BEN FRANKLIN CIRCLE

SEPTEMBER 14 and NOVEMBER 9, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Conducted by Members of the Circle

In his best-selling biography, Walter Isaacson calls Benjamin Franklin “the founding father who winks at us.” Isaacson admires Franklin’s many achievements, chief among them his inventions. However, he writes, “the most interesting thing Franklin invented, and continually reinvented, was himself.” That self-fashioning impulse lay behind one of his earliest projects: at the age of 21, he established the “Junto,” his now-famous “self-improvement club,” for which he devised a list of thirteen virtues to be pursued and perfected by members of the group: temperance, silence, order, resolution, frugality, industry, sincerity, justice, moderation, cleanliness, tranquility, chastity, and humility. The Dallas Institute is part of a national initiative launched by the 92nd Street Y in New York City to promote public discussion of Franklin’s virtues—researched and presented by members of the Circle.

September 14 – Justice
Wrong none by doing injuries or omitting the benefits that are your duty


November 9 – Tranquility

Be not disturbed at trifles or at accidents common or unavoidable

$35, $30 Members, $14 Educator Members

The Dallas Institute in partnership with the 92nd Street Y, Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, and Citizen University in Seattle.