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    ‘Exploring Liberty’: Weekend Seminar Will Examine the Role of Government

    Undergraduate students will be getting together at Duquesne University this weekend to think about and discuss policy issues such as education reform, freedom of expressions and social safety nets. Exploring Liberty, a free weekend seminar hosted by the Duquesne University economics department from Friday, Oct. 28, through Sunday, Oct. 30, will address the proper role of government and how societies should balance individual rights and public interests.

    Discussion groups will touch on the practical and moral benefits of freedom and how non-governmental solutions can address social problems such as discrimination.

    “The seminar’s goal is to challenge students to think clearly and to engage ideas in an atmosphere of mutual respect and inquiry,” said Dr. Antony Davies, associate professor of economics and an organizer of the event.

    Davies is one of many speakers presenting lectures throughout the weekend, including:

    • Dr. Howie Baetjer, Towson University
      Profit, Loss and Discovery, Knowledge and Prices and Incentives and Institutions
    • Dr. Jason King, Saint Vincent College

    Human Rights in Catholic Social Thought and The Role and Purpose of Government in Catholic Social Thought

    • Dr. Mark LeBar, Ohio University in Athens

    Equality as an Ideal and The Nature of Rights

    • Dr. Rob McDonald, U.S. Military Academy-West Point

    The American Revolution and The Market Revolution.


    Davies said his hope for the seminar is to encourage students to carefully examine the premises that give rise to their opinions about how we come together as a society.

    “What conclusions the students come to, for our purposes, is irrelevant,” Davies said. “They will all come to different conclusions. What matters is that the students engage economic and social topics with open minds but sound logic.”

    Duquesne University

    Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.