NEW YORK, NY - May 23, 2012 - The Center for Public Conversation at the Institute for American Values will host a conversation on Tuesday, May 29th with Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton. Professor George will examine what constitutes the human good while discussing some of today's most pressing-and often divisive-issues facing our society. This public conversation will be moderated by David Blankenhorn, the founder and president of the Institute for American Values.
There is a very real and growing concern, from many quarters, regarding increased threats (real or perceived) to religious liberty here in America. From healthcare legislation and education, to same-sex marriage and judicial appointments, questions about religious liberty have taken a front seat within the public square. At the heart of these debates are also fundamental questions about the role of government, the market, and the often overlooked sphere of civil society. Professor George offers his insights about these and other topics in what promises to be an informative and far-ranging conversation.
Widely recognized as one of the nation's leading and most influential public intellectuals, Professor George is an expert on law, ethics, and religion and known to cut through-indeed, rise above-partisan politics, regularly challenging both liberals and conservatives alike on fundamental issues related to human dignity, religious liberty, and the common good.
This conversation will take place Tuesday, May 29, 2012 from 5:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M at the Center for Public Conversation located at 1841 Broadway, Second Floor, New York, New York. RSVP is required.
Robert P. George is McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. He has served on the President's Council on Bioethics and as a presidential appointee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights. He is a former Judicial Fellow at the Supreme Court of the United States, where he received the Justice Tom C. Clark Award. His recent honors include the United States Presidential Citizens Medal and the Honorific Medal for the Defense of Human Rights of the Republic of Poland. He gave the 2007 John Dewey Lecture in Philosophy of Law at Harvard and the 2008 Guido Calabresi Lecture in Law and Religion at Yale. He was recently nominated to serve on the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom. A graduate of Swarthmore College and Harvard Law School, he earned a doctorate in legal philosophy from Oxford University, and holds honorary doctorates of law, letters, science, ethics, civil law, humane letters, and juridical science.
David Blankenhorn is founder and president of the Institute for American Values, a nonpartisan organization devoted to strengthening families and civil society in the U.S. and the world. Blankenhorn is the author of Fatherless America (1995), The Future of Marriage (2007), and Thrift: A Cyclopedia (2008) and the co-editor of eight volumes, including Franklin's Thrift: The Lost History of an American Virtue (2009). A frequent lecturer, Blankenhorn's articles have appeared in scores of publications, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, The Public Interest, First Things, and Christianity Today. He has been profiled by the New York Times, USA Today, CBS Evening News and other news organizations, and has been featured on numerous national television programs, including Oprah, 20/20, CBS This Morning, The Today Show, Charlie Rose, ABC Evening News, and C-SPAN's Washington Perspectives.
The Center for Public Conversation at the Institute for American Values invites leading scholars and public intellectuals to engage on topics that often arouse rancorous disagreement in the public square. Our mission is to listen to arguments and to credit opposing points of view so that we may achieve a better understanding of where and how we may disagree on matters of common concern. Videos of the conversations can be seen at centerforpublicconversation.org.