the Association of the American Universities, presents Monday’s morning lecture in the Amphitheater.

Rawlings: ‘American democracy not derived from Athenians’

The prominent figures of Athenian society — Socrates, Aristotle, Plato — are widely considered to be the forerunners of American democracy. But according to Hunter Rawlings, classicist and president of the Association of the American Universities, these giants of history had little influence on Thomas Jefferson and the writing of the Declaration of Independence — and thus little influence on the democracy Americans enjoy today.

Rawlings’ 10:45 a.m. morning lecture in the Amphitheater was preceded by a performance by Bill Barker, a Thomas Jefferson interpreter dressed in full 18th-century regalia, complete with a tri-corner hat.

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Week Six Chaplain the Rev. Kenneth W. Chalker gives the sermon during Sunday’s morning worship service. Photo by Adam Birkan.

Chalker: ‘Power, purpose and passion in the face of enormous difficulty’

“June 6 is a significant day in our country’s history. Many think of D-Day in 1944 and the many thousands involved and the lives that were lost. But I am thinking of June 6, 2011, the day the late Steve Jobs gave his last major speech,” said the Rev. Kenneth Chalker at the beginning of his sermon at the 10:45 a.m. Sunday Service of Worship and Sermon. Chalker is serving as the Geraldine M. and Frank E. McElree Jr. chaplain for Week Six.

Jobs had gathered a group of engineers and scientists to talk about the lastest innovations at Apple. He introduced iCloud, an innovation that allows people to store five gigabytes of memory in a place that is not any specific place. Just one gigabyte of memory, Chalker said, can hold 4,500 books, 342 digital photos, 256 MP3 selections. Unsurprisingly, the engineers were asking how does it work, how does it function?

“Jobs said over 25 times in that speech, ‘You don’t need to know. I don’t know; it just works!’ The audience clapped. People have been lining up to use it; it just works,” Chalker said.

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