Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Speakers Series presents: What is Liberty?

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) Speakers Series presents “What is Liberty?” Writer and scholar William Kline, an expert in business ethics, social and political philosophy will lead the discussion.

WHEN: Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: Brookens Auditorium on the lower level of Brookens Library

(The event will be available on video on demand at

DETAILS: This discussion will focus on how different conceptions of liberty affect responsibilities and will briefly examine the pros and cons of each conception. The goal of this lecture is to foster thought on the importance of balancing liberty and social responsibility while recognizing that any such balance will bring with it both costs and benefits.

Kline received his B.A. in Economics from Grove City College and his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Bowling Green State University. In his writings he has consistently focused on the issue of liberty and moral responsibility. He is cofounder of Liberty Studies Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to furthering the interdisciplinary, nonpartisan, study of liberty. Prior to teaching at UIS he was Director of the Center for Business Ethics at Molloy College and lived in Brooklyn New York.

The ECCE Speakers Series at UIS is a campus-sponsored lecture series that aims to exemplify engaged citizenship as part of the university’s effort to foster appreciation for and practice of diversity and the active effort to make a difference in the world. All events are free and open to the public.

For more information and a list of other speakers series events visit or contact Kimberly Craig at 217/206-6245 or

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