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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.”

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