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Volume 12 • Number 15
Feb. 21, 2011
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Princeton Christian Scholar to Speak at Next Chautauqua Lecture

The next lecture in the Chautauqua Lecture Series, “Nature’s Humans,” will feature Robert George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and founder and director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University.

George will present “Natural Law, God and Human Dignity” on Wednesday, March 2, at 7:30 p.m. in O’Donnell Hall, the Student Success Building auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Called “this country’s most influential conservative Christian thinker” by The New York Times because of the impact of his opinions concerning topics like stem cell research, same-sex marriage and abortion, George is co-author of the 2009 Manhattan Declaration – a 4,700-word declaration that speaks in defense of the sanctity of life, traditional marriage, and religious liberty and is signed by Bishop Blair, prominent Christian clergy, ministry leaders, and scholars.

George has served on the President’s Council on Bioethics and as a presidential appointee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. In 2008, he was awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal. He is a former Judicial Fellow at the Supreme Court of the United States, where he received the Justice Tom C. Clark Award.

Currently he serves on UNESCO’s World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

The author of “In Defense of Natural Law,” “Making Men Moral: Civil Liberties and Public Morality” and “The Clash of Orthodoxies: Law, Religion and Morality in Crisis” holds honorary doctorates of law, ethics, science, letters, civil law, humane letters, and juridical science.

His many other honors include the Stanley Kelley Jr. Teaching Award from Princeton's Department of Politics, the 2007 John Dewey Lecturer in Philosophy of Law at Harvard University and the 2008 Judge Guido Calabresi Lecturer at Yale University.

George earned a doctoral degree in philosophy from Oxford University and a juris doctorate from Harvard University.

For more information about EKU’s Chautauqua Series, visit chautauqua.eku.edu or contact coordinator Dr. Minh Nguyen at minh.nguyen@eku.edu.