PLYMOUTH—The Saul O Sidore Lecture Series at Plymouth State University will present Harvard professor Lawrence Lessig, speaking on “How New Hampshire Saved America,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, in the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center for the Arts on Main Street in Plymouth.
Lessig says, “New Hampshire has a critical role in restoring the Republic that the Framers promised.”
Americans believe our government is broken, and according to a recent Gallup Poll, fixing the government is the most important issue for Republicans, Democrats, and Independents.
In his talk, Professor Lessig explains his view of the fundamental corruption that has taken hold of our government, and how “We the People” have lost touch with our Framers’ values. He examines how recent efforts—including the ongoing “New Hampshire Rebellion”—are mobilizing citizens to band together to form a movement capable of effecting fundamental and lasting change.
Lawrence Lessig is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at the Harvard Law School, director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University and author of “Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress—and a Plan to Stop It.”
Prior to rejoining the Harvard faculty, Lessig was a professor at Stanford Law School, where he founded the school’s Center for Internet and Society, and at the University of Chicago. He clerked for Judge Richard Posner on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court.
Lessig serves on the Board of the AXA Research Fund, and on the advisory boards of Creative Commons and the Sunlight Foundation. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and a Bachelor of Science degree in management from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Arts in philosophy from Cambridge, and a Juris Doctor from Yale. He was named one of Scientific American’s Top 50 Visionaries.
The theme for this year’s Sidore Lecture Series is “The State of Democracy.” The series’ premise is that Americans consider our political system to be the premier model of democracy, and that we like to think that others throughout the world wish to emulate us. But the democratic nature of our institutions cannot be taken for granted and they need to be examined and reexamined.
Headlines in the news—about growing inequality, money in politics, changes in voter registration laws, government surveillance, and setbacks of democratic movement in various parts of the world—suggest that now is a good time for reflecting on the state of democracy in the United States and elsewhere.
The next speaker in the series will be Thomas Patterson, speaking on “News and Democracy: Why Are Citizens So Misinformed?” Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. at the Silver Center.
Named for humanitarian and New Hampshire businessman Saul O Sidore, the Sidore Lecture Series was established in 1979 by PSU and the Sidore Memorial Foundation. The series brings a variety of speakers to campus to address critical issues and events in politics, society and culture—topics that reflect Sidore’s interests.
All Sidore Lectures are free and open to the public, but reservations are recommended. A reception follows each lecture. Free tickets are available at the Silver Center Box Office, 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869.
General information about events at PSU is available at ThisWeek@PSU, http://thisweek.blogs.plymouth.edu.
General information about events at Plymouth State University is online at ThisWeek@PSU, http://thisweek.blogs.plymouth.edu.