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Natural Rights and the Right to Choose

Monday, January 23
7:30 PM | Baker Center Ballroom B

Hadley Arkes

Hadley Arkes is the Ney Professor of American Institutions at Amherst College, where he has taught since 1966. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center. Arkes has written or edited ten books, including The Philosopher in the City (1981), First Things,( 1986), Beyond the Constitution (1990), Natural Rights and the Right to Choose (2002), and Constitutional Illusions and Anchoring Truths: The Touchstone of the Natural Law (2002). A member of the advisory board for First Things, Arkes was the chief advocate and one of the primary architects of the Born-Alive Infants' Protection Act of 2002.

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The Great Depression Revisited

Thursday-Saturday, October 13–15
7:30 PM | Baker Center Theater/240

This is a major international conference on the economic causes and consequences of the Great Depression. The conference opens on Thursday, 13 October, at 7:30 PM in the Baker Center Theater with the first plenary address by Amity Shlaes (Council on Foreign Relations) . Other plenary speakers include Anthony Badger (University of Cambridge), Brian Balogh (University of Virginia), David Beito (University of Alabama), Briam Domitrovic (Sam Houston State University), Gauti Eggertsson (Federal Reserve Bank of New York), Alonzo Hamby (Ohio University), Lee Ohanian (UCLA) and Eric Rauchway (UC–Davis). Jack Epstein (Ohio University & Miller Center on Public Affairs), Andrew Morris (Union College), John Moser (Ashland University) and Kathy Olmsted (UC–Davis) will also deliver papers.

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The West: Reflections on the Making of a Past

Monday, September 26
7:30 PM | Galbreath Chapel

Michael Bentley (University of St. Andrews)

Michael Bentley is Professor of History at the University of St. Andrew's, where he studies the philosophy and history of historiography. He was educated at Cambridge University (Ph.D.) and taught at the University of Sheffield for a number of years before coming to St. Andrews. He has written or edited ten books, including, most recently, Modernizing England's Past (2005) and The Life and Thought of Herbert Butterfield (2011). Bentley currently holds a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship (2009–2012) and is writing a comparative historiography of the modern West.

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Defining Empires: How Spain vs. Portugal Shaped the Modern West

Tuesday, May 24
7:30 PM | Baker Center Threater

Tamar Herzog (Stanford University)

Tamar Herzog is Professor of Latin American and Spanish history at Stanford University, before which she taught at the University of Chicago and the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. She has written or edited seven books, including Defining Nations: Immigrants and Citizens in Early Modern Spain and Spanish America (2003) and Upholding Justice: State, Law and the Penal System in Quito (2004). Her current work examines the relationship between Spain and Spanish America.

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Learning to Die in Miami: Confessions of a Wayward Historian

Thursday, April 21
7:30 PM | Walter Hall 135

Carlos Eire (Yale University)

Carlos Eire is T. Lawrason Riggs Professor of History and Religious Studies at Yale University. He has written widely on late medieval and early modern Europe, includingWar against the Idols (1986), From Madrid to Purgatory (1995), andA Very Brief History of Eternity (2009). He won the 2003 National Book Award for his memoir of the Cuban Revolution, Waiting for Snow in Havana. His latest book is Learning to Die in Miami (2010), an account of his early life once arriving in the United States as an exile from Castro's Cuba.

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