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Harvard professor to speak at UT Shapiro lecture series

Harvard University professor Dr. Michael Sandel is scheduled to speak at The University of Toledo’s 2014 Edward Shapiro Distinguished Lecture Series Thursday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m. in the Nitschke Hall Auditorium.

The talk is titled “Doing the Right Thing in Public and Private Life.” The free, public event is presented by UT’s College of Language, Literature and Social Sciences; seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Dr. Jamie Barlowe, dean of the College of Language, Literature and Social Sciences, said Sandel’s work on ethics and justice is relevant and will appeal to many.

“Dr. Sandel continues the Edward Shapiro Distinguished Lecture Series tradition of presenting eminent and celebrated speakers whose lives and work have significantly impacted American and global society,” Barlowe said.

For 30 years, Sandel has taught at Harvard University where he serves as the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government. His Justice course was the first Harvard class offered freely online and on public television, enrolling more than 15,000 students.

Sandel’s book, Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?, is a New York Times bestseller that has sold more than 2 million copies worldwide and has been translated into 27 different languages. His most recent book, What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets, was named as one of the 20 must-read books of 2012.

The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) have both included Sandel’s lectures on television series, and he hosts a BBC radio series, “The Public Philosopher,” that lets the audience debate about philosophical questions related to current events. Additionally, Sandel has appeared on “The Colbert Report,” “Today Show,” “Morning Joe” and “Charlie Rose.”

Click here to download a photo of Sandel.

The lecture series is named in memory of UT alumnus Edward Shapiro, who retired from his alma mater in 1989. He was an economics professor for 22 years at the University and donated more than $4 million to the UT College of Arts and Sciences during his lifetime.

Media Coverage
The Blade (Sept. 14, 2014)


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