Princeton’s Robert George to Deliver White Lectures on “Morality and Policy: Contemporary Challenges” April 2 and 3 at LSU

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Princeton Professor Robert P. George will deliver the 2009 Edward Douglass White Lectures on Citizenship on April 2 and 3 at LSU. His theme for the series will be “Morality and Policy: Contemporary Challenges.”

George will deliver two lectures in the series:

• On Thursday, April 2, he will speak on “Science, Philosophy and Religion in the Embryo Debate.” The lecture will begin at 7 p.m. in the Law Center McKernan Law Auditorium.

• Οn Friday, April 3, he will address “The Concept of Public Morality” at 10:30 a.m. in Dodson Auditorium on the LSU campus.

Both lectures are free and open to the public.

“No scholar I know is more fearless in the face of controversy than Robert George,” said James Stoner, chair of the Department of Political Science at LSU. “He addresses some of the most difficult moral and legal issues of our time in a clear and reasonable way, neither dodging tough questions nor settling for cheap debater’s points.”

George is McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University, where he has taught since 1985.  Author of “Making Men Moral: Civil Liberties and Public Morality,” “In Defense of Natural Law” and “The Clash of Orthodoxies,” he is editor of several volumes and author of numerous articles in scholarly publications and the public prints. He is co-author of two new books, “Embryo: The Case for Human Life,” with Christopher Tollefsen, and “Self-Body Dualism and Contemporary Ethical and Political Controversies,” with Patrick Lee.

George received his Doctor of Philosophy from Oxford University, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School and his bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He has won numerous awards, including the Bradley Prize for Intellectual and Civic Achievement and the Philip Merrill Award of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni.  He has been a member of the President’s Council on Bioethics and the United States Commission on Civil Rights.  He is currently a member of the UNESCO World Commission on the Ethics of Science and Technology.

The Edward Douglass White Lectures are one of the oldest series of lectures at LSU, having been inaugurated in 1934. Traditionally co-sponsored by the LSU Law School and the Department of Political Science, past lecturers include two chief justices of the United States and 50 scholars from major universities, including two of George’s predecessors in the McCormick chair. This year’s series is co-sponsored, as well, by the Program in the Classical Tradition of Learning and Leadership, which received a grant for the lectures from the Apgar Foundation and the Intercollegiate Studies Institute.

For more information, contact Stoner at 225/578-2538 or poston@lsu.edu

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