Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?
7:30 p.m. Wednesday February 29, 2012
Petree Recital Hall, Kirkpatrick Fine Arts Center
NW 25th St. and Blackwelder Ave.
The event is part of OCU’s Distinguished Speakers Series.
Doors open at 6:30. Free and open to the public. A book signing will be held following the speech with book available from Full Circle Bookstore.
Harvard Professor and author of Justice: What’s the Right Thing To Do? Michael Sandel challenges us to examine the moral and ethical assumptions underlying our debated political and social issues. The Washington Post called him “perhaps the most prominent college professor in America,” and Kirkus Reviews described him as “the professor we all wish we had.”
A professor of political philosophy at Harvard for 30 years, Sandel’s wildly popular course, “Justice,” has enrolled over 15,000 students and was the first Harvard course to be made freely available online and on public television. In his New York Times bestseller, Justice, Sandel examines the meaning of justice and a range of topics, from government bailouts to immigration reform, taking readers on a journey of moral and political reflection “to figure out what they think and why.” Publishers Weekly called it “erudite, conversational and deeply humane… truly transformative reading.” Democracy: A Journal of Ideas said, “Justice…showcases the thinking on public morality that has made him one of the most sought-after lecturers in the world.”
Sandel served on the President’s Council on Bioethics from 2002-2005, appointed by the president to examine the ethical implications of new biomedical technologies. In his book, The Case Against Perfection: Ethics in the Age of Genetic Engineering, he examines the moral quandaries related to the quest to perfect ourselves and our children. Booklist said “an illuminating ethical analysis of stem-cell research concludes this stellar work of public philosophy.”
Sandel’s other books include Liberalism and the Limits of Justice; Democracy’s Discontent; and Public Philosophy: Essays on Morality in Politics. His work has been translated into 15 languages.
A recipient of the Harvard-Radcliffe Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Prize, Sandel was recognized by the American Political Science Association for a career of excellence in teaching. He has been a visiting professor at the Sorbonne (Paris), delivered the Tanner Lectures on Human Values at Oxford University, and delivered the BBC Reith Lectures, broadcasted worldwide. In 2010, China Newsweek named him the most influential foreign figure of the year in China.
A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Council on Foreign Relations, Sandel is a graduate of Brandeis and received his doctorate from Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. His next book, an April 2012 release, is What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets.
“Professor Sandel’s visit to Seoul was a marvelous success. The response to his visit was simply overwhelming. He was like a rock star! Some 4,500 audiences packed the auditorium for his public lecture. It was the biggest auditorium in Seoul and I’m sure had we had a bigger one, we would have filled that, too.”- The ASAN Institute for Policy Studies
Free and open to the public.
Seating is limited.
For more information, call 405.208.4956