UNO Will Host Fall Lecture Series on Moral and Political Thought

Coming this fall to the University of New Orleans is a new lecture series that is aimed to promote scholarship and discourse in moral and political thought – and will draw speakers from around the nation.

The fall series will be brought to UNO by Assistant Professor of Philosophy Chris W. Surprenant, who also serves a director of the Alexis de Tocqueville Project on Democratic Ideals and Institution, home to the lecture series.

The nonprofit non-politically affiliated Tocqueville Project, founded last year by Surprenant, leads research on issues in moral and political thought, holds public lectures on topics central to the study of democratic ideals and institutions and organizes reading and discussion groups focusing on issues core to its mission, according to the organization’s website.

Key issues the Tocqueville Project will address include: the values of democratic society and their justification; the moral basis of civil liberties, private property and free enterprise; the role of religion in a free society; the nature of an individual's obligation to others and to the state; the relationship among democracy, freedom, and equality and the role of the state in making individuals virtuous.

The fall “Lectures on Liberty” series, funded by a grant from the Charles Koch Foundation, promises thought-provoking and compelling speakers.

LECTURES ON LIBERTY
at
The University of New Orleans
All talks are free and open to the public.

Friday, Aug. 31 Religion in a Free Society: Promise or Peril?
James Morone, Professor of Political Science and Urban Studies, Brown University
5:30 p.m.
Liberal Arts Building, Room 140

Thursday, Sept. 20 Selfishness, Selflessness, and Lives Worth Living
Hon. Jay C. Zainey, Judge, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
5:30 p.m.
Liberal Arts Building, Room 140

Friday, Oct. 26 The Real Fiscal Cliff: How to Spot the Ledge and Protect Your Liberty
Peter Schiff, CEO and Chief Global Strategist, Euro Pacific Capital
5:30 p.m.
Liberal Arts Building, Room 140

Friday, Nov. 9 Civic Religion in a Free Society: Perspectives from Rousseau and Adam Smith
Charles Griswold, Professor of Philosophy, Boston University
5:30 p.m.
Liberal Arts Building, Room 140

Friday, Dec. 7 The Tyranny of Freedom: How Too Much Choice Can Make Us Miserable
Barry Schwartz, Professor of Social Theory and Social Action, Swarthmore College
5:30 p.m.
Liberal Arts Building, Room 140

For more information, contact UNO Professor of Philosophy Chris W. Surprenant at csurpren@uno.edu or visit the website of the Alexis De Tocqueville Project.