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Democracy is topic, April 26-27 and May 3-4

Legal scholar Ronald Dworkin will deliver four lectures around the theme, "Is Democracy Possible Here? Principles for a New American Political Debate," Tuesdays and Wednesdays, April 26-27 and May 3-4, on campus.

The talks, part of the Scribner Lecture Series, are sponsored by the University and by Princeton University Press. All will begin at 4:30 p.m. in McCosh 50.

Dworkin, the Sommer Professor of Law at New York University, is expected to identify foundational principles that most Americans -- liberal and conservative -- share. He will defend a liberal interpretation of these principles and challenge conservatives to construct and defend their own competing interpretation.

The dates and lecture topics will be:

• April 26, "Common Ground: The Ethics of Human Rights."

• April 27, "Religion: Private Conviction or Public Faith?"

• May 3, "Taxes: The Limits of Legitimacy."

• May 4, "Democracy: What Is It, and Is It Possible Here?"

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