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    Weekend Seminar at Duquesne Explores ‘What Makes for a Civil Society?’

    The economics department at Duquesne University is hosting a free weekend seminar starting on Friday, Feb. 25, titled Exploring Liberty. From vantage points in economics, political theory, history and theology, lecturers will address the issue of "What makes for a civil society?"

    In an informal but intellectually charged environment, participants will have access to faculty members from Duquesne and other universities who have wrested with questions about humans, society and government, said Dr.

    Antony Davies, associate professor of economics and an organizer of the event. Davies is included in the panel of speakers and will present Minimum Wage, Labor, and Market.

    Policy issues such as education reform, freedom of expression and the social safety net will be analyzed in a classical, liberal style. Groups will discuss such topics as the practical and moral benefits of freedom and how non-governmental solutions can address social problems such as discrimination.

    The seminar begins promptly on Friday, Feb. 25, at 3 p.m. and concludes on Sunday, Feb. 27, at 4 p.m. In addition to discussion sessions and socials, the seminar includes the following lectures:


    • Howie Baetjer, Towson University
      Profit, Loss, and Discovery, Knowledge and Prices, and Incentives and Institution
    • Jason King, Saint Vincent College
      Human Rights in Catholic Social Thought and The Role and Purpose of Government in Catholic Social Thought
    • Rob McDonald, West Point
      The American Revolution and The Market Revolution
    • James Stacey Taylor, The College of New Jersey Mills Harm Principle and Organ Sales

    To learn more about the seminar or to register, visit
    Duquesne University

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