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October 26, 2009

Michael J. Sandel to speak on “Just Discrimination: Is it Ever Right to Discriminate?” at UT Law, Friday, October 30, 2009

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Professor Michael J. Sandel

Michael J. Sandel, a distinguished political philosopher at Harvard University, will deliver the the 2009 Alexander Watkins Terrell Lecture, titled “Just Discrimination: Is it Ever Right to Discriminate?” on Friday, October 30, 2009, at 3 p.m. in the Eidman Courtroom at the University of Texas School of Law.

The event, cosponsored by the Department of Government at the University of Texas, is free and open to the public.

Professor Sandel is a renowned teacher, whose undergraduate course “Justice” has been made into a pioneering seven-part series by the PBS affiliate in Boston. The series is airing this fall in Austin and other cities nationally.

 The title of Professor Sandel’s lecture is drawn from his new book, Justice: What is the Right Thing to Do? Professor Sandel’s talk will be followed by a panel discussion with Lawrence Sager, dean of the Law School, Jeffrey Abramson, professor of government and law, and Thomas L. Pangle, the Joe R. Long Chair in Democratic Studies in the Department of Government and codirector of the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Study of Core Texts and Ideas. 

Sandel will present his book the following day at the Texas Book Festival.


Mike Strong, UT School of Law, 512-232-1154, or