Princeton scholar to give first Murphy Institute Human Dignity Lecture here Oct. 21

Dr. Robert George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University, will be the inaugural speaker in the Human Dignity Lecture Series presented by the University of St. Thomas’ Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law and Public Policy.

George, whose remarks are titled “Natural Law, God and Human Dignity,” will speak from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, in the Frey Moot Courtroom at St. Thomas’ School of Law in downtown Minneapolis. He also will receive the law school’s Dignitatis Humanae Award, which annually honors national and international jurists for their contributions to the legal profession.

The lecture is free and open to the public, and a reception follows. Those who wish to attend should register by Thursday, Oct. 15; call (651) 962-4842 or e-mail .

The Murphy Institute Human Dignity Lecture Series will feature speakers examining Catholic intellectual and social teachings on the meaning and role of human dignity, applied to pressing public issues.

Dr. Robert George

Dr. Robert George

George, a graduate of Swarthmore College and Harvard Law School, earned a doctorate in the philosophy of law from Oxford University. He is a member of the President’s Council on Bioethics, served as a presidential appointee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and as a Judicial Fellow of the U.S. Supreme Court.

George is author of Making Men Moral: Civil Liberties and Public Morality (1993) and editor of Natural Law Theory: Contemporary Essays (1992) and The Autonomy of Law: Essays on Legal Positivism (1999), all from Oxford University Press. He also is editor of Great Cases in Constitutional Law (Princeton University Press, 2000). His most-recent books are Embryo: A Defense of Human Life, co-authored with Christopher Tellefsen (Random House, 2008); The Meaning of Marriage; Family, State, Market and Morals, edited by Jean Bethke Elshtain (Spence Publishing Co., 2006); The Clash of Orthodoxies: Law, Religion and Morality in Crisis (Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2001); and In Defense of Natural Law (Oxford University Press, 1999).