Political Science and Planning Hosts Lawler

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Peter Augustine Lawler, executive editor of the quarterly journal Perspectives on Political Science, will present “Does Liberty Have a Future? Autonomy and Biotechnology,” on Thursday, Nov. 5, at 12:30 p.m. in the Ingram Library.

The program is hosted by the University of West Georgia’s Department of Political Science and Planning and the community is invited to attend.

Lawler will discuss what he sees as the potential threats to humanity and liberty in the 21st century. He will share his concern that modern biotechnology such as cloning and stem cells may benefit human beings but it also presents one of the greatest threats to liberty.

Lawler has written or edited ten books. His latest published work, “Homeless and at Home in America: Evidence for the Dignity of the Human Soul in Our Time and Place” was published in July 2007. “American Political Rhetoric,” edited with Political Science Chair Robert Schaefer, is used in introductory American government courses at many colleges and universities.

Lawler is a Dana Professor of Political Science in the Department of Government and International Studies at Berry College.  He serves on the editorial board of the new bilingual critical edition of Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America and served as a member of President George W. Bush’s Council on Bioethics.

For more information, contact Schaefer at rschaefe@westga.edu