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Event Alert!: 2018 Walter Berns Annual Constitution Day Lecture with Diana Schaub

While the American political order is uniquely friendly to scientific advancement — as evidenced by the Constitution’s patent and copyright clause — many of the founders were also aware of the morally ambiguous character of the scientific quest. George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin all thought about science’s proper place in American life, but Abraham Lincoln’s “Lecture on Discoveries and Inventions” is arguably the most sustained treatment by an American statesman of the connections between scientific inquiry, human nature, and the fate of freedom.

Please join AEI for the seventh annual Walter Berns Constitution Day Lecture, as Diana J. Schaub, professor of political science at Loyola University Maryland and visiting professor at Harvard University, traces how and why American statesmen deliberated about the intersection of science with moral and political questions.

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