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World-Renowned Harvard Philosopher to Speak at OCU

A political philosophy professor from Harvard University will give a presentation for Oklahoma City University’s Distinguished Speakers Series at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 29. Michael Sandel’s presentation, titled “Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?,” will be held  in the Margaret E. Petree Recital Hall in the Bass Music Center at N.W. 25th Street and Blackwelder Avenue. The presentation is free to the public.

Sandel, one of the most sought-after lecturers in the world, is known for his ability to make complex real-world ethical topics make sense to the general public. His study emphasis includes religion’s role in shaping public policy and ethics relating to biotechnology and globalization.

He has brought his teaching to the public sphere through “The Colbert Report” television show; the BBC’s Reith Lectures; a public television documentary series based on his justice course; and articles in The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic and The New York Times.  He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Council on Foreign Relations.

Sandel has taught political science at Harvard University since 1980, where more than 15,000 undergraduates have enrolled in his course on justice. His books include “Liberalism and the Limits of Justice,” “Democracy's Discontent,” “Public Philosophy: Essays on Morality in Politics” and “The Case against Perfection: Ethics in the Age of Genetic Engineering.” His most recent book is “Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?”  He is currently working on a book about morality and markets.

Sandel has taught at the Sorbonne and delivered the Tanner Lectures on Human Values at Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.

A book signing will follow the presentation with books available from Full Circle Bookstore. For more information about the lecture call (405) 208-4956 or visit www.okcu.edu/speakers.

Read more about Sandel at the website www.justiceharvard.org/about/michael-sandel/.