Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Political Scientist to Discuss Humanity, Liberty
Peter Lawler, executive editor of the quarterly journal Perspectives on Political Science, will present “Does Liberty Have a Future? Autonomy and Biotechnology.” This program, hosted by the University of West Georgia’s Department of Political Science and Planning, will be on Thursday, Nov. 5 at 12:30 p.m. at UWG's Ingram Library in Carrollton.
Lawler will discuss what he sees as the potential threats to humanity and liberty in the 21st century, expressing his concern that although modern biotechnology (such as cloning and stem cells) offers many benefits to humans, it also presents one of the greatest threats to liberty. Lawler notes that “the biotechnological revolution promises ... new weapons of unprecedented power in ... war against nature.
Lawler is Dana Professor of Political Science in the Department of Government and International Studies at Berry College in Rome, Ga. He is executive editor of the acclaimed quarterly journal Perspectives on Political Science and also serves on the editorial board of the new bilingual critical edition of Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America. He was a member of former President George W. Bush’s Council on Bioethics.
Lawler has written or edited 10 books. His latest book, published in July 2007, is Homeless and at Home in America: Evidence for the Dignity of the Human Soul in Our Time and Place. Another recent book, Postmodernism Rightly Understood, was also widely reviewed and praised. His American Political Rhetoric (edited with UWG professor Robert Schaefer) is used in introductory American government courses at a sizeable number of colleges and universities.
For further information, please contact Schaefer at email@example.com.